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About Howard E Aldrich

Howard E. Aldrich studies entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial team formation, gender and entrepreneurship, and evolutionary theory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is Kenan Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department, Adjunct Professor of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Faculty Research Associate at the Department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. His 1979 book, Organizations and Environments, was reprinted in 2007 by Stanford University Press in its Business Classics series. His book, Organizations Evolving (Sage, 1999), won the George Terry Award from the Academy of Management and was co-winner of the Max Weber Award from the OOW section of the American Sociological Association. In 2000, he won the Swedish Foundation on Small Business Award for his research on entrepreneurship. In 2002, he won the Sitterson Award for Excellent in Freshman Teaching at UNC-CH. His latest book, An Evolutionary Approach to Entrepreneurship: Selected Essays, was published by Edward Elgar in 2012.


Present University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Present Kenan Prof. of sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

organization theory, entrepreneurship, social networks, and small business

Contact Information

Department of sociology, Hamilton Hall, campus box 3210, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA


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