Donald Siegel

Studies entrepreneurship, technology-based economic development, and corporate social responsibility

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Donald Siegel

School of Business
Department: Management

Entrepreneurship; technology-based economic development; corporate social responsibility; private equity; venture capital; corporate governance

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Dr. Donald Siegel is Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Management at the University at Albany.  Since 2008, he has helped the school raise over $16.7 million in donations and over $9.2 million in grants, contracts, and sponsored research, has worked with architects to design a new $64 million School of Business Building (which was recently voted the 4th most attractive business school facility in the world), and spearheaded a campaign to improve the school’s U.S. News and World Report’s and Princeton Review rankings.  Thanks to these efforts, the school has been ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News, in terms of job placement, for the past two years.  The school has also been ranked five times in the top 10 in the U.S. by Princeton Review, including as high as #2 in the country, for “providing the greatest opportunity for women.” 

Dr. Siegel also serves as President of the Technology Transfer Society, a non-profit organization devoted to interdisciplinary analysis of entrepreneurship and technology transfer from universities and federal laboratories to firms.  He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business economics from Columbia University.  He then served as a Sloan Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Don has taught at SUNY-Stony Brook, Arizona State University, the University of Nottingham, RPI, where was he was Chair of the Economics Department, and the University of California-Riverside, where he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.  Dr. Siegel is an editor of Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Technology Transfer, an associate editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis, and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Corporate Governance: An International Review, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.  He has also co-edited 38 special issues of leading journals in economics, management, and finance. 

Don was recently ranked No. 2 in the world for research on university entrepreneurship and No. 760 in the world among academic economists.  He has published 105 articles and 10 books on issues relating to university technology transfer and entrepreneurship, the effects of corporate governance on performance, productivity analysis, the economic effects of gambling, and corporate and environmental social responsibility in such leading journals in management, economics, and finance as the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Research Policy, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Management.  His most recent books are Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change, the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Governance, the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Gambling, all published by Oxford University Press, and the Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship (University of Chicago Press).  His citation count, according to Google Scholar, is 21,124 with an h-index of 61. 

Dr. Siegel has received grants or fellowships from the Sloan Foundation, NSF, Kauffman Foundation, NBER, American Statistical Association, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the U.S. Department of Labor.  He has also served as a consultant or advisor to the UN, National Research Council (NRC), the Council on Competitiveness, the U.K., Italian, and Swedish governments, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, Chase Manhattan, Securities Industry Association, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co, Deloitte and Touche, and the National Association of Manufacturers.  Professor Siegel was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce on "Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy" and a member of Governor David Patterson's Small Business Task Force.  He is chair of the NRC Committee on "Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics" and an advisor to the NRC on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  In 2011, Dr. Siegel testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regarding re-authorization of the SBIR program. He also serves on the board of directors of New York State Industries for the Disabled and has served on the board of directors of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.