Entrepreneurship scholar Mian honored with Chancellor’s Award

OSWEGO — Dr. Sarfraz A. Mian, professor in the SUNY Oswego School of Business, expert in entrepreneurship and business incubation, and scholar with a global reputation, has received a 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Joan M. Carroll, chair of the Chancellor’s Award selection committee and associate professor in the School of Business, noted the exponential growth of interest in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Sarfraz A. Mian
Dr. Sarfraz A. Mian

“Dr. Mian’s expertise in entrepreneurship, new venture development, technology incubators and the role of government and universities in promoting business start-ups is relevant and timely,” Carroll wrote in recommending Mian’s nomination to SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

Mian joined the faculty in 1992, and has chaired the management and marketing department since 2010. He has a sustained record of research publications that are frequently cited by management and entrepreneurship scholars around the world. He also has a record of grant awards and a background of international work in Pakistan, India, Mexico, Germany and elsewhere.

He earned the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Scholarly Activities in 1997, and has built significantly on that accomplishment, publishing two scholarly books — with a third due out this year — along with 12 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters and serving as guest editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

International entrepreneurship

Mian’s articles in the Journal of Business Venturing and in Research Policy are two most-cited business incubation resources. In 2007, a study in the journal Industrial & Corporate Change ranked his published work among the top 13 worldwide among authors that have published two or more entrepreneurship articles.

Mian currently is actively engaged in four international grants from the United States, Mexico, Pakistan and Canada. Grants have enabled him to complete two national studies as principal investigator for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, an academic research consortium active in more than 60 countries.

He is a member of several professional associations that address entrepreneurship and small-business management, including the Academy of Management, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, International Association for the Management of Technology and National Business Incubation Association.

For all his scholarship, Mian constantly is in touch with the needs of nations and the marketplace. In a 2010 interview about an entrepreneurship study in Pakistan, he said, “We must teach the practical things. We must teach the useful things. We need to say to the youth, ‘Help yourselves and help the world.'”