The PhD program in strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Haslam College of Business focuses on the “analysis of entrepreneurial and established companies at the overall, CEO, founder and top-management levels. The program places particular interest on innovation, financial and other performance metrics of individual firms and across industries”.

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Areas of faculty research

  • Employee selection and retention
  • Experiential learning
  • Entrepreneurial decision-making
  • Emotional, relational, cognitive aspects of entrepreneurial teams
  • Entrepreneurial passion
  • Entrepreneurial risks
  • New venture diversification
  • Entrepreneurial characteristics
  • Values-centered entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial process and identity

A distinguishing feature of the PhD program in strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations at the University of Tennessee are weekly sessions called Pathways. These allow students to present current research, receive feedback from faculty, and refine their research focus. Moreover, the Haslam College of Business will host the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in 2023.

UTK also has the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation which fosters an entrepreneurial campus culture by “developing student skills, providing experiential learning opportunities, conducting meaningful entrepreneurial research, and connecting students with mentors and resources that enable them to successfully start and grow new businesses”. This is complemented by the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness whose objective is to bring business-like thinking and solutions to social enterprise organizations.