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The research mission of the Greif Center is to develop, support, and disseminate leading-edge interdisciplinary scholarship in the entrepreneurship area. Such scholarship will meet the highest standards of scientific rigor and will examine questions and problems that are central to the practice of entrepreneurship.

To achieve this mission, the Greif Center organizes and supports a wide range of research-related activities, described in detail in our 2012 Research Initiatives Newsletter:

  • The Greif Seminar Series brings leading entrepreneurship researchers to the Marshall School to present their recent work.

  • Greif-sponsored Conferences bring together academics from around the world to present and discuss recent research.

  • The Greif Research Impact Award is a $5,000 annual award given to the researcher(s) who published the most impactful entrepreneurship article six years ago in the top management and entrepreneurship journals. Underlying the award is a database that tracks the publication and citation of entrepreneurship articles. You can view key results from this Entrepreneurship Research Impact Database on our website.

  • The Greif Center maintains an extensive network of affiliated Research Faculty and Doctoral Students from across the Marshall School and USC to promote interdisciplinary research in entrepreneurship. You can view recent entrepreneurship-related Research Papers on our website.

  • The Greif Center provides research support to faculty members for entrepreneurship-related projects through its annual Faculty Research Awards. In 2013, Assistant Professor Nathaniel Fast of the Management and Organization Department received a grant of $5,000 for his project entitled “Entrepreneurial efficacy: Why working for entrepreneurial firms leads to increased future entrepreneurial activity.”

  • Each year, the Greif Center awards a $2,500 scholarship to a USC doctoral student for research work in the field of entrepreneurship. The 2013 winner of the Greif Doctoral Student Research Award was Heejin Woo of the Management and Organization Department for his project entitled "Three Essays on Corporate Governance and Strategy in Entrepreneurial Firms."