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's work bridges research and practice. He 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 49 companies that have gone on to raise over $100 million dollars in venture funding and employ over 400 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.

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 Published Journal Articles


Eckhardt, J. (2016). Welcome Contributor or No Price Competitor?: Public Innovation and Commercial Entrepreneurship. Strategic Management Journal (37), 742-762.
Eckhardt, J. (2014). Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Individual-Opportunity Nexus. Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship (9), 406.
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.
Eckhardt, J. (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-.
Eckhardt, J. Book Review: Models of Opportunity. Administrative Science Quarterly

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. Making Business School Research More Relevant. Harvard Business Review Online
Eckhardt, J. University-Based Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. Wisconsin Business Voice

Undergraduate Courses


Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Course DescriptionGeneral management course that analyzes and integrates growth patterns and business disciplines in context of nascent and high growth firms.
(MHR 427 Section 1), Spring 2009.

Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Course DescriptionGeneral management course that analyzes and integrates growth patterns and business disciplines in context of nascent and high growth firms.
(MHR 427), Spring 2005.

Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Course DescriptionGeneral management course that analyzes and integrates growth patterns and business disciplines in context of nascent and high growth firms.
(MHR 427), Spring 2006.

Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Course DescriptionGeneral management course that analyzes and integrates growth patterns and business disciplines in context of nascent and high growth firms.
(MHR 427), Fall 2006.

Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Course DescriptionThis course traverses key topics in entrepreneurial management such as intellectual property rights, opportunity assessment, timing, and organization design with the purpose of identifying and managing the small firm growth problem.
(MHR 427 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies
Course DescriptionGeneral management course that analyzes and integrates growth patterns and business disciplines in context of nascent and high growth firms.
(MHR 427 Section 1), Spring 2008.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Fall 2002.

Small Business Maanagement/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Fall 2003.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Spring 2003.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Fall 2004.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Spring 2004.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Spring 2005.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Fall 2005.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 422), Spring 2006.

Venture Growth Strategies (MHR 365), Spring 2003.

Venture Growth Strategies (MHR 365), Spring 2004.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship (MHR 236), Spring 2008.

Global Strategy
Course DescriptionThis is an eight week intensive course in strategy. The course is divided into two units. In the first unit we will cover the fundamentals of strategy with a focus on business unit strategy using internal and external frameworks. In the second unit—corporate venturing and innovation—we will integrate innovation and strategy through the field of entrepreneurship.
(Kohls 2 Section 1), Fall 2011.



Graduate Courses


Emerging Entrepreneurship Theory and Research
Course DescriptionThis PhD seminar explores contemporary entrepreneurship theory and research topics; providing students an opportunity to probe and develop scholarly theories of entrepreneurial behavior and outcomes. The course will incorporate presentations by the instructor, students and invited speakers.
(MHR 977 Section 1), Spring 2009.

Emerging Entrepreneurship Theory and Research
Course DescriptionThis PhD seminar explores contemporary entrepreneurship theory and research topics; providing students an opportunity to probe and develop scholarly theories of entrepreneurial behavior and outcomes. The course will incorporate presentations by the instructor, students and invited speakers.
(MHR 977 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Wisconsin Fellows Career Seminar
Course DescriptionThis course is a professional socialization seminar in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development for students admitted into the Wisconsin Fellows in Enterprise Development Program. This seminar will meet weekly to discuss entrepreneurship and enterprise development as a career and a profession.
(MHR 765 Section 005), Fall 2013.

Wisconsin Fellows Career Seminar
Course DescriptionThis course is a professional socialization seminar in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development for students admitted into the Wisconsin Fellows in Enterprise Development Program. This seminar will meet weekly to discuss entrepreneurship and enterprise development as a career and a profession.
(MHR 765 Section 003), Fall 2014.

New Venture Creation
Course DescriptionCourse is based on premise that entrepreneurs capitalize upon opportunities created by change. It encourages transforming ideas into action by helping students develop their own venture plans. Students will be trained in critical evaluation of content and structure of plans.
(MHR 734), Fall 2006.

Entrepreneurial Management
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 722 Section 1), Fall 2008.

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 722), Fall 2006.

Entrepreneurial Management
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 722 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Entrepreneurial Management
Course DescriptionDescribes activities and skills necessary to start and manage a small business. Includes operation of an actual enterprise and field studies of local small businesses.
(MHR 722 Section 1), Spring 2008.



Professional Organizations


Academy of Management

Academy of Management


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


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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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