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New Beacon Entrepreneurship College

Professor Shawn Carraher is appointed as Honorary Dean of the New Beacon Residential College of Entrepreneurship.


Professor Shawn M. Carraher received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He has served as the Oxford Journal Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Small Business Institute® and Clinical Professor in International Business at the University of Texas at Dallas as well as serving as the Undergraduate Research Director. He has served as President of the Southwest Academy of Management, Division Chair of the Management History Division, Division Chair of the Technology & Innovation Management Division and PDW Co-Chair and Board member for the Careers Division and the Southern Management Association. He has also served as the President of the Small Business Institute®, the Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) the Association for Entrepreneurship, Family Business & Franchising as well as an officer of six Divisions of USASBE. He has published over 100 journal articles which have been cited over 16,000 times; his most recent publications having appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Occupational & Organisational Psychology, Organisational Research Methods, Decision Sciences, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Quality Management, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Career Development International, Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, Global Business and Finance Review, and the Journal of Business Strategies and has directed research projects in over 130 countries. His research focuses on a variety of behavioural global entrepreneurship topics in the health care and tourism industries and he has worked with over 50,000 SME owners from around the world. Shawn has also worked as a consultant specialising in performance enhancement and management development. He co-owns a family business which his family has owned since 1893. He has served as the editor of several journals including the Journal of Management History affiliated with Division 1 of the Academy of Management and the Journal of Technology Management in China affiliated with the China Association of the Management Of Technology, the Cambridge Case Studies Journal, the Academy of Strategic Management Journal, the International Journal of Family Business, the Global Journal of Management and Marketing, and the Interim Editor of the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.


In November 2015, Shawn was named one of the top 50 Global Business Educators in the world at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford. While in 2016 he was named one of the top 12 [number 9 based upon academic age] most impactful business professors in Switzerland and in 2017 was recognised as one of the top 30 Professors in the World by three groups in China [4 of the 30 were in Business]. He received the Larry R. Watts Distinguished Service Award from the Allied Academies in 2011 and has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Strategic Management, the Academy of Entrepreneurship, the Academy of Global Business Advancement, the Small Business Institute and the Direct Selling Education Foundation. On December 6, 2017 [the 100 year anniversary of independence from Russia], Shawn was recognised in Helsinki for his contributions to economic development in Scandinavia by the King of Sweden. In the last 2 years he has served as the advisor of 106 students who have received grants to support their research and his students have raised over $500,000 to support their travels to present papers at Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford Universities. They have published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles as well as had as many as 600 distinct student authors in a single academic year. His programme of educating students with research has received an Innovative Programme Award from the Small Business Institute as well as attracting funders to his programmes.