Nationally known scholars appointed to endowed chairs

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jun 24, 2001

Harvard, Miami University experts join College of Business Administration

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents today approved the appointment of two nationally known scholars to endowed professorships in the UH Manoa College of Business Administration.
Robert J. Robinson comes to the university from Harvard Business School where he has been on the faculty since 1991, and from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was a visiting professor for the academic year just ended. He has been designated the Barry and Virginia Weinman Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and E-Business.
Michael H. Morris joins the CBA faculty from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was Cintas Professor of Entrepreneurship. Morris designed an undergraduate program at Miami recently recognized as the "best undergraduate entrepreneurship curriculum in America" by the Coleman Foundation and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He will be Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Information Technology, occupying a chair funded by an anonymous couple.
CBA Dean David McClain noted that "the addition of these two scholars to the College of Business represents a quantum increase in our already significant efforts to rekindle the spirit of entrepreneurship in Hawaiʻi and to help develop new businesses in the state.
"The College is most grateful to the donors who support these endowments," he added. "Their vision and generosity will make it possible for our Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business to achieve national stature, and in the process promote Hawaiʻi as a good place to invest in imagination."

Additional Background

Robert J. Robinson is the author (with Mark Van Osnabrugge) of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies, The Guide for Entrepreneurs, Individual Investors and Venture Capitalists. This is the first comprehensive study of the role of "angel" investors in financing new companies. Robinson‘s research and teaching focus on the negotiations in which entrepreneurs engage as they grow their companies. He developed the popular Entrepreneurial Negotiations course at Harvard Business School. Robinson serves on the boards of several angel networks and technology based startup companies. He is from South Africa and received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

Michael H. Morris is a highly regarded expert on entrepreneurship within corporations. He is the author of Entrepreneurial Intensity: Sustainable Advantage for Individuals, Organizations and Societies, two other books and nearly fifty articles. Morris is editor of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, which focuses on the entrepreneurial process in developing countries and among underrepresented groups such as women and minorities. He has worked extensively in South Africa where he directed the Wharton School-University of Cape Town program designed to support emerging enterprises. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Virginia Tech.