G. Christopher Crawford
Former Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Former Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
G. Christopher Crawford is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick. After working in industry for two decades and founding his own consulting company, Dr. Crawford received his PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville in 2013. His dissertation, "Causes of Extreme Outcomes in Entrepreneurship," received a $20,000 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Award. Dr Crawford’s recent work has been published in Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, and Journal of Management Inquiry, among others. His teaching of entrepreneurship, leadership, and strategic management to undergraduates and MBAs has received university-wide recognition at Ohio University, University of Louisville, and Miami University (Oxford). His recent $205,000 National Science Foundation grant will build and test a universal theory about the emergence of new order (e.g., outlier ventures, technology, innovations, or extreme events) in entrepreneurship. Visit his website on "Using Simulation to Build and Test Entrepreneurship Theories."
Crawford, GC. (September 2017-2019) Modeling the Emergence of Outliers in Entrepreneurship.
-Awarded, as Sole Principal Investigator: National Science Foundation Grant: $205,000.
Crawford, GC. (2018) Skewed Opportunities: How the Distribution of Entrepreneurial Inputs and Outcomes Reconceptualizes the Research Domain. Proceedings of the Seventy-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Messersmith, J, Patel, PC, & Crawford, GC. (Forthcoming) Bang for the Buck: Understanding Benefit Allocations and New Venture Survival. International Small Business Journal.
Crawford, GC & McKelvey, B. (2018) Using Maximum-Likelihood Estimation Methods and Complexity Science Concepts to Research Power Law-Distributed Phenomena in Edward Elgar Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science: Theory and Applications 12: 227-251. E. Midelton-Kelly, A. Paraskevas, & C. Day (Eds.). Cheltenham, UK. ISBN:1785364413.
Lerner DA, Crawford, GC, Bort, J. & Wiklund, J. (2017) Speed versus Accuracy: Experimentally Modeling the Strategic Utility of Impulsivity in Entrepreneurship. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
Crawford, GC, Linder C, Villani, E, & Lechner, C. (2017) Outlier Antecedents, Processes, and Consequences in the Emergence of New Ventures. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
Crawford, GC, Dimov, D, & McKelvey, B. (2016) Realism, Empiricism, and Fetishism in the Study of Entrepreneurship. Journal of Management Inquiry. 25(2) 168-170. doi:JMI.
Crawford, GC, Aguinis, HA, Lichtenstein, B, Davidsson, P, & McKelvey, B. (2015) Power Law Distributions in Entrepreneurship: Implications for Theory and Research. Journal of Business Venturing 30(5) 696-713. doi: JBV. (Article has 51 Google Scholar citations and 6,800+ combined views/downloads on ResearchGate, SSRN, and Science Direct).
Crawford, GC & Kreiser, P. (2015) Corporate Entrepreneurship Strategy: Extending the Integrative Framework through the Lens of Complexity Science. Small Business Economics 45(2) 403-422. doi:SBE.
Crawford, GC. (2015) The Emergence of Outliers in Entrepreneurship: A Self-Organized Criticality Framework. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 35(16), Article 1. Awarded: National Federation of Independent Business Award for Excellence in Research and $3,000 prize in Bodø, Norway, June 2016.
Crawford, GC, McKelvey, B, & Lichtenstein, B. (2014) The Empirical Reality of Entrepreneurship: How Power Law Distributed Outcomes Call for New Theory and Method. Journal of Business Venturing Insights. Volume 1, Issue 1-2, Article 1. doi:JBVI.
Crawford, GC & Lichtenstein, B. (2013) Is there a Singular ‘Law of Entrepreneurship’? Power Law Dynamics of Organizational Emergence and Growth. In Leslie A. Toombs (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-Third Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Crawford, GC. (2012) Emerging Scalability and Extreme Outcomes in New Ventures: Power Law Analyses of Three Studies. In Leslie A. Toombs (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-Second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, ISSN 1543-8643.
Crawford, GC & McKelvey, B. (2012) Strategic Implications of Power Law Distributions in the Creation and Emergence of New Ventures: Power Law Analyses in Three Panel Studies. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. (32) 12, Article 1. doi:BCERC.
Awarded: Kauffman Firm Survey Best Conference Paper and $1,000 prize.
Crawford, GC. (2012) Disobeying Power Laws: Perils for Theory and Method. Journal of Organization Design. 1(2): 75-81. doi:JOD.
Editorial Board Member: Journal of Business Venturing
Ad-hoc Reviewer: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, MIS Quarterly.
Chair (with Christian Lechner): Professional Development Workshop titled “Modeling the Emergence of Outliers in Entrepreneurship: Theory, Mechanisms, and Methods” in 2018 Academy of Management Meeting in Chicago, IL, USA.
Nominated for Emergent Scholar Award, Entrepreneurship Division, 2018 Academy of Management Meeting by Per Davidsson, Queensland University of Technology, January, 2018.
Nominated for Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship ($35,000) by Martin Ganco, University of Wisconsin-Madison, January, 2018.
Nominated for Ascendant Scholar Award, 2018 Western Academy of Management Conference by Luke Pittaway, Ohio University, January, 2018.
Honoree, 2017 Ohio University Faculty Newsmakers Gala, October, 2017.
Nominated for Ohio University Presidential Teaching Award, September, 2017.
Dissertation Committee Member: Avi Turetsky, Ph.D. Candidate, Case Western University with dissertation titled, “When Heads and Tails Matter: Intra-Industry Performance Distributions and their Management Implications.”
Nominated for Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship ($35,000) by Jay B. Barney, University of Utah, February, 2017.
Submitted $205,000 grant proposal to National Science Foundation (#1734567) for: “Modeling the Emergence of Outliers in Entrepreneurship.” February, 2017.
Submitted $10,000 grant proposal to Batten Institute Fellowship. February, 2017
Received College of Business 2016 & 2017 Faculty Excellence in Intellectual Contribution Award.
Awarded Copeland Research Fellowship: $5,000 summer support and $1,500 research honorarium for two years, August, 2015.
Chair of Professional Development Workshop at Academy of Management Meeting: “Using Simulation Experiments to Build and Test Entrepreneurship Theories” in Vancouver, BC, 2015; Orlando, FL, 2013; Boston, MA, 2012; Montreal, Canada, 2010; and Co-chair [with J. Mueller] in San Antonio, TX, 2011.
Received Research Seed Grant: $3,000. OU Intellectual Contribution Committee, 2015 & 2016.
Recipient of John Richard Binford Memorial Award for leadership and scholarship in the domain of entrepreneurship. Carried banner for School of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies at University of Louisville graduation commencement and received $250.
Awarded Graduate Dean’s Citation for significant Ph.D. student accomplishments (University of Louisville, December, 2013)
Voted Outstanding Reviewer, Entrepreneurship track, Western Academy of Management (2014)
Featured in Louisville’s Student Spotlight for Outstanding Graduate Achievement (2013)
The Kauffman Foundation. Awarded research grant [with J. Mueller #20090582; $12,000], 2009-2011. Developed wiki for dissemination of Kauffman Firm Survey to field. Named Kauffman Emerging Scholar
Selected participant to Doctoral Consortium (2012) Western Academy of Management Conference, San Diego, CA and (2011) Academy of Management Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Session Chair & Discussant (2011): Academy of Management Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Session Chair & Paper Discussant (2011, 2012, 2015): Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference
Paper Reviewer (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) Academy of Management Meeting
Conference Reviewer (2015, 2016, 2017) Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference