• Professor Murphy is the Goodrich Chair of Entrepreneurship, a full professor, and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A multi-award winning teacher and researcher, he has designed and led many entrepreneurship and technology programs in university and ecosystem settings and has trained tens of thousands of students and coached hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. A range of major media outlets often cite his perspectives on entrepreneurial phenomena and he consults to many firms and universities worldwide.

    Dr. Murphy is the Professor in Residence at Innovation Depot, the largest entrepreneurial co-working/incubation center in the southeastern USA, located in downtown Birmingham, AL. In 2017, prior to moving to Alabama, he was selected as Future Founder’s inaugural “Entrepreneurship Professor of the Year” across all colleges and universities in the state of Illinois. In 2016, he was named to AmericanInno’s “50 on Fire” for his impact on Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    His 2009 research article, “A model of social entrepreneurial discovery,” was ranked by the Journal of Business Ethics in 2021 as #6 in the top 100 most influential publications in the field of social entrepreneurship. His 2006 research article, “A conceptual history of entrepreneurial thought,” was named by Emerald Publishers in 2017 as one of the publisher’s 50 highest-impact papers in the last half-century.

    Professor Murphy served as Editor of the scholarly journal Management Decision and Chair of the Academy of Management’s MH Division. He authored the book Mutiny and Its Bounty, published in 2013 by Yale University Press. He has published extensively in leading journals and outlets including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Small Business Management, and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

    A former President of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, Professor Murphy worked and lived in Beijing, China and he speaks Mandarin Chinese. A veteran of the US Navy, he is also a thoroughbred racehorse owner and is active in racing, aftercare, and racehorse retirement.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Editorial: Engaging entrepreneurship's largest unanswered questionsJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.  29:333-334. 2022
    2022 Management's knowledge filter: entrepreneurship theory and the historic conceptual evolution of opportunism in management studiesJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.  29:402-420. 2022
    2022 Editorial: A new vision for the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise DevelopmentJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.  29:177-181. 2022
    2022 Delineating novel aspects of social enterprise theory 2022
    2021 Blended value and female entrepreneurial performance: social and economic aspects of education and technology transfer 2021
    2021 Institutional forces and knowledge search strategies as predictors of entrepreneurial venture performanceJournal of Small Business Management2021
    2019 The Heptalogical Model of EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy.  2:188-213. 2019
    2019 A Heptalogical Model of Entrepreneurship for Education and PedagogyEntrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy.  19:188-213. 2019
    2019 Blended value and female entrepreneurial performance: social and economic aspects of education and technology transfer 2019
    2019 Risk Tolerance, Legitimacy, and Perspective: Navigating Biases in Social Enterprise EvaluationsEntrepreneurship Research Journal2019
    2018 Pet Arabia: Middle Eastern Entrepreneurial Venturing for a Man's Best FriendSage Business Cases2018
    2018 Social enterprise in Antebellum America: the case of Nashoba (1824-1829) 2018
    2018 Telling their own stories: Māori entrepreneurship in the mainstream screen industryEntrepreneurship and Regional Development.  30:118-145. 2018
    2017 Natural disasters, entrepreneurship, and creation after destruction: A conceptual approachInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.  23:618-637. 2017
    2016 Natural disasters, entrepreneurship, and creation after destructionInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.  23:618-637. 2016
    2014 Institutional entrepreneurship as emancipating institutional work: James Meredith and the Integrationist Movement at Ole Miss 2014
    2013 Firm culture and performance: Intensity's effects and limits 2013
    2013 Social Entrepreneurship and Broader Theories: Shedding New Light on the 'Bigger Picture'Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.  4:88-107. 2013
    2012 Small firm entrepreneurial outsourcing: Traditional problems, nontraditional solutionsStrategic Outsourcing.  5:248-275. 2012
    2012 Prior knowledge and new product and service introductions by entrepreneurial firms: The mediating role of technological innovationJournal of Small Business Management.  50:41-62. 2012
    2011 The new wild west is green: Carbon offset markets, transactions, and providers 2011
    2011 A 2×2 Conceptual Foundation for Entrepreneurial Discovery TheoryEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.  35:359-374. 2011
    2011 A 2x2 conceptual foundation for entrepreneurial discovery theoryEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.  35:359-374. 2011
    2011 The new wild west is green: Carbon offset transactions, markets, and providersAcademy of Management Perspectives.  25:37-49. 2011
    2010 The transgenerational family effect on new venture growth strategyInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.  12:3-16. 2010
    2010 Using historic mutinies to understand defiance in modern organizations 2010
    2009 A model of social entrepreneurial discoveryJournal of Business Ethics.  87:325-336. 2009
    2009 Entrepreneurship theory and the poverty of historicism 2009
    2009 Entrepreneurial alertness, technological innovation, and new product developmentContemporary Finance and Economics.  292:72-77. 2009
    2008 Attacking the roots: Shiraishi Garments Company and an evolving thicket of business ethics in ChinaJournal of Business Ethics Education.  4:135-146. 2008
    2007 Southeast Asian Culture, Human Development, and Business CompetitivenessJournal of Asia Business Studies.  2:14-22. 2007
    2007 Dealer trade group: High-tech venturing in a low-tech industryEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.  31:643-662. 2007
    2007 Note to instructors for dealer trade group: High-tech venturing in a low-tech industryEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.  31:663-666. 2007
    2007 Expert Capital and Perceived Legitimacy 2007
    2007 Do business school professors make good executive managers? 2007
    2007 Expert capital and perceived legitimacy: Female-run entrepreneurial venture signaling and performanceInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.  8:127-138. 2007
    2007 If the shoe fits: Wenzhou Aike Shoes Company, Ltd.Journal of International Business Education.  3:1-7. 2007
    2007 The golden age: Service management on transatlantic ocean liners 2007
    2006 A conceptual history of entrepreneurial thought 2006
    2005 Developing and validating a construct of entrepreneurial intensityNew England Journal of Entrepreneurship.  8:31-38. 2005
    2005 Review of Working for a family business: An employee's guide to successFamily Business Review.  18:91-94. 2005
    2002 Personality and situations in co-worker preference: Similarity and complementarity in worker compatibilityJournal of Business and Psychology.  17:223-243. 2002
    2000 Development and Content Validation of a "Hyperdimensional" Taxonomy of Managerial CompetenceHuman Performance.  13:205-251. 2000


    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 The existential edge: A logic for entrepreneurial decision-making 2019
    2013 Mutiny and its bounty: Leadership lessons from the age of discovery 2013


    Year Title Altmetric
    2017 A Model of the Discovery, Assembly, and Viability of Entrepreneurial Opportunities.  63-83. 2017
    2008 Should i stay or should i go? Shiraishi garments company.  473-482. 2008
    2007 The opportunity-based approach to entrepreneurial discovery research.  169-191. 2007

    Research Overview

  • entrepreneurship, history, social enterprise
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    Full Name

  • Patrick Murphy