Unlocking the Ivory Tower was used during at Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China for a DBA course in Research Methods, to positive reviews by the doctoral students. It greatly assisted them in reviewing key literature in Entrepreneurship and understanding how research questions were addressed.

Watch Eric Ball and Joseph LiPuma talk at the Drucker School (KPCC Public Radio broadcast).

Ask Grapevine, one of the UK's leading HR magazines, identifies Unlocking the Ivory Tower as recommended reading. "Many books on management scare the average reader away with a barrage of painful self-help cliches or inaccessible and complex language. However, it appears the authors of this book, who crucially have a background in both business and academia, have realised that a majority of managers do not have the time to immerse themselves in pages of academic prose."

In April 2018, Eric appeared on The American Dreams radio show on KDOW in the San Francisco Bay Area. Watch the full interview, or enjoy selections below:

Unlocking the Ivory Tower: Introduction

Unlocking the Ivory Tower: Inspiration, Leadership, Management Practices

When We Can and Cannot Trust the Experts

The Stanford Prison Experiment


Eric and Joe converted the book into an online management course "The Mini MBA: Unlocking the Ivory Tower," which was presented in several forums:

  • as a team-based course offered through the Kauffman Fellows Academy on NovoEd;
  • as a self-paced set of eight separate mini-courses on Proformative; and
  • on an inclusive self-paced option on Udemy.