This came to me through an email from the Academy of Management. If anyone wants to engage on the topic and you aren’t already registered on their email list, let me know. Meantime I thought just the description was illuminating.
of any PhD programs with outcomes of PhD students starting companies?
This is a rather unusual request- but we wonder if anyone is aware of PhD programs in which the outcomes are PhD students starting companies? There is a unique program at University of Agder in Norway through which several former PhD students have returned
to their home country (Tanzania) and started businesses on the side, in addition to being full professors at the University of Dar Es Salaam. This activity is actually encouraged because the professors have terrific business knowledge and can really stimulate
the local economy by applying it, and professor salaries are low and necessitate a second stream of income. Another unique piece of the model is that the Norwegian professors (and even some other PhD students from the Nordic countries) invest in these Tanzanian
businesses which are now performing quite well, and are a truly diverse portfolio: dairy farm, meat processing, waste management, makeup, and steel building construction.
We are curious is anyone else has seen a model where PhD students are creating businesses after their programs?
Trond Randoy, Neema Mori, Pontus Engstrom, and Siri Terjesen
Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship
Michigan State University
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East Lansing, MI 48824
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