Shaista E. Khilji

Shaista E. Khilji
Human & Organizational Learning
(202) 994-1146


Prof. Shaista E. Khilji is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the South Asian Journal of Global Business Research (SAJGBR), and Professor of Human and Organizational Learning & International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she teaches graduate level courses on Leadership, Change, Consulting and Strategic HR.

Her research focuses on issues related to Global Leadership, Talent Development, Innovation, and Cross-Cultural Management with a particular emphasis on emerging economies.

She has published several articles in tier-1 scholarly journals, including the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of World Business, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and presented more than 50 research papers at various international conferences. Her most recent book, published in Oct. 2013, is entitled "Globalization, Change and Learning in South Asia."

Prof. Khilji has taught and trained a diverse audience in Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, United States, Canada, India, and Pakistan. Based upon her expertise, she has contributed to many stories published in daily newspapers and magazines.

Prof. Khilji has received several awards, including "Honorary Lifetime Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society" (UK); "Pride of Profession Award" (India); the "Outstanding Service" and "Best Reviewer" awards by the Academy of Management (USA), "Top 10%" paper award by the Academy of International Business (Italy), and a "Bronze Award" by McGraw Hill Higher Education. She was nominated for the Washingtonian "Rising Star under 40 years" for her all-round academic achievements, "Best International Symposium' and "Newman' awards by Academy of Management. She has also received GW's Service Excellence Award in the Collaborative Group category for hosting the Clinton Global Initiative University at GW, and VALOR award for cross-disciplinary work and program innovation.

Prof. Khilji has consulted with US and Canadian governments, higher educational institutions (in Singapore, Canada, Pakistan, Morocco, India and Cuba) and several organizations in the private and non-profit sector globally, including working on President Obama’s initiative to develop transparent culture in the federal government. Her most recent work focuses upon the increasing levels of social and economic disempowerment at base of the pyramid; and making USA more competitive for the global economy.

Prof. Khilji is currently one of the principal investigators on a $1 million grant from the US State Department, entitled, "Development in Pakistan through Women's Empowerment". She is also co-leading the education of USNA junior officers for a Master’s degree in Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) at GW.


Ph.D., Cambridge University, UK
M.Phil., Cambridge University, UK


Khilji, S. E., Tarique, I., & Schuler, R. S. (2015). Incorporating the macro view in global talent management. Human Resource Management Review, 25 (3), 236-248.

Khilji, S. E., Keilson, B., Shakir, F. Y., & Shrestha, B. K. (2015). Self, follower, organization and the context - A cross cultural view of authentic leadership. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 4 (1), 2-26.

Wong, D., Kessler, E., Khilji, S. E., & Gopalakrishnan, S. (2014). Using cultural mythologies to explore leadership patterns in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and USA. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research.

Khilji, S. E., Murphy, E., Mujtaba, B., Greenwood, R., & Matthews, C. (2014). Plurality within contemporary organizations: Evidence of complexity of value variations and similarities across religions. Cross Cultural Management - An International Journal, 21 (2). 219-244.

Durmusoglu, S., Jacobs, M., Nayir, D. Z., Khilji, S. E., & Wang. X. (2014). The quasi-moderating role of organizational culture in the relationship between rewards and knowledge shared and gained. Journal of Knowledge Management, 18 (1).

Khilji, S. E., & Keilson, B. (2014). In search of global talent - is south Asia ready? South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 3 (2).

Khilji, S. E. (2014). Human aspect of interdisciplinary research. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 3 (1).

Khilji, S. E., & Ruel, H. (2014). The role of human resource management in cross border acquisitions. In Horwitz, F., & Budhwar, P. (Eds.). Handbook of human resource management in emerging economies. London: Routledge.

Cseh, M., Davis, E., & Khilji, S. E. (2013). Developing a global mindset: Learning of global leaders. European Journal of Training and Development, 37 (5).

Gupta, V., & Khilji, S. E. (2013). Revisiting fortune at base of the pyramid revisited. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 2 (1), 8-26.

Khilji, S. E. (2013). High and low context culture. In Kessler, E. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Management Theory. Sage Publications.

Khilji, S. E. (2013). Transnational management. In Kessler, E. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Management Theory. Sage Publications.

