Professor and George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship
Ted Baker spent the first 20 years of his adult life helping to build a variety of technology-rich entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professor at Rutgers Business School, where he holds the George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship while serving as founding director of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development (RAISED). He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town and Senior Fellow of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship. At Rutgers, he co-founded (with Roger Debo) the Collaborative for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (CTEC), building on similar programs he led at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and North Carolina State University. He also co-founded (with Jasmine Cordero-West) both RU-Flourishing, a program that trains and supports previously incarcerated nascent and early-stage entrepreneurs and the Urban Solutions Lab, which brings together students and community stakeholders in pursuit of prosocial entrepreneurship.
Ted’s research explores entrepreneurship under conditions of resource constraint and adversity, focusing on sources and patterns of resourceful behavior. It has been published in leading academic management and entrepreneurship journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. His most influential work has developed the notion of “entrepreneurial bricolage.” His current work on Founder Identity Theory (FIT) – with Erin Powell and PhD students in the US, South Korea and South Africa – extends this by drawing on the social psychology of identity to explore 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. A series of books and papers with Friederike Welter introduces the critical process approach to contextualizing entrepreneurship research and broadening its domain, as does work with Erin Powell positioning entrepreneurship as a “New Liberal Art,” work with Joaquin Cestino on entrepreneurship in the online written news industry and work with Andrew Fultz and Erin Powell studying the connections between social movements and social ventures within bureaucracies.
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
- Paul Steffens, Ted Baker, Per Davidsson & Julienne Senyard. Forthcoming. When is Less More? Boundary Conditions of Effective Entrepreneurial Bricolage. Journal of Management.
- Jay O’Toole, Yan Gong, Ted Baker, Dale Eesley & Anne S. Miner. 2021. Startup responses to unexpected events: The impact of the relative presence of improvisation. Organization Studies, 42(11): 1741-1765.
- Friederike Welter & Ted Baker. 2021. Moving contexts onto new roads: Clues from other disciplines. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 45(5): 1154-1175.
- Ted Baker & E. Erin Powell. 2021. Prosocial Ventures: Meaning well and thinking good thoughts are nice, but not enough. Rutgers Business Review, 5(2): 145-152.
- 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.
Name: Ro, Eun Ki
Graduation Date: 2022/May
Name: Fultz, Andrew
Graduation Date: 2020/October