Management and sociology professor Howard Aldrich researches entrepreneurship, the origins of new organizational populations, gender differences in business management and organizational evolution.
Among his research projects is a study of the process by which entrepreneurial teams are founded, and it focuses on similarity and differences between team members. He also is examining the contributions made by voluntary association membership to entrepreneurial success, as well as how to design courses and classroom activities to promote active learning.
Dr. Aldrich is Kenan Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology. He won the Carlyle Sitterson Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2002.
In 2000, the Swedish Foundation of Small Business Research named him the Entrepreneurship Researcher of the Year and the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management presented him with a Distinguished Career of Scholarly Achievement award.
His book, "Organizations Evolving", won the Academy of Management George Terry Award as the best management book published in 1998-99, and was co-winner of the Max Weber Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work.
He received his PhD and MA from the University of Michigan and his BA from Bowling Green State University.