Diana Hechavarria, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida. As a researcher, she has had the opportunity to work on several large scale research endeavors, such as Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) for the United States and Australia, and the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) (harmonizing protocols for the U.S. I and II, China, Australia, and Sweden). Working on these projects has allowed her to develop key collaboration and project management skills on cross-functional national multi-cultural teams, which considerably influences how she engages in research and theory development.
Her research interests center on the process of nascent entrepreneurship. Specifically, her research focuses on further understanding why some individuals are able to start a new firm, and others are not? And why some individuals are able to start a new firm at a much quicker pace than others? Accordingly, she often tries to identify antecedents to start-up outcomes. Therefore, she subsequently investigates how these various factors may differently impact start-up outcomes among nascent entrepreneurs.
In order to investigate these research questions, Dr. Hechavarria specifically examines how new venture planning (business planning) and start-up finance can influence start-up outcomes and the timing of outcomes between women and men, as well as minorities.
Dr. Hechavarria has specific expertise with large scale datasets, specifically:Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and Kauffman Firm Survey.