Joshua Marineau, Ph.D., is an associate professor of management at North Dakota State University. His research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of positive and negative interpersonal relationships in work settings or social networks. Specifically, he studies how interpersonal conflict influences individual outcomes, as well as how individuals perceive their own and others’ conflict ties within organizations. More recently, he has applied a social network perspective to the study of entrepreneurial ecosystems, and specifically the Fargo-Moorhead startup community. Recent projects focus on the interconnectedness and culture of the local startup community. He teaches organizational behavior and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
As a Challey Fellow in 2019-2020, Dr. Marineau will focus on two primary areas. First, he will be aligning his current research on entrepreneurial ecosystems to study two areas of interest. He will be developing a project which explores how institutions can improve entrepreneurial ecosystem development and discuss or develop “best practices” for ecosystem development in the context of the Fargo-Moorhead startup community with broader applicability to other regions. He will also be collecting data which examines the role of women in the startup community, with emphasis on their social ties and connections within the broader ecosystem. Second, he will be conducting a research project examining factors related to new American entrepreneur’s success in new venture creation in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The key question being answered is what factors help new American entrepreneurs succeed in pursing and achieving their goals? And, how effective are existing programs in facilitating their progress? This study is designed to track individuals’ social interactions, attitudes and goals over a period of six months beginning in October 2019.