My interest in business stems from my own upbringing growing up in a small business family in India. I got hooked to business at an early age and when most kids my age were still playing video games, I was already thinking about new business opportunities. After graduating from the four-year mechanical engineering program of Punjab Technical University, I joined the family business of machinery manufacturing. The next few years were quite eventful as I gained valuable experience in the machinery and automotive business sectors. A few unplanned turn of events took me to Penn State University where I joined the masters program in Industrial Engineering. I took classes in both the engineering and business schools at Penn State, but it was the business courses that captured my interest and were to become the foundation for my future career as a business researcher and academic. I joined the PhD program in Business Administration at University of Missouri where I had a chance to learn from and work with world-class scholars and researchers. My interest in entrepreneurial activities provided the direction for my PhD work and I specialized in Strategy with a special emphasis on Entrepreneurship. Since then, I have been researching, teaching, and lecturing on various business- and education- related issues.
Although I like to plan ahead, I believe that a lot of the events and milestones in my life are a result of unexpected developments. At this stage in my life, I subscribe to Einstein’s dictum that luck favors the prepared mind, and so my life mantra is to strive for the best and be prepared for the unexpected.