John Whitman, Ph.D.



Visiting Assistant Professor, Interim Director, ICE Lab

Office: 358 BAB

John R. Whitman, PhD is Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the College of Business Administration, and Interim Director of the Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship Lab (ICE Lab). John teaches New Venture Challenge and New Product Development. John is also engaged in a collaborative and inclusive approach to creating a vision of Huntsville as a world-class center for innovation, with input from the public and private sectors, civil society, and interested citizens.

Prior to moving to Huntsville from Washington, DC, he taught courses in social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, and cooperatives at the Kogod School of Business at American University and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Previously living in Massachusetts, he taught at Babson College, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. Before teaching, John founded and sold an international software company, consulted to business school deans in assessment and evaluation, and developed international environmental programs. He serves on small company boards, mentors start-up CEOs, judges and coaches students in business plan competitions, co-founded the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the District of Columbia and is presently starting up groups engaged in innovation in Huntsville.

In addition to creating online courses at the graduate level, he developed a wiki Curriculum on Cooperatives funded by Equal Exchange, conducted research on the cooperative model under contract with the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hoya Federal Credit Union. John has served on the US Research Team for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, published peer-reviewed articles in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, authored book chapters in textbooks on entrepreneurship and intellectual property law, and co-authored a peer-reviewed book on the Social Economy of the United States (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming), and a book on Creating Service Quality in Libraries (American Library Association, 2001).