Robert is a 4th year PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship Department. His research primarily focuses on entrepreneurial resource providers that help early stage entrepreneurs, especially resource providers that seek social or societal outcomes. He has interviewed over 60 entrepreneurial teams and their advisors about their entrepreneurial journeys, and uses those experiences in his research and teaching. His dissertation explores three different types of socially motivated resource providers to understand more about how social and financial outcomes interact. As a recent grant recipient of the 2020 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge, he will use the resources provided to study how a leading prison training program reduces recividism and spurs entrepreneurship through entrepreneurial training.
Before entering academia, Robert worked at Premier, Inc. (PINC) as a product manager for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for the healthcare industry. Prior to this, he worked for a large healthcare provider and in the financial services industry. Throughout his career, Robert attempted to launch a number of startups, with most of those attempts ending in failure. These varied experiences with success and failure at large and small organizations motivates a number of different research projects.