Wisconsin School of Business

Jonathan (Jon) Eckhardt

Associate Professor - Management & Human Resources, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development

Jon is a Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Distinguished Professor & Editor at the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has appointments at the Wisconsin School of Business and he is a Discovery Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). At the WID he is currently managing a team of researchers who are studying entrepreneurship and innovation in academia. He has taught in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive education programs. 

Jon Eckhardt is involved in leadership, research, and business. From 2012-2019, he was the Executive Director for the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship where he revitalized the program, transforming it into a campus wide program with an enrollment of over 1,600. This work included engaging alumni, fundraising, launching academic programs, and improving existing programs. 

Eckhardt's involvement in business includes roles as a cofounder of the gener8tor business accelerator, which has helped to build over 85 companies that have gone on to raise over $250 million dollars in venture funding and employ over 2,500 people. He serves on profit and non-profit boards, and advises on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the application of data science to business. He has given talks on entrepreneurship and innovation to business groups including at business retreats and c-suite board meetings. 

Professor Eckhardt involves business leaders in his research projects, which involve the study of various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation, including venture finance, initial public offerings, the role of information in entrepreneurship, and student entrepreneurship. 

Professor Eckhardt has won several awards for teaching and researching entrepreneurship, including a $50,000 fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for establishing a record of scholarship that is making significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.

Prior to becoming a professor, Jon Eckhardt served in the U.S. Army, he analyzed fixed income securities for Legg Mason Capital Management and Legg Mason Funds Advisor, and he worked in economic consulting.

Jon is also an avid amateur cyclist. He enjoys debating the topics of the day while cycling with students, alumni, and fellow faculty up and down the rolling hills of South Central Wisconsin.

Selected Accepted Journal Articles

Eckhardt, J. (2018). The Distinctive Domain as a Durable Way Forward. Seminal Ideas for the Next Twenty-Five Years of Advances (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth) (21), 21-33.

Selected Published Journal Articles

Eckhardt, J. & Ciuchta, M. & Carpenter, M. (2018). Open Innovation, Information, and Entrepreneurship Within Platform Ecosystems. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (12), 369-391.
Eckhardt, J. & Junkunc, M. & Li, M. (2018). Technical Specialized Knowledge and Founder Leadership at Initial Public Offering. Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange
Eckhardt, J. (2018). An Interview with David Teece, a Practicing Business Intellectual. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange
Eckhardt, J. & Wetherbe, J. (2016). Connecting Business Research to Practice. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange
Eckhardt, J. (2014). Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Individual-Opportunity Nexus. Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship (9), 406.
Eckhardt, J. (2014). Book Review: Models of Opportunity: How Entrepreneurs Design Firms to Achieve the Unexpected. Administrative Science Quarterly (59), 35-38.
Eckhardt, J. (2013). Opportunities in Business Model Research. Strategic Organization (11), 412-417.
Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2011). An update to the Individual Opportunity Nexus. The Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research, 2nd edition
Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2011). Industry changes in technology and complementary assets and the creation of high growth-firms. Journal of Business Venturing (26), 412-430. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.01.003.
Junkunc, M. & Eckhardt, J. (2009). Technical Specialized Knowledge and Secondary Shares in Initial Pubilc Offerings. Management Science (55), 1670-1687..
Makri, M. & Junkunc, M. & Eckhardt, J. (2008). Technological Diversification, Cumulativeness and Venture Capital Exit: M&A Versus IPO. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (7)
Eckhardt, J. & Ciuchta, M. (2008). Selected Variation: The Population Level Implications of MultiStage Selection in Entrepreneurship. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (2), 209-224..
Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. & Delmar, F. (2006). Multi-Stage Selection and the Funding of New Ventures. Management Science (52), 220-232..
Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2003). The Individual Opportunity Nexus. The Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research, 161-194.
Eckhardt, J. (2003). Opportunities and Entrepreneurship. The Journal of Management (29), 333-349..
Eckhardt, J. & Eckhardt, R. (1995). Ancient trans-species polymorphisms shared by African and Asian Hominoidea preclude assignment of Dryopithecus to a Pongo clade. (20), 86.
Ripley, C. & Beals, S. & Jorganic, E. & Pomatto, E. & Manwaring, K. & Moss, S. & Sommer, H. & Eckhardt, J. & Eckhardt, R. (1995). Mathematical modeling of cranial molding: super quadric images document rapid change of cranial form in response to environmental influences. (20), 181.
Eckhardt, R. & Eckhardt, D. & Eckhardt, J. (1988). Are Racehorses Becoming Faster? (Scientific Correspondence). Nature (335), 773-.

Practitioner-Oriented Publications

Eckhardt, J. (2017). To Find Product-Market Fit, Look Beyond the Market. Wisconsin School of Business Forward Thinking Blog
Eckhardt, J. (2017). For the Best Customer Data, Look Beyond the Market. Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange
Eckhardt, J. (2015). Should I participate in a business accelerator?. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange
Eckhardt, J. (2014). University-Based Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. Wisconsin Business Voice
Eckhardt, J. & Wetherbe, J. Making Business School Research More Relevant. Harvard Business Review Online

Learning/Teaching Oriented Publications

Eckhardt, J. (2018). T-Shirt Project Teaches Customer Discovery to Future Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange

Professional Organizations

Academy of Management

Sigma Xi

Institute for Operations Research and Management Science

Editorial and Reviewing Activities

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange - Since August 2017
Associate Editor

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange - August 2014 - August 2017
Editorial Board Member

Journal of Business Venturing - Since January 2006
Editorial Board Member

Photograph of Jonathan Eckhardt

Jonathan (Jon) Eckhardt

Associate Professor | Management & Human Resources, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development
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