The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University Launches the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (EII)

Mar 22, 2011, 13:53 ET from The Johnson School at Cornell University

Institute will align goals across research and practice and ensure Johnson's leadership position in today's critical growth areas of entrepreneurship and innovation

ITHACA, N.Y., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Samuel Curtis  Johnson Graduate School of Management  at Cornell University has announced the formation of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (EII), which will act as a hub for entrepreneurial research, education and programmatic activities.  The formation of EII aligns with Johnson's vision to be a premier global business school and to continue its tradition of offering a truly unique education for entrepreneurs and managers that involves theory and research-based knowledge and a full spectrum of applied entrepreneurship and innovation programs. The formation of EII builds on Johnson's commitment to the greater Cornell community by working with Entrepreneurship@Cornell to connect students to a powerful, well-organized, and dynamic network of teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and innovative corporate leaders.  


"Through this institute, Johnson can take entrepreneurship study and practice from good to great," said Zachary Shulman, Johnson senior lecturer of Entrepreneurship and interim director of EII.  "We want support for entrepreneurship to get bigger and better; to be able to fund more research, hold larger competitions, and have greater alumni engagement.  We want those who know us already to celebrate our strength and growth and for those who don't to open their eyes to Johnson as a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation research, knowledge, programs and collaboration," said Shulman.  

The Institute's Academic Director is Wesley Sine, a J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise. Sine's research is focused on entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and innovation in various contexts including developing countries.  "Johnson needs to be on the cutting edge of knowledge about entrepreneurship and innovation, and we need to share that knowledge," says Sine.  "EII will enable us to attract the best researchers in the world so we can become a hub of knowledge about innovation."  Sine also envisions an entrepreneurship-based "thought leadership initiative" that will connect researchers with practitioners to analyze, critique, and apply research at conferences and off-campus workshops. We intend to produce world class research and share that knowledge with both academics and practitioners. "Through EII we will reach out to entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the world, providing them with the knowledge and training that will help them grow their businesses."

EII is off to a quick start.  The institute has already hosted speakers to Johnson and in January, Sine led a ten-day entrepreneurship course in Saudi Arabia focused on helping local students start businesses.  This is a program that institute leaders expect to be one of many outreach efforts for EII.

The establishment of EII aligns with Johnson's strategic plan, "Building Our Future Together," which specifically addresses the need for Johnson to ensure its commitment to business-related Thought Leadership by enhancing current and establishing new centers and institutes of excellence.  

About the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Founded in 1946, Johnson is Cornell University's graduate school of management. Consistently ranked as one of the top graduate schools of business, the Johnson School builds upon Cornell's depth and breadth of distinguished research and teaching, and its vast, worldwide network of alumni, faculty, and colleagues. The school's "performance learning" approach offers students defined frameworks and analytical tools, combined with expert feedback to solve real problems in real organizations. Deliberately small and extremely selective, the Johnson School maintains an intense, collaborative community, where students develop teamwork and networking skills that foster innovation and deliver results. Programs include one- and two-year MBA degrees, an Executive MBA and the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA, which offers interactive videoconferencing sessions across the U.S. and Canada. For more about the Johnson School please visit:

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