Martin Ruef
  • Martin Ruef

  • The Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Sociology
  • 344 Soc/Psych
  • Phone: (919) 660-5792
  • Fax: (919) 660-5623
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    My research considers the social context of entrepreneurship from both a contemporary and historical perspective. I draw on large-scale surveys of entrepreneurs in the United States to explore processes of team formation, innovation, exchange, and boundary maintenance in nascent business startups. My historical analyses address entrepreneurial activity and constraint during periods of profound institutional change. This work has considered a diverse range of sectors, including the organizational transformation of Southern agriculture and industry after the Civil War, the transition of the U.S. healthcare system from professional monopoly to managed care, and the character of entrepreneurship during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Areas of Interest

    Organizational Theory
    Economic Sociology
    Historical / Comparative Sociology
    Network Analysis
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Sociology,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1999
      • MA,
      • Sociology,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1994
      • BA,
      • Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude),
      • Virginia Tech,
      • 1990
  • Recent Publications

      • Seok-Woo Kwon, Colleen Heflin, and Martin Ruef.
      • (2013).
      • Community Social Capital and Entrepreneurship.
      • American Sociological Review
      • .
      • Martin Ruef.
      • (2012).
      • Constructing Labor Markets: The Valuation of Black Labor in the U.S. South, 1831-1867.
      • American Sociological Review., forthcoming
      • ,
      • 77
      • (6)
      • ,
      • 970-998.
      • Martin Ruef and David Reinecke.
      • (2011).
      • Does Capitalism Produce an Entrepreneurial Class?.
      • Research in Organizational Behavior
      • ,
      • 31
      • ,
      • 225-252.
      • Martin Ruef.
      • (2010).
      • The Entrepreneurial Group: Social Identities, Relations, and Collective Action..
      • Princeton, NJ:
      • Princeton University Press.
      • Martin Ruef and Kelly Patterson.
      • (2009).
      • Credit and Classification: The Impact of Industry Boundaries in 19th Century America.
      • Administrative Science Quarterly
      • ,
      • 54
      • (3)
      • ,
      • 486-520.
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  • Teaching

    • SOCIOL 359.01
      • ENTREPRENEURSHIP
      • Soc/Psych 126
      • WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
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