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Robert N. Eberhart is a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a visiting professor at Kobe University and a research associate at Columbia University.  His research interests focus on theories of institutional change and the role of institutions on new venture performance. Professor Eberhart's academic publications that have appeared in journals such as Organization Science, Strategic management Journal, Strategy Science, and the Journal of Asian Business Studies include topics such as new theoretical constructs on how institutional change has complex effects on new firms and entrepreneurs.


He won awards for the BPS Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2014 from the Academy of Management, Best Paper Proceeding of the 2012 Academy of Management, and from the Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS. He has been quoted in the New York Times, NPS’s “All Things Considered”, the Financial Times, Forbes, the Nikkei Weekly, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and interviewed on ABC News.


Dr. Eberhart was a member of the board of directors of DynEd, Inc.. the Japan Society of Northern California, the Japan Innovation Network, and iPive, Inc. He is also an academic advisor to Japan's Board of Director's Training Institute and the academic advisor to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers Football Team.  Dr. Eberhart was the vice-chair of the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry’s joint commission on bilateral entrepreneurship.


He was also an academic advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce's Task Force on New Growth Strategies. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Institute of New Economic Theory, the International Society for New Institutional Economics


Professor Eberhart earned his Ph.D. in Management Science from Stanford University after graduating from the University of Michigan (MA Economics) and Michigan State University (BA Finance). Before resuming his academic career, he was the founder and CEO of a successful Japanese company that distributed wine throughout Asia. He also held senior management positions in the semiconductor industry. He is a private pilot, restores British sports cars, has three children, and is married to Dr. Delores Eberhart, a dentist in Palo Alto.




Institutional Change and Entrepreneurship

How do external institutional forces change ventures?

Stanford University

PhD, Management Science and Engineering

Area: Organizations, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

Social Effects of Entrepreneurship

How has entreprneurship become a social force? How is it transforming our organizations and behavior?

Communities and Entrepreneurship

What is the role of community in new firm formation and outcomes?

University of Michigan

M.A. - Economics

Michigan State University

B.A. - Financial Administratio

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