Eric Liguori

Eric Liguori

Eric Liguori, Ph.D.
Founding Head, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eric Liguori, Ph.D.

Contact Info
Business Hall, Room 209E


Dr. Eric Liguori is Founding Head of the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rowan University. He also holds the William G. Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship and serves as Executive Director of the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His research interests include entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial competency development, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Liguori has authored or co-authored 7 books and more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles in leading outlets including Journal of Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research. Liguori and/or his work have also been featured in major media outlets including Forbes, USA Today, and U.S. News and World Report. Liguori is a Past President and Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the largest professional association in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship, and practice. He serves as Managing Editor of Journal of Small Business Management and Executive Editor of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy. In 2017 USASBE awarded him “Special Recognition for Innovative Entrepreneurship Education” and the “Ray Smilor Distinguished Service Award.” 


  • Ph.D., Entrepreneurship, Louisiana State University
  • M.B.A., University of South Florida
  • B.S., Human Resource Management, Florida State University 

Recent Publications

Solomon, S., Bendickson, J. S., Liguori, E. W., & Marvel, M. R. (2021). The effects of social spending on entrepreneurship in developed nations. Small Business Economics, 1-13.

Liguori, E. W., El Tarabishy, A., & Passerini, K. (2021). Publishing entrepreneurship research: strategies for success distilled from a review of over 3,500 submissions. Journal of Small Business Management, 59(1), 1-12.

Khanin, D., Turel, O., Mahto, R. V., & Liguori, E. W. (2021). Betting on the wrong horse: The antecedents and outcomes of entrepreneur’s opportunity regret. Journal of Business Research, 135, 40-48.

Ogundana, O. M., Simba, A., Dana, L. P., & Liguori, E. (2021). Women entrepreneurship in developing economies: A gender-based growth model. Journal of Small Business Management, 59(1), S42-S72.

Santos, S. C., Nikou, S., Brännback, M., & Liguori, E. W. (2021). Are social and traditional entrepreneurial intentions really that different?. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.

Levy, M., & Liguori, E. (2021). Algorithms and venture investment decisions: better, fairer or biased?. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.

Narayanan, V. K., Zane, L. J., & Liguori, E. (2021). Critical methodological considerations for entrepreneurial cognition research. Journal of Small Business Management, 59(4), 756-793.

Liguori, E., & Winkler, C. (2020). From offline to online: Challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship education following the COVID-19 pandemic. Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, 3(4), 346-351.

Pryor, C., Holmes Jr, R. M., Webb, J. W., & Liguori, E. W. (2019). Top executive goal orientations’ effects on environmental scanning and performance: differences between founders and nonfounders. Journal of Management, 45(5), 1958-1986.