Texas Tech University

Ronald K. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurship; Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management

Email: ronald.mitchell@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.1548

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 Ph.D. University of Utah

Area of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Stakeholder Theory


Ronald K. Mitchell

About Dr. Mitchell

Ronald K. Mitchell is Professor of Entrepreneurship, and holds the Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He previously held the Francis G. Winspear Chair in Public Policy Business and was the Faculty of Business Board of Advisors Distinguished Educator at the University of Victoria BC, Canada. While there he also held a joint appointment in the Department of Public Policy and Strategy at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University (Beijing, PRC). 

He approaches his academic career from the perspective that there is inherent but untapped value in human relationships. He is interested in entrepreneurship and stakeholder relationships – the problems and possibilities in opportunity emergence: how captive value can be liberated to create economic and social well-being. To this end, his academic career centers on two key areas of research, teaching, and service: (1) better understanding the pathways to value creation and renewability, especially where information technology can create the public goods to enable renewable entrepreneurship, and (2) the development of the human and financial capital as individual and organizational capacity for engaging stakeholders to create sustainable opportunity and new value systems.

Ron earned his CPA in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1994, winning the Academy of Management's 1995 Heizer Award for his dissertation: "The composition, classification, and creation of new venture formation expertise." Ron publishes and serves in editorial review capacities in the top entrepreneurship and management journals, and was also 2008-2009 Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division. He is co-author of the Ivey Casebook: Cases in Entrepreneurship, one of the first texts to apply entrepreneurial cognition research focused specifically on the development of students' "entrepreneurial minds." In 2011 he co-authored "In Search of Research Excellence: Exemplars in Entrepreneurship," a path-breaking book that gathers 'best practices' advice from the maters about how to achieve excellence in entrepreneurship research and how to create an outstanding research career. In 2014 he co-edited the "Handbook of Entrepreneurial Cognition," which has helped to chart the way forward in entrepreneurial cognition research. And in November of 2015, he was lead editor in the Special Issue on Accounting for Stakeholders, published by "The Journal of Management Studies."  He researches, consults, and lectures worldwide.

