Dr. Jim Carland
Carland Entrepreneurship Institute Director

Dr. Jim Carland holds a Ph.D. in Management Policy and Systems from the University of Georgia as well as an MBA from Western Carolina University and has held Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) qualifications.

 He has published more than 70 articles in scholarly journals, 200 articles in conference proceedings, and a dozen books. He is a scholar in the entrepreneurship discipline, and in the surest form of scholarly recognition, a current Google Scholar search will reveal more than 5,000 citations of his work.

Jim has taught for more than 30 years and has been the recipient of many teaching awards and recognitions. He was involved in the development and implementation of the first Master of Entrepreneurship degree program in the U.S. His work was recognized for being the best example of graduate entrepreneurship training by the USASBE in 2005.

He is particularly interested in innovation as it relates to entrepreneurship. He first proposed an inherent link in 1984 in a seminal journal article in the Academy of Management Review. That article became a major factor in the subsequent differentiation of entrepreneurs from small business owners in the literature. Subsequently, he has interviewed, surveyed, and worked with more than 2,000 entrepreneurs.