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Faculty Director, Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan State University

Laurel Ofstein is Faculty Director of the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Associate Professor-Fixed Term in the Department of Management. Prior to coming to Michigan State University, Dr. Ofstein was Associate Professor of Management at Western Michigan University, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Operations Director of the student business accelerator. Her research examines creativity, innovation and strategy within ecosystems, specifically entrepreneurial teams, organizations, and incubators. Most recently, her research focuses on social entrepreneurship, both within an incubator setting, as well as within the community through cross-sector social partnerships. She recently concluded an academic sabbatical during which she researched community-based incubators focused on poverty alleviation and economic development and the financial and social challenges associated with these efforts.

Dr. Ofstein recently co-authored a white paper on growth strategies of successful women entrepreneurs in partnership with Babson College and Bank of America. Her research has been published in several academic journals, including the International Small Business Journal, the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, and the International Journal of Management Education.

Dr. Ofstein has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels on entrepreneurship, family business, and strategy at Western Michigan University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University. She has presented her research locally, nationally and internationally at academic and practitioner-focused conferences.

Before entering academia, Dr. Ofstein was a consultant in the financial services industry at Accenture, helping several Fortune 500 companies to streamline their financial processes and operations. She was also a Consulting Manager for a risk management company. Following her MBA degree at DePaul University, Dr. Ofstein served as the Assistant Director to the university’s Center for Creativity and Innovation and taught as adjunct faculty before pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Ofstein is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed entrepreneurship journals and has conducted editorial reviews of academic textbooks. She has not only published in academic journals, but also co-authored the book, Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership, as well as a related book chapter in the book, Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Workplace.


  • 2022–present
    Associate Professor-Fixed Term, Management, Michigan State University
  • 2022–present
    Faculty Director, Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan State University


  • 2013 
    University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Focus: Entrepreneurship
  • 2005 
    DePaul University, M.B.A. with Distinction
  • 1998 
    Kalamazoo College, B.A. in Economics


  • 2021
    Direct and Indirect Effects of ICT Infrastructure, Skills, and Use on Entrepreneurship: A Cross-Country Empirical Investigation, Journal of Global Information Management
  • 2021
    Change Through Chaos: Using Bricolage in Cross-Sector Social Partnerships, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship
  • 2020
    SME Response to Major Exogeneous Shocks: The Bright and Dark Sides of Business Model Pivoting, International Small Business Journal
  • 2018
    Coopetition Among Nascent Craft Breweries: A Value Chain Analysis, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
  • 2017
    Perceived Entrepreneurial Munificence and Entrepreneurial Intentions: A Social Cognitive Perspective, International Small Business Journal
  • 2016
    Entrepreneurial Team Creativity: Driving Innovation From Ideation to Implementation, Journal of Enterprising Culture
  • 2016
    Innovating in Organizations: A Model of Climate Components Facilitating the Creation of New Value, Creativity and Innovation Management
  • 2015
    Bricolage in Social Entrepreneurship: How Creative Resource Mobilization Fosters Greater Social Impact, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • 2014
    Seeing Around Corners: How Creativity Skills in Entrepreneurship Education Influence Innovation in Business, International Journal of Management Education
  • 2007
    Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership, Greenwood

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship