Sofia Bapna

Assistant Professor
Information & Decision Sciences


  • PhD 2016
    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.

Honors and Awards

2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship award
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

2015 Dec - Featured in the Carlson Alumni Newsletter 

Selected Works