Ugur Uygur

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Affiliate Associate Professor of Computer Science

Office #:  Schreiber 825

Phone: 312.915.6077



Uğur Uygur is the Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Quinlan School of Business. His research and teaching revolve around judgment of new ideas. Recently his work has appeared in Journal of Small Business Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to his academic life, he worked at software start-ups and consulted with entrepreneurial ventures.


  • PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 2009
  • MS in Strategic Management, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 2006
  • MBA, Bilkent University, 1998
  • BS in Computer Science, Middle East Technical University, 1996

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurial cognition
  • Judgment of entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Knowledge-based theory of the firm
  • Philosophy of science

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles

Uygur, U. & Kim, S.M. “Evolution of Entrepreneurial Judgment with Venture-Specific Experience,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 10(2): 169-193, 2016

Uygur, U. “A Cognitive Explanation of Entrepreneurial Judgment: Opportunity as Analogy,” Journal of Small Business Management, in press 

Varma, A., Aycan, Z., Budhwar, P., Pichler, S., Uygur, U., & Paluch, R. “Host country national willingness to support expatriates: An investigation in Turkey,” European Journal of International Management, 10(6): 605-623, 2016

Harris, D., Derdak, T., Lash N., Uygur U., Welch, M. & Tuncay Zayer, L. “Alliance for Social Enterprise: A Framework to Develop Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies,” Journal of Strategic Management Education, 9(4): 113-132, 2013

Uygur, U. “Determinants of Causal Ambiguity and Difficulty of Knowledge Transfer within the Firm,” Journal of Management & Organization, 19(6): 742-755, 2013 

Uygur, U., A.M. Marcoux. "The Added Complexity of Social Entrepreneurship: A Knowledge-Based Approach." Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. 4.2 (2013). 132-152.