Harvard Magazine Published Write-Up by Belhaven Professor

Dr. William TaborFebruary 20, 2020 (Jackson, Miss.) - The Harvard Business Review (HBR) tapped the expertise of one of Belhaven’s School of Business professors and published an article written by Dr. William Tabor.

His article, entitled “How Family Businesses Can Attract Non-Family Talent,” caught the attention of editors at the Harvard University-owned magazine, that only accepts less than 1% of submitted articles.

Tabor, assistant professor of business administration, said, “We knew it was a long shot, but I felt like my idea was different enough and something they might be interested in. The HBR editor liked it and said they wanted to pick it up.”

The article highlights how family businesses can attract quality nonfamily employees by emphasizing their unique family-like qualities such as care, concern, and long-term commitment.  Tabor’s feature also gives evidence that hiring members of a family’s social networks may be advantageous and a very effective means of identifying productive employees.
 
Tabor has an extensive background in a family business as well as five years spent as campus director for Reformed University Fellowship.  Tabor received his B.S. from Mississippi State University, his M.S. from Vanderbilt University, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and he is currently working on his Ph.D. at Mississippi State University.

Dean of Belhaven University’s School of Business Dr. Chip Mason said, “Dr. Tabor has outstanding credentials as both a teacher and a scholar. He could have taught at a major research university, yet he chose to teach at Belhaven because he is passionate about teaching business in the context of a Christian world view. Harvard Business Review only selects the top scholars in the field of business, so we are indeed fortunate to have one of the rising young scholars in the management discipline.”

Tabor has had several other scholarly articles in publications such as Family Business Review and Journal of Business Ethics. “The other articles I’ve written have been mainly for an academic audience which means a very narrow audience, often with their heads stuck in the clouds,” adds Tabor.  “HBR, on the other hand, is one of the top resources for businessmen and women around the world to learn more about how businesses operate. So the chance to potentially help small family businesses in thinking about something as important as hiring is very rewarding.”
 

  

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