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Dr. Pitts serves as a full-time professor in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA where he has taught Strategy since 1981.
Dr. Pitts earned his DBA in Strategic Management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Additionally, he has an MBA from Winthrop University in South Carolina and a BA in Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
From December 2011 to May 2012, Dr. Pitts lived and taught in Bratislava, Slovak Republic under the auspices of a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship at VSM (Vysoka Skola Manazmentu VSM/City University of Seattle). He currently has been named by the Fulbright Commission to the Fulbright Specialist Program.
Since 1996, Dr. Pitts has directed numerous international study abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate business students in European countries. He co-led VCU’s School of Business International Consulting program in Prague from 2013 until 2016. This program trains undergraduates as consultants for working with local corporations to develop problem-based solutions.
He has taught and lectured at Anglo-American University (Prague) in Imagination and Creativity for Business, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics Intensive Seminar on Piracy and Competition, the Flex MBA Program at the Swiss Business School, Zurich, on Strategy and in the University de Guadalajara’s Innovation training program. Dr. Pitts has also been a lecturer in the International Bachelors Program for Fachhochschule Kufstein in Austria. He has been an invited guest speaker in Austria, Ireland, Qatar, and Slovenia. Dr. Pitts has twice been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for VCU’s School of Business, as well as a Governor’s Award for an International Market Planning Project. (This award was presented by Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to students and sponsoring faculty.)
In the area of international grant and development opportunities, Dr. Pitts has been a participant on several grants-the United States Agency for International Development’s TIES (Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships) United States–Mexico Program, the Fulbright Commission grant to explore the development of an executive MBA program in Cairo, and a United States Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The latter was a joint European Community/United States Consortia for cooperation in higher Education and Vocational Education. Participating universities were from Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States.
Dr. Pitts also has significant scholarly, and research experience. His specializations are in the areas of Strategic Management and Innovation and Creativity.