Kelly G. Shaver, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies

Address: Beatty Center, Room 331
Office Hours: Contact for appointment
Phone: 843.953.2276
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Kelly G. Shaver is Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at the College of Charleston.

He is past Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a Justin Longenecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

Dr. Shaver's previous appointments include the College of William & Mary, the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute in Stockholm, and the National Science Foundation. He has won a teaching award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management, a Best Paper Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a Best Paper Award from the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, the 2014 Distinguished Research Award from College of Charleston School of Business, the 2016 Distinguished Research Award from the College of Charleston, and the 2019 Max S. Wortman Award for Lifetime Achievement from USASBE. His internationally recognized entrepreneurship research has been supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He has served as Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Business Management. He is the founder of MindCette, LLC, an entrepreneurship testing and consulting company (, which won the GEN Global 2018 Compass Award for Research Champions.


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Ph.D., June, 1969

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
M.S., June 1965

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
B.S., June, 1963

Research Interests

  • Social and cognitive processes in entrepreneurial behavior.
  • Attribution of causality, responsibility and blame.

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • New Business Enterprises
  • Psychology of Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Planning
  • Research in Entrepreneurship
  • Health Sciences Entrepreneurship

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 - Best Paper Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management
  • 2019 - Max S. Wortman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship, United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2018 - Fellow, Society of Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2018 - Research Champions Award, GEN Global 
  • 2017 - Finalist, Startup Nations Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking
  • 2017 - Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honor Society
  • 2016 - College of Charleston Distinguished Research Award
  • 2016 - Justin G. Longenecker Fellow - United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • 2014 - Distinguished Research Award, School of Business, College of Charleston


West, G. P., III, Gatewood, E. J. & Shaver, K. G. (eds.).  2020.  Broad Spectrum Entrepreneurship Education.  Commercial Press: Beijing CN.

Shaver, K. G. (in progress). The elusive entrepreneurial mindset. Cheltenham, UK:  Edward Elgar.

Shaver, K. G., & Commarmond, I. (2019). Toward a comprehensive measure of entrepreneurial mindset. In E. Laveren, H. Landstrom, U. Hytti, & R. Blackburn (Eds.) Rigour and relevance in entrepreneurship research, resources and outcomes: Frontiers in European entrepreneurship research (pp 70-89).  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Carsrud, A. L., & Shaver, K. G. (2018). Who is the entrepreneur? The right question has been asked, in the wrong way. In M. Brännback & A. L. Carsrud (Eds.), A research agenda for entrepreneurial cognition and intention, (pp 47-61).  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Shaver, K. G. (2017). Thoughts have consequences: Attributions by and about entrepreneurs. in A. L. Carsrud & M. Brännback, (Eds.), Understanding the entrepreneurial mind: Opening the black box (2nd. ed.). Dordrecht, Germany: Springer.

Shaver, K. G., Schjoedt, L., Passarelli, A., & Reeck, C. (2017). The cognitive neuroscience of entrepreneurial risk: Conceptual and methodological challenges.  In M. J. Day, M. C. Boardman, & N. Krueger (Eds.) Handbook of research methodologies and design in neuro-entrepreneurship. (pp. 207-240). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Shaver, K. G., & Davis, A. E. (2017). The psychology of entrepreneurship. In G. Ahmetoglu, T. Chamorro-Premuzik, B. Klinger & T. Karcisky (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Entrepreneurship, (pp. 95-118). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Shaver, K. G., & Renko, M. (Eds.) (2015, March). Behavioral determinants and motivation. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation State of the field papers. Online at:  

Articles (Entrepreneurship)

Blair, C. A., & Shaver, K. G. (2019) Of horses and jockeys: Perceptions of academic entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Research Journal,
DOI: 10.1515/erj-2019-0011

Schjoedt, L., & Shaver, K. G. (2019). Entrepreneurs’ motivation: A conceptual process theory. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship,

Blair, C. A., & Shaver, K. G. (2019). Meaningful and complex work: An exercise to help students understand intrinsic motivation. Management Teaching Review, 4, 39-48.

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Shaver's research, please see his CV.