The George Washington University
School of Business: Management

Ayman El Tarabishy, Ed.D.

Associate Teaching Professor in Management
Executive Director of International Council of Small Business (ICSB)

Phone: (202) 994-1120
Office: Funger Hall 312


Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University's School of Business, where he teaches entrepreneurship in the accelerated MBA program and the online GW Healthcare MBA program. Dr. El Tarabishy was awarded Most Outstanding Core and Elective faculty voted by students in 2012 and 2011. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA students throughout the school of business.

Dr. El Tarabishy is also the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. ICSB is a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations across the globe and represented in over seventy countries.

Dr. El Tarabishy created and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference (ICSBGW) that is hosted at the George Washington University and that ICSB is a partner. The ICSBGW conference connects the latest and most cutting edge of entrepreneurship research to the most pressing and important national and international policy to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. The intersection of these two important topics makes the conference vital for global development.

Dr. El Tarabishy worked at the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Group. He helped develop and manage their technology strategy for the Development Marketplace Program. The program's mission was to identify and support creative cutting-edge solutions to the most pressing world social and economic concerns. To date, the Global Development Marketplace competition has disbursed over US $65 million in awards to 400 winning proposals. 

Dr. El Tarabishy currently published his new book titled Information Technology for Small Business Managing the Digital Enterprise by Springer. The book covers digital innovation and use of social media for small and medium businesses. He presented his work at national and international conferences around the world and published research articles in international journals.

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Management
  • Member, Organizational Behavior Division
  • Member, Organization Development and Change Division
  • Member, Entrepreneurship Division
  • International Leadership Association

Professional Specialties

  • Designing and conducting organizational research focused on leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Design and implementation of leadership development programs
  • Designing and facilitating executive team development sessions
  • Assisting executives and managers in the design and implementation of major cultural change efforts in organizations


Among Dr. El Tarabishy’s clients have been the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the National Federation of Small Business (NFIB), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the United States Association for Small Business (USASBE).

Selected Publications


El Tarabishy, A. (2012). Information Technology for Small Business, Managing the Digital Enterprise. Springer, Boston, MA.

Renko, M. El Tarabishy, A. (2011). Entrepreneurial Leadership in Family Firms. Understand Family Business: Neglected topics, new approaches and theories. Springer, Boston, MA.

Iandoli, L. Parente, R. El Tarabishy, A. (2011). TechnoModel Creative Destruction in the Italian High Fashion Industry. Cases in European Entrepreneurship edited by Thomas M. Cooney. European Entrepreneurship Case Study Resource Centre. Brussels.

Book Chapters:

Monsen, E., Urbig, D. Renko, M. El Tarabishy, A. E. & Schoedt, L. (2010). Explaining Entrepreneurial Intent and Behavior: Moderating Effects of Efficacy and Control Beliefs. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 30. Wellesley, MA: Babson College

El Tarabishy, A. (2009). Social Media for Teaching Leadership. Software and internet based materials to accompany. Peter G. Northouse, Leadership: Theory and practice. (5th ed.)
ousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Solomon, G., Duffy, S and Tarabishy, A. 2005. The State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States: A Nationwide Survey and Analysis. In Keystones of Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Malden Mass: Blackwell Publishing.


Sashkin, M., El-Tarabishy, A., & Harvey, M.(2009, January/February).Stogdill 60
years later: The role of character in leadership effectiveness.The Member Connector,12-14. (

El-Tarabishy, A., & Sashkin, M.(2008). Social entrepreneurship at the macro-level: Three lessons for success. Innovations: Technology/Governance/Globalization, 3(3), 56-64.

El Tarabishy, A., Solomon, G., and Sashkin, M. (2005). The entrepreneurial leader’s impact on organizational performance in dynamic markets. The Journal of Private Equity, 8(4), 20-30.

Fernald, L., Solomon, G ., and El Tarabishy, A. (2005). A New Paradigm: Entrepreneurial leadership. Southern Business Review, 30 (2), 1-10.

Solomon, G., Duffy, S. and El Tarabishy, A. (2002). The State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States: A Nationwide Survey and Analysis. International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education 1(1): 00-00


Primary Topics of Interest: Entrepreneurial Leadership, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management, Entrepreneurial Experiential Education, and Transformational Leadership.

Additional Topics: Family Business

Industries of Interest: Education industry, information technology, internet, management consulting, and software.

Geographical Areas: Global, United States, European Union, and Middle East.