Professor Melissa Cardon

Professor of Entrepreneurship

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Research Interests

  • The Psychology of Entrepreneurs
    Dr. Cardon studies the psychology of entrepreneurs as they found, persist, and succeed (or not) with their ventures. Topics of special interest include entrepreneurial passion, resource acquisition, failure recovery, and well-being, as well as coping mechanisms to address pervasive problems.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Organizational Behavior Studies, Columbia University in the City of New York


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Book Chapter

  • Cardon, Melissa S. and Valentin, Stephen D. (2017). Training and development in small and medium enterprises. The Cambridge handbook of workplace training and employee development. (pp. 363-382) edited by Kenneth G. Brown. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316091067.018

  • Drnovšek, Mateja, Slavec, Alenka and Cardon, Melissa S. (2014). Cultural context, passion and self-efficacy: Do entrepreneurs operate on different ‘planets’?. Handbook of Entrepreneurial Cognition. (pp. 227-253) Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. doi: 10.4337/9781781006597.00017

  • Shepherd, Dean A. and Cardon, Melissa S. (2014). Negative emotional reactions to project failure and the self-compassion to learn from the experience. A Psychological Approach to Entrepreneurship: Selected Essays of Dean A. Shepherd. (pp. 577-603) Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. doi: 10.4337/9781783479801.00040

  • Perttula, Kimberly H. and Cardon, Melissa S. (2012). Passion. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0015

  • Carpenter, Mason A., Cardon, Melissa S., McMullen, Jeffery S., Shepherd, Dean A., Mitchell, Ronald K., Veiga, John F. and Lumpkin, G. Thomas (2011). Academy of management review. In Search Of Research Excellence: Exemplars in Entrepreneurship. (pp. 154-172) Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781849807630.00018

  • Cardon, Melissa S. and Tarique, Ibraiz (2008). Organizational attractiveness of small businesses. International Handbook of Entrepreneurship and HRM. (pp. 345-360) Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd..

Journal Article