The Chair’s scientific activities are currently focused on five main areas of research:

The first area of research focuses on the cognitive processes supporting the generation of innovative ideas, as well as the resulting implications for initiating entrepreneurial ventures and the challenges associated with technological transfer. These studies aim to identify the cognitive processes that influence the generation of innovative ideas, and that to better understand the cognitive strategies used by entrepreneurs to handle the uncertainty inherent to these ideas and convince other interested parties of their value.

To date, academic contributions in this line of research include:

Gish, J.J., Wagner, D.T., Grégoire, D.A. & Barnes, C.M. (2019).  Sleep and entrepreneurs’ abilities to imagine and form initial beliefs about new venture ideas. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(6): 1-24.

Grégoire, D.A. & Williams, D.W.  (2012).  Opportunity identification and structural alignment.  In M. Marvel  (Editor), Encyclopedia of New Venture Management, pp. 356-361. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Shepherd, D.A. & Grégoire, D.A. (2012).  An introduction to State-of-the Art research on entrepreneurial opportunity.  In D.A. Shepherd & D.A. Grégoire (Editors). Entrepreneurial Opportunity, pp. xv-xxvi. International Library of Entrepreneurship. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Grégoire, D.A. & Shepherd, D.A. (2012).  Technology-market combinations and the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities: An investigation of the opportunity-individual nexus.  Academy of Management Journal, 55(4): 753-785.

Grégoire, D.A., Barr P.S. & Shepherd, D.A. (2010).  Cognitive processes of opportunity recognition: The role of structural alignment.  Organization Science, 21(2): 413-431.

The second area of research looks into the phenomenon of entrepreneurs who decide to internationalize their business activities during their venture’s early years, while other entrepreneurs do not internationalize their company until much later, years after they have first gained a foothold in their home market. More precisely, these studies attempt to explore the decision-making processes regarding where (in which country?), when (at what stage?) and how (by which mode of entry?) these entrepreneurs internationalize their venture.

Among the contributions on this subject:

Williams, D.W. & Grégoire, D.A.  2015.  Seeking similarities or avoiding differences? Re-conceptualizing distance and its effects on internationalization decisions.  Journal of International Business Studies, 46(3): 253-284.

The third area of research is concerned with the contribution of angel investors to the growth of high-potential entrepreneurial ventures. Current research focuses on the nature and influence of first impressions on angel investors’ preliminary assessments of projects, as well as the tensions associated with changes in governance structure during the first stages of investment.

The fourth area of research investigates the affective and socio-cognitive dynamics supporting entrepreneurial action. The ongoing research includes a project on the nature and influence of self-regulation strategies in the pursuit of entrepreneurial ventures.

To date, academic contributions in this line of research include:

Podoynitsyna, K., Snihur, Y., Thomas, L.D.W. & Grégoire, D.A. (conditionally accepted).  Creating meta-narratives: How analogies and metaphors support business model innovation. In. K. Sund, R. Galavan & M. Boger (Eds), Business Models and Cognition. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Grégoire, D.A., & Cherchem, N. (2019).  A structured literature review and suggestions for future effectuation research. Small Business Economics, 54(3): 621-63.

Schmitt, C. & Grégoire, D.A. (2019).  État des lieux: Recherches francophones sur la cognition entrepreneuriale. Revue de l’entrepreneuriat, 18(1): 7-22

Grégoire, D.A., Cornelissen, J., Dimov, D., & van Burg, E. (2015).  The mind in the middle: Taking stock of affect and cognition research in entrepreneurship.  International Journal of Management Reviews, 17(2): 125-142.

Grégoire, D.A. (2014).  Exploring the affective and cognitive dynamics of entrepreneurship across time and planes of influence.  In J.R. Mitchell, R.K. Mitchell & B. Randolph-Seng (Editors): Handbook of Entrepreneurial Cognition, pp. 182-226.  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Wood, M.S., Williams, D.W. & Grégoire, D.A. (2012).  The road to riches? A model of the cognitive processes and inflection points underpinning entrepreneurial action.  In: J.A. Katz & A.C. Corbett (Eds). Advances in entrepreneurship, firm emergence and growth, pp. 207-252. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Grégoire, D.A., Corbett, A.C. & McMullen, J.S. (2011).  The cognitive perspective in entrepreneurship: An agenda for future research.  Journal of Management Studies, 48(6): 1443-1477.

The final area of research focuses on methods for advancing research in the field of entrepreneurship.

To date, academic contributions in this line of research include:

Grégoire, D.A., Binder, J.K. & Rauch, A.J. (2019).  Navigating the validity tradeoffs of entrepreneurship research experiments: A systematic review and best-practice suggestions. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(2): 284-310.

Grégoire, D.A. (2017).  Comment préparer un bon rapport d’évaluation: quelques trucs du métier. Revue Internationale PME, 30(1): 7-16.

Grégoire, D.A. & Lambert, L.S. (2014).  Getting inside entrepreneurs’ heart and mind: Methods for advancing entrepreneurship research on affect and cognition.  In E. Baker & F. Welter  (Editors), Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship, pp. 450-466. Milton Park, Abingdon: UK: Routledge.

Cardon, M.S, Grégoire, D.A., Stevens, C. & Patel, P. (2013).  Measuring entrepreneurial passion: Conceptual foundations and scale validation.  Journal of Business Venturing, 28(3): 373-396.

Grégoire, D.A., Shepherd, D.A. & Lambert L.S. (2010).  Measuring opportunity-recognition beliefs: Illustrating and validating an experimental approach.  Organizational Research Methods, 13(1): 114-145.