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Rajshree Agarwal
University of Maryland
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Sharon Alvarez
University of Pittsburgh
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Barry Gerhart
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Registration Fees

  April -
Aug. 31
    Sept. 1 - Onsite
Member US$ 85     US$ 115
Non-Member US$ 105     US$ 135

Exchanging Ideas among Strategic Human Capital and Entrepreneurship to Generate New Research Questions

Co-Sponsors: Strategic Human Capital and Entrepreneurship & Strategy Interest Groups

University of Wisconsin School of Business

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Strategy scholars have long been interested in the intersection of human capital and entrepreneurship. New ventures are started and staffed by individuals whose human and social capital represent strategically valuable resources. As a result, we have seen a growth in scholarly interest in topics such as (a) understanding how the human capital of entrepreneurs and their founding teams shape organizational success, (b) when and why some individuals are more likely than others to exit an established firm to start or join an entrepreneurial venture, (c) how mobility into, out of, and across entrepreneurial ventures affect competition and innovation, and (d) how the HR processes of entrepreneurial firms are established, change over time, and contribute to or hinder organizational performance. And these are, of course, only a small subset of questions of interest to human capital and entrepreneurship scholars.

However, while there is much overlap in the topics we are interested in, our work often speaks to different audiences. Human capital scholars typically (though not always) talk to and publish in outlets read by other human capital scholars, and the same is true of entrepreneurship scholars. The purpose of this extension is to facilitate a dialogue across this divide in a way that stimulates us all to ask and answer new questions that advance the state of knowledge within our respective fields and, in doing so, collectively advance our understanding of the role of human capital in entrepreneurial ventures.

This extension will be incredibly interactive, with participants engaging in small group conversations with scholars in both interest groups, Q&A with a variety of panelists, and some friendly competition to come up with the “best” new research ideas. All of the activities are designed with the goal of participants leaving this extension energized to explore new research questions and to become aware of new opportunities for data collection and collaboration. Participants will be asked to complete a short online survey prior to the SMS Conference in order to facilitate the activities we will be engaging in.

Participants are welcome to submit questions to the organizers: JR Keller (, Greg Reilly (, Moshe Barach (, and Martin Ganco (

Thank you to our generous sponsor for supporting this extension!


We are pleased to host this extension at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, located in downtown Madison.

University of Wisconsin School of Business

975 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706

Getting to the extension: We have arranged a bus to Madison from Minneapolis at the conclusion of the SMS Annual Conference on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  Participants may also arrange their own personal transportation.
Returning from the extension: Attendees have several options, including flying out of Madison (MSN), Milwaukee (MKE), or Chicago (ORD, MDW) or returning to Minneapolis following the extension. 

More information on all of these options will be posted shortly.

Extension Registration

Extension Organizers

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Moshe Barach
University of Minnesota
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Martin Ganco
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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JR Keller
Cornell University
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Greg Reilly
University of Connecticut

Tentative Schedule

08:00     Registration and Refreshments
08:30     Welcome and Introductions
09:00     Panel Discussion
10:00     Small Group Discussions
11:00     Debrief
12:00     Lunch
13:00     Small Group Discussions
14:00     Debrief
15:00     Panel Discussion
16:00     Closing