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Ethan Mollick

Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils 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

Links: Personal Website, Twitter

Contact Information

Address: 2015 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: emollick@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: (215) 898-6361
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401

Overview

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 of users come together to innovate; and the factors that drive the performance of entrepreneurial companies.  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 education.  He has published papers in leading academic journals, and he was among the 100 most downloaded authors (out of over 230,000) on the Social Science Research Network and was named one of the "40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors Under 40."

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.

Research


  • Matthew Bidwell, Ethan Mollick (Under Review), Shifts and Ladders: Comparing the Role of Internal and External Mobility in Executive Careers.
  • Matthew Bidwell, Shinjae Won, Roxana Barbulescu, Ethan Mollick (2014), I Used to Work at Goldman Sachs! Status, Careers, and Competitive Advantage, Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming.
  • Ethan Mollick (Work In Progress), Homophily, Gender-Typing and Investor Activism in Crowdfunding.
  • Ethan Mollick, Venkat Kuppuswamy (Working), When Firms are Potemkin Villages: Entrepreneurs and Formal Organizations.  Abstract
  • Ethan Mollick, Venkat Kuppuswamy (Working), After the Campaign: Outcomes of Crowdfunding.  Abstract
  • Ethan Mollick (2014), The Dynamics of Crowdfunding: An Exploratory Study, Journal of Business Venturing, 29 (1), 1 - 16.  Abstract
  • Ethan Mollick, Kevin Werbach, "Games and the Enterprise". In The Gameful World, edited by Stephen P. Walz, Sebastian Deterding, (2013), (forthcoming).
  • Ethan Mollick (2012), People and Process, Suits and Innovators: The Role of Individuals in Firm Performance, Strategic Management Journal, 33 (9), 1001 - 1015.  Abstract
  • Ethan Mollick, David Edery, Changing the Game: How Videogames are Transforming the Future of Business (2009).
  • Ethan Mollick (2006), Establishing Moore’s Law, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 28 (3): 62-75.  Abstract
  • Ethan Mollick (2005), Working with the Underground, Sloan Management Review  Abstract
  • Ethan Mollick (2005), Engines of the Underground: The Elite-Kiddie Divide, ACM SIGGROUP Bulletin, Issue 25, Vol. 2.  Abstract

Awards And Honors

  • Top 30 Influencers in Crowdfunding, 2014
  • Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award Shortlist, 2013
  • Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, 2013
  • SMS Best Paper Award Nomination, 2012
  • Graduate Management Council Ideas to Innovation Challenge, 3rd Place, 2011
  • Heizer Award for Best Dissertation in Entrepreneurship, Finalist, 2011
  • Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award, 2011
  • American Library Association’s “Top Ten Business Books of 2009”, 2009
  • Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, 2007

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Courses

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  • MGMT801 - Entrepreneurship

    This is the foundation course in the Entrepreneurial Management program. The purpose of this course is to explore the many dimensions of new venture creation and growth. While most of the examples in class will be drawn from new venture formation, the principles also apply to entrepreneurship in corporate settings and to non-profit entrepreneurship. We will be concerned with content and process questions as well as with formulation and implementation issues that relate to conceptualizing, developing and managing successful new ventures. The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from functional areas of strategic management, finance, accounting, managerial economics, marketing, operations management, and organizational behavior in the context of new venture development. The class serves as both a stand alone class and as a preparatory course to those interested in writing and implementing a business plan (the subject of the semester-long course, MGMT 806).

  • MGMT806 - Formation and Implementation of Entrepreneurial Ventures

    This advanced course in entrepreneurship centers on writing a comprehensive business plan and implementation plan for a venture of your choice. The course examines ways to profitably launch and exploit business opportunities (as opposed to what opportunity to explore). It will allow you to acquire the skill set necessary for crafting a winning business model for your venture - developing and writing a coherent and effective plan to start a business in either an independent or a corporate setting. The venture must distinguish itself from existing companies through differential innovation; for example, through an innovative product or service, an innovative production process, a new business model, or by creating a new market. Students must have successfully completed MGMT 801 before enrolling in this course.