"I believe that truly successful businesses are moral enterprises, resulting from productivity, integrity and a sense of purpose."
Dr. Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Chair in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and the Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. Dr. Agarwal received her PhD in Economics in 1994 from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Agarwal’s research examines the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for industry and firm evolution. Her recent projects link knowledge diffusion among firms, industries, and regions to the underlying mechanisms of employee entrepreneurship and mobility. She has taught a wide range of courses in strategic management, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, industrial organization and microeconomics. Consistent with her interests in innovation, she strives to incorporate the latest pedagogical technologies to create programs for the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and to provide the skills, savvy and moral ground for the producer and value creator.
Among the many awards Dr. Agarwal has received for her scholarship, teaching and service, most notable are the Davis Productivity Award from the State of Florida, the "University Scholar" designation by the University of Illinois, the "Graduate Mentor of the Year" Award by University of Maryland, and in Fall 2017, University of Maryland's prestigious Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award.