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Mahka Moeen receives Kauffman Foundation fellowship

Mahka Moeen, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, received the prestigious Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The program recognizes junior faculty members in the U.S. whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship. Each fellow’s university will receive a grant of $35,000 over several years to support their research activities.

“Supporting new and emerging scholars studying entrepreneurship helps us identify important new trends,” said Dane Stangler, vice president of research and policy at the foundation. “The Fellows’ future research will be translated into knowledge with application for policymakers, educators, service providers and entrepreneurs on several topics.”

Moeen’s entrepreneurship research focuses on the co-evolution of entrepreneurial firms and nascent industries. She has studied the entrepreneurial strategies used during the incubation period of an industry – the critical period between the introduction of a technological discovery and the first product commercialization. Before product commercialization, firms typically invest efforts in developing and understanding the underlying technology, experimenting with alternative trajectories and transforming the technological opportunities for commercial value.

The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship is one of three academic recognition programs established by the Kauffman Foundation to help build a body of respected entrepreneurship research. The other programs are the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, which Moeen received in 2012, and the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

The Academy of Management recognized the seven fellows at its annual meeting in Anaheim, California.