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Professor of Entrepreneurship

Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise

Donna Kelley is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and holds the Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise. She teaches courses at Babson in entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in Asia. She has made speeches for executives and taught at top universities in China and Korea, and worked in Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist.

Donna has conducted research on innovation in startups and established corporations in the U.S. and Korea, and on entrepreneurship education in China. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Human Resource Management, and others.

Prof. Kelley is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA), the oversight board of the GEM project and leader of the GEM U.S. team. She co-authored ten GEM reports: the 2008 GEM Korea Report, the 2008 GEM Education and Training Report, the 2010, 2011, 2012 GEM Global Executive Reports, the 2010 and 2012 GEM Global Women’s Reports, the 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa report and the 2011 and 2012 GEM U.S. Reports.

Donna received her Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her early career involved work as a chemist in the graphics and industrial and consumer cleaning products industries. Her entrepreneurship experience includes businesses in the health/fitness, computer hardware and education fields.​

Donna Kelley


Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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