2013 Professional BusinessWomen of California


Dive Inside Mansour Javidan's Najafi Global Mindset Institute @ Thunderbird

Mansour Javidan, Garvin Distinguished Professor and founding director of the Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird University, is former dean of Research at Thunderbird School of Global Management. This multiple award-winning executive educator and author has an interest in teaching and research that span the globe.

Javidan received his MBA and PhD degrees from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. He is the past president and chairman of the board of directors of the world-renowned research project on executive performance and leadership, titled GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness).

As the primary editor and writer of the recently published GLOBE book, he is the co-principal investigator of the GLOBE Phase 3 research program. The book was the recent winner of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) award competition for The M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in The Workplace.

Javidan has been designated an expert advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a senior research fellow by the US Army. He is also on the board of directors of International Leadership Association. He has designed and taught a variety of executive development courses, offered and facilitated workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 25 countries around the world.

His publications have appeared in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, 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.

Javidan took a four-year sabbatical from his university teachings to work with the CEO of TransCanada PipeLines, a multibillion-dollar Canadian energy company. 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.

Javidan is the past senior editor, Global Leadership, for the Journal of World Business. He just completed a three-year term on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Executive. He was recently 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.

Download our podcast interview with Javidan, at right, to listen to our discussion about:

  • The GLOBE project, and its impact.
  • How he uses his work to help the worlds leaders gain a greater cultural insight through his position at the United Nations.
  • The future of collaboration—and how his research is making an impact.
  • The rise of women, and how it will play out in a global manner.
  • His new book, Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders.

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