Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business professor Dean Shepherd was recently recognized as the leading scholar in entrepreneurship research, according to a recent study published in Journal of Small Business Management.
“Contributing Forces in Entrepreneurship Research: A Global Citation Analysis“—co-authored by Chang Xu of Renmin University, Yining Chen of Western Kentucky University, Ann Fung of University of Washington and Kam C. Chan of Western Kentucky University—concluded that Shepherd contributed to entrepreneurship research more than any other academic figure.
The study used a sample of more than 2,000 entrepreneurship articles published in leading journals between 2002 and 2013. Shepherd was identified as both the most prolific author with 54 total articles and the most impactful, as measured by a weighted normalized citation count.
Entrepreneurship is a relatively new field of research, and therefore presents “as a unique opportunity for a wider range of institutions and scholars to collaborate and develop expertise and leadership research,” according to the study.
With that being said, Shepherd has had his work published in top entrepreneurship, general management, strategic management, operations management, and psychology journals and has written or edited more than 20 books.