Mansour Javidan, Ph.D.

Director, Najafi Global Mindset Institute and Garvin Distinguished Professor
Areas of Expertise: 

Global leadership, Global Mindset, Managing across cultures, Cross-cultural communications, Cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Managing global teams


Cross Cultural Communication, Leading With a Global Mindset, Multicultural Teams & Leadership

Professional Bio: 

Multiple award-winning executive educator and author whose teaching and research interests span the globe, Dr. Mansour Javidan received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.  He recently stepped down as Dean of Research and is currently the Garvin Distinguished Professor and Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.  His latest book on Global Mindset was published in July, 2013.

Mansour is the Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the world-renowned research project on national culture and leadership, titled GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness).  He is a coeditor of the 2004 GLOBE book, which won the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) “M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in The Workplace”. He is also a coauthor of the latest GLBOE book, published in August, 2013.  

Dr. Javidan has been designated an Expert Advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a Senior Research Fellow by the U.S. Army.  He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association (http://www.ila-net.org/).  He has designed and taught a variety of executive development courses, offered and facilitated workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 27 countries.

His publications have appeared in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Leadership Quarterly, Management International Review, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Human Relations, Journal of World Business, and Journal of Organizational Change Management.  

A proven academic, Dr. Javidan took a four-year sabbatical from his university teachings to work with the CEO of TransCanada PipeLines, a multi-billion dollar Canadian energy company.  Dr. Javidan was instrumental in helping the CEO develop new directions and strategies, and facilitate cultural change within the company and its pipeline business.  He was directly involved in the acquisition of a $15 billion corporation, at the time the largest such merger in Canada.  The merger resulted in the formation of the fourth largest energy services company in the world. He established a process for new business development that involved over 200 employees throughout the company and produced new business ideas estimated to produce $50 million in net after tax earnings.  

Dr. Javidan is the Past Senior Editor, Global Leadership, for the Journal of World Business.  He also served a three-year term on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Executive. He was elected a Fellow of the Pan Pacific Business Association and was named in Lexington’s 2001/2002 Millennium Edition of the North American Who’s Who Registry and Empire’s 2003 Who’s Who Registry.

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