Chrystal Houston, November 15th, 2007
A recent PhD graduate and three professors from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University have been recognized for a paper they presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) in Madrid, Spain, June 7-9, 2007. The paper has recently been given the Irene M. McCarthy Award for the Best Paper on the Topic of High Technology. It has also been accepted for publication in the prestigious 2007 Annual Frontiers of Entrepreneurship (FER).
Their paper “Resources, Industry Membership, And Firm Performance: The Role Of Capability Configurations In Value Creation For IPO Stage New Ventures”, was from the dissertation of Tim Holcomb, a 2007 graduate who is now an assistant professor in the management department at Florida State University.
Holcomb co-authored the paper with three members of his dissertation committee: co-chair Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, Joe B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership, and C.W. and Dorothy Conn Chair in New Ventures; co-chair R. Duane Ireland, professor and Foreman R. and Ruby S. Bennett Chair in Business Administration; and S. Trevis Certo, associate professor and Mays research fellow.
“I believe that this award is a testament to the quality of Tim’s research and portends an excellent academic career for him,” said Hitt.
Ireland also had praise for his pupil. “Tim is a very talented individual. I am certain that his research will result in significant scholarly contributions throughout his academic careerâ€¦I am thrilled for his work to be recognized in this manner,” he said.
The BCERC is considered to be the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the world. The FER contains selected papers from the Babson conference and is the most comprehensive collection of empirical research papers on entrepreneurship. Only forty of the more than 400 papers presented at the conference are published in the proceedings.
In 2007, Holcomb was recognized at A&M with a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research.