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Sherman, Hugh


Office of the Dean
Copeland 614D


  • PhD, Major: Strategic management, Minor: International business, Dissertation: Determinants of the extent of corporate change and the speed of reorientation, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1995 
  • MBA, Finance concentration, Northeastern University, Boston, 1974
  • BA (with honors), Economics and Finance, Guelph University, Ontario, Canada, 1972

Research Interests

  • Corporate governance
  • International business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic development

Professional Experience

Academic Experience

Dean, College of Business, Corlett Chair & Professor of Strategy

Senior Economic Policy Fellow, Voinovich School for Leadership & Public Affairs (August 2007 to Present)

Provide oversight of College programs, 88 faculty and 25 staff members

Continue to provide strategic oversight of economic development programs that we founded at the Voinovich School, which provides a continuum of business technical assistance programs and early and traditional stage equity funding for high growth businesses located in the Appalachian Region of Ohio.

College of Business, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (September 1995 to July 2006)

Positions held include:

  • Associate Dean, Operations and Strategy
  • Assistant to University Provost, Strategic Planning
  • Associate Director, Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Chair, Management Systems
  • Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate Programs
  • Director of Athens-based full-time MBA program

Professional Experience

Founder and operations director, International Footwear (1984-1994).  Operated eight factory outlet shoe stores located on East Coast.

Consultant, small and medium sized businesses (1988-94). Specialist in developing direct mail and retail outlets for firms.

Vice President of Marketing, Swatch Watch (formerly SMH Corporation), a large Swiss watch and electronics manufacturer (1974-1986). From 1983-1986, was responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for a $50 million division. Also involved with assisting North American group president in developing strategic marketing and operational plans for the U.S. market.

Selected Publications

  • Sherman, H., Lamb, W., Aspegren, K. (2009). The Care and Feeding of High Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: The Role of Universities (th ed., pp.350-366). Edward Elgar Publishing: Universities, Knowledge Transfer and Regional Development: Geography, Entrepreneurship and Policy.
  • Sherman, H., Crown, D., Coombs, G. (2006). Using a Non-Profit Business Partner to Develop Business Management Skills for MBA Education (th ed., vol. 5). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Lamb, W., Sherman, H. (2010). Developing High-Growth Businesses in Rural Areas: A Study of Four U.S. States. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Fall(2010), 1-11.
  • Schermerhorn, J., Joshi, M. P., Sherman, H. (2004). Strategy Implementation Styles of Malaysian, Thai and Hungarian Middle Managers. Asian Academy of Management Journal, 9, 19-33.