Researchers Converge at Neeley School for Entrepreneurship Research Conference

In June, 336 researchers from 30 countries came to TCU to share their latest theories and research findings.
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“Our entrepreneurship program has been honored with many awards and accolades over the past few years. Building on this momentum, we were excited to have the opportunity to host the 2012 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference on our beautiful campus,” said Dr. Keith Hmieleski, who served as co-director of the event with Dr. Andrew Zacharakis of Babson College.

Entrepreneurship researchers from around the world landed in Fort Worth for the event, which encourages the scholarly development of the field of entrepreneurship. The conference is considered the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the world.

Entrepreneurship is a signature program in the Neeley School. Each year a leading entrepreneurship school hosts the conference, and Neeley was selected for the honor this year.

BCERC photo 3Brad Hancock provided a plenary address on the Neeley School’s efforts in entrepreneurship. Dr. Jon Carr served as co-chair with Dr. Hmieleski for the Doctoral Consortium, in which doctoral students gain insight into current research issues through intense interaction with consortium faculty. The Neeley School teamed with Babson to secure a grant from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies to support the Doctoral Consortium.

“We heard numerous comments from the participants about the quality of the program, the superb arrangements, and the participants’ positive impression of TCU and the Neeley School,” Dr. Bob Greer, chair of the management, entrepreneurship and leadership department at Neeley, said.

Dr. Hmieleski made sure the conference was both an educational and social experience, as well as an opportunity to explore the history of Fort Worth’s western heritage with dinner at Reata restaurant in downtown Fort Worth, and an evening reception at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Historic Stockyards.