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Indiana University Bloomington



Fortune Small Business magazine listed Kelley’s MBA and undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship No. 1 among all public universities in the nation in 2009.

Donald F. Kuratko

Contact Information

(812) 855-4248
dkuratko [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Godfrey Center, Room CG 2050

  • Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Executive & Academic Director of JCEI
  • Director, Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy


  • Bloomington

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • The National Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Mentor Award
  • The Karl Vesper Entrepreneurship Pioneer Award (inaugural recipient)
  • Top 50 Entrepreneurship Scholars in the World (Scientifica)
  • The Riata Distinguished Entrepreneurship Scholar Award
  • The John E. Hughes Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award
  • The National Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Advocate Award
  • Ranked as #1 Entrepreneurship Director in the USA by peers
  • Distinguished Scholar for Corporate Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow
  • National Model Innovative Pedagogy in Entrepreneurship Award
  • National Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator (USASBE)
  • National Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award (National Finalist)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young & Inc. Magazine)
  • National Federation of Independent Business Excellence Award
  • George Washington Medal of Honor in Private Enterprise Education
  • Leavey Foundation Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
  • The Binford Award for Outstanding Contributions to Entrepreneurial Development

Professional Interests

Entrepreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurial Leadership


Dr. Donald F. Kuratko (known as “Dr. K”) is considered a prominent scholar and national leader in the field of entrepreneurship authoring 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. Dr. K 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.

Selected Publications

  • Kuratko, D.F., Morris, M.H. & Schindehutte, M. (In Press). “Understanding the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship through Framework Approaches,” Small Business Economics.

  • Covin, J.G., Garrett, R.P., Kuratko, D.F. & Shepherd, D.A. (In Press). “Value Proposition Evolution and the Performance of Internal Corporate Ventures,” Journal of Business Venturing.

  • Anderson, B.S., Kreiser, P.N., Kuratko, D.F., Hornsby, J.S., & Eshima, Y. (In Press). “Reconceptualizing Entrepreneurial Orientation,” Strategic Management Journal.

  • Kuratko, D.F., Hornsby, J.S., & Hayton, J. (In Press). “Corporate Entrepreneurship: The Innovative Challenge for a New Global Economic Reality,” Small Business Economics.

  • Kuratko, D.F., Covin, J.G., & Hornsby, J.S. (2014). “Why Implementing Corporate Innovation is So Difficult,” Business Horizons, 57 (5): 647-655.

  • Kuratko, Donald F., Hornsby, Jeffrey S., & Covin, Jeffrey G. 2014. “Diagnosing a Firm’s Internal Environment for Corporate Entrepreneurship,” Business Horizons, Vol. 57 #1: 37-47.

  • Kuratko, Donald F. (2014), Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process, Practice (9th Edition), Cengage/Southwestern Publishers.  
  • Kreiser, P.M., Marino, L.D., Kuratko, D.F., & Weaver, M.K. (2013). “Disaggregating Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Non-Linear Impact of Innovativeness, Proactiveness and Risk-Taking on SME Performance,” Small Business Economics, 40(2): 273-291.

  • Kuratko, D.F. & Morris, M.H. (2013). Entrepreneurship & Leadership (Edward Elgar Publishing).

  • Hornsby, J.S., Kuratko, D.F., Holt, D.T., & Wales, W.J. (2013). “Assessing a Measurement of Organizational Preparedness for Corporate Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30 (5): 937-955.

  • Morris, Michael H., Donald F. Kuratko, and Minet Schindehutte (2012), “Framing the Entrepreneurial Experience,” Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 36 (1): 11-40.

  • Kuratko, Donald F., Michael G. Goldsby, & Jeffrey S. Hornsby (2012), Innovation Acceleration, Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishers.

  • Goodale, John C., Donald F. Kuratko, Jeffrey S. Hornsby, and Jeffrey G. Covin (2011), “Operations Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Effect of Operations Control on the Antecedents of Corporate Entrepreneurial Activity in Relation to Innovation Performance,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 29, No. 1-2, January, pp. 116-127. 

  • Morris, M.H., D.F. Kuratko, and J.G. Covin (2011), Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3rd Edition), Cengage/South-Western Publishers.
  • Morris, M. H., D. F. Kuratko, J. A. Allen, R. D. Ireland, and M. Schindehutte (2010), “Resource Acceleration: Extending Resource Based Theory in Entrepreneurial Ventures,” Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 4-25.
  • Kuratko, Donald F. and Travis J. Brown (2010), “Emerging life sciences ventures: The quest for legitimacy,” Business Horizons, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 211-220.
  • Holt, D.T., Rutherford, M.W., & Kuratko, D.F. (2010). "Advancing the field of family business research: Further testing the measurement properties of the F-PEC," Family Business Review, 23, (1): 76-88.

  • Morris, M.H., Allen, J.A., Kuratko, D.F., & Brannon, D. (2010). “Experiencing Family Business Creation: Differences between Founders, Non-Family Managers, and Founders of Non-Family Firms,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 34, (6): 1057-1084.

  • Kuratko, D.F. & Audretsch, D.B. (2009). “Strategic Entrepreneurship: Exploring Different Perspectives of an Emerging Concept,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 33, (1): 1-17.

  • Hornsby, J.S., Kuratko, D.F., Shepherd, D.A., & Bott, J.P. (2009). “Managers’ Corporate Entrepreneurial Actions: Examining Perception and Position,” Journal of Business Venturing, 24, (3): 236-247.

  • Ireland, R. D., Covin, J.G., & Kuratko, D.F. (2009). “Conceptualizing Corporate Entrepreneurship Strategy,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, 33, (1):19-46.

  • Shepherd, Dean A. and Donald F. Kuratko (2009), “The Death of an Innovative Project: How Grief Recovery Enhances Learning,” Business Horizons, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp. 451-458.
  • Kuratko, D.F., Covin, J.G., & Garrett, R.P. (2009). “Corporate Venturing: Insights from Actual Performance,” Business Horizons, 52, (5): 459-467.

  • Kuratko, D.F. (2009). “The Entrepreneurial Imperative of the 21st Century,” Business Horizons, 52, (5): 421-428.

  • Shepherd, D.A., Covin, J.G., & Kuratko, D.F. (2009). “Project Failure from Corporate Entrepreneurship: Managing the Grief Process,” Journal of Business Venturing, 24, (6): 588-600.

  • Goodale, J.C., Kuratko, D.F., & Hornsby, J.S. (2008). “Influence-Factors for Operational Control and Compensation in Professional Service Firms,” Journal of Operations Management, 26, (5): 669-688.

  • Rutherford, Matthew W., Donald F. Kuratko, and Daniel T. Holt (2008), “Examining the Link between Familiness and Performance: Can the F-PEC Untangle the Family Business Theory Jungle?,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Vol. 32, No. 6, pp. 1089-1109.
  • Kuratko, Donald F., R. Duane Ireland, Jeffrey G. Covin, and Jeffrey S. Hornsby (2005), “A Model of Middle-Level Managers’ Entrepreneurial Behavior,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp. 699-716.
  • Kuratko, Donald F. (2005), “The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Education: Development, Trends, and Challenges,” Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Vol. 29, No. 5, September, pp. 577-598.  Also published in: Patricia G. Greene and Mark P. Rice (eds.) (2007), Entrepreneurship Education, The International Library of Entrepreneurship, UK: Elgar Publishing, pp. 114-134.
  • Kuratko, Donald F. and Michael G. Goldsby (2004), “Corporate Entrepreneurs or Rogue Middle Managers: A Framework for Ethical Corporate Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 13-30.