Professor and George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship
Ted Baker leads entrepreneurship efforts at Rutgers Business School – Newark & New Brunswick. He spent much of the first half of his adult life building a variety of technology-rich entrepreneurial ventures. During his subsequent academic career, he has helped to build two leading programs in technology entrepreneurship and commercialization (University of Wisconsin-Madison and NC State University). He has studied entrepreneurship under conditions of resource constraint and adversity (for example in the informal settlements around Cape Town, South Africa, in the textile industry in the American South and Northeast), focusing in particular on bricolage and improvisation as constructs useful for understanding resourceful behavior. His current work on Founder Identity Theory (FIT) explores the processes through which entrepreneurship sometimes allows people to pursue their goals and become who they want to be despite common problems of resource constraint and adversity. His research has been published in leading academic management and entrepreneurship journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Sociology
MA, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Sociology
MBA, University of Chicago
BA, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Sociology
Selected Research Publications
- Jay O’Toole, Yan Gong, Ted Baker, Dale Eesley & Anne S. Miner. Forthcoming. Startup responses to unexpected events: The impact of the relative presence of improvisation. Organization Studies.
- Friederike Welter & Ted Baker. Forthcoming. Moving contexts onto new roads: Clues from other disciplines. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.
- Ted Baker & E. Erin Powell. Forthcoming. Prosocial Ventures: Meaning well and thinking good thoughts are nice, but not enough. Rutgers Business Review.
- Ted Baker & Friederike Welter. 2020. Contextualizing Entrepreneurship Theory. Routledge, London.
- Baker, T., & Powell, E. E. 2020. Founder Identity Theory, in Melissa Cardon, Michael Frese and Michael Gielnik (eds), The Psychology of Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives. The Society for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Frontiers Series. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
- Ted Baker & E. Erin Powell. 2019. Entrepreneurship as a New Liberal Art. Small Business Economics, 52(2): 405-418.
- Friederike Welter, Ted Baker & Katharine Wirsching. 2019. Three Waves and Counting: The rising tide of contextualization in entrepreneurship research. Small Business Economics, 52(2): 319-330
- Gerard George, Ted Baker, Paul Tracey & Havovi Joshi, (eds). 2019. The Handbook of Inclusive Social Innovation. Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA.
- E. Erin Powell, Ralph Hamann, Verena Bitzer & Ted Baker. 2018. Bringing the Elephant into the Room? Enacting conflict in collective prosocial organizing. Journal of Business Venturing, 33: 623-642.
- Ted Baker & Welter, Friederike. 2018. Contextual Entrepreneurship – An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship: 14, (4): 357–426.
- E. Erin Powell & Ted Baker. 2017. In the Beginning: Identity processes and organizing in multi-founder nascent ventures. Academy of Management Journal: 60(6): 2381-2414.
- Ted Baker & Friederike Welter. 2017. Come on out of the ghetto, please! – Building the future of entrepreneurship research. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research. 23(2): 170-184.
- Per Davidsson, Ted Baker & Julienne Senyard. 2017. A Measure of Entrepreneurial Bricolage Behavior. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 23(1): 114-135.
- Friederike Welter, Ted Baker, David Audretsch & William Gartner. 2017. Everyday entrepreneurship – a call for entrepreneurship research to embrace entrepreneurial diversity. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, May: 311-321.
- Baker, T., Powell, E.E. and Fultz, E. 2017. Whatddya know? Qualitative methods in entrepreneurship. In Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research, Sanjay Jain & Raza Mir, editors.