On June 22nd, the sixth TUM Research Excellence Award in the field of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership was awarded. The award ceremony took place at the 18th annual European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. The research prize is presented every two years and granted with 10,000 €. Awarded by the Peter Pribilla Foundation, it honors significant scholarly contributions that advance knowledge and understanding in the field of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. The award addresses emerging scholars on the level of post-doctoral researchers as well as early career academics and professors.

This year’s recipient Chuck Eesley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In his work, he sheds light on the role of formal and informal institutions in stimulating entrepreneurial action by high growth technology firms. In several studies, Professor Eesley explored entrepreneurial activity in single country settings, such as China, Chile, Japan and the U.S., before and after a major institutional change. Besides his academic career, he started his first company already in 2002 while still earning his bachelor’s degree. Chuck Eesley currently serves as an independent board director on public as well as private companies in online education and Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning.


The Peter Pribilla Foundation is a foundation of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and devotes special attention to the upcoming generation of scholars and to networks between academics and practitioners. As an auxiliary institution to the foundation, CLIC is actively involved in realizing its objectives, for instance by planning and organizing network meetings and award ceremonies. 


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