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Pankaj Patel - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Pankaj Patel Pankaj Patel

Frank J. and Jane E. Ryan Endowed Chair in Strategy and Innovation; Professor of Management & Operations | Villanova School of Business | Villanova University


Pankaj Patel, PhD, is a leading expert on innovation and entrepreneurship.





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Areas of Expertise (7)

Business Innovation Entrepreneurship Management Technology New Ventures Innovation & Creativity


Dr. Patel is a leading source on issues related to innovation, entrepreneurship and health and self-employment. Dr. Patel mentors Villanova’s rising entrepreneurs and leaders, and actively promotes the connection of theory to practice through research, leadership and community outreach. His research has been featured on CNBC.

Education (3)

University of Louisville: phD

University of Louisville: MA

Spalding University: BA

Select Media Appearances (2)

For Startups Seeking Capital, The Name Is No Game

Innovate Long Island  


What’s in a name? Maybe everything, if you’re a startup in need of early-stage capital. A new study by researchers from Stony Brook University, Drexel University and Villanova University explores the effects of “name fluency” on investors – that is, the familiarity, uniqueness and phonetic influence of a company name, and how venture capitalists tend to react. By exploring “the two ways you can evaluate a name, two kinds of fluency,” the study aims to be a resource to entrepreneurs and investors alike, according to co-author Richard Chan, an assistant professor in SBU’s College of Business who conducted the research with Drexel professor Haemin Park and Villanova professor Pankaj Patel.

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Testosterone Levels in the Womb Affect Your Likelihood of Becoming an Entrepreneur



In the unending debate of Nature versus Nurture, new research puts forward an argument for nature. Higher levels of testosterone in the womb are associated with higher likelihood of becoming an entrepreneur, according to new research from Villanova School of Business Professor Dr. Pankaj Patel.

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Select Academic Articles (5)

Struggling with social capital: Pakistani women micro entrepreneurs’ challenges in acquiring resources Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

Marta Lindvert, Pankaj C. Patel & Joakim Wincent


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Instant gratification: temporal discounting and self-employment Small Business Economics

Wolfe, M.T., Patel, P.C.


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Two are better than one: Cortisol as a contingency in the association between epinephrine and self-employment Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Marcus T.Wolfe, Pankaj C.Patel


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Skin Tone and Self-Employment: is there an Intra-Group Variation among Blacks? The Review of Black Political Economy

Devaraj, S., Patel, P.C.


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Encountered Problems and Outcome Status in Nascent Entrepreneurship Journal of Small Business Management

Marco van Gelderen, Roy Thurik, Pankaj Patel


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