Wisconsin School of Business

Jonathan (Jon) Eckhardt

Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

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

Jon Eckhardt is the Robert W. Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development and the Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eckhardt is a cofounder of the gener8tor business accelerator, which has helped to build over 50 companies that have gone on to raise over $100 million dollars in venture funding and employ over 1,100 people.

Jon is a Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Distinguished Professor & Editor at the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange.

Professor Eckhardt’s research projects involve the study of various aspects of entrepreneurship, including firm formation, venture finance, initial public offerings, and the role of information in entrepreneurship.

Professor Eckhardt teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive education programs in entrepreneurship offered by the University and he spearheaded the design of the undergraduate degree program in entrepreneurship and the MBA fellowship in enterprise development.

Professor Eckhardt has won several awards for teaching and researching entrepreneurship, including a prestigious $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.

Before entering academia, Professor Eckhardt served in the U.S. Army, was a bond analyst at Legg Mason, and worked in consulting.

Jon is also an avid amateur cyclist. He enjoys talking entrepreneurship 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

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