Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship

The overall focus of Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship is to lead College of Business efforts to develop and promote scholarly activities and professional training programs related to entrepreneurship and small business. Foundation Chair leads all the programs identified below and support other entrepreneurship-related activities to achieve the overall goals of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Under this goal a research Symposium was organized.  Also two research initiatives were developed to support student research and faculty research.

Under this initiative, an executive certificate in entrepreneurship was developed to be implemented twice every year.  This program will help emerging entrepreneurs in the state of Michigan to launch their start up ventures. Reports are available for the Fall 2023 ECE Cohort.

Diane and Bruce Halle 

Philanthropy has been a major focus of Halle and his wife, Diane, over the years. In 2002, they founded the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation to extend their sense of caring to the larger community. The Halle Foundation now serves as a leader in promoting new ways to collaborate on issues of social justice. 

Bruce T. Halle is the founder and chairman of the nationwide retailer Discount Tire. He graduate from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1956 and founded the company in 1960. His first store was in Ann Arbor and he started with an inventory of six tires. Today, Discount Tire has grown to be the largest independent tire dealer in North America, with more than 900 locations in 29 states and employing 18,000 people.

 Sanjib Chowdhury, MBA, Ph.D.

Sanjib Chowdhury is the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation chaired professor of entrepreneurship at EMU. Professor Chowdhury teaches primarily in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. He has 22 years of teaching experience in these fields. Dr. Chowdhury regularly reviews and publishes in renowned entrepreneurship journals. Prior to perusing a career in academia, he worked in the areas of manufacturing and sales of pharmaceutical and surgical products. He regularly gives presentations at several professional and academic venues. In addition, Dr. Chowdhury serves as a consultant for a variety of small and mid-sized businesses.

Selected Publications
Chowdhury, S. & Endres, M. L. (2022). The influence of regional economy- and industry-level environmental munificence on young firm growth. Journal of Business Research.

Chowdhury, S. & Schulz, E. (2021). The levels of base pay and incentive pay used by small firms to compensate professional employees with general and specific human capital. Journal of Small Business Management.

Chowdhury, S.; Schulz, E. & Milner, M. (2014). Core employee based human capital and revenue productivity in small firms: An empirical investigation. Journal of Business Research. 67(11): 2473-2479.

Schulz, E.; Chowdhury, S. & Van de Voort, D. (2013). Firm productivity moderated link between human capital and compensation: The significance of task-specific human capital. Human Resource Management. 52(3): 423 – 439.

Chowdhury, S. (2011) The Moderating Effects of Customer Driven Complexity on the Structure and Growth Relationship in Young Firms. Journal of Business Venturing. 26(3): 306 – 320.

Chowdhury, S. & Endres, M. L. (2010). The Impact of Client Variability in Nursing on Occupational Strain and Injury: The Cross-Level Moderating Effect of Safety Climate. Academy of Management Journal. 53: 182-198.

Endres, M. L., Chowdhury, S., & Milner, M. (2009). Ambiguity tolerance and accurate assessment of self-efficacy in a complex decision task. Journal of Management & Organization, 15 (1): 31 - 46.

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