Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and holds the Loretta Rogers Chair in Entrepreneurship Research in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is Honorary Doctor (Econ. & Bus.Adm.) at Åbo Akademi University School of Business. He also is Docent in Entrepreneurship at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. He holds a B.A. (honors) with majors in Psychology and Sociology and minors in History and Anthropology from Texas Christian University (1968). His graduate degrees are a M.A. (1972) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (1974) from the University of New Hampshire. He completed post-doctoral work at The University of Texas at Austin in Applied Industrial Psychology.
Teaching and Research positions: Prior to joining Ryerson in 2009 he was Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Professor of Hospitality Management, Clinical Professor of Management, and Founding Executive Director of the Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center at Florida International University in Miami. Until 2002 he was Senior Lecturer, Visiting Associate Professor, & Academic Coordinator of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Anderson School at UCLA and Senior Lecturer in Technology Entrepreneurship in Department of Electrical Engineering in the Henry Samueli School for Applied Sciences UCLA. At UCLA he founded The Family & Closely-held Business Program, the UCLA Venture Development Program and the UCLA Global Access Program. The latter two helped create new technology based ventures in Australia, Chile, Finland, France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. He was the AMPI-DUBS Senior Research Fellow at Durham University Business School (UK). He has directed the graduate entrepreneurship programs at the University of Southern California and The University of Texas at Austin. He has taught graduate entrepreneurship and family business at Bond University (Australia), Pepperdine University (USA), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Anahuac University (Mexico City), the University of the Republic (Montevideo, Uruguay), and Australian Graduate School of Management (Sydney). He was a licensed Clinical Psychologist with Health Service Provider status in Texas for 20 years and served as Chief Psychologist for the Travis Unit of The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Professional Service: He has served on the boards of the Science Parks of Finland, the International Council for Small Business, the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, the Family Enterprise Research Conference, and the Family Firm Institute where he is also a Fellow. He was on the start up team at People Express Airlines and Founding Director of CytoSignal, a biotech firm in California. He has helped to launch or grow over 200 technology firms world-wide, many of those in Finland. He was on the Board of Directors Stonefield Josephson Accountants (Los Angeles and San Francisco), HUB Capital Ltd. (Brisbane, Australia), Andean Mining Technologies (Santiago, Chile), and United Enterprise Fund (UEF) (New York City). He was Founding Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and has served on the editorial boards of Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, International Journal of Techno-entrepreneurship, and Family Business Review. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.
Professional Publications: He has co-authored, with Malin Brännback, four books Entrepreneurship (2007), Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mind: Inside the Black Box (2009), Understanding Family Businesses, Undiscovered Approaches, Unique perspectives, and Neglected Topics (in press, 2011 Springer Verlag) and two case book publications in SpringerBriefs in Business (2011): Family Firms in Transition: Case Studies on Succession, Inheritance, and Governance and Understanding Family Firms, Cases on the Management of Crises, Uncertainty and Change. He and Dr. Brännback have two new books in contract with Springer on firm growth (with Niklas Kiviluoto) and one in contract with Edward Edgar on methodology in entrepreneurship research. He has published over 180 peer reviewed articles and chapters on biotechnology, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation systems, entrepreneurial cognitions & intentions, family business, clinical psychology, and social psychology. He has developed dozens of teaching cases and educational materials in family business, entrepreneurship and psychology. His management and psychology research has appeared in numerous journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Small Business Economics, Journal of Enterprising Culture, New Biotechnology, Screenings, VINE- Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Babson College Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Journal of Applied Psychology, American Journal on Mental Deficiency, the American Psychologist, Journal of Social Psychology, British Journal of Mental Subnormality, Psychology and Aging, Teaching of Psychology, APA Monitor, Gerontology, Mental Retardation, Journal of Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology.
His consulting clients have included IBM, the Government of the United States of America, Ernst and Young Accountants, the State of Texas, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Austin Independent School District, The Finnish National Technology Agency (TEKES), The Government of the Republic of Palau, Queensland (AUS) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victoria (AUS) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anahuac University (MEX), Texas International Airlines (now United-Continental), IBM, and numerous family firms in Australia, Chile, India, Turkey, and the United States.
He has received numerous grants from national foundations and governmental agencies in the United States. He has received awards from the International Council for Small Business, the Family Firm Institute, the Family Enterprise Research Conference, Durham University (UK), Anahuac University (MEX), the Government of the Republic of Palau, The Society of the Sigma Xi (Scientific Research), Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology), and Psi Chi (Psychology). He is a Certified Director by the UCLA/NASDAQ Director Institute.