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Published on Mar 29, 2011
Ron Mitchell, Business and Entrepreneurship
If you read Ronald Mitchell's teaching dossier you find what he values: "(1) each student as an individual with unique interests and capabilities; (2) comprehension, appreciation, and creative expression of human knowledge; (3) the encouragement and expectation of analytical, critical, and strategic thought; (4) the acquisition of new knowledge and its subsequent dissemination to others (especially those who have traditionally had limitations on their access to this knowledge); (5) service to the set of students who passionately desire to possess the knowledge base and problem-solving methods used by expert entrepreneurs; and (6) extended (life-long) learning." These values reveal much about an accomplished educator and researcher whose commitments to values and ethics in entrepreneurship have an international reach. Indeed, programs he has led have had significant impact on economic development in the U.S., Canada, China, and Sweden, among other countries. Mitchell holds the Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management. In the Texas Tech University System, Mitchell directed the best-practices analysis of the technology commercialization process, the "Possibilities Project," and served on the Chancellor's Taskforce for Improved Efficiencies. At Texas Tech per se, he is currently co-chairing President Guy Bailey's Revenue Enhancement and Allocation Task Force that is leading the way towards a system of responsibility centered management for all academic units at the university. On the national scene, Mitchell has served the Academy of Management's Entrepreneurship Division, with 2,600 members, as division chair and program chair, among other positions. If you add to the above, research publications in first-tier journals and presentations at prestigious venues nationally and internationally, you have all the ingredients for integrated scholarship. But, when you find the sum of his teaching, research, and service efforts truly melded you are compelled to see Mitchell as one of the university's prominent integrated scholars.