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Stanford University, Department of Management Science & Engineering                                   
Associate Professor, 2017 - present
Assistant Professor, 2009 - 2017
Faculty Member in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, 2005-2009
Ph.D., Behavioral and Policy Sciences Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2009)

Duke University, 1998-2002 Durham, North Carolina
B.S., Major: Biological Basis of Behavior (Individualized)
School for International Training - Fall 2000 Study Abroad. North India.

Awards and Honors                                                                      

2019 Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) Visiting Fellowship, Technical University of Munich

2018  Technical University of Munich Research Excellence Award

2017   MS&E Undergraduate Teaching Award
2016   Schulze Publication Award (Outstanding Teaching and Education Publication)
2015   Inaugural Richard Schulze Distinguished Professorship Award
2014   Kauffman-Nesta Research Grant
2013   Fellowship Award from the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU)
2012   Winner, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 2012 Research Fund for International Young Scientists
2009  University of Virginia (UVA) Darden School of Business, Batten Institute Fellow Award
2010   Winner, Best Dissertation Award. Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, AOM
2008  Kauffman Foundation Award Dissertation Fellowship
2008  Best Student Paper award from the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
2007 Research Grant


  • Eberhart, R.N.; C.E. Eesley, 2018. The Dark Side of Institutional Intermediaries: Junior Stock Exchanges and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management Journal, 39(10): 2643-2665.
  • Lee, Y.S. and Eesley, Charles E. 2018. The Persistence of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Immigrants. Research Policy, 47(6), pp.1032-1044.
  • Eesley, Charles E.; Eberhart, Robert; Skousen, Brad; Cheng, Joseph L.C., 2018. Institutions and Entrepreneurial Activity: The Interactive Influence of Misaligned Formal and Informal Institutions. Strategy Science, 3(2): 393-407.
  • Eesley, C., Wang, Y.  2017. Social Influence in Career Choice: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment on Entrepreneurial Mentorship. Research Policy, Vol. 46(3): 636–650.
  • Eesley, C. 2016. Institutional Barriers to Growth: Entrepreneurship, Human Capital and Institutional Change. Organization Science. Vol. 27(5): 1290-1306.
  • Armanios, D.; C.E. Eesley, K.M. Eisenhardt, J. Li. 2017.   How entrepreneurs leverage institutional intermediaries in emerging economies to acquire public resources, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 38, Issue 7, pages 1373–1390. (Lead article)
  • Eberhart, RN, Eesley, CE and Eisenhardt, KM. 2016. Failure is an Option: Institutional Barriers to Failure, Bankruptcy, and New Firm Performance in Japan, Organization Science. Vol. 28, Issue 1: 93-112.
  • Eesley, C.; J.B. Li, and D. Yang. 2016. Does Institutional Change in Universities Influence High-Tech Entrepreneurship?: Evidence from China’s Project 985. Organization Science, Volume: 27, Number: 2 (March-April): 446-461.
  • Eesley, C.; Decelles, K.; Lenox, M. 2016. Through the Mud or in the Boardroom: Activist Types and their Strategies in Targeting Firms for Social Change. Strategic Management Journal, Volume 37(12): 2425–2440.
  • Eesley, C., Delin Yang, Edward B. Roberts, Tan Li. 2016. Understanding Entrepreneurial Process and Performance: A Cross-National Comparison of Alumni Entrepreneurship Between MIT and Tsinghua University. Asian Journal for Innovation and Policy. 5.002: 147-185.
  • Eesley, C.; Hsu, David; Roberts, Edward B. 2014. The Contingent Effects of Top Management Teams on Venture Performance: Aligning Founding Team Composition with Innovation Strategy and Commercialization Environment. Strategic Management Journal, 35 (12): 1798-1817.
  • Eesley, C. and E.B. Roberts, 2012. Are You Experienced: When Does Talent vs. Experience Drive Entrepreneurial Performance, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3: 207-219.
  • Lenox, M. and Eesley, C. 2009. Private Environmental Activism and the Selection and Response of Firm Targets. Journal of Economics Management and Strategy, Vol. 18, No. 1: 45-73.
  • D.H. Hsu, E.B. Roberts, C.E. Eesley, 2007. Entrepreneurs from Technology-Based Universities. Research Policy, Vol. 36, pp. 768–788.
  • Eesley, C. and M. Lenox, 2006. Firm Responses to Secondary Stakeholder Action. Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 27, No. 8: 765-781.
  • R. Keefe, C.E. Eesley, M. Poe, 2005. “Defining A Cognitive Function Decrement in Schizophrenia.” Biological Psychiatry, Vol. 57, pp. 688-691.

