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The Center for Integrative Leadership presents....


 Friday Leadership Research Forum: Leadership Research In and Across Sectors


During the 2011-2012 academic year CIL will host a monthly Friday Leadership Research Forum where participants and presenters will discuss and debate research conducted by University faculty, students and community members on leadership issues that span boundaries in and across sectors.


Friday, February 24, 2012
123 Science Teaching and Student Services Building, East Bank UM

Dan Forbes

Designing Entrepreneurial Teams:
Evidence from University-Based Startups


This Friday Leadership Research Forum will feature Associate Professor Dan Forbes from the Carlson School of Management. 


Abstract (co-authored with Mary E. Zellmer-Bruhn and Harry J. Sapienza from the Carlson School of Management and Patricia S. Borchert from U. of Minnesota - Duluth, Labovitz School of Business & Economics):

Integrative leadership often calls for small groups of people from different professional backgrounds to come together and work together towards a common goal.  Entrepreneurial teams represent one setting where this need exists.  The need for cross-disciplinary, cross-sector collaboration is particularly acute for entrepreneurial teams that seek to commercialize university-based inventions.  In recent years, management researchers have begun to study entrepreneurial teams.  That research has focused on the extent to which teams’ structure and composition affect their performance.  However, we still know little about how entrepreneurial teams form in the first place.  This is unfortunate, because team formation encompasses critical choices that can exert long-term, path-dependent effects on the teams and the efforts they lead.  In this study, we focused on the earliest steps taken toward team formation during the pre-startup stage and asked, “How do nascent founders design entrepreneurial teams?”  To investigate this question, we conducted an inductive, five-year longitudinal study based on in-depth interviews with nine university-based inventors exploring the development of startup firms.  Focusing on academic inventors allowed us to identify inventions around which entrepreneurial teams might form before those teams had actually taken shape.  Spotlighting the principles nascent founders invoke as they consider creating teams, we identified three alternative cognitive models that capture key variations in how nascent founders think about their early-stage teams.  We then developed propositions about how each model influences a formation process and a set of compositional and structural features.  These models, their features, and the consequences they imply provide insight into how startup teams actually form and how new organizations emerge.  More generally, they illustrate several different ways people approach collective tasks that require the successful integration of knowledge and skills from different domains.

This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Program on Innovation & Organizational Change, Grant # SES-0322-512.  The presenter & corresponding author for the February Research Forum will be Daniel Forbes; he can be reached at forbe010@umn.edu.

Forum Organizers and Hosts:
Jodi Sandfort, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Paul M. Vaaler, Carlson School of Management

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 A light lunch and drinks will be provided
Participation is free of charge, but registration is requested by clicking the register button above.

Space is limited so register early.



Visit the CIL website at www.leadership.umn.edu 


When & Where

119 Science Teaching and Student Services Building
222 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Friday, February 24, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

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