The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Faculty

The entrepreneurship faculty at Chicago Booth rank among the top educators in the world. Entrepreneurship courses are developed by a rich blend of tenured, clinical, and adjunct professors who create innovative content, conduct groundbreaking research, collaborate with the entrepreneurial and private equity communities, and bring their own entrepreneurial experiences into the classroom. The result is a valuable network of resources for students and alumni.

Principal Faculty

More than 25 professors teach courses in entrepreneurship at any given time. However, the professors listed below work most closely with the Polsky Center and dedicate most or all of their time to entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth.

Steven N. Kaplan Steven Kaplan, Neubauer family distinguished service professor of entrepreneurship and finance and faculty director of the Polsky Center, teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity and Developing a New Venture (New Venture Challenge). He has been named among the top five professors at Chicago Booth in Bloomberg Businessweek since 1992, and he is the two-time Phoenix Award winner for service to students outside of the classroom. Kaplan is widely published in academic journals and often quoted for his expertise in business publications like the Wall Street Journal. He is academic dean for the Kauffman Fellows Program and serves on the boards of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and Morningstar (NASDAQ: MORN).

Ellen A. RudnickEllen Rudnick, '73, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and executive director of the Polsky Center, teaches the Entrepreneurial Internship Seminar and Developing a New Venture (New Venture Challenge). She is a successful start-up executive, having served as chairman of Pacific Biometrics and CEO of Health Care Knowledge Resources. She has held positions as corporate vice president at Baxter Healthcare and president of Baxter Management Services Division, which she founded. Her current board experience includes: Liberty Mutual Insurance, Patterson Companies (NASDAQ: PDCO), Health Management Systems (NASDAQ: HMSY), and First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ: FMBI). She was previously a venture partner for Inroads Capital.

Waverly DeutschWaverly Deutsch, clinical professor of entrepreneurship, teaches Building the New Venture. The class won her the 2005 Innovative Pedagogy for Entrepreneurship Education award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also teaches a course on Elements of Entrepreneurship to CPS students over the summer as part of the Collegiate Scholars Program. Deutsch's advisory board experience includes Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and Chicago Community Ventures.

Johnathan K. FrenzenJonathan Frenzen, clinical professor of marketing, teaches Laboratory in New Product and Strategy Development (Management Labs). Frenzen's course is an important part of students' experiential learning at Chicago Booth. Frenzen's research activities include business-to-business marketing, product development, sales management, and international marketing.

Robert Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder professor of strategy and finance, focuses his research primarily on industrial organization, resource allocation and decision making in organizations, corporate investment, law and economics, and strategic pricing. Prior to accepting his position at Chicago Booth, Gertner was a research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, taught courses as a visiting associate professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and worked as a full-time consultant for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). His work has appeared in the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Stanford Law Review, and the Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law.

Scott MeadowScott Meadow, clinical professor of entrepreneurship, teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity and Commercializing Innovation. He has been named among the top five professors at Chicago Booth in Bloomberg Businessweek since 2002, when he began teaching at the school. He is the only faculty member at Chicago Booth to have received the Phoenix Award for service to students outside of the classroom in four consecutive years. He has spent more than 25 years as a general partner in private equity, founding such projects as Sports Authority and Sunrise Assisted Living. He is currently associate partner at Edgewater Funds.

James Schrager, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management, teaches New Venture Strategy. He has been named among the top five professors at Chicago Booth in Bloomberg Businessweek since 1994, and he is editor of the Journal of Private Equity. Schrager completed the first IPO of a US private company in Japan, and he has turned around several businesses, including a company with $500 million in sales and operations in 20 countries. He currently serves as president of Great Lakes Group.

Ira WeissIra Weiss, clinical associate professor of accounting, specializes in tax strategy, financial accounting, mutual fund taxation, and private equity investing. He teaches courses in both tax strategy and entrepreneurship, and helps support the entrepreneurial community through his work as the faculty director of Hyde Park Angels, an angel investing group affiliated with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.

Craig WortmannCraig Wortmann, clinical associate professor of entrepreneurship, brings 20 years of experience in sales and marketing strategy to the classroom through his Entrepreneurial Selling course, which was ranked as one of the top 10 entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc. magazine. Currently he serves as the CEO of Experience, a firm that helps companies build their sales and marketing engine. Outside of the classroom and the office, Wortmann is a writer and a professional speaker. He authored What's Your Story?, a book about using stories as performance tools, which speaks on the subjects of leadership, selling, and entrepreneurship.

Luigi ZingalesLuigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack professor of entrepreneurship and finance and the David G. Booth faculty fellow, teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity. He is widely published in academic journals and has won several awards for his research. His most recent book, Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, with Raghuram G. Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and the Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow, received acclaim from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.