Mahesh P. Joshi

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 has launched a new venture with a vision to improve strategic thinking across corporations though the creation of a patented and interactive digital strategic thinking system through gamification (

Mahesh has a wide variety of research and teaching and training interests, including: Entrepreneurship & Corporate Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management; Innovations and Technology Management, Strategies of Service firms, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, and Industry Analysis. 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. 25 blind managers participanted through National industries for Blind (NIB) presented a teaching excellence award to him that read: “To a Teacher Committed to Carving and Shaping our Business Minds.” He has published several peer-reviewed publications (30+) and one third 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 (including thesis advising and co-authoring with graduate students). He has won several grants where academic theory is applied to real applications. He is actively involved in outreach for the School of Business, George Mason University; and has been awarded the “School of Business Service Award” several times, capturing his ability to connect with the local business community. He is actively engaged with The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) DC Chapter where he has been a Board Member for several years among other local industry groups.


  • D.: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Strategic Management and International Business)
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Xavier Institute of Management, Mumbai, India (International Business)
  • Sc.: St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay, Mumbai, India, (Math, Eco, Stat, & OR)