June 8, 2016

MB Sarkar, 1961-2016

Mitrabarun Sarkar, Lenfest Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Temple University, died Tuesday at age 54. He leaves behind a wife and two adult daughters.

I first met MB in Boston at the 1997 Academy of Management meeting, where we both participated in the doctoral consortium of the Technology and Innovation Management division. (Other participants that year included Ajay Agrawal, Erwin Danneels, Lee Fleming and Alan MacCormack). MB was then a Ph.D. student at Michigan State, where he graduated in 1999.

Upon graduation, he joined the University of Central Florida where he was an assistant and then associate professor. He joined Temple’s Fox School of Business in 2008, and became the H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2014.

During the past 20 years, his publications included 5 in AMJ, 4 in SMJ, 2 JIBS, 2 Org Sci, as well as papers in JBV, JMR and Mgt Sci; his h-index is 24 (i.e., he has 24 papers with 24+ Google citations). In 2005, AMJ selected his paper as the best paper of 2014. He wrote about e-commerce, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and construction. At the time of his death, he was an associate editor of SEJ and on the editorial boards of AMJ, GSJ and SMJ.

However, at Temple he was known for his teaching, having won in 2013 the university's highest teaching honor. Within the business school, he won more than a dozen teaching awards and created its Global Immersion Program in Emerging Markets. 

Before entering grad school, he spent 6½ years as Founder/CEO of Infocom, an Indian media company. He has an MBA from IIM in Ahmedabad and a BA in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

The Temple press release states that “He is survived by his wife, Tanu, and their daughters, Mohenna, who lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Aeshna, who attends Tulane University.”

MB Sarkar, 1961-2016: requiescat in pace.

Photo credit: MB Sarkar's public LinkedIn page.


rbrowncell said...

MB was a great scholar and teacher, and just an all-around nice guy. I had the pleasure to know him while doing my PhD at Temple from 2008 to 2013. Very sad and he will be missed.

Gary Knight said...

He was a good old friend, and a nice guy. I will miss him. Gary Knight

Harpreet said...

MB was a great teacher, he use to take his students on a journey into the topic. Very sad news indeed. Everyone I know liked him.