Commentary: On the Integration of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship: Views of a Contrarian


G. Dale Meyer, tel.: 303-442-4319; e-mail:


“Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est aetas hominis, nisi ea memoria rerum veterum cum superiorum aetate contexitur? (To be ingorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it be woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?)”

—Cicero: Oratur ad M. Brutum

A new generation now leads. President Barack Hussein Obama straddles what Tom Brokaw called the “greatest generation” and the Baby Boomers (b. 1946–1964). Academia is now populated by “Millenials” (b. 1980–2000) and increasingly led by Generation X (b. 1960–1980). This Commentary purposively intends to create deeper conversation about the origins and tendencies in the small but interesting academic discipline of entrepreneurship. I accept my role as an aging curmudgeon and hope that you will also. My intent is to surface several operative ideologies, reveal a few egoistic tendencies, and perfectly (quack, quack) predict the future of academic entrepreneurship. Please place this Commentary in your 2039 tickler file titled “foolhardy predictions from 2009.”