OPUS ENDOWED CHAIR IN FAMILY ENTERPRISE, UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS OPUS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
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Ritch L. Sorenson, Ph.D., holds the Opus Chair in Family Enterprise at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business’ Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, a role that involves integrating family business concepts into the broader business school vision, serving as a family enterprise ambassador in the larger business community and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Prior to joining St. Thomas, Sorenson was on the faculty of Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business Administration, where he established the nation’s first management major with an emphasis in family business and served as a department chair, director of a Communication Skills Center, and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Family Business. He also helped develop the concept of family capital as a unifying mechanism for understanding successful family business, which demonstrates how resources within families provide an advantage for family firms. Sorenson’s work has been published in journals such as Family Business Review, Journal of Business Venturing Group and Organizational Studies, The Leadership Quarterly and Academy of Management Executive. Recently elected chair for the Family Business division of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Sorenson is the academic editor for Family Business Review.