M.B.A. (1974), Business Administration, Northeastern University
B.S.B.A. (1971), Marketing/Economics (minor), Northeastern University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Professor Aiello specializes in the entrepreneurship, small business management, and organizational behavior. His research and consulting focuses on the interrelationships of organizational behavior, strategy, and human resources management in small businesses. He teaches courses on launching and growing entrepreneurial ventures and organizational behavior.
Professor Aiello is a research associate with the USM Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and a management consultant focusing on the development of strategy and organizational capacity in entrepreneurial small businesses by application of “learning organization” principles. His research with CBER includes participation in studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the Maine Technology Institute’s programs in support of Maine technology companies and to examine employee values and satisfaction with workplace characteristics in Maine Metal Products Association (MMPA) companies. He and co-authors of the MMPA study recently presented their findings at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and are now preparing articles for submission to academic journals for publication on the basis of this study. As a book reviewer, Professor Aiello made noted contributions to Starting and Managing the Small Business (McGraw-Hill) and The Real World Entrepreneur (Upstart). Professor Aiello was a co-founder of the USM/SB Business Plan Competition Program and serves on its advisory board. In years past, he was Director of the USM Small Business Institute, a certified business counselor with the Maine Small Business Development Center, and a leader in the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business. In the 1970s and 1980s, he co-founded and contributed to the management of three businesses. Recently, Professor Aiello co-sponsored three funded Libra professorship proposals, two in entrepreneurship and the current Professorship in Leadership. He team-teaches two entrepreneurship courses and makes public presentations on entrepreneurship with the School of Business Entrepreneur-in-Residence.