Alan Weinstein, PhD Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship

Alan Weinstein, PhD

BA, Psychology; MA, Industrial Psychology — University of New Hampshire
PhD, Industrial Psychology — Wayne State University

Aspiring entrepreneurs often look to Alan Weinstein, PhD for guidance in writing a successful business plan. With his help, one former student launched a highly popular laser-tag facility that evolved into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Growing interest in entrepreneurship led Weinstein to design both an undergraduate major and an MBA course in entrepreneurship at Canisius.

Most of his current research centers on issues related to small and family-owned businesses. Such topics are the subject of papers he has presented at conferences in the U.S., Italy, South Africa, and Finland. His presentation with Carmen Bianchi on "Qualification of the CEO in a Family Business" was named Best Workshop at the February 2000 conference sponsored by the USASBE. He also is the author or co-author of articles published in the Journal of Applied PsychologyPublic Opinion Quarterly, and Organizational Behavior and Human Performance.

Weinstein has won grants and research support from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; the U.S. Department of Labor; the National Science Foundation; the city of Buffalo; the state of New York; the U.S. Congress; and the Buffalo School Board. He is the recipient of the 1996 Economic Impact Award from the Western New York Health Care Industries Association and was a finalist for the Upstate New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He is founder and former director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, former chair of the Department of Management and Marketing.  Among other college appointments, Weinstein has served on the Wehle School of Business Executive Committee and the Entrepreneurship Program Design Committee.  He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Society, the Small Business Institute Directors Association, the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior Divisions of the Academy of Management.

Weinstein is an experienced CEO coach and serves on several boards of local companies.