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Jon Fjeld, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of the Practice of Strategy, and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation    edit

Jon Fjeld serves as the Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative at Duke University. The I&E initiative is a university-wide effort to stimulate and teach innovation and entrepreneurship to students, faculty and staff across the university.

He has been teaching entrepreneurship and strategy, and leading the entrepreneurship efforts at Fuqua since 2005.

Before returning to academia, he spent over twenty years in marketing, engineering and general management in start-ups and public companies.

From December, 2000, until July, 2004, he served as vice president of engineering for Align Technology in Santa Clara, CA. Between 1995 and 2000, he served as CEO of two RTP venture backed firms: Geomagic, a 3D software company and NetEdge Systems, a data networking equipment company. Prior to that, Fjeld spent 13 years at IBM, where he served in a number of management and executive positions within the networking and software business units. He began his professional career as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Duke University.

Fjeld holds a Ph.D. and MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Duke University, an MS in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Bishop's University.

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M.B.A., Duke University, 1990
M.S., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1983
Ph.D., University of Toronto (Canada), 1977
M.A., University of Toronto (Canada), 1974
B.A., Bishop's University (Canada), 1973

Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, Strategy

Areas of Interest:
Methodology of strategy research

Recent Publications
  • Fjeld, J; Jensen, K; Byers, T; Dunham, L. "Entrepreneurs and the Truth." Harvard Business Review (July, 2021).
  • Cummings, JN; Cohen, W; Fjeld, J; Mealey, C. "Coherence between Firm Innovation Strategy and Structuring Innovation Projects: A Framework." Academy of Management Proceedings 2019.1 (August, 2019): 17817-17817. [doi]
  • Fjeld, J. "How to Test Your Assumptions." Mit Sloan Management Review 59.2 (December, 2018): 89-90.
  • Cohen, WM; Fjeld, J. "The three legs of a stool: Comment on Richard Nelson, “The sciences are different and the differences matter”." Research Policy 45.9 (November, 2016): 1708-1712. [doi]  [abs]

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