About the LEAD Lab

Founded in 2022, the Liguori Entrepreneurship Analysis & Development (LEAD) Lab aims to bridge academic research with real-world entrepreneurial challenges. The lab's work is characterized by a dual focus: to conduct academically rigorous research and to develop impactful programs that directly benefit the entrepreneurial community and society at large. This synthesis of scholarly depth and practical application reflects Dr. Liguori's belief in the transformative power of entrepreneurship.

The LEAD Lab is founded on the philosophy that understanding and leveraging the complex phenomena of entrepreneurship require multifaceted perspectives. Beyond its cutting-edge research, the lab actively develops and implements programs that translate academic insights into actionable strategies for entrepreneurs. Through its involvement with community stakeholders, especially the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, and its international network of researchers, the LEAD Lab is a vibrant hub for entrepreneurial innovation. By balancing rigorous investigation with the creation of practical, evidence-based programs, the lab uniquely positions itself as a leader in shaping the future of entrepreneurship research, education and practice.

LEAD Lab Mission Statement 

Empowering entrepreneurship through excellence, integrity, and impactful research.

LEAD Lab Core Values

  • Excellence: We aim to advance the discipline of entrepreneurship through impactful studies and innovative programming, and we strive for excellence in all that we do.
  • Impact: We conduct research and develop programming that is not only academically rigorous but also practically relevant. We take deliberate action, where appropriate, to translate academic insights into formats capable to effectively informing practice.
  • Ethics: Integrity is at the heart of our work. We adhere to the highest levels of publication ethics, ensuring that our research is conducted and reported with honesty, accuracy, and transparency.
  • Collaborative Science: We believe collaboration is a force multiplier. By engaging with diverse perspectives and expertise, we foster a rich, inclusive, and dynamic environment. This is demonstrated three ways:
    • Interdisciplinary Approach: We leverage insights from various disciplines, recognizing that complex entrepreneurial phenomena require multifaceted perspectives.
    • Global Partnerships: Our collaboration extends globally, involving scholars, practitioners, and institutions worldwide to enrich our research and its applicability.
    • Community Engagement: We actively involve community stakeholders in our research and programs, ensuring that our work is grounded in real-world challenges and opportunities.
  • Continuous Learning: We are dedicated to the continuous professional growth of our Lab team, promoting opportunities for learning, development, and leadership.
  • Inclusivity: The LEAD lab is a space where individuals of all backgrounds can thrive. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment, where every team member is valued and empowered.
  • Social Responsibility: Recognizing our role within the broader community, we commit to conducting research that addresses societal needs and contributes positively to social and economic development.
  • Interdisciplinarity: We champion interdisciplinarity by integrating diverse fields, from STEM to the social sciences and the arts, enriching our entrepreneurial research with a holistic and nuanced perspective.