Jeffrey Robinson

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Academic Info

Ph.D., Columbia University; Management
M.Phil., Columbia University; Management
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; Civil Engineering Management


Entrepreneurship, Urban Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Urban Sociology, Strategic Management, Business & Society Issues, Institutional Theory, Social Networks, Urban Hiring Strategies


Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.; Social Entrepreneurship, Social Business, & Venture Philanthropy

Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D.  is an award winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur.  Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the founding Assistant Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.  The Center is a unique interdisciplinary venue for innovative thinking and research on entrepreneurial activity and economic development in urban environments. 

Dr. Robinson’s research describes how business practices and entrepreneurship can be used to impact societal issues.  He is particularly concerned about community and economic development issues for urban metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad. He is the author of books and articles on such topics as social entrepreneurship, African American women in entrepreneurship, and patterns of Black employment. In 2007, he was selected as the recipient of the Aspen Institute’s Social Impact Faculty Pioneer Award for his research, service and teaching activities at the intersection of business and society.  In 2011, his course, Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, was recognized as a model of Innovative Entrepreneurship Education by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Professor Robinson is the co-editor (with Johanna Mair and Kai Hockerts) of the research volume Social Entrepreneurship (2006), International Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship (2009) and Values and Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship (2010) and co-founder of the International Social Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His current research projects cover the areas of high growth African American women entrepreneurs, early stage social entrepreneurship, inner city business development and economic development in western and southern Africa. 

Dr. Robinson is a sought after speaker and media commentator appearing on Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News, PBS, NJN News,  NJBIZ, The Star-Ledger and The New York Times. He is the co-author of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness with Dr. Randal Pinkett. He has been the keynote speaker at international events and conferences in Shanghai, China; Lagos, Nigeria; Melbourne, Australia, and London, England and has presented his work on six continents.

His research has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Business & Society, the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, the African Journal of Business and Management, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.


Business Insights

Rutgers Business School News

Recovery Fund would help prevent the loss of businesses after Sandy's fierce blow

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Professor Jeffrey Robinson proposes the creation of a New Jersey Business Recovery Fund to support business owners and thousands of employees in companies impacted by Super Storm Sandy. He explains how the fund, modeled loosely after a similar program in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, could prevent the state's vital small business engine from stalling out. More ›

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