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Dr. Leon Prieto

Professor of Management

Office: College of Business T-250
Management, Marketing & Supply Chain Management
College of Business


Dr. Leon Prieto is a Professor of Management & the Director of the Center for Social Innovation & Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Clayton State University. He also serves as a Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation - University of Cambridge, Judge Business School. He has published articles in respected academic and practitioner journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management History, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Review. His first book (coauthored with Dr. Simone Phipps) is entitled African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage. His scholarship has received recognition from Thinkers50, the Academy of Management, and the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship. He holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University, an ALM in Extension Studies, History & Social Justice from Harvard University, an Executive Certificate in Leading Sustainable Corporations from Oxford University, an MBA from Georgia Southern University, and a BSc. in Management from Claflin University.


BS, Business Administration , Claflin University, 2004

MBA, Business, Georgia Southern University, 2006

Ph D, Human Resource and Leadership Development, Louisiana State University, 2010

MLA, Extension Studies, field: History, Harvard University, 2021

Awards and Honors

Breakthrough Idea Award, Thinkers50, Award, 2021

Intellectual Contributions

Leon Prieto, Teaching (Cooperative) Business: The 'Bluefield Experiment' and the Future of Black Business Schools, Academy of Management Learning & Education – October 2021

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

College, Smith Award Nomination Committee , Committee Member –  April 2021 to Present

Service to the Profession

Officer, Academy of Management, Management History Division, International –  August 2020 to August 2025