Publications Under Peer Review                                                            

Wu, Willow; Eesley, Charles E.; Yang, Delin. Changing Entrepreneurial Strategies to Developing Capitalist Institutions. R&R at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. (Winner, Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, top 10% of papers, 2017).

Armanios, D., Eesley, C. The Institutional Infrastructure for Change: How Does Institutional Change Reduce Knowledge Barriers to Entrepreneurship? (December 12, 2017). Available at SSRN:, Under Review.

D. Yang, C.E. Eesley, X. Tian, X. Yang, Institutionalized Choice and Training for Entrepreneurship?: Evidence from China, Under Review.

Eesley, Charles E. and Wu, Lynn, Entrepreneurial Adaptation and Social Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment on a MOOC Platform. (Winner, best PDW at AOM, Anaheim, 2016). Under review.

C.E. Eesley, DH Hsu, EB Roberts. “Influences of Idea Source, Organization, and Commercialization Context on Venture Performance” R&R at SMJ.

Book Chapters                                                                                           

Choi, Joon Nak; Eesley, C.E. 2016. Brain Drain, Circulation and Linkage: Sequence Analysis of Korean Nationals Graduating from Stanford. In. Choi, Joon Nak, Yong Suk Lee and Gi-Wook Shin. Beyond the Miracle: Strategic, Policy and Social Innovation for a Post-Industrial Korea (working title). Conference volume under preparation.

C.E. Eesley; Li, Jian Bai. 2013. “Technology Entrepreneurship in China” Handbook of East Asian Entrepreneurship edited by Fu-Lai Tony Yu and Ho-Don Yan, published by Routledge.

C.E. Eesley, D. Hsu, E.B. Roberts, “Bringing Ideas to Life,” 2012. Chapter in IEEE International Recent Advances in Technology and Innovation Management. Wily Publications. Page(s): 40-60. (Conference version. Top paper award)

C.E. Eesley and D.P. Hannah. 2012. Review of: Winds of Change: The Environmental Movement and the Global Development of the Wind Energy Industry. By Ion B. Vasi, Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 57, pp. 359-362.

R. Keefe and C.E. Eesley. 2012. Neurocognitive Impairments. in Lieberman, Stroup, Perkins, eds., Essentials of Schizophrenia. American Psychiatric Publishing. Washington, DC.

R. Keefe and C.E. Eesley. 2009. Neurocognition in Schizophrenia. in Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Benjamin Sadock, M.D., Virginia A. Sadock, M.D., and Pedro Ruiz, M.D. Editors. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

F.A. Sloan and C.E. Eesley. 2007. Implementing a Public Subsidy for Vaccines. in Pharmaceutical Innovation: Incentives, Competition, and Cost-Benefit Analysis in International Perspective. edited by Frank A. Sloan and Chee-Ruey Hsieh. 107-126. New York: Cambridge University Press.

F.A. Sloan and C.E. Eesley. 2006. Governments as Insurers in Professional and Hospital Liability Insurance Markets. In William M. Sage and Rogan Kersh, eds., Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System--New Century, Different Issues. 291-317. New York: Cambridge University Press.

