Management

Donna DeCarolis is the founding Dean of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University.

Education

BA History - Cabrini College, Radnor, PA 1979
MBA Management - Villanova University 1988
Ph.D. Strategic Management - Temple University 1995

Selected Works

Articles

DeCarolis, Donna , Yang, Yi , Deeds, David and Nelling, Edward . “Weathering The Storm: The Benefit of Resources to High-Technology Ventures Navigating Adverse Events” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 3.2 (Jun 2009):147-160

DeCarolis, Donna and Deeds, D. . “Weathering the Storm: The Benefit of Resources to High Technology Ventures Navigating Adverse Events” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 3.2 (Jun 2009):147-160

DeCarolis, Donna , Litzky, Barrie and Eddleston, Kimberly . “Why Networks Enhance the Progress of New Venture Creation: The Influence of Social Capital and Cognition” ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE . (Mar 2009):527-545

DeCarolis, Donna and Saparito, Patrick . “Social capital, cognition and entrepreneurial opportunities: A theoretical framework” ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE . (Jan 2006):41-56

Linnehan, Frank and DeCarolis, Donna . “Understanding employer participation in school-to-work programs” STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL 26. (Jan 2005):523-539

DeCarolis, Donna . “Competencies and Imitability in the Pharmaceutical Industry: An analysis of their relationship with firm performance” JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT 29.1 (Sep 2003):27-50

Coombs, J. , DeCarolis, Donna and Deeds, D. . “Dynamic Capabilities and new product development in high technology ventures” JOURNAL OF BUSINESS VENTURING 15.3 (Sep 2000):211-229

DeCarolis, Donna and Deeds, D. . “The Impact of stocks and flows of Organizational Knowledge on Firm Performance: An Empirical Evaluation of the Biotechnology Industry” STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL 20. (Sep 1999):953-968

Deeds, D. , Coombs, J. and DeCarolis, Donna . “Firm Specific Resources and Wealth Creation in High Technology Ventures: Evidence from Newly Public Biotechnology Firms Resources and wealth creation in high technology ventures: Evidence from newly public biotechnology firms” ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE 22.3 (Sep 1997)

Deeds, D. , Coombs, J. and DeCarolis, Donna . “The Impact of Firm Specific Capabilities on the Amount of Capital Raised in an Initial public offering” JOURNAL OF BUSINESS VENTURING 12.1 (Sep 1997):31-46

DeCarolis, Donna , Hamilton, D and Vasudevan, R . “Creation, Adoption and Diffusion of innovations within Multinational Enterprises: The impact of strategy, subsidiary role and control systems” INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL 8.3 (Sep 1997)

Chaganti, R. , DeCarolis, Donna and Deeds, D. . “Predictors of Capital Structure in Small Ventures” ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE 20.7 (Sep 1995):7-18

DeCarolis, Donna and Hopkins, H D. “The Martin Guitar Company” CASE RESEARCH JOURNAL Spring. (Sep 1992):19-39

Cases

DeCarolis, Donna . “The Martin Guitar Company” Strategic Management: Text and Cases Ed. G. Dess and D. Miller. New York:McGraw-Hill, Jan 1996.

Chapters

DeCarolis, Donna . “Business-University Alliances and Innovation in New and Adolescent Technology Ventures” New Frontiers in Entrepreneurship: Recognizing, Seizing and Executing Opportunities Ed. . New York:Springer, .

DeCarolis, Donna . “Technology Characteristics of Industries” Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation Managment Ed. V.K. Narayanan and Gina Colarelli O’Connor. United Kingdom:Wiley-Blackwell, Feb 2010.

DeCarolis, Donna and Litzky, B. . “Entrepreneurship as a Career” Encylopedia of Career Development Ed. Jeffrey Greenhaus and Gerard Callanan. New York:Sage Publications, Inc, May 2006.

DeCarolis, Donna . “The Role of Social Capital and Organizational Knowledge in Enhancing Entrepreneurial Opportunities” The Strategic Management of Intellectual Capital and Organizational Knowledge Ed. Chun Wei Choo and Nick Bontis. New York:Oxford University Press, Jan 2002.

Coombs, J. , DeCarolis, Donna and Deeds, D. . “The Best in Securities Offerings: The Full Text of Insightful Articles to Help you raise capital successfully” The impact of firm specific capabilities on the amount of capital raised in initial public offering Ed. . New York, New York:Bowne & Co, Sep 1998.

Presentations

DeCarolis, Donna . A Model of Entrepreneurial Competitive Moves: The Influence of Industry Context and Individual Factors. Strategic Management Soceity : Washington, D.C.,

DeCarolis, Donna . Corporte Venture Capital: Does Diversification Influence Growth Value? Strategic Management Society : Rome, Italy, Sep 2010

DeCarolis, Donna . Business Angels, Venture Capital and the Development of Entrepreneurship Private Equity and Entrepreneurship: Mobilizing Capital and fostering firm growth in Italy’s Southern Regions : Taormina, Italy, Jul 2008

DeCarolis, Donna , Zane, LJ and DiRenzo, Marco . What Does Opportunity Value Mean to the Entrepreneur and How Does it Influence Opportunity Pursuit Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference : Chapel Hill, NC Jun 2008

