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David A. Kirsch

Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

Robert H. Smith School of Business



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David A. Kirsch is an expert in the history of modern technology, entrepreneurial and technological failure, internet technology entrepreneurship, and global environmental management systems. He is a co-author, with colleague Brent Goldfarb, of “Bubbles and Crashes: The Boom and Bust of Technological Innovation,” (2019, Stanford University Press.) His research interests include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries. In 2000 Rutgers University Press published his revised dissertation, “The Electric Vehicle and the Burden of History.” His work on the early history of the automobile industry also has been published in Business History Review and Technology and Culture. In 2003, his co-authored article on the Electric Vehicle Company received the IEEE Life Members Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. Kirsch is also interested in methodological problems associated with historical scholarship in the digital age. With the support of grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Library of Congress, he is currently building a digital archive of the Dot Com Era that will preserve at-risk, born-digital content about business and culture during the late 1990s.

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