Texas Tech University

Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell

Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management; Professor of Entrepreneurship


Room Number: E339


Research Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Stakeholder Theory
  • Technology Commercialization


  • PhD University of Utah, Business Administration
  • CPA, Utah, 1978
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calgary, AB, Canada, Accounting


Ronald K. Mitchell, CPA, Ph.D., is a professor of entrepreneurship and JA Bagley Regents Chair in Management in the Rawls College of Business. Mitchell is a TTU Integrated Scholar recognized for practical excellence in research, teaching and service and a recipient of the President's Academic Achievement and Barnie E. Rushing Faculty Distinguished Research Awards. Standford University ranks Mitchell among the top 2% of global researchers. In 2007, he led the Possibilities Project, which helped shape research commercialization in the TTU System.

Prior to TTU, Mitchell received several distinguished research and teaching awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award, and he led the entrepreneurship program team that won the AOM Entrepreneurship Division Innovation in Pedagogy Award and the USASBE Model Undergraduate ENT Program Award. He is a leader in developing cognition-based applications for entrepreneurship teaching and served as a leader in the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, an organization currently with 3,700+ entrepreneurship professors. In his role, he champions excellence in entrepreneurship research and teaching.

Professor Mitchell's research includes work in technology commercialization, entrepreneurial cognition, entrepreneurship and stakeholder theory and international entrepreneurship. He won the 1995 Heizer Award for his dissertation on entrepreneurial expertise and has published in the top journals in his field. He was a visiting professor of public policy and strategy at Peking University from 1999-2002. From June 2000 through May 2005, he held the Francis G. Winspear Chair in Public Policy and Business at the University of Victoria and currently holds the position of Distinguished Winspear Visiting Scholar. Mitchell specializes in technology commercialization, entrepreneurial cognition, global entrepreneurship, business ethics, command to market system transition, and stakeholder theory and strategy; and he researches, consults and lectures worldwide.