Lawrence A. Molnar
Lawrence A. Molnar, is a research faculty member at the University of Michigan, within the Office of the Vice President for Research. He is the Director of the EDA University Center for Economic Diversification at the University of Michigan, Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, President of the Educational Association of University Centers, and President of the Michigan Business Incubator Association. His B.A. program in Journalism and M.A. program in Telecommunication/Management are from Michigan State University, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, with his Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan, School of Information. He has been at the University of Michigan for 25 years. He has over 25 years of experience in the academic and private sectors in research and projects relative to economic development, business incubation, technology transfer, and information science. He is currently the principal investigator for the EDA-funded Community Economic Adjustment Program. CEAP assists communities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota that have been affected by major manufacturing plant closures.
His interests include intelligent information systems, the diffusion of innovation, economic development, and advanced telecommunication technology. He is a member of the University Economic Development Association and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association. He has directed research programs in economic development, community development, feasibility analysis, market analysis and performance measurement. He is currently Principal Investigator for a research study of the Business Incubation Industry in the United States that is correlating incubator best practices with the success of companies after they leave the incubator.
He has published and presented research studies and papers on a range of economic development and information technology issues, including the state of the business incubator industry in Michigan and in the United States.
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