Associate Professor of Management at Robert Morris University’s School of Business and Dir. of the Massey Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Dr. Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL is an Associate Professor of Management at Robert Morris University’s School of Business, where she teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation and International Business. Dr. Griffin-EL is also the Director of RMU’s new Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, purposed to promote interdisciplinary and innovative thinking and action across campus. Prior to RMU, Dr. Griffin-EL served as Senior Lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Cape Town, South Africa for more than 5 years. She was also the Founding Academic Lead of the GSB’s Bertha Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Africa’s first international center of excellence for social innovation practice, teaching, and research. Dr. Griffin-EL received her PhD and Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Yale University.
Dr. Griffin-EL’s research explores how the structure and content of entrepreneurial networks support innovative activity and the start-up of new ventures for community development. Her research recently focuses on how entrepreneurs utilize networks to launch ventures for social change within hostile, adversarial environments, and the implications for how the region supports local business. Geographically, her work has focused on social, immigrant, and transnational entrepreneurship within African emerging markets and more recently, in the Pittsburgh region. She has presented her work globally across Europe, Africa, and the United States, has published in leading academic journals, and is co-editor of the book, The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: New Frontiers in Africa (Springer Publishers, 2015). Dr. Griffin-EL is an international scholar, whose work includes leading an international research collaboration sponsored by the UK to explore the social entrepreneurial ecosystem of Kenya to serving as the Lead Academic of the UCT team for a global research project entitled Social Innovation: Drive for Change sponsored by the European Union.