Robert Edgell

Robert Edgell

Ph.D.
Robert Edgell
Professor, Technology Management

Contact

Phone Number:
315-792-7260
Office Address:
Donovan Hall
1285
Location
Utica
Faculty/Staff
Faculty
Department
Management Department
College
College of Business Management

Education

  • Ph.D. University of St. Gallen
  • MBA Columbia University Business School

Areas of Research

  • Entrepreneurial Capacity
  • Institutional Change Micro-processes
  • Design Culture and Collective Ideation

Biography

Dr. Edgell is currently a Professor of Technology Management, Co-Director of the Joint Center for Creativity, Design, and Venturing, and had volunteered for one year to be the Interim Dean of the College of Business Management at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. During May 2019, he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Business School in Zurich and has delivered research papers and lectures at Stanford University’s Law School, the University of California San Francisco’s School of Dentistry, the California College of the Arts, and the University of St. Gallen. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business where he was named Outstanding Faculty. Also, he has taught at San Francisco State University’s College of Business.

Dr. Edgell’s scholarship agenda expands upon his deep commitment to exploring the intersections among economics, human behavior, the humanities, art, and design. He currently researches institutional change micro-processes, design culture, collective ideation techniques, and entrepreneurial capacity development. He has collaborated with scholars from Temple University, Stanford University, and other institutions. He has published several scholarly research articles and presented multiple conference papers. Several research projects have been featured on National Public Radio’s Academic Minute. Recently he was a co-PI recipient, along with Dr. Daryl Lee, of a prestigious $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Humanities Connections grant (9.5% acceptance rate) for Reimagining Entrepreneurship: An Integrated Pathway for Creative and Ethical Venturing. In addition, NYSTEC recently donated $25,000 for supporting his entrepreneurial Initiatives and related research at the College of Business Management. Shortly after arriving at SUNY Poly, he launched an integrated community-based experiential learning, research, and service program that brings InnovationChallenge New York (ICNY) events to the Upstate New York region. Since then, he has organized a total of six ICNY iterations with varied topics, students, and locations. In October of 2017, he presented his co-authored empirical quantitative research paper, Reimagining entrepreneurship: Design culture exposure as a positive mediator for entrepreneurial capacity, at the International Atlantic Economics Society’s Montreal Conference (paper accepted for publication). He was awarded “Campus Connector” designation by Upstate Venture Ecosystems Awards in 2016. Recently during August of 2018, he was again nominated by Upstate Venture Connect as a Campus Connector. Lastly, Dr. Edgell and the NEH grant team through the new Joint Center for Creativity, Design, and Venturing (JCCDV) are currently planning the first-ever “Visioneers and Venturers” scholarly conference and publication for May 2020. Dr. Edgell and Dr. Lee’s NEH grant project work was included for featuring in an AAC&U panel for Spring 2019. In 2017, the SUNY System awarded Dr. Edgell and Dr. Lee a $40,000 Performance Improvement Funds (PIF) grant to support the JCCDV’s development and activities.

Dr. Edgell received his PhD in international multicultural management (magna cum laude) from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School in the City of New York and a five-year Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Through Columbia's Chazen Institute of International Business, he studied at Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands. He is a registered Architect and has studied at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.

Recent Publications

  • Berardino, L., Edgell, R. A., Fronmueller, M., Olney, J., Peterson, D., & Zeina, E. (2019). Design culture, immersion, and visuo-spatial learning: Re-envisioning training. Business Education Innovation Journal, 11(2), In press.
  • Edgell, R. A.. Khasawneh, F., & Moustafellos, J. (2018). Reimagining entrepreneurship: Design culture exposure as a positive mediator for entrepreneurial capacity. Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation, 4, 60-77.
  • Edgell, R. A., & Moustafellos, J. (2017). Toward an architectural theory of innovation: Explicating design, networks, and microprocesses. Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation, 3, 5-34.
  • Edgell, Robert A. and Kimmich, P. (2015). A new view on innovation and language: Design culture, discursive practices, and metaphors. Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation, 1 (annual), 107-128.
  • Yucel, I. and Edgell, Robert A. (2015). Conceptualizing factors of adoption for head mounted displays: Toward an integrated multi-perspective framework. Journal of Virtual World Research, 8(2), 1-10.
  • Edgell, Robert A., Watson, D., Harasta, B., Pfyl, R., & Xu, Y. (2015). Explicating media, governance, and capitalism: A critical comparative analysis of historical cases. Corporate Board: Role, Duties and Composition, 11(1), 30-46.
  • Edgell, Robert A. & Vogl, R. (2013). A theory of innovation: Benefit, harm, and legal regimes. Law, Innovation and Technology, 5(1), 21-53.
  • Edgell, Robert A. (2013). Developing nations and sustainable entrepreneurial policy: Growing into novelty, growing out of poverty. Journal of Applied Business Research, 2(1), 20-36.
  • Edgell, Robert A. & Vogl, R. (2011). A network view of human ingestion and health: Instrumental artificial intelligence. In B. Johnston, & M.-A. Williams (Eds.), Proceedings of the AAAI-11 (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Workshops: AI and Smarter Living. San Francisco, CA: AAAI Press.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Lee, D. & Edgell, R. A. (2019) Reimagining Entrepreneurship. Research presentation for SUNY Faculty Development Conference at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY.
  • Imbruce, V., Smart, P., Edgell, R. A., Lee, D., Malazita, J., Rouse, R., Hermsen, L., Newman. R., Goldsmith, M. L., & Hurley, P. (2019). Humanities, STEM, and Management: New interdisciplinary pathways for 21st century learning. “HEDs UP” Panel presentation in the Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices and Assessment track at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Edgell, R. A., Khasawneh, F., & Moustafellos, J. (2017). Reimagining entrepreneurship: Design culture exposure as a positive mediator for entrepreneurial capacity. Paper presented at the 84th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  • Edgell, Robert A., & Moustafellos, J. (2015). Toward an architectural theory of innovation: Explicating design, networks, and microprocesses. Paper presented at the Academy of Management 2015, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Edgell, Robert A., & Kimmich, P. (2015). Speaking in tongues: Design culture, discursive practices, and metaphors. Paper presented at the Academy of Management 2015, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Edgell, Robert A. (2014). A sociotechnological theory of discursive change and entrepreneurial capacity: Novelty and networks. Paper presented at the Academy of Management 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

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