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Dr. Kirk Heriot - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Kirk Heriot

Professor & Crowley Chair of Entrepreneurship

Marketing & Management, Department of

Synovus Center for Commerce & Technology 346

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Industrial Management with a concentration in Strategic Management, Clemson University, 1996
  • Master of Business Administration, University of South Carolina, 1984
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management, Clemson University, 1980


Kirk C. Heriot is the Ray and Evelyn Crowley Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Turner College of Business & Technology. He joined the faculty in 2006 after having served on the faculties at universities in SC, KY, and Pennsylvania. Kirk has published over 25 journal articles in such leading publications as the Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Small Business Strategy, and the Journal of Private Enterprise. His research interests focus on determinants of new venture creation, entrepreneurship education, and issues related to managing small firms. In 2008, Kirk was awarded the Faculty Research and Scholarship Award at CSU.

Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Heriot was an officer in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve serving in logistics and engineering units attaining the rank of Major. Following the completion of his MBA, Kirk worked in operations management for Milliken & Company. Kirk also worked as a consultant at the Clemson Small Business Development Center from 1987-1995 assisting over 300 clients. At CSU, Kirk has continued his efforts in outreach. His students have engaged in Junior Achievement projects and assisted small firms with focused consulting projects. He also organized the first business plan competition at the university in 2011. 

Academic Areas

  • Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Small Business Management

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