Dr. Sharon Alvarez is the Thomas W. Olofson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. She previously served as the Walter Koch Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver and prior to that as an Associate Professor of entrepreneurship and management and the Academic Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Max M. Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Professor Alvarez is the Past Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and was the Denver Program Chair for the 2015 Strategic Management Society meetings as well as Representative at Large for the SMS Entrepreneurship Interest Group.
She was a Max Planck Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Entrepreneurship and Economic Systems Research. She has been a visiting professor at Sun-Yet-Sen University in China, at the University of Alberta, and the University of Utah. Her current research includes entrepreneurship theory of opportunities, firm, and market emergence. Professor Alvarez is a current associate editor for the Academy of Management Review and was an associate editor for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She has been published in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, and Human Resource Management Journal. Her paper (with Barney), “Discovery and Creation: Alternative Theories of Entrepreneurial Action” won the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal Best Paper Award, her paper (with Barney) “Forming and exploiting opportunities: The implications of discovery and creation processes for entrepreneurial and organizational research” was the runner-up for the INFORMS award, and her paper (with Barney), “How Entrepreneurs Organize under Conditions of Uncertainty” won the Journal of Management Best Paper Award. Her work in the Journal of Management is the 27th most cited article in the last 50 years.