George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Joshi, Maheshkumar P.

Focus:Research Focused Faculty
Academic Unit:Management
Positions:Associate Professor, Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of Research & Practice, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 217
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Spread of new technology
  • Links between new technologies
  • Corporate entrepreneurship

• Ph.D.: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (focus: Strategic Management and International
Business), 1988-1996
• Post Graduate Diploma: Xavier Institute of Management, Mumbai, India (International
Business), 1983-1984
• B.Sc.: St. Xavier's College, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India, (Major: Math; Minor: Economics,
Statistics and Operations Research), 1977-1981


Mahesh P. Joshi is an academic, an entrepreneur and a consultant. He was the
founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the
School of Business, George Mason University. Currently he is an Associate
Professor of Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship, the School of Business,
George Mason University. He is also the President of Joshi International, Inc., a
consulting firm that provides strategic and entrepreneurial advice to clients. As
an entrepreneur, he launched his first business in 1994, and since then has been
involved in more than 10 startups. Recently he received a patent for
“BiggieBills,” an interactive board game for teaching strategic thinking and business
management. Mahesh has a wide variety of research and teaching interests, including: Innovation
and Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management; Innovations and Technology Management,
Strategies of Service firms, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, and
Interdisciplinary Capstone Projects. Mahesh has successfully focused on Executive Education &
Training and he has been actively providing a variety of training courses through Joshi
International, Inc., as well as George Mason University. He has won teaching awards for
“Excellence in Teaching” with respect to executive MBA students. In 2015, 25 blind managers
through National industries for Blind (NIB) presented a teaching excellence inscription to Dr. Joshi
that read: “To a Teacher Committed to Carving and Shaping our Business Minds.” He has
published several peer-reviewed publications (30+) and 11 of these publications are listed as A/A*
(ABDC journal list) including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management,
Decision Sciences Journal, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Long Range Planning.
He has won several “Best Paper Awards” at a variety of academic conferences. Mahesh has been
engaged in faculty evaluation (P&T committees), new faculty searches and faculty mentoring (that
includes thesis advising and co-authoring. He has applied for and won many grants where academic
theory is applied to real applications. In addition, he was the faculty chair for the AACSB visitation
committee at both George Mason University and St. Joseph’s University. He is actively involved in
outreach for the School of Business, George Mason University; and has been awarded the “School
of Business Service Award” seven separate times, capturing his ability to connect with the local
business community. He is actively engaged with the Northern Virginia Technology Council
NVTC),The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) DC Chapter where he has been a Board Member for several
years among other local industry groups.

Teaching Interests:
  • Strategic management
  • Advanced industry analysis
  • Entrepreneurship