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The mission of the research component of the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital is to:

“Provide impactful research and thought leadership in the areas of entrepreneurship theory, practice, and pedagogy.” 

Current research projects include the exploration of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (Kauffman grant of $150,000; launch scheduled for November 15, 2016) and the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Report.



The Center’s Research Director is Dr. Siri Terjesen, incoming chair in Entrepreneurship. Siri’s research in entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategy has been published in leading journals (e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly) and featured in the media (e.g., Businessweek, Times, Daily Mail). She is an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education, Small Business Economics, and Industry & Innovation.

Siri is a co-author of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s Social Entrepreneurship report on the prevalence of social entrepreneurship in 53 countries around the world and concurrently the Project Director for the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute’s Female Entrepreneurship Index. She is also an affiliated researcher with Catalyst (New York) and the Ratio Institute (Stockholm) and Membership Chair of the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship division. She has received numerous teaching awards from both student organizations and national associations.





2016 GEM Social Entrepreneurship Special Report
by Bosma, Schott, Terjesen and Kew

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) social entrepreneurship activity research is based on interviews with 167 793 adults in 58 economies in 2015, and is thus the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world.

Download full report as PDF