Talking with … Navid Asgari

business_faculty_navid_asgariThis week’s “Talking with …” brings us to the management systems area, where we get to know Assistant Professor Navid Asgari.

Why did you choose the Gabelli School as a home base for your research and teaching?
Fordham’s mission of educating students for a humane and just world was very appealing. Further, I found the Gabelli School to be very supportive of junior faculty and the colleagues to be very approachable.

Have you ever been surprised by a finding in your own research?
I think I need several more years to be surprised by my findings. But, I have found some interesting results. For example, in a recent paper published in Strategic Management Journal, my co-authors and I found that a firm faced with a major technological change may form a new alliance with another firm to cope with the change. This action could, in turn, generate a cascading effect on the formation and termination of other alliances. We initially discounted the extent of this cascading effect, but the results showed that portfolios of alliances may be more complex than we usually think. Therefore, managers should be aware that alliance portfolios may have collective properties—decisions on the formation and termination of alliances require factoring in the overall properties of a portfolio.

Which journals are you focusing on for publication?
I am focusing on journals that usually publish papers by strategic management scholars, because I want to have a contribution to the field of strategy.

What about your Gabelli School students impresses you?
I remember discussing challenges of competition and cooperation (also known as “coopetition”) in one of my MBA classes. One of my students gave a real-life example and explained the importance of coopetition in high-tech sectors. My follow-up investigation of the discussion helped me in the development of an empirical working paper. The same student impressed me several times. I have been impressed by some of my undergraduate students, too.

What one thing would you want students who are considering taking your classes to know about you?
I want them to know that I value their aspirations and I want them to learn. That is why I chose a career in academia.

Given that lifelong learning is one of the Gabelli School’s values, what is something that you’d like to learn—or learn more about?
I am quite interested in history. I would like to learn more about history of the Americas.


Fun questions

Best thing about New York City:
Central Park

Worst thing about New York City:
Ear-splitting sirens

Favorite picture you’ve taken in the last year:
Spring on Madison Avenue!


What you had for dinner last night:

What you wish you’d had for dinner last night:

Chocolate or vanilla:

Three things you cannot live without:
My exercise routine, the Internet, and my books


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