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M. Diane Burton is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies within the School of Industrial and Labor Relations; she has ties to the Organizational Behavior and Sociology departments. Burton’s research focuses on the intersection of organizational theory, human resource management, and entrepreneurship. She is best known for her multi-method longitudinal research studying the imprints left by founding teams and founding conditions on organizational evolution.

Prior to joining the Cornell faculty in 2009, Burton was a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She started her teaching career at the Harvard Business School teaching leadership and organizational behavior.

Burton earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Stanford University and served as lecturer and researcher in organizational behavior and human resources management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Michael Roach, is the J. Thomas and Nancy W. Clark Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of university entrepreneurship, scientific labor markets, and intellectual property strategies.

Professor Roach’s primary research agenda examines the career paths of science and engineering doctorates, with a particular emphasis on careers in entrepreneurship and the founding teams of university-based start-ups. He also investigates the changing nature of university research funding and firm patenting activities with implications for science and innovation policy.

Professor Roach was awarded the Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, and his research is funded by grants from the national Science Foundation.

Professor Roach received his Ph.D. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University. He o-founded a software start-up as senior in high school and had over eight years of entrepreneurial experience prior to beginning his undergraduate studies. Prior to joining Cornell in 2014, he was on the faculty at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Wesley David Sine is the Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute and a  Professor of Management and Organizations at the Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Professor Sine’s research focuses on the emergence of new economic sectors and entrepreneurship. His research context includes the Unites States, Latin America, and the Middle East. He explores issues related to institutional change, industry and technology evolution, technology entrepreneurship, and new venture structure and strategy. He has examined a diverse set of economic sectors ranging from the electric power industry to the emergence of the Internet. Teaching interests include entrepreneurship, commercializing university technology, new venture growth, the management of technology and innovation, and organizational change. He has consulted and taught executives in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Sine’s published, provisionally accepted, or papers forthcoming may be seen in the following journals: Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy. Sine is currently a senior editor at Organization Science and is the book review editor at Administrative Science Quarterly.