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Associate Professor, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary

Saurav Pathak is a Clinical Associate Research Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, (USA) since August 2022. Prior to arriving at William & Mary, he had been a professor of innovation at various universities including Xavier University, Kansas State University and Michigan Tech University.

At Xavier, he was the D.J. O’ Conor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Cintas Institute for Ethics Faculty Fellow; Downing Research Fellow for Undergraduate Research and the Eigler Faculty Fellow for Community Engaged Pedagogy. At K-State, he was the Tilford Fellow for Multi-cultural competencies and at Michigan Tech University, he was the Rick and Jo Berquist endowed chair in innovation and entrepreneurship.

He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship from Imperial College Business School and another PhD in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from the University of Florida, a master’s in ME from Ohio University and a bachelor’s in ME from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India. Following his Ph.D. in ME from the University of Florida, he returned to India and became a member of a high-tech start-up Zeus Numerix, Private Limited, that was incubated in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai India. He was a Lead Scientist there responsible for providing simulation solutions for India’s defense industry, commercial nuclear power plants, etc. He is currently also the founding director of a consulting firm, Technovation Mangers, that is geared specially to meet the software and technology needs of entrepreneurs and tech start-ups.

His interests lie in Blockchain, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, etc. His research interests focus on examining the influence of higher order contextual factors on individual-level entrepreneurial behaviors. His ongoing research projects include predicting entrepreneurial coping strategies and self-control based on entrepreneur’s level of emotional intelligence. He is interested in research on strategizing commercialization routes for high-tech start-ups, technology and innovation management, intellectual property rights protections and licensing strategies, technology adoption and consumer receptivity to innovations, barriers to technological adoption, etc. He is also working with high-school students and collecting national data on their moral compass (moral courage, moral efficacy, and moral meaningfulness). He hopes to create an emotional intelligence learning module that would help high school and university students in developing their moral courage.

His research articles have appeared in FT 50 journals including Human Relations, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, and other top journals, such as, but not limited to, Business & Society, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, International Business Review, Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Cross Cultural Research Journal, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviors and Research, Technology Innovation Management Review, etc. He has published over thirty articles that have been cited around twenty-five hundred times to date.

Areas of Expertise/Interest
Cross-cultural Comparative Entrepreneurship
Emotional Intelligence and Entrepreneurship
Commercialization Strategies for High-techs
Technology and Innovation Management
Entrepreneurial Coping Strategies
Consumer Receptivity to Innovative Products
Barriers to Technology Adoption
Best practices for Entrepreneurial Eco-systems
Under-represented and Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Education and Pedagogy