Recently, I went to the thesis defense of Bala Mulloth, a PhD-Technology Management candidate in the Department of Technology Management at NYU-Poly in New York. Abstracted below, Bala's thesis title is: "Diversity in Contemporary Entrepreneurship: The Evolution of Two Representative Clean Technology Companies in New York City as Cases in Point."
It was quite interesting for me to see how this study developed and explored a new aspect of our work – entrepreneurship. We had several discussions and Bala took part in different aspects of our work during the past year – we even collaborated on a paper published by the Cumulus Social Innovation Conference in China, linked below.
Congratulations to Bala, who received his doctoral degree this November. Here are a few words from the new doctor, and we will provide a link to his published paper soon.
"Studying about Green Map System and interacting with Wendy and her team has been a fascinating process for me. It was terrific to have the opportunity to closely and deeply study the organization as it made the necessary technological and business changes for growth in the future while also keeping the community-oriented sense and grassroots image of the movement alive. Kudos to Wendy and Green Map System!"
Abstract: At the highest level, this dissertation examines the diversity, especially the existence of both purely business and socially purposeful activities, prevalent in contemporary entrepreneurship. This study uses the clean technology industry and New York City as its research context. A central component of this study is a comparative analysis and discussion of two New York City based clean technology organizations —Verdant Power and Green Map System. This study explores these enterprises employing an in depth, case study approach. Based on the analysis and discussion of these two case studies, nine critical dimensions of contemporary entrepreneurship were identified. Ultimately, certain overall conclusions were reached. Among the most important is that contemporary entrepreneurship is dynamic and this is illustrated by the movement of the two organizations across the identified critical dimensions.
Thesis Committee: Professors George Bugliarello (Dept. of Civil Engineering-NYU-Poly), Mel Horwitch, Committee Chair (Dept. of Technology Management-NYU-Poly), Paul Light (Wagner School, NYU), and Richard Wener (HuSS Dept.-NYU-Poly)