R. Keefe and C.E. Eesley. 2005. Neurocognitive Impairments. in American Psychiatry Publishing Textbook of Schizophrenia. Ch. 13, 245-260. Edited by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., T. Scott Stroup, M.D., and Diana O. Perkins, M.D. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Policy reports and Practitioner-Oriented Publications

Eesley, C. (2016, October 3). Online mentorship and teamwork best practices. Entrepreneurship & Innovation Exchange. Retrieved February 8, 2017, from (Winner, Schulze Publication Award, 2017).

Lenox, M.; King, A.; Eesley, C.; Mehidi, A. 2014. The Economic Impact of Entrepreneurial Alumni: A Case Study of the University of Virginia. Available at:

Torrance, W.E.F., Rauch, J., Aulet, W, Blum, L, Burke, B, D'Ambrosio, T, de los Santos, K, Eesley, C.E., Green, W., Harrington, K.A., Jacquette, J.P., Kingma, B, Magelli, P.J., McConnell, G, Moore, D, Neeley, L, Song, M, Tan, T, Zoller, T., Zurbuchen, T. 2013. Entrepreneurship Education Comes of Age on Campus: The Challenges and Rewards of Bringing Entrepreneurship to Higher Education (August 2013). Ewing Marion Kauffman Research Paper. Available at SSRN: or

Eesley, Charles E. and Miller, William F., Impact: Stanford University's Economic Impact via Innovation and Entrepreneurship (October , 2012). Available at SSRN: or

E.B. Roberts and C.E. Eesley, 2011. "Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT - An Updated Report", Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship. Vol. 7, No. 1-2, pp. 1-149.

C. Eesley and M. Bikard, 2010. “Exploring the Economic Experiment (II): Hypothesis Testing,” MIT Entrepreneurship Review.

E.B. Roberts and C.E. Eesley. 2009. Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT. Kauffman Foundation.

C.E. Eesley and E.B. Roberts, "Serial Entrepreneurs from MIT (Summary)," Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 26: Iss. 7, Article 4.

Working Papers

Eesley, Charles E. Alumni Surveys as a Data Collection Methodology. Working paper.

Eesley, Charles E. Entrepreneurship and China: History of Policy Reforms and Institutional Development. Working paper.

Professional Service/Affiliations                                                                                        

Faculty Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (2017-2019)

Strategic Management Journal Editorial Board 2014-2017.

Research Committee Member. BPS Division, Academy of Management, 2014-present.

Research Committee Member. TIM Division, Academy of Management, 2014-present.

Research Committee Member. Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management, 2010-2013.

Co-organizer, West Coast Research Symposium (WCRS) Doctoral Consortium 2013-present.

Co-organizer, Stanford SIEPR social science and technology seminar

Ad-hoc Reviewer, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Annual Meeting

US Department of State - Global Innovation Through Science and Technology (GIST) Program, instructor

Stanford Center for International Development (SCID) Faculty Affiliate (2014-present)

Professional Memberships and Research Affiliations: Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, INFORMS, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, International Academy of Chinese Management Research

Innovation Growth Lab Network

Stanford Advisor for Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence program, 2012

University Chair, Dissertation Defense of Nathan Bronson, Computer Science Department, Stanford University, May 10, 2010

Co-organizer, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Entrepreneurship Research Bootcamp, July 2009, (with Josh Lerner and Thomas Hellmann)

Co-organizer, MIT Sloan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Seminar, 2007-08

Work Experience                                                          

Board Member -                                                                        2013-current, Director of Partner Development                                                                                       Jan.-Sept. 2014
Online education platform created around my course. I introduced the first VC investor and first customer, started the partner newsletter.

Flagship Ventures – Associate (Venture Capital)                                                                                   2007-2009
Worked with Partners Doug Cole and Ed Kania on new deal flow and due diligence for medical device ventures. 

Lobby 10, LLC – Founder/CEO                                                                                                                2007-2009
Life sciences focused consulting firm, formed the team and brought in projects worth >$75k, clients included Hitachi Life Sciences and the South Korean government.  

Lux Capital – Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Venture Capital)                                                                 2006-2007
Worked with portfolio vaccine company Genocea Biosciences with founder/CEO Rob Paull to recruit and hiring senior scientists. New deal flow/due diligence.

