Cox Pahnke receives Schulze Distinguished Professorship for entrepreneurship research

Emily Cox Pahnke

Emily Cox Pahnke, an associate professor of management and the Lawrence P. Hughes Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business, has been awarded a multi-year development grant through the Schulze Distinguished Professorship program.

This program of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation selects one or two outstanding entrepreneurship scholars each year and provides three years of funding to support their innovative research and teaching as a way to “meaningfully improve the odds of success for future generations of entrepreneurs.”

Appropriately, Pahnke’s research, at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and finance, focuses on understanding the resources that make ventures successful.

For instance, her recent study (with colleague Ben Hallen) in the Academy of Management Journal demonstrated that the wrong kind of investor can inhibit a new venture’s ability to innovate.

Her doctoral work in management science and engineering at Stanford University won fellowships from the Kauffman Foundation and National Science Foundation. She received the Industry Study Association’s Best Dissertation Award and was a finalist for the Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

That same division awarded her its Past Chair’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2017.

Pahnke has been an equally potent force in the classroom at Foster, where she has taught Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs to Foster undergraduate students, Entrepreneurial Strategy to MBAs, and Innovation and Organizations and The Sociological Foundations of Entrepreneurship to doctoral students.

In 2015, she became one of 13 Foster School faculty members to receive the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.

And earlier this year, Pahnke was elected representative-at-large to the Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and appointed to the editorial boards of two leading journals: Administrative Quarterly and Organization Science.

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