Maria Minniti

Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises
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Minniti holds a PhD in Economics from New York University.

She is the Director of the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES), a research institute housed in the Whitman School of Management. She is also the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at Syracuse University.

Her primary research interests include entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, economic growth, and the entanglement between regulations and innovation.

Prior to joining the Whitman School, Minniti was professor and Bobby B. Lyle Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Minniti has previously taught at Babson College, Skidmore College and New York University, and has held visiting positions at the London Business School, the Max Planck Institute, Humboldt University, Aalto University, and the Copenhagen Business School.
Ph.D., Economics, New York University M.S., Economics, Auburn University B.A., Political Science, University “La Sapienza” of Rome
Entrepreneurial provision of public goods, industry emergence, regulation and innovation, poverty and resilience


  • Down-and-out or here to stay? Practice abandonment and organizational values in the fight against homelessness

    Lucas, D., Park, D.
  • Signals of Quality, Quality of Signals, and Entry in the Moving Industry

    Diaz, F., Amezcua, A.
  • The founder legitimation process among refugee entrepreneurs

    George, K., Moss, T., Williams, T.
  • In the Mix: Organizational Effectiveness and Complex Social Issues

    Stein, D., Koppl, R.
  • Public Sponsorship and the Adoption of New Practices in the Homeless Shelter Industry

    Lucas, D.
  • Game of Drones: Entrepreneurial Firms and Political Strategies in an Emerging Industry

    Palubinskas, A.


  • On the importance of “thresholds” in strategic management research

    2022 Organizational Research Methods, Arin, P., Murtino, S., Spagnolo, N.

  • Trust based banking and SME’s access to credit

    2020 Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Kautonen, T., Fredriksson, A.

  • Boyan Jovanovic: Recipient of the 2019 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

    2019 Small Business Economics,

  • Underperformance Duration and Innovative Search: Evidence from the High-Tech Manufacturing Industry

    2019 Strategic Management Journal ,40,5,836-861, Yu, W., Nason, R.

  • Underperformance Duration and Innovative Search: Evidence from the High-Tech Manufacturing Industry

    2019 Strategic Management Journal,40,5,836-861, Yu, W., Nason, R.

  • Enhancing Product Market Access: Minority Entrepreneurship, Status Leveraging, and Preferential Procurement Programs

    2018 Small Business Economics,50,3,481-498, Shelton, L.

  • Starting a business in late career increases quality of life (Even when it doesn't pay well)

    2017 Harvard Business Review,September 19, Kautonen, T., Kibler, E.

  • Late-career transition and quality of life

    2017 Journal of Business Venturing,32,3,318-333, Kibler, E., Kautonen, T.

  • Managing new technology using malleable profit functions

    2017 IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management,64,2,120-133, Arend, R., Levesque, M.

  • UK credit and discouragement during the GFC

    2016 Small Business Economics, Cowling, M., Liu, W., Zang, N.

  • The foundational contribution to entrepreneurship research of William J. Baumol

    2016 Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,10,2,214-228,

  • Survival and financing of black owned startups in the U.S

    2015 Eastern Economic Journal, Gai, Y.

  • Revisiting the determinants of entrepreneurship: A Bayesian approach

    2015 Journal of Management, Arin, K., Huang, V., Nandialath, A., Reich, O.

  • Health insurance, job lock, and the supply of self-employment

    2015 Journal of Small Business Management, Gai, Y.

  • Ageing and entrepreneurial preferences

    2014 Small Business Economics,42,3,579-594, Kautonen, T., Down, S.

  • Fifty is the new thirty: Ageing well and start-up activities

    2014 Applied Economics Letters,21,16,1161-1164, Kautonen, T.

  • Gender Differences in Entrepreneurial Propensity

    2013 Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics,75,2,213-234, Koellinger, P., Schade, C.

  • How late should johnny-come-lately come?

    2013 Long Range Planning,46,4-5,369-386, Lévesque, M., Shepherd, D.

  • Slipping the surly bonds: The value of autonomy in self-employment

    2012 Journal of Economic Psychology,33,2,355-365, Croson, D.

  • Employees' break-offs and location selection: The birth of industrial clusters

    2012 IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management,59,2,278-292, Lee, I., Lévesque, M.

  • El imprendimiento y el crecimiento economico de las nationes

    2012 Economía Industrial,383,23-30,

  • Cluster Formation by Entrepreneurial Break-offs

    2012 IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management,59,2,278-292, Lee, I., Levesque, M.

  • The Potential Impact of Healthcare Reform on Entrepreneurial Activities in the US

    2011 Health and Ageing, Gai, Y.

  • Demographic Structure and Entrepreneurial Activity

    2011 Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,5, 269–284, Levesque, M.

  • Age matters: How demographics influence aggregate entrepreneurship

    2011 Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,5,3,269-284, Lévesque, M.

  • Female Entrepreneurship and Economic Activity

    2010 European Journal of Development Research,22,3, 294-312,

  • What do we know about the patterns and determinants of female entrepreneurship across Countries?

    2010 European Journal of Development Research,22,3,277-293, Naudé, W.

  • Entrepreneurial types and economic growth

    2010 Journal of Business Venturing,25,3,305-314, Lévesque, M.

  • Female Entrepreneurship and Economic Activity

    2010 European Journal of Development Research,22,3,294-312,

  • Female Entrepreneurship in developing Countries

    2010 UNU-WIDER Angle Newsletter, Naude , W.

  • Entrepreneurs' Decisions on Timing of Entry: Learning from Participation and from the Experience of Others.

    2009 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice,33,2,547-570, Levesque, M., Shepherd, D.

