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Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353200
Seattle, WA 98195-3200

Entrepreneurship has been welcomed as a new field in the academic world much as entrepreneurs are welcomed in the business world by established firms that regard them as competitors.

Karl Vesper

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration


PhD Stanford University (1969)
MSME Stanford University (1966)
MBA Harvard University (1960)
BSME Stanford University (1955)

Current Research

Tracking and study of entrepreneurship research and education programs worldwide, Design and evaluation of entrepreneurship cultivation programs, Origins of corporate growth and profit elements.

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1969
Visiting professor at Trinity College, 1989
Endowed professorship, University of Calgary, 1987
Endowed professorship, Babson College, 1981
Endowed professorship, Baylor University, 1980

Selected Publications

  1. Handbook of Technology Management
    Book:Dorf, R.C., (1998). Internal Ventures. CRC Press
  2. University Entrepreneurship Programs Worldwide
    Book:Vesper, K., & Gartner, W., (1998). University of South Carolina
  3. New Venture Experience: Cases, Text and Exercises
    Book:Vesper, K., (1996). Vector Books
  4. Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education: Successes and Failures
    Journal Article:Gartner, W.B., & Vesper, K.H., (1994). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 9, pp. 179-187.
  5. New Venture Mechanics
    Book:Vesper, K., (1993). Prentice-Hall
  6. The Washington Entrepreneur’s Guide
    Book:Vesper, K., & Larson, P., (1993). University Press


U.S. Congress, testimony on entrepreneurship and national policy
Westinghouse Electric, intrapreneurship program
University of Illinois, entrepreneurship program, and Babson College, developed an entrepreneurship program and research conference

Honors and Awards

Lifetime Entrepreneur Research Conference Award, 1996
Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, 1989

Academic Service

Chairman of the Management and Organization Department, 1981-1984
Founded the entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management