Rajshree Agarwal
University of Maryland

Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. Rajshree studies the evolution of industries, firms and individual careers, as fostered by the twin engines of innovation and enterprise. Rajshree’s scholarship uses an interdisciplinary lens to provide insights on strategic innovation for new venture creation and for firm renewal. She routinely publishes in leading journals in strategy and entrepreneurship. An author of more than 60 studies, her research has been cited more than 10,000 times, received numerous best paper awards, and funded by grants from various foundations, including the Kauffman Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She is currently the co-editor of the Strategic Management Journal and has previously served in co-editor and senior editor roles at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Organization Science respectively. Rajshree has taught a wide range of courses in strategic management, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, industrial organization and microeconomics at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and PhD levels. Her teaching and engagement in growth-oriented firms help professionals advance through personal leadership, develop win-win relationships, and create a virtuous spiral between their aspirations and abilities. Rajshree has received numerous awards for her scholarship and mentorship, including the “University Scholar” Award at the University of Illinois and the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award at the University of Maryland. Rajshree is a senior contributor at Forbes, providing insights for leading purposeful lives, strategy and innovation. She has been featured in major media outlets including the Washington Post, USA Today, Time, and the Baltimore Sun, and has appeared in several video interviews and podcasts. Her op-eds have had over 100,000 reads, and her conversation with David Rubin on “The Rubin Report” drew approximately 25,000 views. Agarwal’s ability to put complex thoughts into clear terms led one media outlet to describe her as “an economist who makes things understandable.” Rajshree received her Ph.D. in Economics from SUNY Buffalo in 1994 and has previously held faculty appointments at Universities of Illinois and Central Florida.