Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His work has been published among other places in Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, and Biological Psychiatry. Eesley previously was an entrepreneur (Lobby 10, Sun Dance Genetics, Learning Friends), early employee (Novo Ed.com), board member/advisor (Blackbird - acquired by Etsy, Lesson Face.com), and investor (Flagship Ventures, Lux Capital).His National Science Foundation of China and Kauffman award supported research focuses on rethinking how the educational and policy environment shapes the economic and entrepreneurial impact of university alumni. Eesley has been playing a growing role in national and international meetings on fostering high-tech entrepreneurship, including advising the U. State Department in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program, Chile (CORFO), Taiwan (ITRI), and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. He currently serves as an independent board director on public as well as private companies in online education and AI/Deep Learning.
STREAM 1: My research in this stream advances theory by introducing novel mechanisms (e.g.
barriers to growth and failure, institutional inconsistency), introducing new concepts (e.g.
Specifically, I have sought to be a leader in investigating the types of environments that encourage the founding of high growth, technology-based firms.
Although I build on previous work that focuses on individual characteristics, network ties, and strategy, my major contribution is to demonstrate that institutions matter.
He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Strategic Management Journal. He has given invited talks in forums with the Prime Minister of Slovenia and keynote addresses in Taiwan, China, and Brazil.
He started his first company while earning a Bachelor's degree from Duke University in 2002 (Biological Basis of Behavior). Eesley spent 2002-2005 doing research at the Duke University Medical Center (schizophrenia) and Duke’s Center for Health Policy (vaccine innovation).My theoretical contributions include introducing such concepts as institutional barriers to growth, skill adequacy and context relevance.I lead the way in broadening our conception of entrepreneurship beyond the developed North American economies.and Mary where he was the recipient of the Chief Justice Lawrence W.I’Anson Award for Exceptional Professional Promise. He then received his doctorate in Strategic Management from the University of North Carolina where he was named a National Doctoral Fellow in Business and where his dissertation on why joint ventures terminate was a finalist (1 of 4) for the Free Press Dissertation Award as the top dissertation in the field of strategy. Naval Intelligence, he is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.STREAM 3: In this stream, I explored how social movement organizations can change firms.My research changes the way we think about how the environment – formal institutions, informal institutions, and industry contexts – influences entrepreneurship.My research challenges widely accepted ideas about entrepreneurship by highlighting taken-for-granted notions that are incomplete or misleading.My studies call into question the assumption that institutions that make it easier to start firms are unambiguously beneficial, and that experienced, diverse founding teams are always superior.I have been fortunate to see an impact of my scholarship, including over 1,574 Google Scholar citations.In future work, I plan to do more studies incorporating software development for data collection and digital platforms for randomized experiments (underway with Novo Ed.com, Alibaba, and Qingfan.com) focusing on issues related to strategic change and entrepreneurship training.