New Projects in Business Education

Oxford partners to support management research, Kauffman Foundation ignites entrepreneurship.


The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has entered into a partnership with the European banking group Intesa Sanpaolo to support research into management studies. As part of the partnership, the banking group will fund the Intesa Sanpaolo Research Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. The first to serve in this position is Rita Mora, who will work with Alan Morrison, professor of law and finance, on research projects related to ethics, tacit contracts, and the intersection between finance, reputation, and the law in investment banking. Based in the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, Mora also will contribute to case study development in the field of reputation studies.


Jon Eckhardt, executive director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management and human resources at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has received a US$425,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation based in Kansas City, Missouri. The grant is part of the foundation’s three-year $2.9 million “Uncommon Methods and Metrics” initiative. Launched in March, the initiative will fund 14 researchers in a bid to create a nationwide model for effective entrepreneurship.

Building on his 2015 survey of UW students about their attitudes toward and experiences with entrepreneurship, Eckhardt and his team will study what drives people to become entrepreneurs and what university-based experiences might make startup generation more likely.

Eckhardt is one of three business professors to receive “Uncommon Methods” grants. The others include Rembrand M. Koning, assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts; and Banu Özkazanç-Pan, associate professor of management at the University of Massachusetts–Boston. Other recipients include a professor of industrial engineering at the University of California, Berkeley; two entrepreneurs; and eight executives.

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