Research Interests

I am interested in how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.

I am a supporter of the Responsible Research in Business & Management network and a co-signer of the Vision 2030 position paper which means that I believe that management research should produce “useful and credible knowledge that addresses problems important to business and society.”

I conduct research independently and with graduate students. When working with graduate students, I use CANVAS LMS, outlines, templates, and Gantt charts to accelerate student learning along the thesis understanding curve. This approach is important because many graduate students – at the beginning of their thesis journey – mistakenly believe that they are writing a report when, in fact, they are conducting a study and writing a thesis.

Academic Memberships

I am a member of the following academic societies:


Refereed Publications

  • Rodriguez, P., Tuggle, C.S., & Hackett, S.M. (2009). An exploratory study of how ‘household capital’ impacts new venture start-up rates. Family Business Review, 22 (3) 259-272.
  • Hackett, S. M., & Dilts, D. M. (2008). Inside the black box of business incubation: Study B – Scale assessment, model refinement, and incubation outcomes. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 33 (5), 439-471.
  • Hackett, S. M., & Dilts, D. M. (2004). A real options-driven theory of business incubation. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 29 (1), 41-54.
  • Hackett, S. M., & Dilts, D. M. (2004). A systematic review of business incubation research. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 29 (1), 55-82.

Conference Presentations

  • Cooshneapa, R. & Hackett, S.M. (2019). Testing an Addition to the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: Understanding the Inclusive Organization. August 9-13, 2019. Boston, MA.
  • Hackett, S.M. (2019). SaaS Industry Ecosystems: The development of global entrepreneurship capabilities outside of Silicon Valley. Industry Studies Association Conference – Walking the Tightrope to Economic Resilience: Balancing Specialization and Diversification. May 30-June 1, 2019. Nashville, TN.
  • Hackett, S. M. & Dilts, D. M. (2009). A business incubation strategy from Thailand. 4th SMU EDGE Conference: Bridging the Gap: Entrepreneurship in Theory & Practice: Singapore, Jul 2009
  • Hackett, Sean M & Dilts, D. M. (2008). Reverse Internationalization. Paper presented at Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference: Fairfax, VA Mar 2008
  • Hackett, S. M., & De Carolis, D. M. (2006a). Why don’t more ‘Born Globals’ exist? A model for reducing the uncertainty of internationalization for new ventures. Paper presented at the San Francisco-Silicon Valley Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Hackett, S. M., & Dilts, D. M. (2006b). Scale development for constructs related to entrepreneurship: Venture selection, assistance intensity, and resource munificence. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hackett, S. M., & Dilts, D. M. (2006c). Inside the black box of business incubation: Scale assessment and model refinement. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hackett, S. M., & Dilts, D. M. (2006d). Real options and the option to incubate: An exploratory study of the process of business incubation. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hackett, S.M. & Dilts, D. M. (2003). Business incubators: Drivers of innovation processes & entrepreneurial failure cost containment vehicles. Paper presented at the RPI Conference/Special Issue of the Journal of Business Venturing on Science Parks and Incubators, Troy, NY.

Dissertation & Thesis Manuscripts

  • Ph.D. Dissertation (Vanderbilt University): Real Options and the Option to Incubate: An Exploratory Study of the Process of Business Incubation
  • M.S. Thesis (Vanderbilt University): The Degree of Internationalization of U.S.-capitalized E-commerce Companies
  • M.A. Thesis (Sophia University): Cooperating Bilaterally with Japan: Impediments to Inter-organizational Communication for the Implementation of the Bilateral Decision to Cooperate

Applied Research

From September 2005 until June 2011 I led 135 teams of undergraduate student researchers as they conducted business feasibility studies on Single Product New Ventures predicated upon self-generated, new-to-the-world product business concepts. These projects involved rapid-cycle primary and secondary research and resulted in student teams being able to confidently present the results and implications of their research. At the end of the project, each student team was able to articulate whether and why their business concept merited further investment.