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Alejandro Amezcua

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Room: 623
aamezcua@syr.edu

PhD, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

PhD, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Alejandro S. Amezcua, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He researches new venture strategy by adapting theories on organizational sponsorship and population ecology to evaluate whether new ventures that accept government support outperform their peers. He recently completed the first National Census of Business Incubators and their Tenants, a longitudinal database that tracks the performance of over 19,000 incubated businesses in the United States. His dissertation—Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy—investigates the effectiveness of incubation policy and examines which features of incubators contribute to business success. Additionally, this work earned the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Previously, Dr. Amezcua worked for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations as Associate Director for Communications and Outreach where he improved public understanding of the nonprofit sector and forged stronger alliances with government, corporations, and foundations. He also worked for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he supported grantmaking that addressed race relations and the management capacity of the nonprofit sector.

Dr. Amezcua holds a Ph.D. and an MPA in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is also a former Jane Addams Fellow in Philanthropy where he studied nonprofit management and fundraising at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.


Research Topics

  • Entrepreneurship public policy
  • Business incubation
  • New venture strategy
  • Econometrics
  • Survival analysis
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Nonprofit management
  • And business planning.

EEE 457: Strategic & Entrepreneurial Management: The Senior Capstone Course

EEE 640: Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Amezcua researches the microeconomic effect of government policies on new ventures and small businesses. As a scholar of new venture strategy, he adapts theories on organizational evolution, knowledge spillovers, and organizational sponsorship to study whether new ventures that accept government support outperform their peers.

He recently completed the first National Census of Business Incubators and their Tenants, a longitudinal database that tracks the performance of more than 19,000 incubated businesses in the United States. This data is being used to conduct extensive research on the advantages received when new ventures enter a business incubator. He exploits advanced methods in survival and econometric analysis to generate robust statistics that avoid common problems of selection bias, autocorrelation, and omitted variables.

His dissertation—Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy—investigates the effectiveness of incubation policy and examines which features of incubators contribute to business success.

Selected Publications:
"Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy," 2010, unpublished manuscript.

Selected Publications

Honors

  • 1. National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner, 2011