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Michael Ciuchta

Michael Ciuchta is a Assistant Professor in the Manning School of Business  Management Dept. at UMass Lowell.
Michael Philip CiuchtaAssistant Professor
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    Manning School of Business
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    (978) 934-2993
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    Pulichino Tong Business Center - 220B
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Research Interests

My research adopts a behavioral approach to studying institutions and entrepreneurship. My particular focus is on organizational learning and identity and entrepreneurial finance.


  • Ph D: Strategy/Organization Theory, (2010), University of Wisconsin- Madison
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Commercializing Science: The Impact of Organizational Identity on Learning from Experience
  • MBA: Finance, (1990), University of Pennsylvania- The Wharton School
  • BA: Economics, (1986), University of California, Berkeley


Michael P Ciuchta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He received his PhD in Organization Theory/Strategic Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award (2017), Teaching - Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department
  • Best Article Award: Business Horizons 2015 (2016), Scholarship/Research - Business Horizons/Elsevier
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2007), Scholarship/Research - Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Ciuchta, M., Finch, D. () "The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy on Entrepreneurial Intentions", Journal of Business Venturing Insights 11:
  • Eckhardt, J., Ciuchta, M., Carpenter, M.A. (2018) "Open Innovation, Information, and Entrepreneurship within Platform Ecosystems", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal DOI: 10.1002/sej.1298:
  • Stevenson, R., Ciuchta, M., Letwin, C., Dinger, J., Vancouver, J. (2018) "Out of Control or Right on the Money? Funder Self-Efficacy and Crowd Bias in Equity Crowdfunding.", Journal of Business Venturing
  • Ciuchta, M., Miner, A.S., Kim, J., O'Toole, J. (2017) "Founding logics, technology validation, and the path to commercialization", International Small Business Journal (in press):
  • Ciuchta, M., Letwin, C., Stevenson, R., McMahon, S., Huvag, M. (2017) "Betting on the coachable entrepreneur: signaling and social exchange in entrepreneurial pitches", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (in press):
  • Ciuchta, M., Gong, Y., Miner, A., Letwin, C., Sadler, A. (2016) "Imprinting and the progeny of university spin-offs.", Journal of Technology Transfer 41:5 pp. 1113-1134
  • Ciuchta, M., O'Toole, J. (2016) "Looks and linguistics: Impression formation in online exchange marketplaces. ", The Journal of Social Psychology 156:6 pp. 648-663
  • Ciuchta, M., Letwin, C., Stevenson, R.M., McMahon, S.R. (2016) "Regulatory Focus and Information Cues in a Crowdfunding Context.", Applied Psychology: An International Review 65:3 pp. 490 - 514
  • Ciuchta, M., O’Toole, J. (2016) "Buy Local? Organizational Identity in the Localism Movement", Business & Society pp. 1-17
  • Ford, R.C., Richard, B., Ciuchta, M. (2015) "Crowdsourcing: A new way of employing non-employees?", Business Horizons 58: pp. 377-388
  • Letwin, C., Ford, C., Ciuchta, M. (2013) "Thinking it or feeling it? The Dual Routes of Entrepreneurial Passion", Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research
  • Miner, A., Gong, Y., Ciuchta, M., Sadler, A., Surdyk, J. (2012) "Promoting university startups: international patterns, vicarious learning and policy implications", Journal of Technology Transfer 37:2 pp. 213
  • Miner, A.S., Ciuchta, M., Gong, Y. (2008) "Organizational Routines and Organizational Learning", Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, Mass.: Elgar pp. 152-186
  • Eckhardt, J.T., Ciuchta, M. (2008) "Selected variation: the population-level implications of multistage selection in entrepreneurship", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 2:3 pp. 209
  • Eckhardt, J.T., Ciuchta, M. (2007) "From Free to Fee: An Examination of Factors Influencing the Switch from Public Innovator to Commercial Entrepreneur", FRONTIERS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH pp. 238-250

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Experimental Games in Entrepreneurial Finance (), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Ciuchta, M. (Co-Principal), Kingsley, D. (Co-Principal)