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Ruben Boling, D.B.A.

Ruben Boling
Title: Director - Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Phone: 706-864-1614

Office: Downtown Office Building, 301, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Strategic Planning


With over 30 years of combined experience in business and academics, Dr. Boling has developed an expertise in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship and management. During his business career, Ruben has served in leadership and staff positions for several major companies including Arthur Andersen, Georgia Power and WorldColor. He has also served as owner or co-owner of two different small businesses and as a key partner in start-up initiatives in larger companies and institutions. His managerial and consulting experience has spanned several industries and focused on enhancing or improving strategy, customer acquisition and retention, and operations.

As part of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Ruben’s primary focus is to promote entrepreneurship and business leadership in the classroom and regional and international business community.

Ruben holds a Doctor of Business Administration with a focus in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Kennesaw State University, Master of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Courses Taught

BUSA 6990: Capstone Leadership Experience (MBA), BUSA 4995: Strategic Management, BUSA 6900: Strategic Management in a Global Environment (MBA), ENTR 3020: Entrepreneurial Mindset and Process, TMGT 4995: Strategic Management of Personnel and Technology


  • D.B.A., Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kennesaw State University, 2012
  • M.S., Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1988
  • B.S., Civil Engineering Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University, 1984

Research/Special Interests

Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management


Boling, J. R., Mayo, D. T., Norman, M. (in press). Formal Business Planning and Performance: The Effect of Gender. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal.

Boling, R., Burns, M and Dick G. N. “Social Networking and Small Business: An Exploratory Study” Proceedings of the Academic and Business Research Institute (AABRI) Conference Nashville, Tennessee. March 24 - 26, 2011


Boling, J. R., Pieper, T., Covin, J. (2015). CEO Tenure and Entrepreneurial Orientation in Family and Non-Family Firms. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Boling, J.R., Burns, M., Dick, G.N. (2014). Social Networking and Small Business: An Exploratory Study (2nd ed., vol. 6, pp. 122-129). Woodside, New York: Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice.


Work Experience

CEO / Co-Founder 2002-2007
E-Systems Incorporated, Cumming, Georgia

Senior Vice President Operations 1999-2001
Quebecor World – Direct Division, Norcross, Georgia

Managing Director / Owner 1995-2008
Strategic Management Services Group, Alpharetta, Georgia

Instructor Marketing and Associate Director Executive MBA 1993-1995
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia

Consulting Manager 1989-1993
Arthur Andersen, Atlanta, Georgia

Engineering Associate 1979-1989
Georgia Power Company

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