Learning Friends, Co-Founder/CFO                                                                                                    2005 - 2006
Educational software: Woodside, CA

Duke University Center for Health Policy, Law, and Management                                                    2004-2005
Research Assistant to the Director, Dr. Frank Sloan, Professor of Economics         

Duke University Medical Center, Brain Imaging and Analysis Center                                              2002-2004
Research Assistant to Dr. Richard Keefe, Professor of Psychiatry

NeuroCog Trials, Inc. Consultant                                                                                                          2002-2005
Consulted on clinical trials research design and implementation - Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Saegis - Chapel Hill, NC.

Sun Dance Genetics – Founder/CEO                                                                                                   2001-2002
Biotechnology Startup, 1st Prize: Duke Startup Challenge ($50,000)

Teaching Experience                                                                                                            

E145. Technology Entrepreneurship – Also, first MOOC in entrepreneurship on

MS&E 372. Doctoral seminar in Entrepreneurship

MS&E 108. Senior Thesis Project Class

MIT Sloan School of Management 15.024 - Applied Economics for Managers, Sloan Fellows class -Teaching Assistant for Thomas Stoker, Summer 2009.


HKUST. Entrepreneurial Adaption and Social Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment on a MOOC Platform. 2019.

Harvard Business School. Thousand Faces. 2019.

Eesley, C.; Wu, Lynn. Entrepreneurial Adaption and Social Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment on a MOOC Platform. Innovation Growth Lab Conference. Harvard Business School. Dec. 8, 2016.

Eesley, C. Panel discussion: MIT as a Laboratory for Studying Entrepreneurship. MIT Sloan School of Management. Nov. 12th, 2016.

West Coast Research Symposium (WCRS), University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Sept. 2016

Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. Aug. 2016

Eesley, Charles E. and Wu, Lynn, Entrepreneurial Adaptation and Social Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment on a MOOC Platform (February 28, 2016). (Winner, best PDW - MED Division at Academy of Management, Anaheim, 2016).

Lowering Entry Barriers (But also Providing Resources): How Governments Spur Funding (with Daniel Armanios)

Effects of Strategic Change on Venture Performance. Early Venture Evolution PDW at AOM, 2016

Institutionalized Choice and Entrepreneurship (with Delin Yang and Xiaocong Tian)

Rice University, 6th Annual Emerging Markets Strategy Conference. "Institutionalized Choice and Entrepreneurship" May, 2016

University of Maryland, Entrepreneurship Conference. Discussant.

Keynote Speaker. Chinese Society for Management of Technology (CSMOT) 25th Anniversary Conference. Joys and Perils of Cross-Boundary Innovation Hsinchu, Taiwan. Nov. 2015.

Keynote Speaker, Inaugural International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice Relevant to China. Hosted by Lancaster University and Wuhan University. Wuhan, China, July 9th, 2012.

Keynote Speaker. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. University - Industry Partnerships: MIT and Stanford, May 30th, 2012.

Keynote Speaker. Dominican Republic, Office of Science and Technology. Impact: Stanford University's Economic Impact via Entrepreneurship and Innovation. March 25th, 2013. Santo Domingo, DR.

Eesley, Charles E.; Jamber Li; Delin Yang. Does Institutional Change in Universities Influence High-Tech Entrepreneurship?: Evidence from China’s Project 985

Pacific Conference for Development Economics. 2016. Stanford Center for International Development (SCID)

Ghoshal Conference, London Business School. June 2nd, 2013

Challenges for the Chinese Government. Stanford Center for International Development (SCID). May 9-10th, 2013, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Wharton Technology Conference. April 19, Philadelphia, PA

Strategic Management Society Conference. Dec. 2013, Guangzhou, China

Entrepreneurial Adaptation and Social Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment on a MOOC Platform. Kauffman Emerging Scholars Conference. Kansas City, MO. Feb. 2016

Successes and Failures of Public Policies for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Startup Chile Conference. March 21st, 2013. Santiago, Chile

R.N. Eberhart, C.E. Eesley, K. Eisenhardt. 2012. Failure IS an Option: Institutional Barriers to Failure and New Firm Performance. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2012 2012:1 1-1; doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2012.189. (only the top 10% of presented papers).

