About This Theme

Theme active: September 2018-present

The interdisciplinary themes provide a nexus for faculty collaboration across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, focusing on research, broad teaching and learning initiatives, and external engagement. Cornell SC Johnson College of Business faculty, students, alumni, and industry leaders engage in the development of new products, services, business models, and technologies. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, scientists, and engineers, in new and established enterprises across a range of industries, collaborate with us as well, benefiting from our expertise.

The Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (IET) interdisciplinary theme bridges strengths in the Dyson School, the Johnson School, and the Nolan School of Hotel Administration as it supports connections among Cornell’s larger entrepreneurial and tech communities.

IET faculty members hold senior editorial positions at top management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and Organization Science, and aim to provide thought leadership across a variety of social science perspectives.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology co-hosted the Institutions and Entrepreneurship Conference with McGill University on June 8-10, 2023.

Key Areas

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology is an interdisciplinary theme of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Its vision is to collaborate for thought leadership and to create a hub of cutting-edge research, innovative teaching, and collaborative industry engagement for the study and understanding of evolving economies and quality of life around the world.

Cornell has a rigorous presence in many areas that makes us a leader in the understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Fintech
  • Agriculture
  • Agribusiness
  • Business school
  • Organizational behavior
  • Economics

Theme Outcomes

Faculty involved in the IET theme are working to create and sustain an exciting environment in which research and the exchange of ideas build the college’s scholarship in innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Goal #1

Investment in IET Research

By supporting seminars, PhD courses, and workshops to facilitate research and conversation while establishing the college’s authority in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology

A student presenting about Pepper the robot
Goal #2

Coordination of IET Activities and External Outreach

By making connections between the college and potential partners or tech companies looking for engagement opportunities with students and faculty on IET management topics

Student sit on an ehub panel
Goal #3

Coordination and Development of IET Curricula

By creating programming and courses that provide the college’s students and executive education participants access to specialized content and IET faculty

Recently Funded Research


Entrepreneurship as a salve for Romani unemployment

Johnson PhD student Grady Raines and Professor Wesley Sine have received IET funding to study unemployment among the Romani ethnic group in Europe. Romani have endured formal and informal discrimination since the 14th century, leading to widespread economic hardship. This project seeks to explore entrepreneurship as a possible remedy.


The role of structural holes in shaping behavior on creative projects

Johnson PhD student Andrew Foley and professor Gautam Ahuja will write a conceptual paper examining models of brokerage focused on structural holes. While the tertius gaudens (TG) model shows brokers retaining power and control by maintaining separation, the authors argue that the tertius iungens (TI) approach, connecting disjunct individuals, is more appropriate in the context of creative projects.


How award-givers affect innovation

Johnson PhD student Cathy Lu and Nolan Assistant professor Heeyon Kim explore the intention of award-givers to promote innovation by curbing conventional or outdated ideas from winning. The authors question whether this approach indeed drives innovation, and will bring their findings to the Academy of Management’s August 2022 symposium “Cultural Production, Creativity, and Networks.”

Faculty Co-directors

Chris Forman

Chris Forman

Peter and Stephanie Nolan Professor

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Wesley Sine

Professor of Management and Organizations

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Steering Committee Leadership

Steve Carvell

Professor of Finance; Engagement Committee Leader

Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

Kevin Kniffin

Assistant Professor; Director, Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Decision Research (LEEDR)

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Aija Leiponen

Professor; Research Committee Leader

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Supporting Organizations and Programs

Cornell University

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

A diverse, university-wide program that finds and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in participants from every college, every field, and in every stage of life.

Co-Publisher: SC Johnson College of Business

Global Innovation Index

Providing 80 detailed metrics for 129 economies in 2019, the GII has become one of the leading references for measuring an economy’s innovation performance.

Nolan School of Hotel Administration

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship engages leading industry experts and faculty to educate students and provide them with experiential opportunities to learn all aspects of entrepreneurship.

PhD Students

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