Faculty: Paul Fouts

Paul Fouts
Paul Fouts, PhD
Dean Emeritus, Ageno School of Business
Business, Undergraduate
San Francisco
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Dr. Paul Fouts served as Dean of the Ageno School of Business from 2011 to 2016. He has been with GGU since 1995, previously serving as an Associate Dean of the school and a Professor of Management. Dean Fouts has taught several of the University's leading strategic business, management, and technology-focused classes. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Moskowitz Prize for outstanding research in socially responsible corporate performance, International Journal of Commerce and Management's Emerald Literati Best Paper of the Year Award and Golden Gate University's Outstanding Service Award and Outstanding Scholarship of Teaching Award.

Fouts' research on competitive strategies, corporate environmental performance, profitability, resource-based perspectives, technology and integrated manufacturing planning and control topics has been published in numerous research journals, including the International Journal of Commerce and Management and Academy of Management Journal. He has presented on several business-related topics at business and management conferences across the country including the Strategic Management Society Summits and Meetings and the Western Organization and Management Teaching Conferences.

After receiving his PhD in management at the University of Oregon, Fouts began his two-decade long academic career at Sonoma State University in 1991. Prior to his academic career, he spent nearly 20 years in business leadership roles focused on marketing, merchandising and product line planning, development and buying at companies including Hewlett-Packard, Buckley & Associates / Marin Mountain Bikes, Jane Klein, Inc., Circa Corporation, and Topps & Trowsers.


  • Inter-organizational Relations and Cooperative Strategy Global Strategy
  • Management of Innovation and Technology
  • Organizational Learning
  • Change and Strategic Performance
  • Corporate Environmentalism


  • BA, (Dramatic Art) University of California, Berkeley
  • MBA, (Management) Sonoma State University
  • PhD, (Management) University of Oregon


  • 1996 - Present: Full-time Faculty, Golden Gate University
  • New Product Lab, Hewlett-Packard
  • General Manager, Marin Mountain Bikes
  • VP Marketing, Circa Corporation
  • Buyer, Topps & Trowsers


  • Outstanding Service Award, 2009