Ted Ladd wins "Academic Paper Most Relevant to Practicing Entrepreneurs" | Weatherhead

Ted Ladd wins "Academic Paper Most Relevant to Practicing Entrepreneurs"

Posted 1.13.2016

Ted Ladd

The award was presented at the U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference in San Diego. Ladd, a PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems candidate, wrote "Is Business Model Validation Valid?" on the value of hypothesis testing.

Ladd also presented a talk, "Personality Traits and Improvisation as Microfoundations of Entrepreneurial Dynamic Capabilities in a Cleantech Accelerator":

Experimentation is a vital entrepreneurial dynamic capability to refine a venture’s business model prior to a successful launch into a rapidly changing marketplace. This exploratory analysis finds that the team leader’s conscien- tiousness is a significant microfoundational antecedent of experimentation. However, contrary to other studies, neither other Big Five traits nor the proclivity for improvisation is also a significant. This research contributes to the search for teachable skills and customization by personality type that would amplify entrepreneurial learning routines. It also highlights the need for improved scales that reflect the nuances of experimentation and other forms of customer interaction.

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