Erik Monsen

  • Program Years: 1991-1993
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Aeronautics/Astronautical Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Brian Cantwell
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, California (1992)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Organization Development, University of Colorado, 2005
    M.B.A. Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado, 2001
    M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Stanford University, 1992
    B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1991

Current Status

  • Status: Associate Professor, Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Vermont
  • Research Area: Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialisation, Motivation, Career Choice


Instead of designing better aircraft with computational fluid dynamics, Erik now researches how to design better entrepreneurial organizations from the employee perspective. His current research examines how and why employees act entrepreneurially (or not!), and in particular, how and why scientists and engineers choose to commercialize their research (or not!).


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
• Biniari, M., Simmons, S., Monsen, E., & Pizarro Moreno, M.I. (forthcoming) The configuration of corporate venturing logics: An integrated resource dependence and institutional perspective. Small Business Economics.
• Sieger, P., & Monsen, E. (forthcoming) Founder, Academic, or Employee? A Nuanced Study of Career Choice Intentions. Journal of Small Business Management.
• Urbig, D. & Monsen, E. (2012) The Structure of Optimism: "Controllability Affects the Extent to Which Efficacy Beliefs Shape Outcome Expectancies". Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(4), 854-867.
• Monsen, E., Mahagaonkar, P., & Dienes, C. (2012) Entrepreneurship in India: The Question of Occupational Transition. Small Business Economics, 39(2), 359-382.
• Wales, W., Monsen, E., & McKelvie, A. (2011) The Organizational Pervasiveness of Entrepreneurial Orientation. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 35(5), 895-923.
• Frederick, H., & Monsen, E. (2011). New Zealand’s Perfect Storm of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Small Business Economics, 37( 2), 187-204.
• Monsen, E., Patzelt, H., & Saxton, T. (2010). Beyond Simple Utility: Incentive Design and Tradeoffs for Corporate Employee-Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 34(1), 105-130.
• Monsen, E., & Boss, R. W. (2009). The Impact of Strategic Entrepreneurship inside the Organization: Examining Job Stress and Employee Retention. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 33(1), 71-104.
• Schweizer, L., Monsen, E., & Patzelt, H. (2008). Anreize und Motivation für unternehmerisches Handeln in etablierten Firmen [Incentives and Motivation for Entrepreneurial Action in Established Firms]. Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung, 60(11), 671-692.
• Koberg, C. S., Boss, R. W., Goodman, E. A., Boss, A. D., & Monsen, E. W. (2005). Empirical Evidence of Organizational Citizenship Behavior from the Health Care Industry. International Journal of Public Administration, 28(5/6), 417-436.

Guest Editorials in Journal Special Issues
• Nelson, A. & Monsen, E. (2014) Teaching Technology Commercialization: Introduction to the Special Section. Journal of Technology Transfer, 39(5), 774-779.
• Schjoedt, L., Monsen, E., Pearson, A., Barnett, T., & Chrisman, J.J. (2013). New Venture and Family Business Teams: Understanding Team Formation, Composition, Behaviors and Performance. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 37(1), 1-15.
• Monsen, E., & Peters, S.A. (2010). Editorial (Special Issue: Corporate Entrepreneurship). International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2(2), 107-113.

Book Chapters
• Monsen, E. (2012). Das Regionale Ereignis “Unternehmensgründung” – Auch in Deutschland? [The Regional Event “Entrepreneurship” – Also in Germany?]. In K. Dicke, U. Cantner & M. Ruffert (Eds.), Die Rolle der Universität in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, [The Role of the University in the Economy and Society](pp. 161-164). Jena: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena & IKS Garamond.
• Monsen, E., & Urbig, D. (2009). Perceptions of Efficacy, Control and Risk: A Theory of Mixed Control. In A. Carsrud & M. Brännback (Eds.), Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mind: Opening the Black Box (pp. 259-281). New York: Springer.
• Audretsch, D. B., & Monsen, E. (2008). Entrepreneurship Capital: A Regional, Organizational, Team and Individual Phenomenon. In R. Barrett & S. Mayson (Eds.), International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship (pp. 47-70). Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.