The PhD in Entrepreneurship at The University of Oklahoma “focuses on learning to conduct cutting-edge research in entrepreneurship from day one by building a community that will last until you receive tenure (and beyond)”!
To ensure the completion of a doctorate in entrepreneurship within four years, OU recruits dedicated students who are keen on research and “promotes a close, mentorship-driven relationship between doctoral students and faculty members, geared toward creating a supportive environment for the fostering and development of scholarship and academic expertise”. This is done via an apprenticeship model to help PhD students quickly learn the peer-review process and benchmarks for top-tier entrepreneurship journals.
Areas of research in entrepreneurship at OU include:
- Entrepreneurial Failure
- Decision Making and Cognition
- Biology/Entrepreneurship Interface
- Entrepreneurial strategy
- Entrepreneurial orientation and Business Performance
- Social entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurial rhetoric
- Compensation strategies in entrepreneurial non-profits
- Research method development
- Opportunity recognition
- Corporate entrepreneurship
The PhD program in Entrepreneurship at The University of Oklahoma is complemented by programs and resources such as an Innovation Hub, experiential learning, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Launch Pad, innovation fund, business incubator, startup accelerator, and an entrepreneurship expo. Moreover, OU has a Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) – “an economic development organization specializing in technology commercialization, software business development, social entrepreneurship, and agile product design”.