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PhD alumnus wins Poets&Quants teaching award

Greg FisherGreg Fisher (PhD 2012) recently made Poets&Quants “Top 40 Under 40” list. The list recognizes the rising stars in academia who represent elite schools from around the world. To determine who should receive this award, Poets&Quants asked business school officials, faculty, students and alumni for their top picks.

Fisher, who received a PhD in entrepreneurship and strategy from the Foster School in 2012, is now an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Suresh Kotha, professor of management at the Foster School and Fisher’s PhD advisor, said, “In addition to being a great teacher and researcher, he was one of those really focused PhD students who knew what he wanted. Rarely do you see a PhD student who is so focused and knows what he wants from his PhD program in such a short period of time.” Fisher was also one of the few PhD students at the Foster School to receive an invitation to teach in the Executive MBA Program—positions typically reserved for senior faculty.

In response to winning the award, Fisher said, “It was nice to receive recognition for teaching because you often don’t know if you’re having an impact.” He also said he was honored to be part of the cohort of professionals who also received the award.

When teaching, Fisher brings the content to life. For example, at Foster he taught the business case about HomeGrocer, one of the first online grocery delivery services. In addition to analyzing the case, Fisher invited Terry Drayton, co-founder of HomeGrocer, to his class to talk about the rise and fall of the company. At the Kelley School, he teaches a business case about a bowling alley that goes through a turnaround. To make the case more memorable, Fisher teaches the class at a bowling alley. It’s experiences such as these that Fisher hopes provide a deeper, more impactful learning experience for his students.

Fisher also made the point that becoming a teacher who has impact doesn’t happen overnight. He said, “I’ve been teaching since 2005 and am always looking for ways to improve.” According to Fisher, the five years he spent at Foster as a PhD student served as an apprenticeship. He had the opportunity to see many excellent teachers in action, and would spend time figuring out what they were great at and how to emulate that in his classroom. He also said his time at Foster gave him the confidence and insights necessary to be able to experiment in the classroom.

According to Poets&Quants, “A few common characteristics cut through the whole group: Most, if not all, of the top profs leverage their youthful energy and Generation Y knowledge to create an engaging classroom environment. They naturally build genuine and meaningful relationships with their students, and they pursue another profession or serious hobby on the side.” Fisher’s serious hobby is running. He has run 45 marathons, 16 ultra-marathons and completed three Ironman Triathlons. As for upcoming races, he’s running a marathon in May and doing a triathlon this summer.

Learn more about Greg Fisher and the other “Top 40 Under 40” professors.

Symposium explores new research in technology entrepreneurship

Now in its seventh year, the West Coast Research Symposium and Doctoral Consortium in Technology Entrepreneurship draws faculty and doctoral students from around the globe to present their early-stage research to an audience of their peers. This year’s event, held September 10-12 at the University of Washington, saw a record 91 applications from doctoral students applying for 24 workshop spots. The 67 faculty and student attendees came from the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The first day of the conference is devoted to a workshop for doctoral students on developing a research agenda in technology entrepreneurship and completing and publishing a top-notch dissertation. The faculty are onstage during the next two days, presenting 23 papers. This year presentations were divided into seven sessions: knowledge creation and transfer; corporate venturing and innovation; optimism, risk, and intellectual property, selecting venturing partners; social ties and dynamic capabilities, technology—geography, topography, and legacy; and industry creation.

“The West Coast Research Symposium is an excellent conference for PhD students for so many reasons,” said David Gomulya, a fourth-year doctoral student from the UW. “The opportunity to meet leading scholars and fellow students in an intimate setting is second to none. Most importantly, the relaxed and collegial atmosphere of the conference is what makes it truly a conference to go to. As a student, you’re not afraid to ask questions, and you’ll get excellent and specific feedback.”

UW Professor Suresh Kotha, one of the co-founders of the conference, seconded that sentiment. “Feedback from your peers helps crystallize the research question you’re asking,” he said. “And the questions from the audience are insightful and constructive. Generally about a third of papers presented at this conference will be published in top-tier journals.”

The Conference partners include the center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Washington), the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (USC), the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (Stanford), the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship (University of Oregon), and the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UC Irvine). The Kauffman Foundation provides additional financial support.

The Call for Papers for the 2010 WCRS will be in February 2010.