James R. Lang, Strickler Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “Strickler Professor Emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus is conferred on retired full professors and associate professors, administrative officers, extra-collegiate faculty with continued appointment, and senior extension agents who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1990, Lang has made significant contributions to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of entrepreneurial leadership and strategic management.

His research interests include managerial decision making, corporate merger, board of director interlocking, and small business and entrepreneurship issues. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Marketing Research, Omega, Journal of Management, and Journal of Small Business Management.

In addition, Lang has served as director of the Business Leadership Center, as acting department head of management, as department head of hospitality and tourism management, and as director of graduate studies for the Department of Management.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a MBA from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

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