Associate Professor | Management and Human Resources|Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Pyle Bascom Professor in Business Leadership
5110D Grainger Hall
(608) 265-5044


A key insight from my work in business is that there is an incredible amount of innovation on innovation occurring in the private sector. Some of the changes occuring in how innovation occurs and is managed are inspired by innovation processes in academia. However, there is an incredible amount of innovation of innovation occurring in the private sector that is not being adopted in academia. The communication between academia and the private sector is not bidirectional, but it should be.

At Wisconsin, I am the Pyle Bascom Professor in Business Leadership and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I hold appointments at the Wisconsin School of Business and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) where I am a Discovery Fellow. At the WID I am currently managing a team of researchers who are improving entrepreneurship and innovation in academia. I have taught in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and executive education programs. I am also the Editor in Chief at Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange—an online publication bridging research and practice in entrepreneurship.

I am involved in leadership, research, and business. From 2012-2019, I was the Executive Director for the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship where I revitalized the program, transforming it into a campus-wide program with an annual enrollment of over 1,600 students. This work included engaging alumni, fundraising, launching academic programs, and improving existing programs.

My involvement in business includes roles as a co-founder of the gener8tor business accelerator, which has helped to build over 91 companies that have gone on to raise over $300 million dollars in venture funding and employ over 3,000 people. I serve on profit and non-profit boards and advises on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the application of data science to business. I have given talks on entrepreneurship and innovation to business groups including at business retreats and c-suite board meetings.

My work has been recognized with awards for teaching and researching entrepreneurship, including a $50,000 fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Schulze Distinguished Professorship (2015-18) for establishing a record of scholarship that is making significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship, the Mabel W. Chipman faculty award for excellence in teaching (2010), and the Erwin A. Gaumnitz Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2020).

Prior to becoming a professor, I served in the U.S. Army, analyzed fixed income securities at Legg Mason, and worked in economic consulting.

Outside of my professional pursuits, I enjoy cycling while debating the topics of the day with students, alumni, and faculty.


Selected Published Journal Articles

Eckhardt, J. (2019). The Distinctive Domain as a Durable Way Forward Seminal Ideas for the Next Twenty-Five Years of Advances (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth)

Eckhardt, J. & Ciuchta, M. & Carpenter, M. (2018). Open Innovation, Information, and Entrepreneurship Within Platform Ecosystems Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Eckhardt, J. & Junkunc, M. & Li, M. (2018). Technical Specialized Knowledge and Founder Leadership at Initial Public Offering Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange

Eckhardt, J. (2018). An Interview with David Teece, a Practicing Business Intellectual Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange

Eckhardt, J. & Wetherbe, J. (2016). Connecting Business Research to Practice Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange

Eckhardt, J. (2016). Welcome Contributor or No Price Competitor? The competitive interaction of free and priced technologies Strategic Management Journal

Eckhardt, J. (2014). Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Individual-Opportunity Nexus Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship

Eckhardt, J. (2014). Book Review: Models of Opportunity: How Entrepreneurs Design Firms to Achieve the Unexpected Administrative Science Quarterly

Eckhardt, J. (2013). Opportunities in Business Model Research Strategic Organization

Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2013). Response to the Commentaries: The Individual-Opportunity (IO) Nexus Integrates Objective And Subjective Aspects of Entrepreneurship Academy of Management Review

Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2011). An update to the Individual Opportunity Nexus The Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research, 2nd edition

Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2011). Industry changes in technology and complementary assets and the creation of high growth-firms Journal of Business Venturing

Junkunc, M. & Eckhardt, J. (2009). Technical Specialized Knowledge and Secondary Shares in Initial Pubilc Offerings Management Science

Makri, M. & Junkunc, M. & Eckhardt, J. (2008). Technological Diversification, Cumulativeness and Venture Capital Exit: M&A Versus IPO Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research

Eckhardt, J. & Ciuchta, M. (2008). Selected Variation: The Population Level Implications of MultiStage Selection in Entrepreneurship Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. & Delmar, F. (2006). Multi-Stage Selection and the Funding of New Ventures Management Science

Eckhardt, J. & Shane, S. (2003). The Individual Opportunity Nexus The Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research

Eckhardt, J. (2003). Opportunities and Entrepreneurship The Journal of Management

Eckhardt, J. & Eckhardt, R. (1995). Ancient trans-species polymorphisms shared by African and Asian Hominoidea preclude assignment of Dryopithecus to a Pongo clade

Eckhardt, J. & Ripley, C. & Beals, S. & Jorganic, E. & Pomatto, E. & Manwaring, K. & Moss, S. & Sommer, H. & Eckhardt, R. (1995). Mathematical modeling of cranial molding: super quadric images document rapid change of cranial form in response to environmental influences

Eckhardt, R. & Eckhardt, D. & Eckhardt, J. (1988). Are Racehorses Becoming Faster? (Scientific Correspondence) Nature

Practitioner-Oriented Publications

Eckhardt, J. (2017). Research Insight: Proven Entrepreneurs May Benefit Less from Partnering With Experienced VCs Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange

Eckhardt, J. (2017). To Find Product-Market Fit, Look Beyond the Market Wisconsin School of Business Forward Thinking Blog

Eckhardt, J. (2017). For the Best Customer Data, Look Beyond the Market Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange

Eckhardt, J. (2015). Should I participate in a business accelerator? Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange

Eckhardt, J. (2014). University-Based Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Wisconsin Business Voice

Eckhardt, J. & Wetherbe, J. Making Business School Research More Relevant Harvard Business Review Online


Learning/Teaching Oriented Publications

Eckhardt, J. (2018). T-Shirt Project Teaches Customer Discovery to Future Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange


Professional Organizations

Academy of Management

Sigma Xi

Institute for Operations Research and Management Science

Editorial and Reviewing Activities

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange - Since August 2019

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange - August 2014 - August 2017
Editorial Board Member

Journal of Business Venturing - Since January 2006
Editorial Board Member