  • Gender issues in entrepreneurship

    2009 Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship,5,7-8,497-621,

  • Unemployment benefits crowd out nascent entrepreneurial activity

    2009 Economics Letters,103,2,96-98, Koellinger, P.

  • Recent Developments in the Economics of Entrepreneurship.

    2008 Journal of Business Venturing,23,6,603-612., Levesque, M.

  • The role of government policy on entrepreneurial activity: Productive, unproductive, or destructive?

    2008 Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice,32,5,779-790,

  • I Think I Can, I Think I Can…: A Study of Entrepreneurial Behavior

    2007 Journal of Economic Psychology,28,502-527, Koellinger, P., Schade, C.

  • Being in Someone Else's Shoes: Gender and Nascent Entrepreneurship

    2007 Small Business Economics,28,2-3,223-239, Nardone, C.

  • The Entrepreneurial Propensity of Women

    2007 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice,31,3,341-364, Langowitz, N.

  • Currency Conversion and the Role of Expectations: The Case of Slovenia

    2007 Economics and Business Review,9,1,5-21, Polutnik, L.

  • Not for lack of trying: American entrepreneurship in black and white

    2006 Small Business Economics,27,1,59-79, Köllinger, P.

  • A Cross-Country Assessment of Government Intervention and Entrepreneurial Activity

    2006 New England Journal of Entrepreneurship,9,1,21-34,

  • Entrepreneurs examined

    2006 Business Strategy Review,17,4,78-82,

  • The Effect of Aging on Entrepreneurial Behavior

    2006 Journal of Business Venturing,21,2,177-194, Levesque, M.

  • Network Externalities

    2005 Encyclopedic Dictionary of Managerial Economics,8,2,173-175, McAuliffe, R.

  • Perceptual Variables and Nascent Entrepreneurship

    2005 Small Business Economics,24,3,233-247, Arenius, P.

  • An Empirical Assessment of Entrepreneurial Behavior: The Case of Italy

    2005 Global Business and Economics Review,7,1,31-46,

  • Entrepreneurship and network externalities

    2005 Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization,57,1,1-27,

  • Organization Alertness and Asymmetric Information in a Spin-Glass Model

    2004 Journal of Business Venturing,19,5,637-658,

  • Women and Early-Stage Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a Large Cross-Country Sample

    2004 Sinergie, Italian Journal of Management (formerly Sinergie, rivista di studi e ricerche),71,4,11-33,

  • Entrepreneurship studies: A stocktaking

    2003 Advances in Austrian Economics,6,9-37,

  • The Importance of Being Unimportant: Bank Lending and Small Firm Financing in Italy

    2002 Global Business & Economic Review,4,2,277-295,

  • A Dynamic Model of Entrepreneurial Learning

    2001 Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice,25,3,5-16, Bygrave, W.

  • The Social Dynamics of Entrepreneurship

    2000 The Social Dynamics of Entrepreneurship,24,3,25-36,

  • The unintended consequences of entrepreneurship

    1999 Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines,9,4, Koppl, R.

  • Financial Development and Small Firms Financing in Slovenia

    1999 Comparative Economic Studies,41,2/3,111-133, Polutnik, L.

  • Entrepreneurial Activity and Economic Growth

    1999 Global Business & Economic Review,11,1,31-42,

  • The Microfoundations of Entrepreneurship

    1999 Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice,23,4,41-52, Bygrave, W.

  • Membership Has Its Privileges: Old and New Mafia Organizations

    1996 Comparative Economic Studies,37,4,31-47,

  • Resilience within constraints: An event-oriented approach to crisis response.

    Journal of Management, Rodriguez, Z., Williams, T.

  • Aug 01, 2023

    Received - 2023 AOM-ENT Mentor Award

    Academy of Management - ENT Division
  • Apr 01, 2023

    Received - 2023 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award

    Syracuse University
  • Apr 01, 2023

    Received - 2023 Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award

    Dept. of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises
  • Jan 01, 2022

    Received - 2022 Recognition for Excellence in Living WSOM Core Values

  • Jan 01, 2020

    Top 2% Most Impactful Researchers Across All sciences

  • Jan 01, 2017

    Faculty Member of the Year Award

  • May 12, 2009

    Award for Outstanding Teaching in the MBA Program

    Cox School of Business - Southern Methodist University
  • Jun 01, 2007

    VdF prize 2007 for best published article

    German Institute for Economic Research - DIW Berlin
  • Jan 01, 2007

    W. Glavin Center for Managerial Leadership Research Fellow

    Babson College
  • Jan 01, 2007

    A. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship Studies Research Fellow

    Babson College
  • Jan 01, 2006

    Center for Women Leadership Research Fellow

    Babson College
  • Jan 01, 2005

    ACES Distinguished Lectureship

    National Science Foundation at Case Western Reserve University
  • Nov 01, 2004

    Haniel Kreis Membership

    Haniel Foundation at Humboldt Universitæt zu Berlin
  • Jun 01, 2004

    Alden Grant for Innovation in Entrepreneurship Education

    Alden Trust
  • May 01, 2003

    Haniel Foundation Research Fellow

    Haniel Foundation and Humboldt Universitæt zu Berlin
  • Sep 01, 1999

    Ann Higdon Term Chair in Economics

    Babson College
  • Sep 01, 1989

    Earhart Foundation Doctoral Fellowship

    Earhart Foundation
  • Aug 01, 1989

    New York University Doctoral Fellowship

    New York University
  • Jan 01, 1988

    Auburn University PhD Fellowship

    Auburn University
  • Starting a Business Can Increase Older Workers’ Quality of Life (Even When It Doesn’t Pay Well)

    September 19, 2017 Harvard Business Review
  • Immigrant and entrepreneurship

    February 24, 2017 CQPress Research