Dr. Harsha Desai

Professor of Management


Sellinger Hall 419


Harsha Desai, Ph.D., a tenured full Professor of Management, Loyola University Maryland, former chair of the department, Founder Director of Center for Closely Held Firms(http://chf.loyola.edu - from 1989 to present) and Founder Co-Director of the Center for Sustainable Social Impact (http://www.cfssi.org - from 2010 to present).

He is also the President of Desai Associates, a management consulting firm.

B.E. Electrical Engineering, Poona University (Kirlosker Prize in Design) , M.S. Industrial Engineering, Penn State (Alpha Pi Mu, national industrial engineering honor society) and Ph.D. Business Administration, Penn State (Beta Gamma Sigma, national business honor society). Continuing education workshops at MIT, Harvard and Penn State.


  • Teaching strategy and entrepreneurship at undergraduate, graduate MBA and executive MBA level, supervised numerous for-profit and nonprofit students' consulting practicum assignments in strategy courses; also designed and developed entrepreneurship courses in undergraduate and graduate programs; from 1982 to present.
  • Organized and participated in outbound MBA international travels to China, Thailand, India, and Chile - students and special purpose groups; from the early 1990s to 2010.
  • Designed, organized and implemented inbound international MBA student seminars for Chileans and Thais; in the 1990s.
  • Negotiated university-to-university MOU for wide ranging collaboration; in the 2000s.
  • Taught at universities in India, Thailand, and Chile for extended periods from the 1980s-present; and in Russia and China for shorter duration workshops in the 1990s.
  • US SBA funded program on Minority Business Executive Programs for 55-60 minority owned businesses each year recruited from 36-40 states of the US during several years in the 1990s.
  • 13 years of both corporate and small business experience in utility, computer and healthcare industries prior to becoming a full time professor; from 1963 through 1980-.
  • Prime contracts with US SBA, and US Department of Energy; subcontracts with US AID and US DOT; from 2000 to late 2000s.
  • 30 plus years of start-up and management consulting with small and large companies; from the 1980s to present.


  • International program development
  • Conducting workshops worldwide
  • Consulting in strategic planning, business plan development and entrepreneurial start-ups
  • Case writing
  • Published author in numerous academic and practitioner journals

Academic Degrees

Ph D, Pennsylvania State University.
MS, Pennsylvania State University.
BE, University of Poona.

Representative Publications

A. Kimbrough Sherman and Harsha B. Desai, Rockville Lumber: Systems Analysis and Design for a Small Supplier, Annual Advances in Business Cases, 30 2011, 151-155.

A. Kimbrough Sherman and Harsha B. Desai, Igneous Skis: Custom Ski Making in a Scale-Driven Industry, Business Case Journal, 17(2) 2010, 66-83.

Harsha B. Desai, Hung B. Ding and D. Fedder, Teaching scientists entrepreneurship: A dialectical approach, Teaching scientists entrepreneurship: A dialectical approach, 18(2) 2010, 193-293.

A. Kimbrough Sherman and Harsha B. Desai, Igneous Skis: An Upstart in a Mature Industry: Is this an Opportunity or Simply a Hobby?, Journal of Critical Incidents, 3 2010, 60-64.

Harsha B. Desai and Kiran Desai, Dilip's gemstone business, Business Case Journal, 2008.

Athaide, G. A., Desai, H. B., Design and Implementation of an Interdisciplinary Marketing/Management Course On Technology and Innovation Management, Journal of Marketing Education, 27, December, (2007), p. 239-249.

Wren, G. P., Ferreiro, O., Forgionne, G., Desai, H. B., Adoption of decision support systems in a developing country, Journal of Decision Systems, 16, 4, (2007), p. 425-449.

Fedder, D., Desai, H. B., Maciunskaite, M., Putting a Public Health Face on Clinical Practice: Potential for Using an Infectious Disease Management Model for Chronic Disease Prevention, Disease Management & Health Outcomes, 14, 4, (2006).

Smith, D., Desai, H. B., Cotner, J. S., Kashlak, R. J., International Field Studies: Tools for Enhancing Cultural Literacy, Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 2, 2, (2005), p. 9-17.

Jones, R. M., Mento, A. J., Desai, H. B., Integrated Team Development Methodologies for Managers in an EMBA Program: A Case Study, Journal of Executive Education, 2, (2003), p. 15-29.

Professional Experience/Certification

Center for Closely Held Firms, Loyola College