Jun 15, 2006    #102
Contact: Nick Barron

Top-Notch Economist Joins Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

David Audretsch, ranked as one of the top 100 economists in the world, has accepted a faculty position as the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He will have an important leadership role in the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) at the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration.

Audretsch is currently the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University and director of the Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany. He has published 30 books including Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth (Oxford University Press, 2005) and The Entrepreneurial Society (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is co-editor of Small Business Economics and has published over 100 scholarly articles. His research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation must be understood as best occurring in a region where private sector, public sector, and research university partners work collaboratively to discover new ideas and move them through a developmental process leading to commercialization,” Homer Erekson, Bloch School Dean, said. “David Audretsch is recognized as the leading world scholar understanding the environmental factors that enable a region to have entrepreneurship and innovation as key drivers of economic development.”

Audretsch has won the International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research and in 2003 was listed in the top 100 most cited economists in the world, according to Tom Coupe, Ph.D., of Economics Education and Research Consortium at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Audretsch joins highly-regarded IEI professors Michael Song, Ph.D., and Mark Parry, Ph.D., at the Bloch School. Song is the executive director of IEI, holds the Charles N. Kimball, MRI/Missouri Endowed Chair in Management of Technology and Innovation and is professor of marketing at the Bloch School. Parry is the Ewing M. Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair Entrepreneurial Leadership, professor of marketing at the Bloch School and a senior leader at IEI.

The faculty of IEI lead cutting-edge research programs that create new knowledge and models for emerging businesses.

“World-class research is vital to the success of innovative, successful collaborations between universities and industry in our knowledge-based economy,” says Michael Song, executive director of the Institute. “David Audretsch is one of the world’s leading research scholars. The expertise he brings to the Institute’s faculty leadership is of great value to UMKC and to the entire Kansas City area.”

Audretsch has consulted for the World Bank, European Parliament, the National Academy of the Sciences, the United Nations, and the Federal Trade Commission. He has taught at Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.), Tinbergen Institute (The Netherlands), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), and the Durham Business School (Durham, England). He has a bachelors degree in economics from Drew University and masters and doctorates degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Bloch School provides an educational experience that combines the best in academic programs with exciting entrepreneurial experiences, connecting students to business leaders and scholars, and providing hands-on experiences in visualizing and designing new enterprises.

The Bloch School is Kansas City’s only institution that is fully accredited in both business and public administration by prestigious, international accrediting bodies that set rigorous standards for their member institutions to maintain. In business, the Bloch School is accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, which accredits only eight percent of the business schools in the world. In public administration, the Bloch School’s public affairs program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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