Balasubramanian awarded prestigious Kauffman Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research

May 14, 2012

Natarajan Balasubramanian, assistant professor of management at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, has received the prestigious Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced May 1.

Natarajan BalasubramanianThe Kauffman Foundation established the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research in 2008 to recognize tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. universities who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship. Awardees receive a grant of $40,000 over two years to support their research activities.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Balasubramanian on our faculty, and we’re very proud of him. His research has been published in and cited by scholars in leading journals in both strategic management and economics, adding an important dimension to our research portfolio at the Whitman School of Management,” says Melvin Stith, dean of the Whitman School. “By extension, this recognition reflects the Whitman School’s strong commitment to academic research.”

“This program will help launch a cohort of world-class scholars into the exciting field of entrepreneurship, thus laying the foundation for future scientific advancement,” says Robert J. Strom, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “The research produced by these fine scholars will be translated into knowledge with application for policymakers, educators, service providers and entrepreneurs.”

In addition to his teaching and research at SU, Balasubramanian is also a research associate at the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Census Bureau. He is working on constructing the first comprehensive database of new ventures in the United States.

Balasubramanian, along with six other exceptional scholars, represents the third class of Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellows. They will be honored at a reception during the Allied Social Science Association/American Economic Association annual meeting in San Diego on Jan. 4-6, 2013.

The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research is one of three academic recognition programs established by the foundation to help build a body of respected entrepreneurship research and make entrepreneurship a highly regarded academic field. The other programs are the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. For more information, visit