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Bradley George

Associate Professor

Academic Division: Entrepreneurship
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Bio

Bradley George is an Associate Professor and the former holder of the John A. Hornaday Term Chair in Entrepreneurship. Professor George has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University, an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa, and a B.S and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Louisville. His research focuses primarily on the areas of strategic decision making processes, sustainability and research methodology. His research has appeared in the Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research, and Venture Capital: An International Journal of Finance. He was awarded the Stevens Institute of Technology Wesley J. Howe Award for the best paper on the topic of Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in 2008. His work also appears in the books Life Cycles of New Ventures: A Cross-National Investigation, Teaching Entrepreneurship, Evolving Entrepreneurial Education and the textbook Entrepreneurship by Bygraves & Zacharakis. He has also published four teaching cases in entrepreneurship. His areas of interest and expertise include strategic decision making, the role of governance structure in corporate innovation, sustainability and research methodology. Professor George teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship as well as special courses in environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship. Professor George has also previously taught courses in strategic management and leadership, organizational theory and change, business statistics and calculus at the University of Louisville, University of Northern Iowa, and Indiana University. Prior to joining Babson College, Professor George spent 15 years in the diesel engine industry in a variety of positions in training, technical sales and service support, design, manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning and business process reengineering. Most of his career was focused on international markets and he worked in over 30 countries during this time. He was the Marketing Manager for Advanced Engine Programs at John Deere working on the launch of a $200M new product line before deciding to pursue his PhD. In addition to his corporate experience, Professor George and his wife are the founders and owners of Attitudes Dance & Fitness and he has advised a number of small and start-up businesses ranging from small family businesses to VC-backed firms. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
  • MS, Kelley School of Business - Indiana University
  • MBA, University of Northern Iowa
  • MEng, University of Louisville
  • BS, University of Louisville

Academic Interests

Corporate Entrepreneurship; Clean Technology; Environmental Entrepreneurship; New Venture Creation; Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Sustainability

Awards & Honors

  • 2010 - Stevens Institute of Technology Wesley J. Howe Award, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 2008 - Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 2007 - John A. Hornaday Term Chair in Entrepreneurship, Babson College
  • 2006 - Outstanding Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management
  • 2006 - Nominated as Outstanding Associate Instructor, Kelley School of Business - Indiana University
  • 2005 - Outstanding Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management
  • 2003 - Chancellor's Fellowship, Kelley School of Business - Indiana University
  • 1988 - Alumni Award, Speed Scientific School - University of Louisville
  • 1988 - Winner - KSPE Leadership Competition, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
  • 1986 - ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Award, ASME/Pi Tau Sigma
  • 1986 - Metro Conference Medallion, University of Louisville
  • 1985 - Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi
  • 1985 - Honorable Mention Academic All-American, University of Louisville

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • EPS 3501: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY

Publications

Journal Articles

  • George, B.A., Erikson, T., Parhankangas, A. (in press). Preventing Dysfunctional Conflict: Examining the Relationship between Different Types of Managerial Conflict in VC Backed Firm. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Shulman, J.M., George, B.A. (2012). Growing Jobs and Getting Returns: Impact Investing Through Entrepreneurs. Journal of Global Business Management, 8(1), 123-132. link
  • George, B.A. (2011). Entrepreneurial Orientation: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Consequences of Differing Construct Representation. Journal of Management Studies, 48(6), 1291-1313.
  • George, B.A., Marino, L. (2011). The Epistemology of Entrepreneuria; Orientation: Conceptual Formation, Modeling, and Operationalization. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 35(5), 989-1026.
  • Zacharakis, A.L., Erikson, T., George, B.A. (2010). Conflict Between the VC and Entrepreneur: The Entrepreneur's Pespective. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 12(2), 109-126.

Articles

  • George, B.A. (2013, March) Zumba: Four Steps for Leading Innovation and Growth. Babson Insight: Babson College

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • George, B.A. (2014). Zumba Fitness. 12.
  • George, B.A. (2014). Zumba Fitness - Teaching Note. 7.
  • Romani, G., Rojas, C., George, B.A. (2011). Roberto Cifuentes: creacion de oportunidades en la mineria. Academia, Revista latinoamericana de administracion,
  • George, B.A. (2010). AMARU- Native Spirit from Araucanian Llamas. European Case Clearing House,
  • George, B.A. (2010). Fesanco.
  • George, B.A. (2010). Roberto Cifuentes.