Zane, Lee , DeCarolis, Donna and DiRenzo, Marco . An Empirical Examination of the Role of Opportunity Cost and Opportunity Value in New Venture Creation Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference : Madrid, Spain, Jun 2007

Napshin, S and DeCarolis, Donna . The Role of firm and managerial characteristics in reducing the severity of adverse events in young firms Banson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference : Madrid, Spain, Jun 2007

Litzky, B. , Godshall, V and DeCarolis, Donna . Social Etrepreneurship International Assoiation of Business and Ethics : Florence, Italy, May 2007

Yang, Yi , Narayanan, V.K. and DeCarolis, Donna . The Growth Value from Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Portfolio Configuration Strategic Management Society Conference on Entrepreneurship : Catania, Sicily (Italy), May 2007

Colwell, Ken and DeCarolis, Donna . University Alliances and New Product Development In New and Adolescent Technology Firms Strategic Management Society Conference on Entreprenuership : Catania, Sicily (Italy), May 2007

Zane, Lee , DeCarolis, Donna and DiRenzo, Marco . An Examination of the Role of Opportunity Cost and Opportunity Value in New Venture Creation Eastern Academy of Management : New Brunswick, NJ May 2007

DiRenzo, Marco , DeCarolis, Donna and Zane, Lee . Entrepreneur Personality, Leadership Style, and New Venture Culture: A Model for New Venture Survival Eastern Academy of Management : New Brunswick, NJ May 2007

DeCarolis, Donna , Litzky, B. and Eddleston, K . Why Networks Enhance New Venture Creation: A Theoretical and Empirical Model of Social Capital, Overconfidence and Risk Perception United State Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship : Orlando, FL Jan 2007

Napshin, S and DeCarolis, Donna . Reducing the impact of an adverse event in young firms Southern Management Association : Clearwater, FL Oct 2006

Hackett, Sean M. and DeCarolis, Donna . Why don’t more “Born Globals” exist? A Model for Reducing the Uncertainity of Internationalization for New Ventures San Francisco-Silicon Valley Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference : San Francisco, CA Mar 2006

DeCarolis, Donna . Red Oak Software - a case study United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference : Tuscon, AZ Jan 2006

DeCarolis, Donna , Yang, Yi , Deeds, D. and Nelling, Edward . Weathering the Storm: Preparing New Ventures for an Adverse Event United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference : Tuscon, AZ Jan 2006

DeCarolis, Donna and Colwell, Ken . The Business School as an Engine of Economic Development Creating Pennsylvania’s Future : Penn State University, College Park, PA Dec 2005

Colwell, Ken and DeCarolis, Donna . Strategic Posture and University Alliance in Technology Intensive Industries Strategic Management Society - Annual Conference : Puerto Rico, Nov 2004

Proceedings

DeCarolis, Donna , Deeds, D. and Nelling, Edward . Managing Adversity in high technology new ventures: The Impact of clinical terminations in the biotech industry Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Sep 2003 :Sep 2003

DeCarolis, Donna and Richards, Mallika . R&D Activity in biotech joint ventures Academy of International Business :Sep 2002

DeCarolis, Donna and Deeds, D. . The Impact of alternative collaborative arrangements on shareholder value creation in entrepreneurial biotechnology companies Entrepreneurship Research Conference Babson College :Sep 2000

Conferences

Strategic Management Society, Panelist Oct 10, 2009 - Oct 13, 2009

Academy of Management, Discussant Aug 03, 2012 - Aug 08, 2012

Academy of Management, Organizer Aug 03, 2012 - Aug 08, 2012

American Chemical Society, Speaker Aug 14, 2012 - Aug 16, 2012

Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs Annual Conference, Speaker Sep 28, 2010 - Sep 28, 2010

Strategic Management Society, Panelist Sep 10, 2010 - Sep 14, 2010

Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit, Panelist Oct 05, 2009 - Oct 06, 2009

Academy of Management Conference, Panelist Aug 10, 2008 - Aug 14, 2008

Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Panelist Jun 08, 2008 - Jun 12, 2008

Strategic Management Society Conference on Entrepreneurship, Chair May 23, 2007 - May 25, 2007

Eastern Academy of Management, Organizer May 16, 2007 - May 19, 2007

Eastern Academy of Management 2007, Chair May 16, 2007 - May 19, 2007

Professional Experience

Academic-LeBow College of Business, Drexel University Associate Professor Philadelphia PA Jan 2002 -
Academic-LeBow College of Business, Drexel University Department Head - Management Department Philadelphia PA Jan 2004 -
Academic-Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology, Drexel University Academic Director Philadelphia PA Jan 2004 -

Awards

2005-2006 Distinguished Teaching Award (LeBow College of Business)
2003 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award (Drexel University)
2003 Center of Teaching Excellence- Distinguished Fellow (LeBow College of Business)
2000 Best Selling NACRA Case Award (North American Case Research Association)
1998 Best Article Award ( Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice)
1996 Best Empirical Paper Entrepreneurship Division (Academy of Management)

Grants

EXCITE: Expressive and Creative Interactive Technologies (NSF) $5,000,000 Jan 2012

Areas of Expertise

  • New Venture Performance and Survival
  • Social Capital
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Technology Entrepreneurship