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UNC sociologist Howard Aldrich has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference for his many contributions to the field of entrepreneurship research.

Aldrich is the Kenan Professor and chair of the department of sociology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and an adjunct professor of management, entrepreneurship and strategy at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Founded in 1981, the Babson conference is the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the world. The conference was established to provide a venue where academics and real-world practitioners could link theory and practice. Each year, the conference (held this year in Lyon, France) attracts more than 350 entrepreneurial scholars.

Aldrich is the author of seven books and more than 180 articles, including the 2011 book, An Evolutionary Approach to Entrepreneurship: Selected Essays.He received the Entrepreneurship Researcher of the Year Award from the Swedish Foundation of Small Business Research in 2000 and is the recipient of a Career Achievement Award and a Mentoring Award from the Academy of Management. He won the George R. Terry Award for Best Book from the Academy of Management and the Max Weber Award for Best Book from the American Sociological Association for Organizations Evolving (1999; revised 2006.)

He was profiled in an Inc. magazine special issue on key researchers studying entrepreneurship and small business in the United States.

His research interests include evolutionary entrepreneurship; organizations, occupations and work; economic sociology and inequality.

Aldrich received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching at UNC since 1982.

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