Entrepreneurship and New Business Ventures
Fisher MBAs leave our program as ambitious innovators, leading change in their communities with their well-rounded grasp of business and proven personal and professional skills. Some create their own ways of starting and managing a new business by taking smart risks and swimming in unchartered waters as entrepreneurs.
Others play leading roles in large corporations by accelerating change and innovation as corporate “intrapreneurs.” Entrepreneurs themselves, our distinguished Fisher faculty are dedicated to transforming outstanding individuals into initiators, helping to create the future through a combination of academic study and professional hands-on experience with successful entrepreneurs in the community.
As founder of Fisher's Center for Entrepreneurship, Professor Sharon Alvarez is an expert in entrepreneurship and strategy. She is well known in Columbus's venture capital and entrepreneurship community.
Her course, Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development, is very popular among Fisher MBAs interested in entrepreneurship. Professor Alvarez is currently working on two hot research topics, "Alliances between Entrepreneurial and Large firms," and "Women Entrepreneurs."
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University of Colorado
The Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development course taught by Sharon Alvarez is a "living laboratory," where Fisher MBAs encounter actual situations they willl likely face when they establish their own businesses. Because the class offers extensive interaction with key people in the business community, Fisher MBAs gain invaluable insight and skills for developing their own conceptual models of entrepreneurship and business plans for new product introductions, feasibility and marketing analyses, and transition plans.
Professor Alvarez has worked for companies such as Hiram Walker, Battelle, Celsius Energy, and Texaco Inc., and has served on the boards of many small businesses. She is also an entrepreneur herself, having established and run her own health food business.
Dr. Alvarez's research currently involves theories of entrepreneurship, theories of the firm, and technological alliances between entrepreneurial firms and larger, more established firms. She serves on journal editorial boards and has published articles in well-known business journals, including the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business Venturing. Professor Alvarez also consults with businesses in the biotechnology industry
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S. Michael Camp
Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization
Inc. magazine has likened Michael Camp to "one of those reality-show hosts who crawl around in basements ferreting out neglected antiques," for his work with Fisher's Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization course. For the course, which was named one of 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the nation in 2011 by Inc., Camp, searches the labs at Ohio State and other organizations for technologies that have gone unnoticed commercially.
MBA students along with technical majors and law students are assigned the technologies Camp uncovers to find marketable applications. Many of these technologies lead to successful entries in the annual Ohio State Business Plan Competition hosted annually by Fisher's Center for Entrepreneurship.
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The Ohio State University
Dr. Camp created the award-winning Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Academy to equip students with techniques and business development strategies for evaluating the commercial potential of leading technologies that have significant new business development potential. The TEC Academy is a two-term class taught during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
Dr. Camp's research interests focus on the performance of new ventures and the regional economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. He has published articles in leading journals including Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Throughout his research career, including five years at the Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Camp has directed or led various national and global programmatic research initiatives.
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