Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Management
Research Interests: crowdfunding, distributed and user innovation, entrepreneurial strategy, entrepreneurship in innovative industries, games and business, role of individuals in firm success, self-organization among individuals
Prof. Ethan Mollick studies innovation and entrepreneurship, and the ways in which an individual’s actions can affect firms and industries. His research includes early-stage entrepreneurship and crowdfunding; the way in which communities come together to innovate; and the factors that drive the performance of entrepreneurial companies. He has published papers in leading academic journals, and he has among the 50 most downloaded authors (out of over 300,000) on the Social Science Research Network for the past three years. He was named one of the "40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors Under 40" and was awarded the Academy of Management (TIM Division) Emerging Scholar Award.
Prof. Mollick also co-authored a book on the intersection between video games and business that was named one of the American Library Association’s top ten business books of the year, and has studied the way that games can be used to motivate performance and to educate. His entrepreneurship simulations and games have won several awards, and are used by tens of thousands of students around the world.
Prior to his academic career, he was co-founder of a company and a management consultant. Prof. Mollick has worked with organizations ranging from DARPA to General Mills on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Ethan Mollick received his PhD (2010) and MBA (2004) from MIT's Sloan School of Management and his bachelor's degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 1997.