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George T. Solomon

Director, Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence

Professor of Management

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM)

  • Department: Management
  • Email: gsolomon@gwu.edu
  • Phone: (202) 994-3760
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Suite 315D • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC 20052
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Education:
  • DBA, GW, 1982
  • MBA, Suffolk University, 1971
  • BSB, Central Connecticut State University, 1971
  • AS, Norwalk Community College, 1970

Biography


Dr. George T. Solomon is currently a Professor of Management and co-founder and Director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) at the George Washington University School of Business.  He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Solomon is the past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

From 1976 until 2004, Dr. Solomon held various managerial positions at the SBA including director of the Office of Special Initiatives and deputy associate administrator for Business Initiatives Education and Training where he managed a staff of six to fifteen professionals.

Dr. Solomon has published and edited over 130 articles, books of readings, book chapters, reference materials and proceedings articles in both the areas of entrepreneurship/small business management and organizational behavior & dynamics. He is a colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a fellow of the Small Business Institute Director’s Association and a Wilford White Fellow of the ICSB. He currently serves as chair for the Wilford L. White Fellows and was past chair of the Justin G. Longenecker Fellows. He is one of only four individuals in the United States to be so honored by all three organizations.  Dr. Solomon was award in 2013 and 2016 the Peter B. Vaill Award by the GW School of Business for his work with doctoral students.

In 2011, he received the Max Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for his work in entrepreneurship education. In 2009, he received the “Innovative Teaching Pedagogy Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Award for Innovation in Free Enterprise Education from the Freedom Foundation. In addition, in 2009, he was recognized for his truly outstanding leadership by the Academy of Management for his three year tenure from 2007-2009 as Best Paper Proceedings editor and was recognized by the Emerald Literati Network as an Outstanding Paper author for the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.

In 2008, the Acton Foundation honored him as one of 28 outstanding entrepreneurship educators and the Emerald Literati Network designated his article “An Examination of Entrepreneurship education in the United States” for its Highly Commended Award. Dr. Solomon serves as the Academy of Management’s Best Paper Proceedings editor from 2007-2009.

In 1984, he was one of five federal employees worldwide to receive the Arthur S. Flemming award for excellence in government management making him only one of four people to receive this award in the history of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 1986 and 1993, he received the George Washington Freedom Medal in Economic Education from the Freedom Foundation. Dr. Solomon has been elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, Delta Mu Delta and Sigma Nu Tau, National Business and Entrepreneurship Honor Societies and Omicron Delta Kappa, National Honor Leadership Society.

He was awarded the Small Business Institute Director’s Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1988 and in 1997, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship selected Dr. Solomon as the “Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.”

In 1996, Dr. Solomon and two colleagues were awarded the Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Program in the United States from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Since 1974, Dr. Solomon has worked with, advised and consulted with over 200 small business owner mangers and entrepreneurs on a variety of topics ranging from marketing to cash flow analysis. Dr. Solomon has delivered major speeches and workshops worldwide and has worked with a number of well-known national and international organizations on developing strategies to assist small and medium entrepreneurial enterprises.

Dr. Solomon received his doctorate of business administration (DBA) from the George Washington University School of Government and Business Administration, 1982, with a major in entrepreneurship/small business management and organizational behavior & development. He was the first individual at that time, to receive a doctorate in entrepreneurship/small business management from a major accredited school of business. He received his MBA from Suffolk University in 1972, his BBS from Central Connecticut State University in 1971, and his AS from Norwalk Community College in 1969.


 

Selected Publications


Books

  • Solomon, G. 2005. Keystones of Entrepreneurial Knowledge  Blackwell Publishing, Malden Mass  Associate Editor 2005

Recent Articles

  • 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, Dennis, W., and Fernald, L.W. Jr. (2003) Self Identified Management Deficiencies of Entrepreneurs. Journal of Private Equity, 3(4), 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

Recent Book Chapters

  • Weaver, M., Dickson, P. and Solomon, G. (2007) “Entrepreneurship and Education: What is known and not known about the Links between Education and Entrepreneurial Activity”. The Small Business Economy for Data Year 2005: A Report to the President, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
  • Solomon, G. 2005. Pedagogical Methods of Teaching Entrepreneurship: An Historical Perspective. In Keystones of Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Malden Mass: Blackwell Publishing.
  • 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.

 

Professional Activities


Solomon currently serves as chair of the Wilford White Fellows for the International Council of Small Business.