Richard A. Hunt

Asst. Professor


Ph.D. University of Colorado – Boulder, 2013

M.B.A. Stanford University, 1993

M.T.S. Harvard University, 1986

B.A. Rice University, 1983

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Virginia Tech, 2014 – Present

Instructor, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2010 – 2013

President and Owner, Risk Removal Inc – Colorado, 2002 – 2008

Vice President of Strategy, StarBand Communications – Virginia, 2000 – 2002

Director of Planning and Analysis, Pfizer Inc – New York, 1992 – 2000

Selected Publications

Hunt, R.A. (Forthcoming) Contagion entrepreneurship: Institutional support, strategic incoherence and the social costs of over-entry. Journal of Small Business Management.

Hunt, R.A. (2013) Priming the pump: Demand-side drivers of entrepreneurial activity. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Volume 33.

Hunt, R.A. (2013) Entrepreneurial tweaking: Technology diffusion through secondary inventions and design modifications by start-ups”. European Journal of Innovation Management, 16 (2): 148 – 170

Hunt, R.A. and K. Kiefer. (2012) Parity, paternalism and peonage in the informal economy. Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, AMBPP, 2012 (50).

Hunt, R.A. and B.R. Fund. (2012) Entrepreneurship through acquisition: Financing the revitalization of existing business systems. The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 16 (1): 29 – 56.

Hunt, R.A. and D. Lerner. (2012) Reassessing the entrepreneurial spinoff performance advantage: A natural experiment involving a complete population. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 32 (12): 468 – 482.

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Hunt examines the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, including new sector formation, market entry and early-stage operational behavior. He employs novel data sets and methods, using transactions, cliometric analysis, natural experiments, complete populations and event histories in developing a meso-strategic perspective that aims to make micro perspectives more intelligible and macro perspectives more veridical. Through these methods and conceptual frameworks, it is his goal to generate research that is provocative and useful to both scholars and practitioners.

Selected Honors & Awards

Winner of the NFIB Outstanding Dissertation Award, Academy of Management 2014

Best Paper Prize at the Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Conference 2014

Best Published Article Award on Innovation/Entrepreneurship by Emerald Group Publications 2013

Ronald B. Shuman Best Paper in Management History, Academy of Management 2013

Strategic Management Society Best PhD Paper Prize – Prague 2012

Sumantra Ghoshal Research and Practice Award Academy of Management 2012

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