Bob Gemmell

Faculty and Affiliate

Bob Gem­mell is schol­ar-prac­ti­tion­er with more than 25 years of busi­ness oper­at­ing expe­ri­ence as a semi­con­duc­tor chip design­er, senior exec­u­tive, intrapre­neur, entre­pre­neur, mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant, CEO and angel investor. Gemmell’s last oper­at­ing posi­tion was as Chair­man and CEO of wire­less IoT pio­neer Cir­ronet, Inc. Cir­ronet was acquired in 2006 and Gem­mell con­tin­ued to man­age the busi­ness as divi­sion Pres­i­dent and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor until Octo­ber 2010. 

Gem­mell received BS and MS degrees in elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing (sum­ma cum laude) from Geor­gia Tech and an MBA from Duke Uni­ver­si­ty. He was induct­ed into the Geor­gia Tech Acad­e­my of Dis­tin­guished Engi­neer­ing Alum­ni in 2003 for his con­tri­bu­tions to dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­o­gy. Gem­mell was involved ear­ly on in Geor­gia Tech’s ATDC incu­ba­tor, join­ing as an entre­pre­neur-in-res­i­dence in 1988, and launched a major fac­ul­ty tech trans­fer pro­gram in 1992 that is now called Ven­ture Labs.

Fol­low­ing his lengthy oper­at­ing career, Gem­mell decid­ed to pur­sue acad­e­mia as a full-time “sec­ond career” and com­plet­ed his Ph.D. from Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty’s Weath­er­head School of Man­age­ment in 2012. 

His research agen­da is focused pri­mar­i­ly on entre­pre­neur­ial learn­ing and inno­va­tion, includ­ing two recent­ly pub­lished jour­nal arti­cles: “Learn­ing Styles of Entre­pre­neurs in Knowl­edge-Inten­sive Indus­tries” (spe­cial issue of Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Entre­pre­neur­ial Behav­ior & Research on Entre­pre­neur­ial Learn­ing, 2017) and “Learn­ing Behav­iors Across Lev­els in New Ven­tures and Inno­va­tion Out­comes” (Jour­nal of Small Busi­ness Man­age­ment, 2019). 

Gem­mell began his teach­ing career at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­si­ty in 2008 and was Direc­tor of Geor­gia State University’s Rus­sell Cen­ter for Entre­pre­neur­ship from 2011 to 2014. He took a leave of absence from GSU and served as a Vis­it­ing Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Wake For­est Uni­ver­si­ty, teach­ing strat­e­gy, orga­ni­za­tion­al behav­ior and entre­pre­neur­ship from 2014 to 2016. 

Gem­mell then returned to Geor­gia Tech as a Pro­fes­sor of the Prac­tice and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor for the TI:GER entre­pre­neur­ship and tech trans­fer pro­gram from 2016 to 2019, focus­ing espe­cial­ly on advis­ing stu­dent teams. Teams that Gem­mell coached were con­sis­tent­ly suc­cess­ful in major inter­na­tion­al busi­ness plan com­pe­ti­tions, includ­ing the pres­ti­gious Rice Busi­ness plan com­pe­ti­tion, in which one team won more than $100,000, and TYE, where teams he advised swept the region­al com­pe­ti­tion and won the glob­al com­pe­ti­tion. Gem­mell is cur­rent­ly on the fac­ul­ty at Rice Uni­ver­si­ty, teach­ing both strat­e­gy and orga­ni­za­tion­al behav­ior in its online MBA program.