Randy Blass

Executive Director, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

Email: rblass@jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu
Office: JMB 310
Phone: 850-644-3372
Academic Specialty: Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., Business Administration, Florida State University, 2003
M.A., Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, 2004
M.A., Administrative Science, George Washington University, 1997
B.A., American Studies University of South Florida, 1990
Areas of Expertise:
Human Resource Management
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Dr. Randy Blass is currently the Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business at Florida State University. Additionally, he is the Founder of the College's nationally acclaimed Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program, and the national award-winning Center for Veteran Outreach. He served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and as a founding member of the Small Business Administration’s National Council on Underserved Communities. Blass is an accomplished author, researcher, award winning educator, and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force with extensive operational experience.in military deception, training and development, and operational and strategic planning. His research interests focus on small business leadership and decision making, personal reputation, social capital, and organizational leadership.   .

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Selected Published Research

Blass, F.R., & Ketchen, D. J. (2014). So, you want to be an entrepreneur? Lessons learned from the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Business Horizons, 57, 5-9.

Ferris, G.R., Harris, J.N., Russell, Z.A., Ellen, B.P. III, & Martinez, A.D., & Blass, F.R. (2014). Reputation in the organizational sciences: A multi-level review, construct assessment, and research directions. In M.R. Buckley, A.R. Wheeler, & J.R.B. Halbesleben (Eds.), Research in personnel and human resources management (Vol. 32, pp. 241-303). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Ferris, G.R., Rogers, L.M., Blass, F.R., Hochwarter, W.A. (2009).Interaction of job-limiting pain and political skill on job satisfaction and organizational citizenship behavior. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 24, 584-608.

Van Iddekinge, C.H., Ferris, G.R., Perrewé, P.L., Perryman, A.A., Blass, F.R., & Heetderks, T.D. (2009). Effects of selection and training on unit-level performance over time: A latent growth modeling approach.Journal of Applied Psychology,94,829-843.

Blickle, G., Schneider P.B., Perrewé, P.L., Blass, F.R., & Ferris, G.R. (2008) The Roles of Self-Disclosure, Modesty, and Self-Monitoring in the Mentoring Relationship: A Longitudinal Multi-Source Investigation.Career Development International, 13 (3).

** 2009 Outstanding Paper Award by Emerald Publishing Group

Blass, F.R., Brouer, R.L., Perrewé, P.L., & Ferris, G.R. (2007) Politics understanding and networking ability as a function of mentoring: The roles of race and gender.Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies,14 (2), 93-103.

Zinko, R., Ferris, G.R., Blass, F.R., & Laird, M.D. (2007). Toward a theory of reputation in organizations. In J.J. Martocchio (Ed.),Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management(Vol. 26, pp. 169-209). Oxford, UK: JAI Press/Elsevier Science Ltd.

Blass, F.R., & Ferris, G.R. (2007) The roles of political skill, contextual learning, and adaptation in career effectiveness in military settings.Human Resource Management Journal,46 (1), 5-19.

Hall, A. T., Blass, F. R., Ferris, G. R., & Massengale, R. (2004). Leader reputation and accountability in organizations: Implications for dysfunctional leader behavior. The Leadership Quarterly, 15(4), 515-536.

Ferris, G. R., Blass, F. R., Douglas, C., Kolodinsky, R. W., & Treadway, D. C. (2003). Personal reputation in organizations. In J. Greenberg (Ed.),Organizational behavior: The state of the science (Second edition, pp. 211-246). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Blass, F.R., (2010). Associate Editor. Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the Armed Forces. Montgomery, AL, Air University Press.

Levy, D.A., Parco, J. E., & Blass, F. R. (2009). The 52nd Floor: Thinking Deeply About Leadership. Montgomery, AL:  Enso Books.

Honors and Awards 

  • 2009 - Garnet and Gold Key Leadership Honorary Vires Award
  • 2009 - Florida State University Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2008 - Florida Campus Compact Community Engagement Educator Award
  • 2000 - Outstanding Educator Award - Air Force Academy award for teaching excellence

Interesting Facts

Dr. Blass is originally from Clearwater, FL where he married his high school sweetheart. They have four children, all born in different states due to a 25 year career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Blass spends his free time on the golf course, saltwater fishing, and on the parents' side of the soccer field.

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