Two Black Scholars in Georgia Share the Breakthrough Idea Award in Management

Leon Prieto, an associate professor in the College of Business at Clayton State University in Georgia, and Simone Phipps, an associate professor in the School of Business at Middle Georgia State University, were named the winners of the Breakthrough Idea Award from Thinkers50, a London based organization that ranks the world’s top management thinkers.

The award celebrates a “eureka moment” in management. The scholars were honored for their work on cooperative advantage, including their book African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage (Emerald Pubulishing, 2019).

Dr. Prieto is a graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he majored in management. He holds an MBA from Georgia Southern University, a master’s degree in history from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in human resource and leadership development from Louisiana State University.

Dr. Phipps is also a graduate of Claflin University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in management information science. She holds an MBA from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in human resource and leadership development from Louisiana State University.

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