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Associate Professor and Area Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

This article contains part of the transcript of my interview on episode 104 of the “Economics for Business” podcast by the Mises Institute. The text is a slightly edited version of the interview transcript. The full edited transcript can be found here.

Hunter Hastings

Today we were going to talk about … generativity. The generative product or generative service. That’s going to be our theme today. It’s got a lot of promising implications for entrepreneurs. Can you start by telling us what generativity is? Defining generative with regards to businesses and business models?

Mohammad Keyhani

I think one of the most common definitions of…

Publisher: Edward Elgar

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2020

Full Chapter Submission Deadline: March 1, 2021


Mohammad Keyhani, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada

Alina Sorgner, Department of Business Administration, John Cabot University, Italy

Tobias Kollmann, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Clyde Hull, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Andishe Ashjari, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada


Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship scholars alike are trying to make sense of the rapidly changing technological landscape. Digital transformation is taking entire industries by storm (Matt, Hess, & Benlian, 2015; Rogers, 2016), and entrepreneurs playing by the pre-digital…

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How to quickly gear up for your new lifestyle and work-style during the pandemic, especially with kids.

Disclaimer: some of the links in this post use the Amazon affiliates program.

It is increasingly becoming clear that the coronavirus pandemic is going to bring about a drastic shift in our lifestyles. Notably, a great divide is emerging between those who can and those who can’t work from home. And among those who can work from home, a divide is emerging between those who are better prepared to do so and those who are not.

One of the main challenges will be…

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A quick, easy, and free toolkit for the digital academic in a time of crisis.

Update: I have written a follow-up to this article titled “Essential Gadgets for Working from Home

We are at a pivotal moment in history with the COVID-19 pandemic prompting the most large-scale global emergency response and disruption to routine that many of us have seen in our entire lives. In order to flatten the curve, everyone is urged to practice social distancing. Many organizations around the world are now quickly transitioning to virtual collaboration, remote work and devising work-from-home policies. …

Dear friends of the Entrepreneurship and Family Business division of ASAC:

We are only a few days away from the submission deadline (Feb 17th) for the 2020 ASAC Conference at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It would be of great help to the division if you could serve as a reviewer, session chair, or discussant at the conference. Reviewers are not required to register for and attend the conference.

Reviewers will examine one to three manuscripts between February 17th and March 17th, 2020. Within this relatively short time to review submissions, reviewers must be able to analyse…

Dear Colleagues,
The Entrepreneurship & Family Business Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada invites you to submit your work to the ASAC 2020 conference, to take place on June 12–15, 2020 at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in beautiful Atlantic Canada.

St. John’s is where you can find the Easternmost Point of North America, with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.

This ASAC conference provides an excellent opportunity to discuss your ideas and findings and receive feedback in a friendly yet academically rigorous environment. …

Note: This is a transcript of my speech at the annual awards banquet of the Graduate Engineering Student’s Consortium. University of Calgary, April 26, 2019.

What does it mean to be strategic in your entrepreneurship, and what does it mean to be entrepreneurial in your strategy? Can you even be both entrepreneurial and strategic? I think this is important to think about because a lot of us want to be both entrepreneurial and strategic in our life choices.

Being strategic typically involves planning ahead, carefully thinking everything through, not engaging in actions when you are likely to fail, and only…

Note: this post was originally written for and published on the 1388 Consulting blog.

My favorite successful entrepreneurs are those who have the humility to acknowledge what a big role “luck” has played in their success. Those who no matter how hard or how smart they worked, recognize that the same paths and opportunities available to them were simply not available to many others who worked just as hard and just as smart.

But our understanding of luck should not be simply about what external circumstances are — or are not — available. There is something about luckiness that requires…

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If you’re in any way interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, trends in digital technology, or even just digital literacy in general, then you’re going to enjoy reading the story of what happened when I offered a first-of-its-kind course on the digital technologies of entrepreneurship at the business school where I work (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary).

In a matter of just thirteen weeks, my students (many of whom had no background in tech or business) were creating Twitter bots, inventory management systems, and other small business automation solutions

This is the first year in which a course specifically on “Entrepreneurship Technology” is being taught at the University of Calgary, and I am not aware of any similar course anywhere else in the world. It’s an exciting learning and teaching experience that doesn’t look like many other higher education courses.

One of the new experiments we are doing with this course is to have assignments delivered in the form of Medium stories. I’m excited to see these stories, which will each be reviewing a category of tools for entrepreneurs, based on the categories listed in my Entrepreneur Tools page. We will be publishing them as part of this Medium publication. Stay tuned!

Mohammad Keyhani

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