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Kelley School of Business
Jack M. Gill Chair of EntrepreneurshipProfessor of EntrepreneurshipExecutive & Academic Director of JCEIDirector, Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy

Dr. Donald F. Kuratko (known as “Dr. K”) is considered a prominent scholar and national leader in the field of

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurial Leadership

Awards, Honors & Certificates

  • The National Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Mentor Award
  • The Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award (inaugural recipient)
  • Top 50 Entrepreneurship Scholars in the World (Scientifica)
  • The Riata Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award
  • The John E. Hughes Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award
  • The National Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Advocate Award
  • Ranked as #1 Entrepreneurship Director in the USA by peers
  • Distinguished Scholar for Corporate Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow
  • National Model Innovative Pedagogy in Entrepreneurship Award
  • National Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator (USASBE)
  • National Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award (National Finalist)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young & Inc. Magazine)
  • National Federation of Independent Business Excellence Award
  • George Washington Medal of Honor in Private Enterprise Education
  • Leavey Foundation Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
  • The Binford Award for Outstanding Contributions to Entrepreneurial Development

Selected Publications

  • Covin, J.G, Garrett, R.P., Jr., Gupta, J.P., Kuratko, D.F., and Shepherd, D.A. (2018), "The interdependence of planning and learning among internal corporate ventures," Forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. DOI: 10.1111/etap.12265.
  • Fisher, G., Kuratko, D.F., Bloodgood, J., & Hornsby, J.S. (2017), “Legitimate to Whom? Audience Diversity and Individual-Level New Venture Legitimacy Judgments,” Journal of Business Venturing 32 (1): 52-71.
  • Rutherford, M.W. & Kuratko, D.F. (2016).  “Toward the Validation of Family Legacy Orientation,” Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 40 (6), 1233-1239.
  • Audretsch, D.B., Kuratko, D.F., & Link, A.N. (2016). “Dynamic Entrepreneurship and Technology-Based Innovation.” Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 26 (3): 603-620.
  • Covin, J.G., Garrett, R.P., Kuratko, D.F. and Shepherd, D.A. (2015). “Value Proposition Evolution and the Performance of Internal Corporate Ventures,” Journal of Business Venturing, 30 (5): 749-774.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Morris, M.H. & Schindehutte, M. (2015). “Understanding the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship through Framework Approaches,” Small Business Economics, 45 (1): 1-15.
  • Audretsch, D.B., Kuratko, D.F., & Link, A.N. (2015). “Making Sense of the Elusive Paradigm of Entrepreneurship,” Small Business Economics, 45 (4): 703-712.
  • Morris, M.H., Neumeyer, X., & Kuratko, D.F. (2015). “A Portfolio Perspective on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development,” Small Business Economics, 45 (4): 713-728.
  • Anderson, B.S., Kreiser, P.N., Kuratko, D.F., Hornsby, J.S., & Eshima, Y. (2015). “Reconceptualizing Entrepreneurial Orientation,” Strategic Management Journal, 36 (10): 1579-1596.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Hornsby, J.S., & Covin, J.G.  (2014).  “Diagnosing a Firm’s Internal Environment for Corporate Entrepreneurship,” Business Horizons, 57 (1): 37-47.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Covin, J.G., & Hornsby, J.S. (2014). “Why Implementing Corporate Innovation is So Difficult,” Business Horizons, 57 (5): 647-655.
  • Kuratko, D.F. & Morris, M.H. (2013). Entrepreneurship & Leadership (Edward Elgar Publishing).
  • Hornsby, J.S., Kuratko, D.F., Holt, D.T., & Wales, W.J. (2013). “Assessing a Measurement of Organizational Preparedness for Corporate Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30 (5): 937-955.
