Call for Proposals

Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center

Research at the Intersection of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy

APPLY: January 10, 2017 to March 15, 2017

Total funding available per year - $50,000.

Awards for projects will range from $1000 to $5000 depending on project needs. These funds can be for salary supplement (maximum of $3000 supplement) or other research related expenses such as data collection, research related travel, etc.

The Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise is seeking to provide funding and other needed support for scholarship that addresses the relationship between public policy and entrepreneurship.


In a recent symposium "Institutions, Economic Freedom, and Entrepreneurship," Bradley and Klein (2016) encouraged attention for management scholars on economic freedom, with the papers presented offering specific perspective on how scholars can theorize and study the effects of institutions and institutional change on entrepreneurship, and the effects of entrepreneurship on institutions, at and across different levels of analysis.

Current theories of entrepreneurship traditionally focus on resources/capabilities (MGT/ENT), networks (SOC), cognitions/motivations (PSY), and age/size/competition (ECON).

We invite faculty to submit research proposals from management, economics, political science, sociology, psychology and other related disciplines that challenge current understandings of entrepreneurship by the inclusion of public policy as an additional focal point.

Some of the questions or topics relevant to this inquiry are:

Where and how do entrepreneurs identify sources of opportunity in a more managed economy? Will this lead to less productive forms of entrepreneurship like crony capitalism (Zingales, 2012)? Does a rising share of public labor markets reduce interest and/or ability for entrepreneurial initiation (Özcan and Reichstein, 2007)? How do institutions that shape incentives affect entrepreneurial cognitions like motivation and decision making and what do we measure (McMullen, 2011)? If institutions shape our social interactions, how do those in turn influence entrepreneurial networks, manager/employee relationships key to new firm outcomes? How do social systems and competition in markets distribute power, how do individuals perceive this, and how is policy different? Where do public/private partnerships work related to entrepreneurship and why?

General topics of interest at multiple levels of analysis include:

  • Cronyism/Corporate Welfare - use of and lobbying for subsidies and trade restrictions, rent-seeking, revolving door issues, preferred partnerships and public biases
  • Regulation - Regulatory capture, Business, Labor and Financial regulation, Labor regulation, Occupational licensing, Comparative studies
  • Taxation - effects and implications of tax systems, levels, reform (such as the "fair tax")
  • Rule of Law - Property rights, tort reform, zoning laws, cost of legal expenses
  • Types of Entrepreneurship based on Economic Freedom (North, 1990) - Property rights, rule of law, markets and incentives to innovate)
  • National or regional innovation programs - effectiveness, opportunity costs, alternative methods in the market
  • Entrepreneurial Action - Entrepreneurs activities influenced by or in direct response to public policy initiatives such as tax incentives (e.g., McMullen, Wood and Keir, 2016).
  • Institutional Entrepreneurship - Individual or firm level entrepreneurial activities targeted specifically at changing regulation, taxation or other public policy of concern to business.


Discussions of possibilities and ideas prior to submission are welcome. Funding decisions will be based on review by a three-person panel. We will make decisions on proposals by April 15th.

Expectations and Deliverables:

It is expected that funded projects will be published in top tier journals consistent with department target journal lists. To that end it is expected that reasonable effort will be made to present supported research at a national / international conference and the paper will be submitted to high quality journal. Investigators who receive funding under the Research at the Intersection of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy grant program must submit a final written report outline project accomplishments within 30 days after completion of initial journal submission. Conference proceedings and journal publications must acknowledge the financial support of The Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise. We will create a working paper for our series (example) and ideally see the work published in a journal (example).


All full-time faculty members and PhD students at Baylor University regardless of academic discipline may apply for financial assistance in conducting research projects. However, visiting faculty and adjunct faculty are not eligible.

Faculty members who received funding in prior years but have not completed the corresponding project accomplishment report or who have not made a good faith effort to fulfill the expectation of prior grant(s) are not eligible to apply.

Submission Guidelines:

You should prepare a short research proposal of no more than 2,150 words, including a 150-word abstract. The research proposal should include a description of your project and an indication of your publication plans, including a publishing timeline and potential target journals. Please include the research question and its potential contribution to a discipline (specify). Please include the data available or to be collected including outcome variable, indicators, controls, etc. Proposal example

Please contact the following at the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise:

Steve Bradley
Faculty Director
phone: 710-3921
office: Foster 210.07

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