New UTK initiative to help bridge gap between innovation research and entrepreneurship
The ACEI Research Fellows program aims to foster dialogue between academics and practitioners about the challenges entrepreneurs face and how researchers can better understand, study and help to alleviate those challenges.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI) has announced a new initiative, the ACEI Research Fellows, which aims to bridge academic research and practice related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
ACEI leaders sought out UTK faculty who are conducting academic research in these areas from a variety of perspectives and invited them to join the ACEI Research Fellows initiative.
Appointed through the end of the 2023-24 academic year, the inaugural ACEI Research Fellows cohort includes:
- Don Bruce, Randy and Jenny Boyd Distinguished Professor, Haslam College of Business; director, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research
- Joan Heminway, Rick Rose Distinguished Professor, College of Law; Interim Director, Institute For Professional Leadership
- Jessica Jones, Assistant Professor, Haslam College
- Brian Krumm, Associate Professor, College of Law
- Myra Loveday, Director, Retail Strategies and Rocky Top Institute, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
- Alex Miller, William B. Stokely Chair in Management, Haslam College; Director Emeritus, Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness
- David Williams, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship; Director of the Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations Program; William B. Stokely Distinguished Scholar, Haslam College
The ACEI Research Fellows program aims to foster dialogue between academics and practitioners about the challenges entrepreneurs face and how researchers can better understand, study and help to alleviate those challenges. With that goal in mind, the fellows will host an annual event showcasing UT’s entrepreneurship and innovation research and share the information with practitioners who can use it to address problems they face in their firms or careers. The first such event is tentatively planned for late April 2023. We’ll update readers when a specific date and time are announced.
The new program provides a welcome opportunity for collaboration among UT scholars from a variety of academic disciplines, Don Bruce said. “I have enjoyed interacting with various faculty and staff around the Anderson Center over the years, and will be delighted to contribute to, and learn from, these exciting new efforts.”