Howard E. Van Auken is the Kingland Professor of Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University. He was a William J. Fulbright at the Instituto de Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico) in 1989, a William J. Fulbright Scholar at Masarykova Univeszity v Brne (Czech Republic) in 1994, and a Visiting Professor at the Consortium International University (Paderno, Italy) in 2001. He was President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has published more than 100 refereed papers in professional journals and has lectured or developed programs in many countries. He was President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, serves on editorial review boards of numerous academic journals, and has received numerous professional awards.
Paper Published in the Journal of Innovation Management:
Journal of Innovation Management: Professor Howard E. Van Auken, thank you so much for your kind availability for this interview! Would you share with our readers what has actually followed the research published in this paper?
Howard E. Van Auken: The objective of research is to create or discover new information that is significant enough to justify publication. As a research, the focus is to identify new opportunities to make significant contributions to the field of study. In doing so, the hope is that other researchers will embrace the stream of research to extend our understanding of the field. My hope is that researchers around the world will complete similar studies to mine so that we develop a more comprehensive understanding of how owners of SMEs use financial statements. In fact, this has already happened because researchers in at least a dozen counties have contacted me to duplicate my study in their home country.