Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center

Funding for Faculty Research Available

Aug. 15, 2013


We invite faculty to submit research proposals from management, economics, political science, sociology, psychology or 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 and how do individuals perceive this? Where do public/private partnerships work related to entrepreneurship and why?

General topics of interest at multiple levels of analysis include:

�Cronyism/Corporate Welfare

�Regulation - Regulatory capture, Business, Labor and Financial regulation, Labor regulation, Occupational licensing, Comparative studies


�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

Submission guidelines

You should prepare a research proposal of no more than 2,150 words, beginning with 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). Also include the data available or to be collected including outcome variable, indicators, controls, etc.

Discussion of possibilities and ideas prior to submission are welcome.

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

Steve Bradley

Faculty Director


phone: 710-3921

office: HANKAMER 328


Per Bylund

Research Professor


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