Batten Fellows 2012

The 2011-2012 Batten Fellows Program  is hosting two exceptional scholars who are working in partnership with the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business to pursue research in entrepreneurship and innovation.  This year’s process was highly selective, and the review committee awarded only two fellowship out of fifteen strong proposals. The Institute is pleased to announce that next year’s Fellows are Béatrice Boulu-Reshef and Graciela Kuechle.  

Dr. Boulu-Reshef is currently a Visiting Scholar at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  She earned her PhD in Economics from University Lumière of Lyon where she developed research interests in behavioral, organizational and social economics. Dr. Boulu-Reshef will collaborate with the Batten Institute’s Sean Carr on experimental research  exploring how entrepreneurs use affordable loss reasoning (in contrast to return on investment reasoning) affects their decision to ‘take the plunge’ to start a new venture.  The new knowledge developed during Dr. Boulu-Reshef’s fellowship will generate scholarly articles, teaching materials, and a novel experimental scenario instrument. 

Dr. Kuechle currently holds research positions at the University of Deusto and the Basque Institute of Competitiveness in San Sebastián, Spain. She is originally from Argentina and earned her PhD from the University of California in Los Angeles. She subsequently earned her Habilitation—Europe’s highest possible and most rigorous academic achievement—by developing research on individual and population dynamics of entrepreneurship. Dr. Kuechle has set out an ambitious research agenda for her partnership with Darden Professor Saras Sarasvathy. They will undertake two parallel projects that apply economic modeling to the phenomenon of entrepreneurship generally, and use similar methods to mathematically model Professor Sarasvathy’s theory of effectuation.  This research agenda will culminate with the publication of three peer-reviewed journal articles and an in-depth book on the topics.  

The Batten Institute annually selects thought leaders—both scholars and research-oriented practitioners—into its prestigious Research Fellows Program. More than 60 Fellows with diverse backgrounds and expertise have generated new intellectual knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, all of which have important implications for academia and the world of practical affairs. These appointments have offered researchers the time and space to think creatively about how entrepreneurship and innovation address society’s most serious challenges. Fellows have opportunities to use their residencies to build associations within the University of Virginia and are encouraged to generate high-impact intellectual capital in collaboration with leading scholars. 

The BattenFellows Program is currently accepting proposals until 15 May 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Those who are interested in this opportunity are invited to review the information on the Batten Fellows Program webpages

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