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Awards and Honors

  • Named Fellow, The Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University, December 2014.
  • Recipient, Winspear Visiting Scholar Fellowship, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada, July 2014 – July 2016.
  • 2014 ‘Shulze Award' with Professors Keith Brigham and Jeff Stambaugh, recognizing the quality of the contribution to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange (EIX) and to the study and practice of entrepreneurship, for the paper How ‘Job Creators' Think.
  • Recognition, Exemplary Scholar, presented in the Doctoral Consortium at the Annual Meeting of the US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), January, 2014, Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Ft. Worth Texas.
  • Recipient, Master Educator Award, Experiential Classroom XIV, September 2013.
  • Recipient of the Wheatley Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Ethics, Wheatley Institution, Brigham Young University, May 16th 2013.
  • 2013 ABSEL (Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning) Best Paper Award – Experiential Track (with Rob Robinson and Duane Hoover), for our paper: Implementing mental models: Extending insight learning and whole person learning.  Presented at the 40th Annual ABSEL Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 8, 2013.
  • 2010 Family Enterprise Research Conference Distinguished Service Award: For outstanding service to Family business Studies.
  • Senior Scholar, Society of Entrepreneurship Scholars, October 2009
  • TTU Integrated Scholar: Recognition by Provost Bob Smith in his article “Integrated Scholars,” Texas Tech Journal of Higher Education1(2), as the first group of Integrated Scholars recognized at TTU.  (These 2009 Integrated Scholars included:  Mindy Brashears, Robly (Rob) Glover, Kitty Harris-Wilkes, Ronald (Ron) Kendall, Carol Korzeniewski, Ronald, K. Mitchell, Janet I. Pérez, Michael San Francisco, Brian Shannon, Sindee L. Simon, Tara Stevens, Kenton T. (Kent) Wilkinson).
  • Ranked #1 in combined research, teaching and service in the Rawls College of Business Peer-reviewed Merit Ranking performance evaluations in 5 of the last 8 years (2005 – 2012). (Note: and #5, #6, and #7 in the other years.)
  • Co-winner, Best Conceptual Paper Award, USASBE Annual Meeting, January 2009 (with Wei Chen [first author] and JR Mitchell, for our paper: The invisible other hand: Entrepreneurship and institutions in a field of multiple logics.) 
  • Finalist, Innovative Course Award, USASBE Annual Meeting, January 2009.
  • My Favorite Professor votes: Rawls College MBA Graduating Class: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
  • Nomination: Best Paper: Smith, I. H., Seawright, K. W., Mitchell, R. K., McClendon, R. Exploring entrepreneurial cognition in franchisees: A knowledge-structure approach. Submitted to the 2008 USASBE Conference, San Antonio, TX, January 10-13, 2008.
  • Co-winner, Best Conceptual Paper Award, USASBE Annual Meeting, January 2006 (with Boyd Cohen, for our paper: Stakeholder theory and the entrepreneurial firm.) 
  • Award of the Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University, January 29, 2005; assumption of duties June 1, 2005.
  • Co-Winner, 2nd Annual University of Victoria Faculty of Business Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research, presented November 10, 2004.
  • Winner, 1st Annual University of Victoria Faculty of Business Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research, presented November 12, 2003.
  • Nominated by University of Victoria Dean Ali Dastmalchian for the 2003 CUFA/BC Academic of the Year Award.
  • Head of the Entrepreneurship Program that was ranked by Canadian Business as the #1 MBA in Canada for entrepreneurship, 2001.
  • Recognition by the Editor of Business and Society for exceptional service as a reviewer for the past three years: 1999 – 2001.  “This group could always be counted on to provide thorough and thoughtful comments, to be punctual and professional in their dealings with the journal, and to do more reviews per year than you might expect.” Steve Wartick, Editor, Business and Society 40(1): 6.
  • Appointment to the Francis G. Winspear Chair in Public Policy and Business, at the University of Victoria, July 1, 2000 – June 30, 2006.
  • Leader of the Teaching Team that won the USASBE Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award, presented at the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 19, 2000.
  • Leader of the Teaching Team that won the 1999 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division “Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award,” presented on August 9th, at the 1999 Annual Meeting held in Chicago.
  • Winner, 1999 Best Article Award sponsored by the California Management Review, and presented by the International Association for Business and Society (IABS) at the 1999 Annual Meeting, Paris, France, June, 1999: for the article “Toward a Theory of Stakeholder Identification and Salience: Defining the Principle of Who and What Really Counts,” Academy of Management Review, October, 1997.  Presented to the authors: Ronald K. Mitchell, University of Victoria, Bradley R. Agle and Donna J. Wood, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Citation for world-wide best practice in distance consulting . . . [(Potentials and Pitfalls in Using the Internet to Deliver Business Development Services to SMEs, A Report to the Donor Committee on Small Enterprise Development, Commissioned by the Open Society Institute, October 27, 1998, and presented by Jerome A. Katz, Ph.D., Mary Louise Murray Endowed Professor of Management Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO USA.) (New Venture TemplateTM Expert assistance software © Ron K. Mitchell, 1995, cited along with: Multimodal Consulting Services - Ernst & Young's ERNIE, Email Consulting For Everyone– SCORE's Email Service, Multimodal Training for SMEs in Finland – University of Oulu's LearnNet.)]
  • Nomination by the University of Victoria Faculty of Business for the UVic Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, November 1998.
  • Recipient, University of Victoria Faculty of Business Board of Advisors' Distinguished Educator Award, 1997, February 1998.
  • Nomination by the University of Victoria Faculty of Business for The Financial Post “Leaders in Management Education” 1998 Award, January 1998.
  • The Mcleans' Guide to Canadian Universities ‘97, University of Victoria “Popular Profs” citation, p. 147.
  • Winner, Academy of Management Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of New Enterprise Development, 1995 (the Edgar F. Heizer - best dissertation - Award), presented August 1996.
  • Recipient, University of Victoria School/Faculty of Business MBA Class of ‘94 teaching award for “Best Application of Real World Relevance.”
  • Nomination for the Coleman Foundation Award for Innovation in Teaching Entrepreneurship, 1995 (declined due to service on Award Committee).
  • Nomination for University of Utah Presidential Teaching Scholar Award, 1993.
  • Co-recipient, Management Department Nomination: Out­standing Teach­ing Award for Doctoral Students, 1993.
  • Graduation with Distinction, University of Calga­ry, 1976.
  • Award for Outstanding contribution to Faculty of Busi­ness in Extracurric­ular Activities during undergraduate program, June 1976.