Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship University of Minnesota
Master of Business Administration 2004
Babson College – F. W. Olin School of Business
Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering 1993
Computer Engineering Manipal Institute of Technology, India
Digital innovations are having a significant impact on entrepreneurship, as new ventures are increasingly weaving digital technologies into their business strategies. My research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources. I investigate these topics through the lens of organization theory and strategic management, and utilize randomized field experiments as wells as rigorous econometric methods.
Awards and Honors
2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship award
2016 Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) research grant, with Russell Funk
2015 Carlson School of Management Dissertation Fellowship award
2013 and 2012 McNamara Women’s Fellowship award
2015 Selected for the West Coast doctoral consortium (UW)
2015 and 2014 Selected for the Kauffman doctoral consortium (UMD)
2015 and 2013 Selected for the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network doctoral consortium (IU and OSU)
2016 Aug - Featured in Growthology, "Keeping up with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellows" by Alex Krause
2015 Dec - Featured in the Carlson Alumni Newsletter
2012 Aug - Referenced in Vogue (India), "Finding 40" by Shoba Narayan
Bapna, Sofia, and Mary Benner. Nurturing Online Communities: An Empirical Investigation. Dissertation essay. (Submitted for review to a top journal)
Bapna, Sofia, and Russell Funk. “Reducing Entry Barriers for Women in Male Dominated Networks: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment of Social Network Dynamics.” Working paper.
Bapna, Sofia, and Gordon Burtch. Evaluating the Role of Gender Bias in Equity Crowdfunding. Working paper.
Bapna, Sofia and Gordon Burtch. Evaluating the Role of Lead Investors in Equity CrowdFunding. Working paper.