Haas Conference to Remember Prof. John Freeman, March 12-13

The Haas School is hosting an academic conference on entrepreneurship, innovation, and organization in honor of late Haas Professor John Freeman on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13.

The conference is organized by Jerome Engel, faculty director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business David J. Teece. Additional speakers include Haas Professor Jennifer Chatman and former Haas Professors Glenn Carroll and Charles O’Reilly as well as faculty from around the world. The invitation-only conference is targeted at faculty and PhD candidates.

John Freeman, the late Leo B. Helzel Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and faculty director of the Lester Center, was a leader in the field of entrepreneurship and organizational ecology. He died from a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 63.

The conference will explore how prominent viewpoints on how firms get established, evolve, and adapt contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship, the business enterprise, and the economic system. The conference will also highlight Freeman’s pioneering contributions to organizational ecology.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is supporting the conference and the publication of its conference papers in a special issue of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change (Oxford University Press). The Kauffman Foundation provided funding for a multidisciplinary series of research projects at UC Berkeley titled Causes and Consequences of Entrepreneurship that were managed by Freeman.

For more information about the conference, contact Pat Murphy at murphy@haas.berkeley.edu.

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