James G. (Jim) Combs (PhD, Louisiana State University) is the Della Phillips Martha Schenck Chair of American Private Enterprise at the University of Central Florida and Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa. Jim’s research is primarily in the areas of family business, franchising, research synthesis, and corporate governance, and appears in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and Organizational Research Methods. Jim has served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and the Journal of Management. A recent study highlighting the citation count of scholarly publications placed Jim’s career impact among the top 2% of all management scholars. He is the 2020 recipient of the Southern Management Association’s (SMA) Hunt Sustained Outstanding Service Award and the 2021 Rosenberg Center International Society of Franchising Eminent Franchising Scholar Award. He has served on the Executive Committees of the Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Divisions of the Academy of Management, and as President of SMA. He is a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Fellow and a Fellow of the Southern Academy of Management.

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