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Dr. Dianne Welsh

Hayes Distinguished Professor

Founding Director Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program

Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism

Bryan 328 dhwelsh@uncg.edu 336-256-8507 LinkedIn


DIANNE H.B. WELSH is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, including the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center and the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. She has previously founded two entrepreneurship programs and centers and has held three endowed professorships. In 2015, Dianne was named the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship for Central Europe in 2015. She was honored with the Senior Teaching Award for the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2015 and was the December Commencement Speaker. She is also a visiting professor at the renowned Aalto University International Business program as well as teaching in Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. Dianne is a recognized scholar in family business, international entrepreneurship, women-owned businesses and franchising and has seven books and over 150 publications. Her research has been published in AMJ, JIBS, ET&P, JBV, FBR, JSBM, and JFBS, among other journals. She has three new books, Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship, published by Palgrave-Macmillan, Global Entrepreneurship (3rd edition forthcoming), and Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship (2nd edition forthcoming), published by Kendall-Hunt. She serves on numerous journal editorial review boards. She served as the 2015 Chair for the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management with 2,700 members. Dianne is a Fellow in the Family Firm Institute, U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Institute. She is a Certified Family Business Counselor and holds the Senior Profession in Human Resources certification. She served as a Presidential Appointee to the US Air Force Academy and the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (DACOWITS). Dianne delivered the keynote address at the U.N.E.C.E. Conference in Azerbaijan in 2012. She held the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in the spring of 2015. She has consulted for Fortune 50 businesses, family businesses, franchises, and high growth businesses throughout the world. Dianne has assisted seven universities in implementing programs across campus in the US and Australia.