  • Kreiser, P.M., Marino, L.D., Kuratko, D.F., & Weaver, M.K. (2013). “Disaggregating Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Non-Linear Impact of Innovativeness, Proactiveness and Risk-Taking on SME Performance,” Small Business Economics, 40 (2): 273-291.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Goldsby, M.G., & Hornsby, J.S. (2012), Innovation Acceleration, Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishers.
  • Morris, M.H., Kuratko, D.F., & Schindehutte, M. (2012), “Framing the Entrepreneurial Experience,” Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 36 (1): 11-40.
  • Morris, M.H., Kuratko, D.F., & Covin, J.G. (2011), Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3rd Edition), Cengage/South-Western Publishers.
  • Goodale, J.C., Kuratko, D.F., Hornsby, J.S., & Covin, J.G. (2011), “Operations Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Effect of Operations Control on the Antecedents of Corporate Entrepreneurial Activity in Relation to Innovation Performance,” Journal of Operations Management, 29 (1-2): 116-127. 
  • Morris, M. H., D. F. Kuratko, J. A. Allen, R. D. Ireland, and M. Schindehutte (2010), “Resource Acceleration: Extending Resource Based Theory in Entrepreneurial Ventures,” Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 4-25.
  • Holt, D.T., Rutherford, M.W., & Kuratko, D.F. (2010). "Advancing the field of family business research: Further testing the measurement properties of the F-PEC," Family Business Review, 23, (1): 76-88.
  • Kuratko, D.F. & T.J. Brown (2010), “Emerging life sciences ventures: The quest for legitimacy,” Business Horizons, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 211-220.
  • Morris, M.H., Allen, J.A., Kuratko, D.F., & Brannon, D. (2010). “Experiencing Family Business Creation: Differences between Founders, Non-Family Managers, and Founders of Non-Family Firms,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 34 (6): 1057-1084.
  • Ireland, R. D., Covin, J.G., & Kuratko, D.F. (2009). “Conceptualizing Corporate Entrepreneurship Strategy,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 33 (1):19-46.
  • Kuratko, D.F. & Audretsch, D.B. (2009). “Strategic Entrepreneurship: Exploring Different Perspectives of an Emerging Concept,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 33 (1): 1-17.
  • Hornsby, J.S., Kuratko, D.F., Shepherd, D.A., & Bott, J.P. (2009). “Managers’ Corporate Entrepreneurial Actions: Examining Perception and Position,” Journal of Business Venturing, 24 (3): 236-247.
  • Shepherd, D.A. & Kuratko, D.F. (2009), “The Death of an Innovative Project: How Grief Recovery Enhances Learning,” Business Horizons, 52 (5): 451-458.
  • Shepherd, D.A., Covin, J.G., & Kuratko, D.F. (2009). “Project Failure from Corporate Entrepreneurship: Managing the Grief Process,” Journal of Business Venturing, 24 (6): 588-600.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Covin, J.G., & Garrett, R.P. (2009). “Corporate Venturing: Insights from Actual Performance,” Business Horizons, 52 (5): 459-467.
  • Kuratko, D.F. (2009). “The Entrepreneurial Imperative of the 21st Century,” Business Horizons, 52 (5): 421-428.
  • Rutherford, M.W., Kuratko, D.F. & Holt, D.T. (2008), “Examining the Link between Familiness and Performance: Can the F-PEC Untangle the Family Business Theory Jungle?” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 32 (6): 1089-1109.
  • Goodale, J.C., Kuratko, D.F., & Hornsby, J.S. (2008). “Influence-Factors for Operational Control and Compensation in Professional Service Firms,” Journal of Operations Management, 26 (5): 669-688.
  • Kuratko, Donald F. (2005), “The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Education: Development, Trends, and Challenges,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Vol. 29, No. 5, September, pp. 577-598.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Ireland, R.D., Covin, J.G. & Hornsby, J.S. (2005), “A Model of Middle-Level Managers’ Entrepreneurial Behavior,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 29 (6): 699-716.
  • Kuratko, Donald F. and Michael G. Goldsby (2004), “Corporate Entrepreneurs or Rogue Middle Managers: A Framework for Ethical Corporate Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 13-30.
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