Trotting the Globe for Business Education

Mukesh Srivastava is a frequent flyer with a penchant for international travel and a mind focused on global business.

Srivastava, associate dean of the College of Business, was noted for his research — on how different groups within an organization interact with each other — at a conference in Thailand in April. He will travel to Ireland at the end of June to present similar research.

The 2012 recipient of UMW’s Graduate Faculty Award, Srivastava founded the Association of Global Management Studies (AGMS) in 2009 and hosted the first AGMS conference in 2010.

This year, nine countries were represented at the conference held in the Harvard Faculty Club.

He aims to hold the conference in New Zealand in 2013.

“AGMS has given me an enhanced perspective on global thinking,” said Srivastava, who also is associate professor. “That exchange that I am able to bring to the classroom is useful for my students.”

Last October, Srivastava spent five weeks in Tunisia as part of a prestigious Fulbright program. He made such an impact that two of his colleagues from the Tunis Business School flew across the Atlantic to attend the AGMS conference.

His experience with faculty and students at the Tunis Business School provided Srivastava with an invaluable academic exchange and opportunities for collaborative work on the horizon.

“They have a focus on the fundamentals, especially in mathematics, that was very impressive,” he said.

While in Tunisia, Srivastava gave seven lectures and taught a management information systems class.

“The students were very engaged and friendly,” he said.

In the future, Srivastava hopes to start an exchange program between UMW and the Tunis Business School to continue the collaborative process between the two countries.

Said Srivastava: “Knowledge creation is a constant pursuit; without it societies would be lost.”

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.

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