Diana M. Hechavarria is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business. She teaches social and global entrepreneurship; strategic and technical entrepreneurship and business planning.
She has researched international entrepreneurship, gender and sustainability in the context of nascent start-ups and has studied various dynamics involved in the launching of new companies. Her research has investigated differences in values among social, environmental and commercial start-ups, as well as financing preferences of male and female nascent entrepreneurs. Her work has been featured at conferences of the Academy of Management, the International Council for Small Business and the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
She has been published in journals such as Small Business Economics, the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, and a number of international journals.
She is nationally recognized for the development of the experiential exercise "Problem Solving in the Global Market Context" and awarded second place by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurial Experiential Exercise initiative in 2011. She also is the associate editor of the Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal.
She holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Cincinnati, a master's in liberal studies from Florida International University in Miami and a bachelor's in sociology from University of Florida.
- ENT 6930 - Social Entrepreneurship
- ENT 6930 - Global Entrepreneurship
- ENT 6116 - Business Planning
- ENT 6126 - Strategic Entrepreneurship
- EIN 6324 - Technical Entrepreneurship
Recent Published Research
- Hechavarria, D. (2016). Mother Nature's son? The impact of gender socialization and culture on environmental venturing. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 8(2), 137-172.
- Hechavarria, D. and Ingram, A. (2016). "The entrepreneurial gender divide: Hegemonic masculinity, emphasized femininity and organizational forms", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 8(3),242 - 281
- Frid, C., Wyman, D., Gartner, W., and Hechavarria, D. (2016). Low-Wealth Entrepreneurs and Access to External Financing. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24(2).
- Hechavarría, D. M., Terjesen, S. A., Ingram, A. E., Renko, M., Justo, R., & Elam, A. (2016). Taking care of business: the impact of culture and gender on entrepreneurs' blended value creation goals. Small Business Economics, 1-33.
- Hechavarría, D. M., Matthews, C. H., & Reynolds, P. D. 2016. Does start-up financing influence start-up speed? Evidence from the panel study of entrepreneurial dynamics. Small Business Economics, 46(1), 137-167.
- Kwapisz, A., and Hechavarria, D., (Under Review). Women Don't Ask: An Investigation of Gender and Start-up Funding. Venture Capital Journal.
- Hechavarria, Diana, Matthews, C. H., & Reynolds, P. D. (Under Review). Shifts in Capital Structure during Firm Creation: Financial Uncertainty, Risk and the Relative Emphasis on Debt, Equity, and Internal. Journal of Small Business Studies
- Trijesen, Siri, Diana Hechavarria, Pekka Stenholm, Malin Brännback, and Stefan Lång. (Under Review). More Than Words: The Impact of Language of Female Venturing. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
- Hechavarria, Diana and Amy Ingram (Under Review). Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Conditions & Gendered National-Level Entrepreneurial Activity: A Fourteen-Year Panel Study of GEM. Small Business Economics.
Hechavarria's professional service includes work on the program committees of several academic conferences such as Academy of Management, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and International Council for Small Business. She is a reviewer for Small Business Economics and an ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Business Venturing. She also coordinates the yearly Fintech Business Plan Competition at the Muma College of Business and serves as I-Corps program committee advisor for USF Connect.