IDEAS Research Workshop

Explore interdisciplinary solutions for enhancing economic opportunity.

About the IDEAS Workshop

The IDEAS Research Workshop invites internationally-renowned scholars from universities across the country to present research and engage in discussion with the NDSU community. Seminars will focus on important issues related to institutions, trade, entrepreneurship and innovation.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Seminars will be held every other Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to join us in-person in the Barry Hall Mezzanine or virtually by registering on Zoom.

Students of any major, undergraduate or graduate, can register for the 1-credit course BUSN 491/690 on Campus Connection. 

Fall 2020 Schedule

August 28  |  Matthew Clancy

The Case for Remote Work     Watch

Dr. Matthew Clancy is an assistant teaching professor at Iowa State University affiliated with the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Department of Economics. Before that, he was a research economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington DC, where he worked on science policy issues. His research has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Research Policy, Annual Review of Resource Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Economics of Innovation and New Technology. Dr. Clancy received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Sept. 11  |  Edward Timmons

Too Much License?: How Occupational Licensing Affects Economic Mobility and Opportunity     Watch

Dr. Edward Timmons is a professor of economics and director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University. He is one of the world’s leading scholars on the effects of occupational regulation. His research has been published in The Journal of Law and Economics, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, The Journal of Labor Research, Monthly Labor Review, Cato Journal, Health Policy, Eastern Economic Journal, and the European Journal of Comparative Economics. He is a member of the board of policy advisors for the Heartland Institute, a senior affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a visiting research fellow with the Badger Institute. Dr. Timmons received his Ph.D. from Lehigh University.

Sept. 25  |  James Caton

Speech Acts, Constitutional Moments, and the Constructions of Social Contract     Watch

Dr. James Caton is an assistant professor of economics and a faculty fellow of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise at North Dakota State University. He specializes in research related to entrepreneurship, agent-based computational economics, market process theory, and monetary economics. His research has been published in the Southern Economic Journal, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, and Review of Austrian Economics. He is a regular contributor to the American Institute for Economic Research’s Sound Money Project. Dr. Caton received his Ph.D. from George Mason University.

Oct. 9  |  Wenhong Chen

Zoom or Doom in the Age of CyberSovereignty and Digital Nationalism  Watch

Dr. Wenhong Chen is an associate professor of media studies and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has focused on digital media technologies in entrepreneurial and civic settings. Dr. Chen has more than 70 publications, including articles in top-ranked journals in the fields of communication and media studies, sociology, and management. She is the lead editor of the book Networked China: Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement. Her current project examines policy and entrepreneurial implications of AI, big data and cloud computing. Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Oct. 23  |  Bradford Wilcox

For the Sake of the Children: How Stable Marriage is Linked to the Educational, Emotional, and Economic Well-being of Children  Register

Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that marriage, gender, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe. He has published articles in The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Marriage and Family, and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Dr. Wilcox received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Nov. 6  |  Rajshree Agarwal

Fostering Enterprise and Creating Value in Trade  Register 

Dr. Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Her research interests focus on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for industry and firm evolution. She has published articles in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Economic Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Review of Economics and Statistics. Dr. Agarwal received her Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.

Nov. 20  |  Jan Pfister

Innovating Under Pressure and the Speeding Up of Organizational Life  Register 

Dr. Jan Pfister is a senior lecturer at the Department of Accounting and Finance at Turku School of Economics and a research fellow at the House of Innovation at Stockholm School of Economics. His research focuses on management control systems, creativity and innovation, and performance measurement and management. He is also interested in broader societal changes based on the emergence of innovative technologies, including digital platforms and ecosystems. His dissertation ‘Managing organizational culture for effective internal control: From practice to theory’ was published as a book by Springer and won a Best Paper Award at the Research Ethics Symposium of the American Accounting Association. Dr. Pfister received his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich.

Dec. 4  |  Adam Thierer


Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in innovation, entrepreneurialism, Internet, and free-speech issues, with a particular focus on the public policy concerns surrounding technologies. He has authored and edited several books, including his foundational book on the freedom to innovate, Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom, and his latest book, Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments. Previously, he was president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of Telecommunications Studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Thierer received his M.A. in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland.



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