Prashanth Bharadwaj

  • Dean’s Associate, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and Professor, Department of Management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

    Prashanth N. Bharadwaj holds a PhD and an MBA in Operations Management from Rutgers University, an MS in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a BE in Industrial and Production Engineering from Bangalore University.  

    Dr. Bharadwaj’s areas of research include supply chain management, production planning, inventory management, service quality, developmental entrepreneurship, and spirituality & learning in organizations. He has presented over fifty conference papers and has published over two dozen journal articles in journals such as International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Production Planning and Control, Journal of Small Business Management, and many more. He has served as the Editor/Associate Editor of five scholarly journals and served as the academic program chairperson for the annual conferences of a professional organization for twenty years. As a management consultant and as part of the award-winning Small Business Institute at IUP, he has successfully directed and completed scores of consulting projects for major corporations as well as small businesses. He has been a recipient of contracts and grants worth several million dollars. He was the 2001 recipient of IUP’s Distinguished Research Award.

    Dr. Bharadwaj has traveled to over sixty countries, mainly for teaching, program development, and research. In addition to teaching at IUP and two other universities in the U.S., he has taught at other universities in Asia and Europe. He was one of the twelve academic members selected from the U.S. for the AACSB/Keizai Koho Center Japan Study Tour in 2003

    He is the architect and director of IUP’s unique MBA program in India, offered in partnership with PES University, Bangalore since 2005. Nearly 1,000 alumni of this globally relevant program are spread all over the world. He has been conducting a “Discover India” annual tour for international students since 2007 and about 200 American students and nearly 50 other international students have taken advantage of this opportunity. He also coordinates IUP’s Executive MBA Program in partnership with the Arab American University. He is the architect & director of IUP’s numerous off-shore programs & international partnerships in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, & Latin America.
    Dr. Bharadwaj has over 25 years of teaching experience in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, quality management, strategic management, entrepreneurship, and learning organizations. He has developed several new courses and programs including a hybrid/blended executive MBA program and a Ph.D. in Business Program.

    Dr. Bharadwaj served as the Chairperson for the Management Department at IUP for nine years before his tenure as Dean’s Associate. In his role as the Dean’s Associate, his responsibilities include strategic planning, international partnerships, curriculum & content development, outcomes assessment, and corporate relations. As the Dean’s Associate, he is the faculty coordinator for the maintenance of AACSB Accreditation, the premier accreditation for b-schools.