Scott Shane may be an internationally renowned academic in entrepreneurship, but that doesn’t stop him from paying visits to the North East of England. Visiting professor to Newcastle University’s business school , he is also Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and author of the books Illusions of Entrepreneurship and more recently Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders which is due to be released in May.
The latter was the subject of his presentation at Newcastle University at the end of last year, discussing his research into twins to explore if genetics plays a role in traits associated with entrepreneurship. His work considered aspects of the “Big 5” personality traits such as openness to experience and also novelty seeking as being linked with entrepreneurship. To find out more, see a blog post I wrote elsewhere, or listen to a podcast from his brief interview on Tyne Tees local news where he speaks of being able manage risk, think about opportunities, testing ideas, and understanding what customers want.