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50 Prescott, 1331
Phone: +1-508-831-4130
Fax: +1-508-831-5866

Karla Mendoza-Abarca

    I truly believe in the value of education. A good education not only opens the door to job opportunities, but also helps us become better people. It is an honor for me to share what I have learned over the years about life in general and entrepreneurship in particular. But it is even a greater honor to learn from my students’ experiences and ideas. Entrepreneurship is an exciting field and teaching it is fun and rewarding. I enjoy creating hands-on and high-energy learning experiences for my students. My focus is on providing them with practical tools that would be useful in their future entrepreneurial ventures or their jobs.

    My main research focus is on social entrepreneurship. Within this field, entrepreneurial skills, strategies, and resources are used to solve pressing social and environmental issues. I believe that entrepreneurs have the capacity of doing well by doing good. In other words, economic value creation is no longer in conflict with social value creation. My research also tends to spill over my teaching, in the sense that I continuously encourage my students to think about ways in which they can contribute to society. WPI does a great job at facilitating this kind of thinking through IQPs and my hope is to contribute to this endeavor.

Research Interests


  1. Social Entrepreneurship
  2. Social Venture Creation
  3. Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  4. Creativity and Innovation



  1. B.B.A., Management, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Mexico, 2006
  2. M.B.A., Finance, Kent State University, 2009
  3. Ph.D, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Kent State University, 2013

Featured Publications


  1. Risky business? The survival implications of exploiting commercial opportunities by nonprofits. Journal of Business Venturing, 2013 (with David Gras).
  2. Symbiosis or competition? The inter-population dynamics between social and commercial ventures. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 2012 (with Sergey Anokhin).
  3. URL to a full list of publications
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