Sofia Bapna

PhD Candidate (2016 expected graduation)
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • MBA (cum laude) 2004
    Babson College – F. W. Olin School of Business

  • B Tech 1993
    Computer Engineering Manipal Institute of Technology, India

My research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources, including the use of signals and sensegiving communications. I explore these topics in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, through randomized field experiments and panel data methods.

Honors and Awards

2015 Carlson School of Management Dissertation 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)
2013 and 2012 McNamara Women’s Fellowship award

Selected Works

  • Bapna, Sofia. “The Independent and Combined Effects External Endorsements: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in the Context of Equity Crowdfunding.” Dissertation essay. Submitted to Management Science.
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  • Bapna, Sofia, and Mary Benner. “Entrepreneurship, Legitimacy and Online Social Communities: An Empirical Investigation.” Dissertation essay. Will be submitted for review shortly.
  • Bapna, Sofia, Gordon Burtch, and Harry Sapienza. “Evaluating the Role and Mechanism of Media Influence in Equity Crowdfunding.” Working paper.
  • Toh, Puay Khoon (PK), Myles Shaver, and Sofia Bapna. “An Examination of Scientists’ Exits on Firms’ Innovative Performance.” Working paper.
  • Bapna, Sofia and Gordon Burtch. “Evaluating the Role of Lead Investors in Equity CrowdFunding.” Working paper.
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