Jim Carland Dr. Jim Carland

Carland Entrepreneurship Institute Director Emeritus

Dr. Jim Carland holds a Ph.D. in Management Policy and Systems from the University of Georgia as well as an MBA from Western Carolina University. He has held Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) qualifications. He has published more than 70 articles in scholarly journals, 200 articles in conference proceedings, and a dozen books. He is among the best known scholars in the entrepreneurship discipline in the world, and in the surest form of scholarly recognition, a current Google Scholar search will reveal more than 3,500 citations of his work. Dr. Carland has taught for more than 30 years and has been the recipient of many teaching awards and recognitions. He was involved in the development and implementation of the first Master of Entrepreneurship degree program in the U.S. His work was recognized for being the best example of graduate entrepreneurship training by the USASBE in 2005. He is particularly interested in innovation as it relates to entrepreneurship. He first proposed an inherent link in 1984 in a seminal journal article in the Academy of Management Review. That article became a major factor in the subsequent differentiation of entrepreneurs from small business owners in the literature. Subsequently, he has interviewed, surveyed, and worked with more than 2,000 entrepreneurs.

Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Management Policy and Systems from the University of Georgia & MBA from Western Carolina University
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) qualifications
  • Published more than 70 articles in scholarly journals, 200 articles in conference proceedings, and a dozen books
  • He is among the best known scholars in the entrepreneurship discipline in the world
  • Google Scholar search will reveal more than 3,500 citations of his work
  • Involved in the development and implementation of the first Master of Entrepreneurship degree program in the U.S
  • His work was recognized for being the best example of graduate entrepreneurship training by the USASBE in 2005
  • He has interviewed, surveyed, and worked with more than 2,000 entrepreneurs
 

Dr. Robertson Robert Robertson, Ph.D.

Dean, Akio Morita School of Business

Dr. Robert Robertson holds a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management Executive Certificate in Innovation and Strategy, Ph.D. in Management and Organization (Stirling University, Scotland); Post-Doctoral Professional Certificate, International Business and Leadership (Argosy University); Post Graduate Diploma in International Management-China (University of London); Master of Studies in Law (Vermont Law School); Master of Public Administration (Dalhousie University, Canada); a Master of Arts (Eastern Kentucky University) and a Bachelor of Science (East Tennessee State University). He has more than 15 years of experience in academia as a Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Business and MBA program director in the United States and in Kazakhstan. Dr. Robertson was selected by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to the Fulbright Specialist Program. He has served as the Chief Academic Officer and Research Fellow at the University of Phoenix's Center for Workforce Diversity, Central Florida campus in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Robertson is a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Faculty of Economics; and, he serves as a Scientific Adviser to the Global Universities in Distance Education (GUIDE) association headquartered at Marconi University, Rome, Italy. He is an invited speaker on international business, strategy, online education and workforce training; and he regularly lectures in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Europe, Brazil and the United States. In the public sector, he has more than 20 years of management experience including serving as the City Manager for the City of Hamilton, Ontario in Canada with more than 8,500 employees and a budget in excess of one billion dollars.

Dr. Stavros SindakisDr. Stavros Sindakis

Professor

With both a Ph.D. and MBA in Strategy, Enterprise & Innovation from the University of Portsmouth, Dr. Stavros Sindakis has made significant contributions to these fields through his research and publications on entrepreneurship and business innovation including his books Entrepreneurial Rise in Southeast Asia, and Analytics, Innovation and Excellence-Driven Enterprise Sustainability, with his third in progress. Dr. Stavros Sindakis is an educator, advisor, mentor and innovator in the fields of business innovation, management, entrepreneurship, and service design and development. As an educator, he has taught in several different countries at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and held a variety of advisory and mentoring positions for students and faculty at numerous schools including the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and Laureate Online Education. 

John Wang, Ph.D.John Wang, Ph.D.

Professor

Dr. John Wang received a scholarship award to completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Temple University in 1990, after earning his M.S. in Systems Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology. In addition to serving as a professor in the Anaheim University Akio Morita School of Business, Dr. John Wang is a professor in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences at Montclair State University. Dr. Wang received his tenure in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2000. Professor Wang has published over 100 refereed papers and six books. He has served as session chairman and track chair 17 times on the most prestigious international and national conferences. He has also developed several computer software programs based on his research findings. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce and has been a guest editor and referee for Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and many other highly prestigious journals. His long-term research goal is on the synergy of Operations Research, Data Mining and Cybernetics.

Patricia Ray, J.D.Patricia Ray, J.D.

Professor

An international educator and business lawyer, Dr. Patricia Ray received two law degrees: a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the LLM from the National University of Singapore, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Ray has worked as a lawyer for the U.S. International Trade Commission litigating international trade claims and later worked as a private corporate lawyer in New York City and Dallas Texas. From 1991 to 1998, Dr. Ray was Asia General Counsel for Texas Instruments Inc., stationed in Singapore. There she managed the company's business and legal affairs in Asia. More recently, she has been teaching business law subjects worldwide in programs sponsored by the World Bank and United Nations. These courses include intellectual property, economic development, as well as commercial and business law topics. Mergers, acquisition and negotiations have been a part of Dr. Ray's international business experience with Texas Instruments. She has also served as an expert consultant for other companies undergoing merger activity, including Exxon Mobil, Parametric Technologies, Loral Cyberstar, and Rockwell International.