Lifetime Achievement Awardee

Mansour Javidan

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 is the Garvin Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.

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 GLOBE book, published in August, 2014 which received the 2015 University of San Diego and International Leadership Association (ILA) leadership book award for “Scholarly Rigor and Critical Thought.”

Mansour is currently the Project Director and Principal Co-Investigator of GLOBE 2020, working with a team of 426 researchers studying culture change, leadership ideals, and trust dynamics. The project has received close to $2.0 million in funding and has completed data collection from over 50000 managers and professionals in 144 countries. Mansour’s article on global leadership recently received the Decade’s Best Paper Award (2006- 2016) by the Academy of Management Perspectives. Dr. Javidan was recently recognized as among the top 100 most influential (i.e., top 0.6%) authors in Organization Behavior in the world. He is also recognized as among the top 2% most cited scientists in the field of business and management in the world.

The World Bank and the United Nations Development Program have designated Dr. Javidan an expert advisor on Global Leadership. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has designated him an expert on managing diversity, and the U.S. Army has designated him a Senior Research Fellow. He recently stepped down as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. He has designed and taught executive development courses and workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in over 35 countries. His list of clients includes NASA, Abbott Labs, Accenture, U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Marshals Service, Aditya Birla, Alstom, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Statoil, BAE Systems, Bank Mandiri, BP, Cisco, Coachlear, Johnsosn & Johnson, Chevron, Telcom Indonesia, ExxonMobil, Commerzbank, Dell Computers, Scotiabank, Metlife, Europharma, MAGNA, Merck, Dow Chemical, Huawai, McCormick, SABIC, and Novartis.

His publications have appeared in such journals as Harvard Business ReviewJournal of International Business StudiesOrganization ScienceStrategic Management JournalAcademy of Management PerspectivesLeadership QuarterlyManagement International ReviewOrganizational DynamicsJournal of Applied Behavioral SciencesHuman RelationsJournal 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 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 Perspectives. He is currently on the editorial boards of Management and Business ReviewFrontiers in PsychologyOrganizational Dynamics, and American Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. He was elected a Fellow of the Pan Pacific Business Association and was named in Lexington’s Millennium Edition of the North American Who’s Who Registry, Empire’s 2019 Who’s Who Registry, and Grey House Publishing’s 2022 Canadian Who’s Who Registry.

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