Sean D. Carr
History of Entrepreneurship, Technological Change, Innovation
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Sean D. Carr, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, is the Executive Director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Institute is a $138-million center of excellence that advances education and research in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology at UVA Darden, which is consistently ranked among the top-10 entrepreneurship programs among business schools worldwide. Overseeing a $6.7 million annual budget and a 15-member staff, the Batten Institute supports sponsored faculty and research, conferences, over $1 million in annual scholarships, a university-wide incubator/accelerator program, venture internships, and numerous other venture-related activities. In addition, the Institute maintains full-time operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting students and faculty with alumni, senior executives, investors, and entrepreneurs in this vital technology ecosystem. Sean’s applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital, and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media, and numerous teaching materials. His work has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC; he is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Robert F. Bruner. Previously Sean spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News’ World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and CNN. He has earned both a PhD in management and an MBA from the University of Virginia; an MS from Columbia University; and a BA from Northwestern University.