Eliada S. Griffin El, Ph.D.
Director, Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (School of Business)
Professor of Management (Management)
412-397-6370 phone (M)
Massey Hall 331

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • Master of International Development , University of Pittsburgh , 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Yale University, 2002

Professional Background

  • Associate Professor of Management at the Robert Morris School of Business (2016-present). Courses taught: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Undergrad), International Business (Undergrad), Leading with Agility (MBA)
  • Director of The Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Robert Morris University School of Business, 2016-present).
  • Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (2010-2016). Courses taught: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBA), Social Entrepreneurship (MBA), Social Innovation Lab (MBA), Qualitative Research Methods (MBA), Business Projects (Post Bachelors)
  • Founding Academic Lead of The Bertha Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, 2011-2016).
  • Coordinator of International Programs at the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (University of Pittsburgh, 2008-2010).


  • Juma, N., Olabisi, J., and Griffin-EL, E. (2023). “External enablers and entrepreneurial ecosystems: The brokering role of the anchor tenant in capacitating grassroot ecopreneurs.Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Special Issue on Environmental Change, Strategic Entrepreneurial Action, and Success.  DOI: 10.1002/sej.1462 

  • Juma, N., Olabisi, J., and Griffin-EL, E. (2022). “Understanding the motivation complexity of grassroots ecopreneurs at the Base of the Pyramid”. Sustainability. 14, 14092. su142114092.

  • Griffin-EL, E. and Olabisi, J. (2022). “Resources at hand, head, and heart: Heightened Habitus as an endogenous resource in immigrant entrepreneurial bricolage”. Entrepreneurship Research Journal.

  • Griffin-EL, E. (2021). “Exploring social entrepreneurial boundary spanning for compassion-triggered opportunities.” Social Enterprise Journal. 17(3). p. 398-426. 

  • Griffin-EL, E. and Olabisi, J. (2018). “Breaking boundaries: Exploring the process of intersective market activity of immigrant entrepreneurship in the context of high economic inequality.” Journal of Management Studies. 55(3). p. 457-485

  • Griffin-EL, E. and Olabisi, J. (2018). “Diasporic Synergies: Conceptualizing African Entrepreneurship Based Upon Trans-Local Networks.” Journal of African Business. DOI: 10.1080/15228916.2018.1469877

  • Griffin-EL, E. (2015). “Network-based resources for the innovation process of South African micro-entrepreneurs: A conceptual framework.” South African Journal of Business Management. 46(3), p.79-89. 

  • Griffin-EL, E. (2014).  “Network diversity structure, closeness and innovation of South African micro-entrepreneurs.”   South African Journal of Economics and Managements Science. 17(3), p.349 – 362.