Khilji, S. E., Mroczkowski, T., & Assudani, R. (2012). Balancing innovation and growth in Indian biotech firms.South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 1 (2).

Khilji, S. E., Egri, C., Ralston, D., Palmer, I., Girson, I., Milton, L., Richards, M., & Mockaitis. (2012). Do Anglo cluster countries still form a values cluster? Evidence of the complexity of changing cultural values. Journal of World Business. 47 (2), 267-276.

Khilji, S. E. (2012). An ambicultural Asian model: Management and culture in Pakistan. In Warner, M. (Ed.), Managing Across Diverse Cultures in East Asia: Issues and Challenges in a Changing WorldLondon: Routledge.

Khilji, S. E. (2012). Does south Asia matter? Rethinking south Asia as relevant in international business research. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 1 (1), 8-21.

Khilji, S. E., & Matthews, C. (2012). Current standing and future directions: published south Asian research. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 1 (2), 154-176.

DeMartis, W., Matthews, C., & Khilji, S. E. (2012). National HRD and HRD: the road ahead for Afghanistan. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 1 (1).

Huff, R., & Khilji, S. E. (2011). Delegation of authority. Prepared for the US Office of Personnel Management for implementing President Obama's Open Culture.

Khilji, S. E. (2011). Cultural change and barriers. Transparency Guide for the US Office of Personnel Management, Open Government Foundation, Washington, DC. Available at

Khilji, S. E., Oh, C. H., & Manikoth, N. (2011). Teaching note: People lead to stronger performance: the secret to Samsung' success. Ivey Publishing.

Khilji, S. E., Popov-Nowak, I., Huff, R., & Cseh, M. (2011). Roadmap to transparency, transparency guide for the US Office of Personnel Management. Open Government Foundation, Washington, DC. Available at

Khilji, S. E., & Davis, E. (2010). Building competitive advantage in a global environment: leadership and mindset. In Devinney, T. M., Pedersen, T. & L Tihanyi (Eds.), Advances in International Management: The Past, Present and Future of International Business and Management, Volume 23, New York, NY: Emerald.

Khilji, S. E., Qiao, K., & Wang, X. (2010). Does convergence occur in regional clusters? Evidence of HR satisfaction, turnover intentions and demographic variables from Pakistan and China. Journal of Global Business Advancement, 5 (3).

Khilji, S. E., Zaidman, N., Dorit, A., Tirmizi, A., & Srinivas, E. S. (2010). Crossvergence of values: an analysis of the use of IM at workplace in Israel, India and Pakistan. International Business Review, 19, 419-431 (ISSN: 069-5931).

Muto, Y., & Khilji, S. E. (2010). Organizational culture of global organizations. In J. Westover (Ed.), Globalization, Labor and the Transformation of Work: Readings for Seeking a Competitive Advantage in An Increasingly Global Economy. Commanding Heights Publications.

Qiao, K., Khilji, S. E., & Wang, X. (2009). HPWS, organizational commitment and the role of demographic features in China. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20 (11), 2311-2330. (ISSN: 0958-5192).

Muto, Y., & Khilji, S. E. (2007). Organization culture of global organizations: convergence or divergence? The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, 7 (2), 49-58.

Khilji, S. E. & Wang, X. (2007). Old debate, new evidence in strategic human resource management: investigating the relationship between employee satisfaction with HRM and turnover. International Business Review, 16, 277-295 (ISSN: 069-5931).

In the News

Dr. Shaista E. Khilji organized the International Conference on Global Gender Perspective in Lahore, Pakistan. This was part of the GW-LCWU academic partnership that she has been co-leading for the past 3 years. This 3-day conference was funded by the State Department and attended by 300 plus local and international participants from Europe, North America and Asia.

Dr. Shaista E. Khilji attended the Academy of Management in Anaheim, CA with her doctoral students. She participated in several sessions as a presenter, panelist and organizer of professional development workshops (PDW). She co-presented with Dr. Candice Matthews findings from a study of women social entrepreneurs and their identity. With Dr. Kelly Pumroy, she presented findings of a qualitative study focused on how women engineers make sense of their organizations and their careers.