faculty-profile

Dr. Vartuhi Tonoyan

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Building: Babbio Center
Room: 638
Phone: +1-201-216-8548
Email: vtonoian@stevens.edu
School:  School of Business
Education
  • Postdoctoral study at the Stanford University, USA
  • Doctorate Degree in Management (summa cum laude) from the University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Postgraduate studies in Social Research Methods (Sociology and Psychology), University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Diploma of Economics degree (with distinction) from the Yerevan State University of National Economy, Armenia
Research

My research interests and fields center on: a) innovation; b) corruption, institutional environment and entrepreneurship; c) gender inequality in entrepreneurship; as well as d) emergence and development of high-technology industries and clusters.  In my research, I utilize and combine theories from economics, sociology, and social/cognitive psychology and use various empirical methods (such as panel econometrics, large-scale survey analyses, cross-national comparisons as well as in-depth interviews). I regularly present my research at peer-reviewed international research conferences on entrepreneurship and management (such as Academy of Management; Babson College Conference on Entrepreneurship Research; Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research; and Diana International Research Conference). 

General Information

I am Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship (tenure track) since September 2013, having joined the Stevens Institute as Visiting Assistant Professor in September of 2011. Prior to that, I spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

I hold Doctorate Degree in Management (summa cum laude) from the University of Mannheim, Germany − an internationally accredited and one of the leading German universities in the fields of management, economics and social sciences. I received Diploma of Economics degree (with distinction) from the Yerevan State University of National Economy, Armenia. 

I speak and write fluently in Armenian, Russian, German and English.

   

Experience

Prior to moving to the US (Stanford University first and then Stevens Institute of Technology), I held various academic positions at the University of Mannheim in Germany, including the position of the Head of the Entrepreneurship Research Division at the Mannheim's Institute for SME Research. In that role, I was responsible for acquiring and implementing entrepreneurship related research projects, which were funded by the German government, research foundations as well as international organizations.

I have been doing research and teaching courses on entrepreneurship as well as technology and innovation management at the Stevens Institute of Technology. I also designed and implemented the first lecture on entrepreneurship (master level) at the Mannheim University's School of Business and held subsequently various other entrepreneurship courses at Master- and PhD-levels there. 

I have been regularly reviewing articles on entrepreneurship and management −either in the capacity of an editorial review member or ad hoc reviewer− for various international research journals. I consulted with the UN in Vienna, Austria, on small business development and corruption in developing economies.

Honors & Awards

 

1)  2015 Best Empirical Paper Award received at the Diana International Research Conference on "Women's Entrepreneurship and Ecosystems" in Babson College, USA, June 8-9, for the manuscript: Tonoyan, V., R. Strohmeyer & J. E. Jennings (2015): "Cross-Country Gender Gaps in Perceived Start-Up Ease: Second-Order Effects of Labor Market Segregation."

  • Selected for the award out of ca. 35 papers presented at the conference. The award was accompanied by a plaque and a $5,000 honorarium sponsored by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

2)  2014 Best Paper Award received at the Diana International Research Conference on "Women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation" in Stockholm, Sweden, June 15-17, for the manuscript: Strohmeyer, R., V. Tonoyan & J. E. Jennings (2014): "Jacks and Jills of All Trades: Implications for Firm Innovativeness."

  • Selected for the award out of ca. 55 papers presented at the conference.  

3)  2014 Best Paper Award received at the Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) in Chur, Switzerland, February 12-14, for the manuscript: Tonoyan, V. & G. Bruton (2014): "The Impact of Corruption on Firm Innovativeness: A Multilevel Analysis."

  • Selected for the award out of ca. 33 papers presented at the conference. This award was accompanied by a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. 

4)   2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal of Business Venturing for High-Quality and Timely Reviews.

5)   2006 Best Paper Award received from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management Meeting (AoM) in Georgia, Atlanta, USA, August 11-16, for the manuscript:

Tonoyan, V., R. Strohmeyer, M. Habib & M. Perlitz (2010): "Corruption and Entrepreneurship. How Formal and Informal Institutions Shape Small Firm Behavior in Mature and Emerging Market Economies."

  • Only 10% of the AoM papers selected for the presentation at the conference receive such award.

6)  2006 Best Reviewer Award of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management (AoM).  

Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Tonoyan, V., R. Strohmeyer, M. Habib & M. Perlitz. (2010). "Corruption and Entrepreneurship: How Formal and Informal Institutions Shape Small Firm Behavior in Mature and Emerging Market Economies.", Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice . 34 (5), 1-34.
Book Chapters
  1. Tonoyan, V., M. Budig & R. Strohmeyer. (2010). "Exploring the Heterogeneity of Womenís Entrepreneurship: Impact of Family Structure and Family Policies on Entry into Professional versus Non-Professional Entrepreneurship in Europe and the US.", Womenís Entrepreneurship and Growth Influences: An International Perspective, Edited by Brush, C. et al. , Edward Elgar . 154-179.
Courses
  • MGT 663 Discovering and Exploiting Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • MGT 671 Technology and Innovation Management
  • BT 372 Discovery and Commercialization of Technical Business Opportunities