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Charles Eesley

Charles Eesley

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Associate Professor
Management Science and Engineering
PhD, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
BS, Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, 2002


Chuck Eesley is an associate professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar in the department of management science and engineering at Stanford University. As part of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, his research focuses on the role of the institutional and university environment in high-growth, technology entrepreneurship. Eesley was selected in 2015 as an Inaugural Schulze Distinguished Professor. His National Science Foundation of China and Kauffman award supported research focuses on rethinking how the educational and policy environment shapes the economic and entrepreneurial impact of university alumni. Over the past three years, Eesley has been playing a growing role in national and international meetings on fostering high-tech entrepreneurship, including advising the U.S. State Department in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program, Chile (CORFO), Taiwan (ITRI), and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Strategic Management Journal. Before coming to Stanford, Eesley completed his Ph.D. at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management in 2009 where he won BPS Division and Kauffman Dissertation Awards for his work on high-tech entrepreneurship in China.

Research Interests: 
Influence of the External Environment on Entrepreneurship