Kelly G. Shaver, Founding Director

Kelly Shaver has twenty-five years of experience studying the psychological characteristics of entrepreneurs. He led the “person variables” section of the US Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics and was the scientific lead for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s national study of entrepreneurial mindset in South Africa. This national study won the Global Entrepreneurship Network’s 2018 Compass Award for Research Champions. Shaver is a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, a Justin Longenecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and past Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. In 2019, Shaver won the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Max S. Wortman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship.

In his role as Professor at the College of Charleston (SC, USA) he won the College’s 2016 Distinguished Research Award. Shaver has been an editorial board member for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, served as Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Business Management. His research in entrepreneurship has been supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and by the US National Science Foundation.