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Dorfs Establish Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University School of Business Professor Augustine A. Lado has been named the Richard C. ’55 and Joy M. Dorf Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. lado

Established through a generous donation by Richard C. and Joy M. Dorf of Davis, Calif., the chair will be housed in the School of Business, where Lado works in the area of entrepreneurship in developing countries and is leveraging Clarkson’s expertise in engineering and technology.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson in 1955, Richard Dorf taught there from 1956 to 1958. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Colorado University in 1956 and his Ph.D. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1961. Today, he is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of management at the University of California, Davis, and has authored several engineering texts and co-founded six technology firms.

Joy Dorf is a 1958 graduate of SUNY Potsdam and received a master of divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1974. She served as a Presbyterian pastor until her retirement in 2006.

"Augustine Lado’s excellent work within social entrepreneurship and his superior research record do justice to the generous gift of Dick and Joy Dorf," says School of Business Dean Timothy F. Sugrue.

Lado earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He received a master of business administration degree from Arkansas State University and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Memphis.

He taught at Cleveland State University’s College of Business Administration, before joining Clarkson University in 2002 as an associate professor of consumer and organizational studies.

Lado is one of the most prominent experts in his field. His scholarship in strategic management spans multiple boundaries of academic disciplines, including economics, organizational behavior and human resource management, entrepreneurship and philosophy. His articles are required reading for Ph.D. students in graduate business schools across the nation.

Lado’s current research explores how supply-chain and social networks facilitate and promote entrepreneurship and social and economic development. This builds on his previous research on the role of technology transfer in promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries.

"I am building on scholarship emphasizing the creation of interdependencies among businesses, civil society, universities and government to foster sustainable development," says Lado.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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