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Mazhar Islam

Assistant Professor of Management and holder of the Chase Distinguished Professorship of International Business


Ph.D. University of Minnesota

M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology

M.B.A., Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

B.Tech. (Honors), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.


  • College of Business
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Master of Business Administration


Mazhar Islam joined the faculty at Loyola’s College of Business as an Assistant Professor of Management in 2018 after spending three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia and a lecturer at the Bruchsal International University in Germany. He completed his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Mazhar’s research intersects entrepreneurship and strategic management focusing on cooperative strategic choices of firms and collaborative innovation. He also studies the global business environment, examining how institutions and non-market forces shape the national business environments. His first book titled Demography and the Global Business Environment co-authored with Alfred Marcus of University of Minnesota will be published by Edward Elgar in Fall 2021. He published in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Research Policy. His research has been featured in the MIT Sloan Management Review. One of his papers with Minyuan Zhao received the best conference paper award at the Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society.

Mazhar received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He advises several startups and was involved with STEM-Away, a San Francisco Bay area startup focused on democratizing opportunities for students entering STEM careers. 

Before joining academia, Mazhar worked as a mining engineer, an international business development manager, an investment banker and a consultant in Bangladesh, Thailand, Germany and the USA. He is an avid traveler and has visited more than 40 countries and lived in China, Germany, India, Norway and Thailand for extended periods of time. He is a native of Bangladesh and enjoys Louisiana food and the southern hospitality.