1997 Award Winner

Arnold C. Cooper

Arnold C. Cooper


Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

For his pioneering work on technical entrepreneurship, new technology-based firms and incubator organizations.


Dr Arnold C. Cooper has been a leading entrepreneurship research scholar for more than three decades. Since the sixties he has continued to make important empirical and theoretical contributions within the field of entrepreneurship and small business research. Dr Coopers pioneering work on technical entrepreneurship, new technology-based firms, and incubator organizations has significantly enhanced our understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena.

By conducting synthesizing research reviews, introducing new concepts, applying and testing theories from other disciplines in new contexts, he has greatly expanded conceptual development in economics. Dr Cooper continues to inspire a new generation of researchers in a field which is now becoming of vital interest for policy makers across the globe.

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Arnold C. Cooper receiving the Prize from Anders Sundstr├Âm, Minister of Industry and Commerce, 1998.

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