Associate Professor | Management and Human Resources|Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development
5110D Grainger Hall
(608) 265-5044

Biography

Jon is a Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Distinguished Professor & Editor at the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has appointments at the Wisconsin School of Business and he is a Discovery Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). At the WID he is currently managing a team of researchers who are studying entrepreneurship and innovation in academia. He has taught in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive education programs. 

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

Eckhardt's involvement in business includes roles as a cofounder of the gener8tor business accelerator, which has helped to build over 85 companies that have gone on to raise over $250 million dollars in venture funding and employ over 2,500 people. He serves on profit and non-profit boards, and advises on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the application of data science to business. He has given talks on entrepreneurship and innovation to business groups including at business retreats and c-suite board meetings. 

Professor Eckhardt involves business leaders in his research projects, which involve the study of various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation, including venture finance, initial public offerings, the role of information in entrepreneurship, and student entrepreneurship. 

Professor Eckhardt has won several awards for teaching and researching entrepreneurship, including a $50,000 fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for establishing a record of scholarship that is making significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.

Prior to becoming a professor, Jon Eckhardt served in the U.S. Army, he analyzed fixed income securities for Legg Mason Capital Management and Legg Mason Funds Advisor, and he worked in economic consulting.

Jon is also an avid amateur cyclist. He enjoys debating the topics of the day while cycling with students, alumni, and fellow faculty up and down the rolling hills of South Central Wisconsin.

Research

Selected Accepted Journal Articles

Eckhardt, J. (2018). 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)

Selected Published Journal Articles

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

Teaching

Learning/Teaching Oriented Publications

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

Service

Professional Organizations

Academy of Management

Sigma Xi

Institute for Operations Research and Management Science

Editorial and Reviewing Activities

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange - Since August 2017
Associate Editor

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

Journal of Business Venturing - Since January 2006
Editorial Board Member