James Bort

James M Bort

Assistant Professor
515 Cornell Hall
By Appointment
James Bort is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri. His research interests include well-being, the entrepreneurial workforce, crowdfunding, and computational social science, all of which are largely inspired by his experiences as an early stage employee, entrepreneur, and musician. His work has received several awards including best papers at the Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division, and the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
James received his PhD in Business Administration from Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. His dissertation focused on the job satisfaction of employees as new ventures grow and evolve. During his time at Syracuse, James taught the flagship introduction to entrepreneurship course and was recognized for his instruction methods by the Whitman School of Management (Torpey Teaching Award) and the Syracuse University Graduate School (Outstanding Teaching Assistant). Prior to his PhD, James had a ten-year career in information technology and launching his own ventures, most recently an independent record label focused supporting independent music from upstate New York. His hobbies include music, film, and martial arts.  
Recent Publications
Bort, J., Yu, W., & Wiklund, J. (Forthcoming). “Growth.” In Dana Paul, L. (Ed). World Encyclopedia Of Entrepreneurship – 2nd volume. Edward Elgar
Bort, J., Stephan, U., & Wiklund, J. (Forthcoming). “The Well-being of Entrepreneurs and their Stakeholders.” In Cardon, Frese, & Gielnik (Eds). The Psychology of Entrepreneurship: The Next Decade – 2nd volume of The Psychology of Entrepreneurship. The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Meoli, A., Munari, F., Bort, J. (2019) “The Patent Paradox in Crowdfunding: An empirical analysis of Kickstarter data.” Industrial and Corporate Change, 28(5), 1321-1341
(updated August, 2020)


PhD, Syracuse University; MBA, Syracuse University; B.S. Computer Science, SUNY Polytechnic Institute


Dr. Torpey Teaching Award, Whitman School of Management, 2019; Syracuse University Outstanding Teaching/Research Assistant, 2019; Best Paper, 15th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, 2018