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October 22, 2009

ULM business professor presents paper at national meeting

University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty member Dr. Paul Dunn presented a paper at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s annual meeting. The meeting was held Oct. 7-9 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dunn’s paper, “Entrepreneurial Characteristics, Optimism, Pessimism, and Realism,” won the group’s annual Outstanding Paper Award. The paper will be published in the 35th anniversary issue of the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship this spring.

His paper attempts to better explain entrepreneurship and provide students with greater insight into the field. Dunn, who co-authored the paper with University of Vermont Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr. Kathleen Liang, discovered that while entrepreneurs are generally more optimistic about their ventures than others in business, successful entrepreneurs have more realistic expectations.

The paper is one piece of a larger project that Dunn and Liang have worked on for two and a half years.

An active member since helping found the USASBE in 1974, this award is only the latest Dunn has received from the group. His last two papers in this series have similarly won Outstanding Paper Awards at previous meetings.

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