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.
Ph.D., Columbia University; Management
M.Phil., Columbia University; Management
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; Civil Engineering Management
2013 Germak, A. and Robinson, J.A. “Exploring Motivation of Nascent Social Entrepreneurs to Engage in Social Innovation” Forthcoming, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship
2012 Hayes, R. N. and Robinson, J.A. Forthcoming. "An Economic Sociology of African Entrepreneurial Activity". International Journal of Entrepreneurship
2012 Robinson, J.A. and Hayes, R. N. 2012. “Opportunity Recognition in Inner City Markets: An Exploratory Study” Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 17 (2):1250011
2012 Jiao, H. and Robinson, J.A. Forthcoming. "Building international entrepreneurship through entrepreneurship capital perspective" African Journal of Business and Management
2011 Hayes, R. N. and Robinson, J. A. 2011, “Institutional Logics and Entrepreneurial Action in the Black Church: A research note” Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.16: 4, 499-515
2009 Fairchild, G. B. and Robinson, J.A. 2009. “Unlearned Lessons from Letter From a Birmingham Jail: The Work Begun, The Progress Made, and The Task Ahead.” Business and Society, 47:4.
2008 Robinson, J.A., 2008. “Urban Entrepreneurship: Patterns and Policy” Western New England Law Review, January 2008.
2007 Robinson, J.A., Robinson, S., and Blockson, L., 2007. “Exploring Stratification and Entrepreneurship: African American Women Entrepreneurs Redefine Success in Growth Ventures” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 613: 1, 131-154.
2006 Ingram, P., Robinson, J., and Busch, M. 2006. “The Intergovernmental Network of World Trade: IGO Connectedness, Governance and Embeddedness in World Trade” American Journal of Sociology, 111 November, 824.
Professor Jeffrey A. Robinson teaches Foundations of Entrepreneurship, where students learn how to skillfully combine capital, opportunities, innovation and networks to disrupt industries, create wealth, and use innovation to solve consumer and social problems. In addition to the traditional topics of opportunity recognition, business planning, and entrepreneurial finance, he also explores the topics of corporate venturing, social entrepreneurship and the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic development. This course will appeal to individuals who have a strong desire to become entrepreneurs, work in startups, or invest in early stage companies. This course will also be immensely valuable to those who will work in venture capital, where they are dealing with new or relatively new ventures.
Professor Robinson is a recipient of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship John Jack Award presented at the USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) Annual Conference as well as a sought after speaker and trainer in many Fortune 100 Corporations, foundations and leading social sector organizations including Wells Fargo, PSEG, KIPP Schools, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Comcast.
Dr. Robinson has appeared on PBS, Caucus: New Jersey, and NJTV. He is often quoted by journalists from the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.