Sharon A. Simmons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
315 Bloch Executive Hall
Sharon A. Simmons is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Simmons holds both a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises from Syracuse University and a J.D. from the University Of Virginia School Of Law.
Her primary research stream focuses on institutional and cognitive influences on the entrepreneurial activities of experienced entrepreneurs. Other facets of her research interests are the gender gap in entrepreneurship and the commercialization strategies of entrepreneurs who spin-off university technology.
Simmons has extensive senior management experience with a multinational professional services firm, where her job responsibilities included the development of national tax planning strategies for medium and large firms. In addition, she has entrepreneurial experience as the owner of a family restaurant enterprise that was successful for over 30 years, and as the principal of a real estate limited liability company.