C.E. Eesley and D. Yang. 2012. “Changing entrepreneurial strategies to developing capitalist institutions: A look at Chinese technology entrepreneurs,” Strategic Management Society Conference

Presentation for the US - China Innovation Experts Group, SIEPR, Stanford University, March 17, 2011

Presentation for a meeting hosted by School of Engineering Dean Jim Plummer for a delegation

Presentation for the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, Winter, 2010

C.E. Eesley and E.B. Roberts. “Cutting Your Teeth: Entrepreneurial Experience and Performance.” Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, August 1, 2010 2010:1 1-6;doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2010.54493446. (only the top 10% of presented papers), Montreal, 2010.

C.E. Eesley and M. Lenox. “Secondary Stakeholder Actions and the Selection of Firm Targets.” Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, August 1, 2006 2006:1 B1-B6;doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2006.27176694. (only the top 10% of presented papers), Atlanta, 2006.

C.E. Eesley, and M. Lenox, “Secondary Stakeholders and Firm Self-Regulation,” Academy of Management Conference Best Paper Proceedings, August 1, 2005 2005:1 E1-E6;doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2005.18783310. (only the top 10% of presented papers), Honolulu, 2005.

C.E. Eesley, D. Hsu, E.B. Roberts, “Focus or Diversify? Aligning Founding Teams with Strategy and Environment.” Darden Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Charlottesville, VA, 2012

C.E. Eesley and D. Yang. Changing entrepreneurial strategies to developing capitalist institutions: A look at Chinese technology entrepreneurs.

Technology Management Conference (ITMC), 2011 IEEE International. San Jose, 2011

Wharton Strategy and the Business Environment Conference, U. Penn., 2011.

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Batten Institute Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, Charlottesville, VA, 2010

Sixth Annual Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Univ. of Maryland, 2010

C.E. Eesley. “The Future of Technology Entrepreneurship Research,” Invited presentation at MIT's TIES group 50th anniversary. April 1st, 2011.

C.E. Eesley, Who has ‘The Right Stuff’? Human Capital, Entrepreneurship and Institutional Change in China.

Organization Science Winter Conference. Feb. 8, 2012

Carnegie Mellon SETChange, Nov. 2011

World Bank - Entrepreneurship and Growth Conference. Washington, DC. Nov. 19-20th, 2009

15th Annual CCC Doctoral Colloquium. Carnegie Mellon. April 11-13th, 2008

SASE Student Paper Award, Costa Rica, June, 2008

Babson Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (BCERC), June, 2008.

Georgia Tech Roundtable on Engineering and Entrepreneurship Research. Atlanta, GA. Nov. 2007

C.E. Eesley, D. Hsu, E.B. Roberts. Bringing Entrepreneurial Ideas to Life.

London Business School Ghoshal Strategy Conference, London, 2010

BYU-Utah Strategy Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010

Organization Science Winter Conference. Steamboat Springs, CO, 2010

C.E. Eesley, E.B. Roberts. Cutting Your Teeth: Learning From Entrepreneurial Experiences. West Coast Research Symposium. Seattle, WA. Sept. 8-10th, 2009

C.E. Eesley and M. Lenox. Secondary Stakeholder Actions and the Selection of Firm Targets, Institutional Mechanisms of Industry Self-Regulation Conference. Dartmouth, Feb. 24-25th, 2006

C.E. Eesley. Who Jumps into the Sea and When?: Entrepreneurship and Policy Change in China.

a. 15th Annual CCC Doctoral Colloquium. Carnegie Mellon. April 11-13th, 2008

b. PICMET Outstanding Student Paper Award. Cape Town, South Africa, 2008