Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor, the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, and Director of the Institute for Development Strategies at Indiana University. His research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. Ranked 21st most cited scholar in economics and business between 1996-2006 he has also been recognized as being among the 60 most important economists of all time. He is author of Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth and The Entrepreneurial Society. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was given the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research in 2001. Most importantly his genuine passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and small business radiates and inspires all those he meets.
Spoke about "R&D and Small Firms" before the sub-committee on Monopolies and Commercial Law, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, on February 24, 1988. Research promoted the SBIR and aided in expanding the evaluation process to correctly measure applicants full impact. Editor of the Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal from 1989 to the present.
He was the original pioneer and leader in the small business market. Since the 70's this man has dedicated his life to understanding the links between small business, entrepreneurship, and success. He has been the catalyst that has effected markets, governments, companies, and individuals in North America and beyond to realize the importance of small business. His passion and knowledge has and will continue to create and inspire the future leaders in the small business market.