Dr Steven Klepper, recipient of the 2011 Global Award, dies at 64.

Steven Klepper, the Hamerschlag Professor of Economics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away the 27th of May. The 2011 recipient of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was a globally respected and recognized scholar and an appreciated teacher at Carnegie Mellon University.

His colleagues bear witness to his rigor and commitment to detail in conducting his research, characteristics that generated several awards throughout his career, which spun over 30 years.


- It is with great sadness that we received word of Steven Klepper’s passing. He was not only a highly respected scholar who made original and important contributions to our understanding of how industries evolve and grow; he was also a friend. He will be deeply missed, said Bo Carlsson, Chairman of the Prize Committee for the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, and Pontus Braunerhjelm, Professor and Chairman of the Prize Committe when Professor Klepper was awarded, in a comment.

Upon receiving the Award in 2011, the formal motivation for Professor Klepper stated that “Steven Klepper has made significant contributions to our understanding of the role of new firm entry in innovation and economic growth”. In addition to this, Professor Klepper's academic output was impressive; he authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and these articles have generated over 10,000 citations.

At www.e-award.org an extensive biography and a presentation article of Steven Klepper are available.

Read the Carnegie Mellon News obituary 

Read the obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette