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Oklahoma State University

Robert Baron

School of Entrepreneurship

Robert A. Baron, Ph.D.

Regents Professor, Mike & Robbie Holder Chair in Entrepreneurship and William S. Spears Chair
School of Entrepreneurship

106 Business Building
Stillwater Campus

405-744-3438 (Phone)

Robert A. Baron holds the Spears Chair in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. He is widely respected as a leading scholar in cognitive and social factors in entrepreneurship, and has successfully bridged two distinct academic disciplines of psychology and entrepreneurship. Most recently, he held the Bruggeman Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his twenty-two year tenure there, Dr. Baron chaired both the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Managerial Policy and Organization in the Lally School of Management and Technology in successive, overlapping terms. He also served as Interim Dean of the Lally School (2001-2002). Prior to that, he was Professor of Psychological Science at Purdue University. Dr. Baron has authored more than 130 peer reviewed papers and 45 books. He has received numerous Best Paper Awards from organizations that include the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division and Organizational Behavior Division, the Babson-Kauffman Conference, the American Marketing Association, and the International Association for Conflict Management; in 2008 he received AMJ’s “Best Reviewer” Award (2008), and in 2009 the Entrepreneurship Division’s “Thought-Leader” prize. He served as an Associate Editor of Management Science and has been an editor for numerous other publications that include the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyHuman Resource Management Review, the Journal of Business Venturing, the International Journal of Conflict Management, and Motivation and Emotion. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the top journals in entrepreneurship, business and psychology. Prof. Baron is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association. Robert received his Ph.D. and Masters degrees from the University of Iowa, and his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from the City University of New York. He has served as a Visiting Professor to numerous universities that include the University of Oxford, Princeton University, University of Texas – Austin, University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington. He holds three patents, and was the founder and CEO of Innovative Environmental Products, Inc.