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VSB Professor Recognized as Top Scholar

John Pearce, PhD, VSB Endowed Chair in Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Villanova, PA, January 31, 2013 – The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) recognized John Pearce, PhD, VSB Endowed Chair in Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, as an Exemplary Scholar. This distinction, which is awarded annually, identifies a distinguished academic in the field of entrepreneurship.

Dr. Pearce received the Exemplary Scholar honor at the 2013 USASBE conference, which took place this year in San Francisco. He also participated in a special session at the Doctoral Consortium, during which an elite group of PhD students who are pursuing a career in entrepreneurship gather with practitioners for career enhancements and networking.

A leader in the field of entrepreneurship, Dr. Pearce has authored 40 articles, 15 of which have been published in the top three entrepreneurship journals. He has also served as an elected officer by the Strategic Management Society, the Southern Management Association, and the Academy of Management, most notably as the first Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division.  Additionally, he has served on 15 editorial boards, with a combined 25 years of service for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Small Business Management.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #13 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (Center for Business Analytics, Center for Global Leadership, Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Center for the Study of Church Management, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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