Andrea Larson

Associate Professor Emerita of Business Administration

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship Sustainable Business and Innovation

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University 

Associate Professor Emerita of Business Administration Andrea Larson taught in the MBA program and Executive Education in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business. Sustainable business strategies integrate economic, social and environmental performance considerations into product design, operations and supply chain management. Building on earlier research in entrepreneurship, alliances and network structures, her work focused on innovative entrepreneurial firms engaged in sustainable business as a strategic and competitive advantage.

She has published in Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Business VenturingEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Interfaces. Her work has also appeared in edited volumes on innovation, green chemistry, ethics and entrepreneurship. In 2002, Larson was co-founder of the Ingenuity Project, a program to integrate theory and practice on entrepreneurship/innovation together with sustainable business practices and to encourage their use in management education and companies. Entrepreneurship theory, green chemistry principles, industrial ecology and cradle-to-cradle design are illustrative of the core approaches. Larson speaks in variety of venues on entrepreneurship and sustainability topics and, by invitation, provided Congressional testimony on U.S. policy to encourage development of greentech innovations.

She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, awarded jointly by the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, focused on economic development and entrepreneurship.

Selected Publications

Larson, Andrea. "Clean Commerce: Seeing Opportunity Through a Sustainability Lens," in New Venture Creation:Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century, Jeffrey Timmons and Stephen Spinelli  , McGraw-Hill Irwin, 8th edition, November 2008.

Geoff Archer, Andrea Larson, Mark White, and Jeff York. "Green Chemistry and EVA: A Framework for Incorporating Environmental Action into Financial Analysis," in Innovative Approaches to Global Sustainability, Charles Wankel and James A.F. Stoner (Editors), Palgrave Macmillian: New York, NY, November 2008, 83-102.


Selected Books

Larson, Andrea.  Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Flat World Publishing, 2011.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Andrea Larson's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.