Lois M. Shelton earned MBA and Ph.D. in Business Economics degrees from Harvard University. Her teaching experience spans the undergraduate, MBA, doctoral, and executive education levels, and includes courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, and international business. Her primary research interests include women’s, minority and immigrant entrepreneurship and firm growth. She has published in leading journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, and the Strategic Management Journal. Her work has won Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management (Entrepreneurship Division), the Diana International Research Conference, and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has garnered over 1000 Google Scholar citations.
A former business executive with nearly ten years of experience, Professor Shelton is active in the business and academic communities. She has been named a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow by USASBE. She was instrumental in the launch of the entrepreneurship program at the Nazarian College, and is a Co-Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research and a member of the Review Board for the Journal of Business Venturing. In addition to being interviewed by CBSN Los Angeles, she has served as a panelist and moderator for the Diversity and Inclusion Summit sponsored by Los Angeles Business Journal, and a guest speaker in Women’s Empo

  • Ph.D. 1985, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • M.B.A. 1983, Harvard Business School
  • B.A. Economics 1979, Radcliffe College

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