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Donald F. Kuratko - Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Bloomington, IN, US

Donald F. Kuratko Donald F. Kuratko

Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship | Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Bloomington, IN, UNITED STATES

Dr. Kuratko has authored over 190 articles on aspects of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation.

Secondary Titles (3)

  • Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Executive & Academic Director of JCEI
  • Director Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy



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Dr. Donald F. Kuratko is considered a prominent scholar and national leader in the field of entrepreneurship. He has authored over 190 articles on aspects of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation in journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Horizons. Professor Kuratko has authored 30 books, including one of the leading entrepreneurship books in the world, Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practice, 9th ed. as well as Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Innovation Acceleration. He has been consultant on Corporate Entrepreneurship to numerous Fortune 100 corporations.

Professor Kuratko was honored by his peers in Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 Entrepreneurship Director in the nation as well as being selected one of the Top Entrepreneurship Professors in the U.S. by Fortune magazine. He has received the Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award from the U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship and the National Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Advocate Award - for his contributions to the development and advancement of the discipline of entrepreneurship.

Professor Kuratko has been named one of the Top 50 entrepreneurship scholars in the world for his research productivity and was the recipient of the Riata Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award. He was the inaugural recipient of the Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award for his career dedication to developing the field of entrepreneurship and he received the National Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Mentor Award for development of the next generation of entrepreneurship scholars. Under his leadership Indiana University has been ranked #1 in entrepreneurship research and the #1 Undergraduate & Graduate Business School for Entrepreneurship (Public Institutions) by U.S. News & World Report and Fortune.

Industry Expertise (4)

Business Services

Corporate Leadership



Areas of Expertise (7)


Corporate Entrepreneurship

Corporate Innovation


Business Administration

Strategic Management

Business Ethics

Accomplishments (5)

Entrepreneurship Mentor Award (professional)

2014 Awarded by The National Academy of Management.

Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award (professional)

2011 The Karl Vesper Pioneer Award winner is selected annually by a committee of distinguished entrepreneurship faculty, and includes all the former winners.

The Riata Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award (professional)

2010 The national award originated at Syracuse University and now is presented at Oklahoma State University's School of Entrepreneurship to recognize the research contributions of an outstanding scholar in the field of entrepreneurship.

The John E. Hughes Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award (professional)

2007 The Award was instituted on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). This award is presented in recognition of a lifetime in entrepreneurial achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity ...

Entrepreneurship Advocate Award (professional)

Awarded by The National Academy of Management.

Media Appearances (5)

CEO of Failed Company on What Went Wrong

Inside Indiana Business  


Indiana University Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship Donald "Dr. K" Kuratko says there are "3 R's" for entrepreneurs working their way back from a failed venture ...

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Begley: ‘Intrapreneuring’ within a corporation

Dallas Local News  


Donald Kuratko and Richard Hodgetts, nationally known researchers on small business, include an entire chapter on intrapreneurship in their textbook “Entrepreneurship: A Contemporary Approach" ...

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Can innovation be taught? Yep, say professors

Indianapolis Business Journal  


“Innovation is becoming the mantra of this century,” said Donald F. Kuratko ...

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'You Can't Teach Entrepreneurship'



Here is the perspective of Don Kuratko from Indiana University’s Kelly School ...

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Google Took Its 20% Back, But Other Companies Are Making Employee Side Projects Work For Them

Fast Company  


"Once employees do come up with something, there needs to be a place in the company to take any next steps. That’s where we are today with corporate innovation," says Indiana University business professor Donald F. Kuratko ...

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Articles (5)

Making Sense of the Elusive Paradigm of Entrepreneurship

Small Business Economics

2015 The term “entrepreneurship” apparently means different things to different people including scholars and thought leaders. Because entrepreneurship is multifaceted, it is studied from many different perspectives, yet, that has fostered a multitude of definitions.

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Value Proposition Evolution and the Performance of Internal Corporate Ventures

Journal of Business Venturing

2015 The success of internal corporate ventures (ICVs) is contingent upon their ability to: (1) anticipate the bases on which their offerings appeal to their target markets, (2) adjust these value propositions as the venture develops, and (3) leverage their parent corporations' relevant knowledge stocks.

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Reconceptualizing Entrepreneurial Orientation

Strategic Management Journal

2015 Entrepreneurial orientation (EO)—a firm's strategic posture towards entrepreneurship—has become the predominant construct of interest in strategic entrepreneurship research. Despite the ever-increasing volume of nomological research on EO, there remain ongoing conversations regarding its ontology.

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Why Implementing Corporate Innovation is So Difficult

Business Horizons

2014 While corporate innovation is commonly touted as a viable strategy for sustaining superior performance in today's corporations, the successful implementation of corporate innovation remains quite elusive for most companies. A recent Accenture survey of more than 500 executives revealed that over 50% report a poor innovation process, while fewer than 18% believe their own innovation strategy provides a competitive advantage for the firm.

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Assessing a Measurement of Organizational Preparedness for Corporate Entrepreneurship

Journal of Product Innovation Management

2013 Research has shown that the manifestation of corporate entrepreneurship is an important strategy for the success of private- and public-sector organizations. The Corporate Entrepreneurship Assessment Instrument (CEAI) is an instrument that was developed to measure the key internal organizational factors that influence a firm's entrepreneurial activities and outcomes.

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