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Kushins, Eric

Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Director of Executive Programs
Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Website: www.erkushins.com
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Eric completed a joint-Ph.D. in Sociology and Organization Management at Rutgers University and has worked at Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University since 2014.

Eric is engaged in two primary streams of research. The first focuses on speaker voice, race attribution, and stereotyping in the employee selection process. This research investigates discrimination in the job market at the point of first verbal communication between a job applicant and a potential employer. Eric's second area of research, which was the focus of his dissertation, investigates entrepreneurial businesses and organizational culture. This study is based on an 18-month ethnographic study of four organizations—an organic farm, an aerospace factory, a florist, and a home health aide placement company. Through a cultural analysis focusing on interpersonal relationships Eric finds that entrepreneurial firms enact three different small group performances. He labels these cultural performances: routine business performance, routine crisis performance, and routine growth performance. Rather than standard operating procedures, proper emergency planning, or strategic growth initiatives, the ongoing creation of group histories, meanings, and affiliations provide the needed material to generate small group cohesion that creates order in entrepreneurial firms.

Eric teaches at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, including Entrepreneurship, Team Dynamics, Organizational Behavior, and Operations Management.