Book Chapters

  • George, B.A. (2015). Using Transformative Learning Theory to Develop a Course in Sustainable Entrepreneurship. In V. Crittenden, K. Esper, N. Karst, R. Slegers (Ed.), Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • George, B.A. (2014). Exercises to practice play: Airplane contest. In Heidi Neck, Patricia Greene and Candida Brush (Ed.), Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Northampton: Edward Elgar Pub
  • George, B.A. (2014). Exercises to practice play: Marshmallow tower. In Heidi Neck, Patricia Greene and Candida Brush (Ed.), Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Northampton: Edward Elgar Pub
  • George, B.A. (2014). Exercises to practice reflection: Opportunity walk. In Heidi Neck, Patricia Greene and Candida Brush (Ed.), Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Northampton: Edward Elgar Pub
  • George, B.A. (2014). Exercises to practice reflection: Passion cube. In Heidi Neck, Patricia Greene and Candida Brush (Ed.), Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach. Northampton: Edward Elgar Pub
  • George, B.A., Brush, C.S. (2014). Social Entrepreneurship. In William Bygrave and Andrew Zacharakis (Ed.), Entrepreneurship.: Wiley

Conference Proceedings

  • George, B.A., Erikson, T., Parhankangas, A. (2013). Preventing Dysfunctional Conflict: Examining the Relationship between Different Types of Managerial Conflict in VC Backed Firm. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Wellesley, MA,
  • Green, K., George, B.A. (2011). Corporate Entrepreneurship and Value Creation for Stockholders. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research,
  • George, B.A., Nix, K. (2009). Is IPO the Death of Innovation?. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research,

Others

  • George, B.A., Erikson, T., Parhankangas, A. (in press). Preventing Dysfunctional Conflict: Examining the Relationship between Different Types of Managerial Conflict in VC Backed Firm
  • Erikson, T., George, B.A. (2010). Managerial Decision Making Disagreements and Performance in Venture Capital-Backed Firms. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Presentations

  • Integrating Law, Sustainability and the Environment in the Business Curriculum
    George, B. Integrating Law, Sustainability and the Environment in the Business Curriculum Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Philadelphia (2015)
  • Business Model Innovation for Social Entrepreneurs
    George, B. Business Model Innovation for Social Entrepreneurs Social Enterprise Summit, Dublin, Ireland (2014)
  • Preventing Dysfunctional Conflict: Examining the Relationship Between Different Types of Managerial Conflict in VC Backed Firms
    George, B., Erikson, T., Parhankangas, A. Preventing Dysfunctional Conflict: Examining the Relationship Between Different Types of Managerial Conflict in VC Backed Firms Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Lyon, France (2013)
  • Growing Jobs and Getting Returns: Impact Investing through Entrepreneurs
    George, B. Growing Jobs and Getting Returns: Impact Investing through Entrepreneurs 2013 Global Business & International Management Winter Conference, Orlando, FL (2012)
  • Growing Jobs and getting Returns: Impact Investing through Entrepreneurs
    Shulman, J., George, B. Growing Jobs and getting Returns: Impact Investing through Entrepreneurs Global Business & International Management Winter Conference, Orlando, FL (2012)
  • Measuring Strategic Decision Comprehensiveness: A Scale Development and Validation Study
    George, B. Measuring Strategic Decision Comprehensiveness: A Scale Development and Validation Study Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (2011)
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship and Value Creation for Stockholders
    George, B. Corporate Entrepreneurship and Value Creation for Stockholders Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Syracuse, NY (2011)
  • Is IPO the Death of Innovation?
    George, B., Nix, K. Is IPO the Death of Innovation? Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, MA (2009)
  • Managerial Decision Making Disagreements and Performance in Venture Capital-Backed Firms
    Erikson, T., George, B. Managerial Decision Making Disagreements and Performance in Venture Capital-Backed Firms Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson Park, MA (2009)
  • The Influence of Board Characteristics on Corporate Innovation Strategies
    George, B. The Influence of Board Characteristics on Corporate Innovation Strategies Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2006)
  • Entrepreneurial Orientation: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Consequences of Differing Construct Representations.
    George, B. Entrepreneurial Orientation: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Consequences of Differing Construct Representations. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Bloomington, IN (2006)
  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
    George, B., Chao, P. Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra 20th World Association for Case Method Research & Case Method Application , Bordeaux, France (2003)