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Daniel Forbes

Associate Professor
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • PhD 2000
    Management & Organizational Behavior, NYU Stern School of Business
  • BA 1992
    Politics, Economics, Rhetoric & Law, University of Chicago


  • Creation & financing of new ventures
  • Commercializing science-based technologies
  • Social psychology of entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in new & established firms
  • Corporate governance


Daniel Forbes is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship department at the Carlson School. He has also been named a Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Since joining the Carlson School in 2000, Dan has taught courses on strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship to students in the MBA, undergraduate, and executive education programs. He also does research on how people make decisions related to the creation, financing, and management of new ventures. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Journal of Business Venturing, among other outlets. He also serves as a Senior Editor for Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange, which publishes content for a broader audience. He has worked closely with several initiatives that connect the University with businesses and communities around the world, including the Minnesota Cup, the Carlson Ventures Enterprise, and the Product Design Program. He has also worked with strategy- and innovation-related programs for a variety of companies, including 3M, Allianz, CHS, Donaldson, Ecolab, General Mills, Medtronic, Polaris, and US Bank. In 2013-14 he served as a visiting fellow at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. In 2020 he was named a Fellow of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, where he focuses on the commercialization of environmental technologies. Prior to his academic career, Dan worked in investment banking and as a program manager for a nonprofit organization. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University, and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago.

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Editorial Appointments

    Current or past Editorial Board Member for: Organization Science; Journal of Business Venturing; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal; Academy of Management Discoveries; Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice; Journal of Management Scientific Reports.

    Senior Editor, Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange

  • Honors and Awards

    Outstanding Reviewer Awards from Organization Science (2017), Academy of Management Discoveries (2015), Journal of Business Venturing (2009) and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (2006)

  • Scholarly Service

    Member, Faculty Consultative Committee for the Carlson School (2021-2024); Fellow of the U. of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (2020 - present); Member, Graduate Faculty in Product Design (2015 - present); Academic Advisory Board, Acara, an interdisciplinary program supporting students' social innovation efforts (2015 - 2022).

  • Scholarly Service

    Representative at Large, Entrepreneurship & Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (2018 - 2020); Representative at Large & Awards Committee Chair, Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management (2011-2014).

  • Administrative Appointments

    Academic Director, Carlson Ventures Enterprise (2014 - present)

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