April 18, 2017
Harbinger Group Founder Wins Research Award
Top Academics Recognize CEO Vikas Joshi’s Doctoral Work on Entrepreneurship
Vikas Joshi, CEO of Harbinger Group, was honored recently by American Educational Research Association (AERA), headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, for his research in entrepreneurship. Dr. Joshi won the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award conferred by AERA through its Special Interest Group on Workplace Learning. This award is for the doctoral research he recently completed at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vikas Joshi’s thesis, titled “The Coevolution of Technology Firms and Founders” examines how growing firms unleash unique developmental processes that transform founders.
Explaining the motivation for his work, Dr. Joshi said, “Histories of Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft made me wonder how Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg could lead such spectacular growth despite their obvious inexperience at startup. What is more, this paradox is not limited to just a few celebrity founders. Instead, technology entrepreneurship is full of examples where a college grad starts and leads firms to major success. So, I decided to investigate how the growing business itself becomes the most potent source of learning for founders.”
A successful tech founder himself, Vikas Joshi drew heavily on his extensive experience and that of other founder CEOs to build his theory. His findings describe how founders and firms influence each other.
The award will be conferred on April 30 at the AERA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. “I’m grateful for the support of my Harbinger peers and the UPenn academic community. I’m thankful to AERA for the honor,” said Dr. Joshi. He further added: “I see this award as an endorsement of research that focuses on the human development side of entrepreneurship.”
About Vikas Joshi
Vikas Joshi is founder, chairman, and managing director of Harbinger Group, a leading software firm serving global customers. A Harvard Business School alum, Vikas earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research in entrepreneurship addressed the co-evolution of technology firms and founders. Earlier, he completed his undergrad engineering degree at IIT Bombay and masters in computer science at Syracuse University. Vikas holds two US patents based on his inventions in education technology.
About American Educational Research Association
The American Educational Research Association, or AERA, was founded in 1916 as a professional organization representing educational researchers in the United States and around the world. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. AERA’s more than 25,000 members are faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. AERA’s 12 membership divisions, and nearly 160 special issue groups, reflect the wide range of expertise of its member scholars. AERA’s Workplace Learning SIG pursues the mission to explore theory, research, and practical developments in workplace learning.
February 02, 2017
Dr. Vikas Joshi’s article published by Your Story platform
Most people believe that entrepreneurial ventures are about using existing skills to run a successful business, rather than learning new things. New research in entrepreneurship shows that a growing start-up acts as the crucible for founder growth too. Not only does a start-up give you plenty of opportunities to grow; in many ways, it forces you to grow at a pace that is unthinkable in a vast majority of work positions. Many investors, board members, and key executives miss this insight, and write founders off citing lack of experience, only to be surprised later.
My article in YourStory on why entrepreneurship is not just about business growth, but personal growth too.
January 19, 2017
How Entrepreneurs Encounter Opportunities: Management Journal Features Dr. Vikas Joshi’s Thoughts
The Journal of Commerce and Management Thought (JCMT) featured a guest editorial by Dr. Vikas Joshi in its January 2017 issue. The article challenges popular myths about opportunities that entrepreneurs discover. The author’s argument is summarized in the title: In Entrepreneurship, an Opportunity is only as Good as What You Make of It.
JCMT is a leading research journal dedicated to research in academia. It is a platform to showcase, share and act upon the research work and projects by the academicians and corporate practitioners.