Mustafa Ozbilgin a Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour and the Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity at the College of Arts, Business and Social Sciences (CBASS). He conduct research and publish on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from comparative and international perspectives. He is the editor in chief of the European Academy of Management, the official journal of the European Academy of Management and serve at the Editorial Boards of journals such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management and Gender Work and Organization. He have founded and directed for ten years the annual international conference, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. He have held visiting appointments among others at Cornell University, Japan Institute of Labour and Training, Macquarie University, Patheon-Assas University of Paris, and University of Sydney, among others. Previously he held academic posts at University of East Anglia, Queen Mary University of London, University of Surrey and University of Hertfordshire. He have researched, consulted and co-ordinated projects for governments, the European Union, European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and state regulators such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission as well as commercial organisations. Hehave extensive experience of supervising doctoral students to completion and teaching at executive education programmes. His research interests focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from international and comparative perspectives, drawing mainly on sociology theory. In particular, he is interested in engaged scholarship that can support the development of theory and practices that promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights across public, private and voluntary sector organisations in Britain and internationally. He have published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behaviour and Human Relations, and have published or edited 15 books and numerous special issues.
is Associate Dean Research at Kingston Business School. His status as one of the UK’s leading small business researchers was recognised when he was appointed to the RAE Panel 2008. The Research Assessment Exercise is a formalised assessment process designed to scrutinise the quality of research undertaken in the HE sector. He has an extensive research portfolio which spans academic organisations (eg Economic & Social Research Council) through to public (eg HM Treasury; EU Commission) and private businesses (eg HSBC). Editor of the International Small Business Journal, he combines his academic research whilst teaching postgraduate students. Prof Blackburn has published a vast amount of papers in his field and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s «Shop Talk» programme. His research area are Business exit, Employment, Public policy initiatives and evaluations, Small business, Small business growth, Small business innovation, Small business management, among others. He has published in journal of business venturing, International Small Business Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, among others. Hi is member of RAE2008 and REF2014 Business and Management sub-panel Member of ACCA Small Firms Committee Member of Association of Business Schools Research Committee Member of Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Member of the British Academy of Management Member of Academicians of the Academy of Social Science; Holder of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.
Dr. George T. Solomon is currently a Professor of Management and co-founder and Director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) at the George Washington University School of Business. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Solomon is the past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). From 1976 until 2004, Dr. Solomon held various managerial positions at the SBA including director of the Office of Special Initiatives and deputy associate administrator for Business Initiatives Education and Training where he managed a staff of six to fifteen professionals. Dr. Solomon has published and edited over 130 articles, books of readings, book chapters, reference materials and proceedings articles in both the areas of entrepreneurship/small business management and organizational behavior & dynamics. He is a colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a fellow of the Small Business Institute Director’s Association and a Wilford White Fellow of the ICSB. He currently serves as chair for the Wilford L. White Fellows and was past chair of the Justin G. Longenecker Fellows. He is one of only four individuals in the United States to be so honored by all three organizations. Dr. Solomon was award in 2013 and 2016 the Peter B. Vaill Award by the GW School of Business for his work with doctoral students. In 2011, he received the Max Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for his work in entrepreneurship education. In 2009, he received the “Innovative Teaching Pedagogy Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Award for Innovation in Free Enterprise Education from the Freedom Foundation. In addition, in 2009, he was recognized for his truly outstanding leadership by the Academy of Management for his three year tenure from 2007-2009 as Best Paper Proceedings editor and was recognized by the Emerald Literati Network as an Outstanding Paper author for the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.