Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Grants to Support Lee Business School Faculty Research

Jun. 10, 2020

Lee Business School (LEE) Office of the Dean and the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Troesh Center) announce grants to support rigorous entrepreneurship-related faculty research across all five LEE academic units, including the departments of Economics, Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology, Marketing, Finance, and Accounting.     

Twelve grant proposals totaling $87,500 were accepted. “Grants are designed to support research that will expand knowledge about entrepreneurship and innovation and promote scholarly advancement through potential publication in top-tier academic journals” said Yong Li, Director of Research for the Troesh Center. A sample of general research topics include:

“Learning from Entrepreneurial Role Models in Developing Countries” 

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Hans Rawhouser analyses the importance of growth-oriented role models and peers to entrepreneurs in developing countries. 

“Product Market Competition and Total Liquidity Management” 

Associate Professor of Finance Daniel Chi explores how competition affects the use of credit lines and cash given a crucial element for staying and winning the competition game is ample liquidity. 

“The Impact of Labor Relations on Entrepreneurship: A Heteroskedasticity-Based Instrumental Variables Approach” 

Associate Professor of Economics Ian McDonough examines the causal relationship between regulations and entrepreneurship, suggesting that regulatory stringency is inversely related to regional entrepreneurship activity. 

“Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Biased Client Statements to Improve the Auditor-client Inquiry Process?

Professor of Accounting Robyn Raschke and Associate Professor of Accounting Aaron Saiewitz will demonstrate the evaluative capabilities of an AI-based automated inquiry system which they hypothesize will be able to identify aggressive reporters (i.e. clients who aim to report income as high as possible) versus accurate reporters at a rate greater than chance and greater than human auditors. 

“I Am, Therefore, I Sell: Low Salesperson Self-Esteem and Sales Performance” 

Associate Professor of Marketing Nadia Pomirleanu examines how self-esteem and self-verification affect sales performance, including the role self-esteem plays in a salesperson gravitating towards a specific sales strategy.  

Other grant recipients include: Associate Professor of MIS Sutirtha Chatterjee, Assistant Professor of Management Richard Gardner, Associate Professor of MIS Han fen Hu, Assistant Professor of Economics Emir Malikov, Associate Professor of MIS Greg Moody, Assistant Professor of Finance Ankur Pareek, and Associate Professor of Finance Andrew Zhang.

“We are very pleased to provide these resources for our faculty to explore research that links their respective disciplines to entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Lee Business School Dean Paulette Tandy. “These resources were made possible through the generosity of Dennis and Carol Troesh and the Charles Koch Foundation via a multi-year gift to support the mission of the Troesh Center.” 

Abstracts for all twelve research projects can be found at: