Brett Gilbert

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Associate Professor
Office Location: 
100 Rock: Room 2143
Academic Info

Ph.D., Indiana University
B.A., Wittenberg University


Geographic clusters; disruptive technologies; clean technologies; new venture performance; international entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship in emerging economies, social entrepreneurship


Dr. Gilbert is an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Global Business. Her overarching research interest can be described as seeking to understand the conditions under which new ventures thrive. Dr. Gilbert's dissertation entitled, "The Implications of Geographic Cluster Locations for New Venture Performance" was awarded a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship in 2004, and was also selected as a finalist for the Entrepreneurship Division's 2005 Heizer Award for outstanding dissertations in entrepreneurship. In 2009, she was a recipient of a $50,000 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship, which is given to emerging scholars in the field of entrepreneurship.

Dr. Gilbert's research spans the geographic cluster, alliances, innovation, internationalization and performance streams of literature. Current projects focus on understanding emerging "clean energy" technologies, and the factors that allow these technologies to enter the market. Her research is currently published or forthcoming in the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Small Business Economics, Strategic Management Journal and is under review at several other prestigious journals.

Previously, Dr. Gilbert taught a variety of entrepreneurship courses focusing on creativity and innovation and the startup and management of new ventures. At RBS, Dr. Gilbert teaches the Technology Ventures course to Undergrads and MBAs.

In addition to serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Business Venturing, and as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Small Business Economics, and Strategic Management Journal, Dr. Gilbert has completed a gubernatorial appointment as an advisory committee member for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.

Dr. Gilbert received her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Indiana University, and her B.A. in Management from Wittenberg University.