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James Combs

Combs, James
Senior Research Fellow, Family Enterprise Legacy Institute
Executive-in-Residence
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James G. (Jim) Combs (PhD, Louisiana State University) is the Della Phillips Martha Schenck Chair of American Private Enterprise at the University of Central Florida. Jim’s research is primarily in family business, franchising and research synthesis. It appears in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice. A recent study highlighting scholarly impact placed Jim among the top 2% of all management scholars.

Jim has served as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice and the Journal of Management. He was the 2020 recipient of the Southern Management Association’s (SMA) Hunt Sustained Outstanding Service Award and the 2021 Rosenberg Center International Society of Franchising Eminent Franchising Scholar Award. He has served on the executive committees of the entrepreneurship and strategic management divisions of the Academy of Management and as president of SMA, where he is also a fellow. He is also a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow.

Jim has published several prominent studies with Telfer professors and uses his affiliation with Telfer to advance research in family business and to support our PhD students and professors.

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