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VSB Professor Recognized as Top Scholar


Villanova, Pa. – The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) recognized John Pearce, PhD, Endowed Chair in Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the Villanova School of Business (VSB), 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

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.