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George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Mark HoelscherDirector Emeritus

Dr.  Mark Hoelscher joined the faculty of ISU's Management and Quantitative Methods Department in 2002, having defended his dissertation that year at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he was awarded outstanding teaching awards from 1999 – 2000. The Family Firm Institute of Boston, MA, gave his Ph.D. dissertation its Best Dissertation in Family Business Studies Award for 2002. He was awarded tenure at Illinois State University in 2008 and promoted to the rank of full professor in 2015.

After joining Illinois State University, Hoelscher became the Director of Illinois State University's Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, which focuses on supporting entrepreneurial activities for students, faculty, and the local community.

By 2010, Hoelscher had worked diligently enough with the University to have the Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies status evolve from being an institute to becoming an outreach and service center. Thanks to Hoelscher's hard work, the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies receive the public recognition it deserves.

In 2018,  Hoelscher stepped down from leading the center. Because of his work with the Means Center, Senate, and a variety of departmental and scholarly service, he was recognized that year as the winner of Illinois State University's annual Outstanding Service Award winner. He now serves full-time in MQM as a much-respected member of the faculty.

MQM recognizes Dr. Mark Hoelscher as the sole Director Emeritus of the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.


  • Hoelscher, M. L. (2014), "Does Family Capital Outweigh the Negative Effects of Conflict on Firm Performance", The Journal of Family Business Management , Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 46-61.

  • Hoelscher, M. L. (2012).  Entrepreneurship Education: Lessons Learned.  Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, 1 (2), 126-129. 

  • Hoelscher, M. L. & B, Elango. (2012). The Impact of Business Climate, Foreign Population, and Unemployment on New Venture Creation.  Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, volume 17, Number 4, December 2012.

  • Kaufman, P. A., Melton, H. L., Varner, I., Hoelscher, M. L., Schmidt, K., Spaulding, Aslihan D. (2011).  Alternative Approaches for Educating Future Global Marketing Professionals: A Comparison of Foreign Study and Research-intensive Marketing Programs.  Journal of Marketing Education.

  • Hoffman, J., Hoelscher, M., & Sorenson, R. (2006).  Achieving Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Family Capital Theory.  Family Business Review, 19 (2), 135-144. 

  • Hemmasi, M. A. & Hoelscher, M. L. (2005).  Entrepreneurship Research: Using Students as Proxies for Actual Entrepreneurs.  Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 8, 49-59.

  • Hoffman, J. J., Hoelscher, M. L., & Karma, S. (2005).  Social Capital, Knowledge Management, and Sustained Superior Performance.  Journal of Knowledge Management, 9 (3).

  • Hoelscher, M. L., Hoffman, J. J., & Dawley, D. (2005).  Toward a Social Capital Theory of Competitive Advantage in Medical Groups.  Health Care Management Review, 30 (2).

  • Dawley, D. D., Hoffman, J. J., & Hoelscher, M. L. (2002).  A strategic change/organizational ecology based theory of post-bankruptcy performance in healthcare firms.  Advances in Health Care Management.


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