ERIC R. KUSHINS

I am Assistant Professor of Management at the Campbell School of Business at Berry College in Mount Berry, GA. I completed a joint-Ph.D. in Sociology and Organization Management from Rutgers University.

 

My research focuses on entrepreneurial businesses, team cultures  and leadership. I use ethnographic methods in small business settings, to analyze the ways interpersonal relationships, employee roles, incentives for motivation and organizational routines enable teams to function effectively with limited organizational structures. I also perform experimental laboratory research on stereotyping and discrimination in the employee selection process. My studies include speaker voice and race attribution and reemployment for stay-at-home dads. See my published research here.

 

I teach undergraduate and MBA students in a variety of courses, including Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Team Dynamics and Operations Management.

In addition, I am a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and I conduct team building, leadership and process improvement workshops and certificate programs for companies ranging from healthcare to agriculture to energy.

My dissertation drew on 18 months of field data I collected at four organizations: an organic farm, an aerospace factory, a florist, and a home health aide placement company.

 

My main finding suggests that three distinct small group performances effectively, but inefficiently, generate order in entrepreneurial firms in the absence of formal operating procedures.As team members develop group histories, shared meanings and common practices, organizations are able to maintain stability during routine operations, crisis situations, and periods of growth. Read more about by dissertation here.

 

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At Berry College I teach undergraduate courses in Human Resources, Social Entrepreneurship, and the introductory Principles of Management. I also serve as a faculty adviser on student honors theses, supervise a student-run Berry Enterprise, and I am  an active member of several university-wide committees. You can learn more about Berry College's Campbell School of Business by clicking on the link below.

Although researching, teaching and consulting occupy most of my daytime activities, my morning and nighttime work will increasingly be consumed by a new baby. In educator fashion, I have reveiwed books and articles, taken self-assessments of my fatherhood readiness, and generally sought to identify a variety of shared experiences of becoming a dad. To share what I've found and my thoughts about this enormous life transition, I have maintained a blog. You can check out excerpts or access the full From DINK to Dad blog.

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