The importance of entrepreneurism to the education at Harrisburg University

The importance of entrepreneurism to the education at Harrisburg University

with Dr. Eric Darr

Dr. Eric D. Darr, who is Provost & Executive Vice President at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology joins Enterprise Radio.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dr. Eric Darr discuss the following:

  • A new university doesn’t start every day.  It would seem to take a great deal of entrepreneurial spirit from the community as well as those tasked with founding it.  Tell us briefly what led to the formation of Harrisburg University? I understand you have an entrepreneurial background and teach that class on occasion but how does one ‘start’ a university?
  • What have been the biggest challenges?  What can other entrepreneurs learn from Harrisburg University?
  • How important is entrepreneurism to the education at Harrisburg University? I understand it is one of the core competencies for students. Why? What about faculty and staff?
  • What other entrepreneurial ventures is HU involved in right now or planning.

Dr. Eric D. Darr, is Provost & Executive Vice President at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Dr. Darr earned both a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master of science degree in Industrial Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also earned an MBA and a doctor of philosophy degree in Organizational Behavior and Theory from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner and noted organizational theorist Herbert Simon.

While at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles, he conducted research and consulted in over twenty multinational corporations including Arthur Andersen, Gemini Consulting, TRW Space and Electronics, Hughes Aerospace, Bank of America, Xerox, British Airways and Qantas Airlines.

Dr. Darr developed and taught Doctoral and MBA courses in organizational learning, organizational change, organization design, process reengineering, business strategy and technology management. Further, he developed and taught executive education courses in measuring intellectual capital, corporate renewal, managing information technology resources, improving product development and creating organizational memory. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on organizational learning, learning technologies and competitive advantage. He has been an invited speaker at universities in the United States, Austria, Great Britain, France, Australia and the Netherlands. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Center for International Business Education and Research at UCLA.

Prior to joining Harrisburg University, Dr. Darr was Chief Operating Officer from 2000 until 2004 at KnowledgePlanet, Inc., a software company located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Darr led Ernst & Young’s Knowledge Management Consulting Services.

About Harrisburg University:

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. For more information on the University’s demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email


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