Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta is the Chairman of the Board of Management of Auro University and is also Distinguished Professor of Strategy. Prior to that he was Provost/Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University. Earlier, he was Visiting Professor of Business Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A). He returned to India in 2006/7 to head the collaboration between Duke CE (Duke University’s Corporate Education Arm) and IIM-A as Regional Managing Director for India, West Asia and the Middle East. Subsequently he was Academic Director of Duke CE. Prior to that he was at Purdue University for 16 years, where he taught Economics and Strategic Management.
He has done extensive research in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Industrial Organization, Information Economics and Experimental Economics. His research was the subject of a full-length review by the Economist. His work on creating world class universities has been discussed around the world and profiled in over ten languages including Chinese, Russian, French, German and Arabic among others.
He has also done ground breaking work (along with Dr. Alok Chaturvedi) in the area of Synthetic Economies by creating the most comprehensive framework for agent based research using a combination of human and artificial agents. The technology is currently being used to model Homeland Security Issues worldwide and has been used extensively by the US government. To commercialize the SEAS technology, in 1999 he founded (along with Prof. Alok Chaturvedi) SEAS LLC which in 2001 morphed into Simulex Inc. a successful high-tech company in the Purdue Technology Park.
He authored or co-authored proposals that brought in over nine million dollars of research funding to Purdue University from the National Science Foundation, the 21st Century Fund, Microsoft, Intel and others. He has been on nearly two dozen doctoral dissertation committees. He is also an award winning teacher, having successfully taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. He has been awarded one of Purdue University's highest awards, the Class of 1922 Award for Teaching, Innovation and Helping Students Learn.
For six years he led Purdue’s Entrepreneurship Initiative as part of which he organized the flagship Entrepreneurial Competition and in the process worked with over two hundred teams of students on their business plans, several of whom went on to get venture funding. The program that he set up was rated among the top programs in the world.
Over the years, Dr. Mehta has consulted with and taught senior executives worldwide including executives from North America, Europe, Africa and Asia (including CEOs in Pakistan). The companies that he has worked with at the CXO or board level include the Bajaj Group, Bharat Petroleum, Black Management Forum of South Africa, Eli Lilly, Genpact, Honeywell, IBM, Infosys, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Microsoft, P&G, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, State Bank of India and the Tata Group, among others. He has conducted long range scenario planning, envisioning and simulation exercises with a wide variety of executives in government and in industry.
He has been a member of several high powered committees convened by the Ministry of Human Resource Development including the Higher Education Committee of the Central Advisory Board of Education and the Project Review Board of RUSA. He has conducted several programs for senior IAS officers including one for all the Secretaries to the Government of India.
At IIMA he continues to teach one of the very few courses available anywhere in the world on creating high performance organizations, a topic that is of research, teaching and professional interest to him.
According to a recent paper by Sahoo, Singh, Mishra and Sankaran (2015) from IIM-Bangalore and XIM- Bhubaneshwar, he is rated as one of the top 10 researchers in the field of Strategy in India.
His BA and MA are from Delhi University (St. Stephen’s College and Delhi School of Economics respectively), his MPhil is from Balliol College, Oxford, and his PhD is from Harvard.