Thomas Kaplan, Ph.D.
Ness Chair in Entrepreneurship
Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning
- BUSN 290 - Topic: Contemporary Issues in Business
- BUSN 200S - Entrepreneurship
- BUSN 201 - Venture Creation
- BUSN 202S - Leading the Family Enterprise
- BUSN 381 - Applied Business / Entrepreneurship
- BUSN 460 - Strategic & Policy (Business Capstone)
- SCED 300.01 - Entrepreneurship I: The Entrepreneurial Process
- SCED 300.02 - Entrepreneurship II: Preparing to Launch
- WTSM 100L - Calling All Student Entrepreneurs
- Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Management, 1997
- MBA, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1991
- BS, Ohio Northern University, Mechanical Engineering, 1987
Awards and Recognition
- 2011 Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching Award at Wittenberg University
- Research Fellow, Kennesaw State University Family Enterprise Center
- Babson College Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE 17), by invitation
- Co-founder, Virginia Family Business Forum at Virginia Commonwealth University
“Entrepreneurship and the Search for New Ground Rules in Higher Education,” T. Kaplan, presented as part of the Southwestern Council for Higher Education’s SOCHE Talks program, Aug-2011.
Experiential Entrepreneurship 2011: Seeking Breadth, Depth and Inclusion in a Liberal Arts College, Accepted for presentation and subsequent proceedings publication at January 2011 U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) National Conference, Jan-2011
Scholar in Residence, Wittenberg University; Keynote topic, “Entrepreneurship Matters,” Oct-2009.
“University-sponsored family business programs: Program characteristics, perceived quality and member satisfaction,” T. Kaplan, G. George and G. Rimler, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, spring 2000.
“Federal estate tax: The impact on African-American family enterprises,” C. Aronoff, J. Astrachan, J. Herbert and T. Kaplan, Journal of Private Enterprise, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 147-153, spring 1999.
Instructor’s Manual for Business Plan Pro 4.0 business plan development software, Apr-1999.
“The strategic role of communication technology in small business: Where we are and Where we Should be Going,” T. Kaplan, I. Johnson, G. Pearce and G. George, American Business Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 86-91, Jan-1997.
“Family business bibliography, Abridged 1995 Literature Review,” J. Astrachan and T. Kaplan, Kennesaw State University & Family Firm Institute, 1996.
Numerous presentations and publications to academic audiences and business practitioners.
Dr. Kaplan’s current research interests lie in the area of undergraduate entrepreneurial education, particularly best practices in experiential education; entrepreneurial and family business succession; business governance, particularly in the context of closely-held firms.