Paul Miesing

Position: Associate Professor
Office: (518) 956-8348
Email: paul.miesing (at)
Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1977

Paul Miesing is the Founding Director of the Center for Advancement & Understanding of Social Enterprises (CAUSE). He conducts research and training in the various areas of “Strategic Management” in particular entrepreneurship and social enterprises; globalization, international business, and cross-culture management; and corporate social responsibility including environmental sustainability and corporate governance. He has published dozens of articles and papers in both academic and practitioner journals including several of the top business journals across all disciplines. He has also held appointments as MBA Director and Department Chair, served on the Faculty Board of his campus’ Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, has several joint appointments and affiliations, and is a recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in the School of Business. He has helped many audiences, including companies, civic groups, industry associations, and government agencies, both locally and internationally. He was a Fulbright lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai during 1998-1999 and has delivered lectures, seminars, and scholarly presentations on various management and organization issues and topics around the world.

Academic Subfields
Entrepreneurship and Innovation; International Business; Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Research Interests
Current research projects in Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, and Environmental Sustainability.

Applied Interests
Facilitating strategic change; Strategic leadership; Organizational learning 

Professional Honors
2017 Community Impact “Business-to-Nonprofit Partnership Award” recipient for exemplary volunteer services throughout the Capital Region by Stakeholders for Veterans in Economic Transition (VET) Conference (

2013 UAlbany President’s Award for Exemplary Community Engagement for “Small Enterprise Economic Development: SEED” and UAlbany President’s Award for Exemplary Community Engagement for “G3: Going Green Globally”

1978-79 Fulbright Scholar to the People’s Republic of China

Mentioned in several editions of Who’s Who in America

Received or contributed to numerous grants and awards, including from General Electric Fund, Sloan Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, New York State, and multiple campus grants

Served as reviewer for Fulbright Senior Specialists Program and National Science Foundation

Joint Appointment to PhD Program in Information Science Affiliate of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development Member of Academy of Management; Beta Gamma Sigma (national honor society in business); International Association for Business and Society (charter member)

Teaching Philosophy
If a single approach characterizes my teaching philosophy, it is to create the learning environment and get out of the way. In pursuit of a lively and healthy learning environment that is intellectually stimulating, I have used and developed cases, exercises, in-baskets, and simulations. I have extensively integrated information technologies that are changing the way we work, teach, learn, and live into my teaching. 

Recent Publications

Social and Economic Development in Transitioning and Market-Based Economies: Social Enterprises, Entrepreneurship, and Microenterprise as Integrating Institutions, B. Ramos, P. Miesing, & K. Briar-Lawson (eds.), (SUNY Press, in press).

Educating Social Entrepreneurs: From Idea Generation to Business Plan Formulation Vols. I & II, P. Miesing & M. Aggestam (eds.), Business Expert Press as part of the United Nations PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Book Collection, 2017.

Technology Transfer Institutions in China: A Comparison of Value Chain and Organizational Structure Perspectives, P. Miesing & M. Tang (2017). Chapter 3 in D. Libaers and D. Dunlap (eds.), University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship (World Scientific Publishing Co.) Vol. 1 in The World Scientific Reference on Innovation series Edited by D. Siegel.

How Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from Failure Management, J. Lee & P. Miesing (2017). Organizational Dynamics 46: 157-164 (see and

How Benefit Corporations Effectively Enhance Corporate Responsibility, P. Goldschein & P. Miesing (2016). Business & Professional Ethics Journal 35 (2-3): 109-128.

Enabling Sustainability in Management Education, P. Miesing, L. Krzykowski, and E. Rich (2015). Chapter 22 in S.F. Mitchell and J.A. Arevalo (eds.), Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach through University Leadership, Scholarship and Partnerships (Edward Elgar Publishing).

Lessons on Microenterprise Development from a University-Based Microlending Development Program, P. Miesing, B. Watts, D. Siegel, and K. Briar-Lawson (2015). Chapter 23 in D.B. Audretsch, A.N. Link, & M. Walshok (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management).

University Technology Transfer in China: How Effective are National Centers? P. Miesing, M. Tang, and M. Li (2014). Ch. 5 in A.C. Corbett, J.A. Katz, and D.S. Siegel (eds.), Academic Entrepreneurship: Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Vol 16. Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth): 115-136.

What Motivates Me? P. Miesing and E.J. Pavur (2011). in J.F. Marques, S. Dhiman, & J. Biberman (eds.), Managing in the Twenty-first Century: Transforming Toward Mutual Growth (Palgrave-MacMillan): 195-200.

Board of Director Composition and Financial Performance in a Sarbanes-Oxley World, R.K. Van Ness, P. Miesing, and J. Kang (2010). Journal of Academy of Business and Economics 10 (5): 56-74.

The Impact of Illegal Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing on the Media Industry, Goel, S., Miesing, P., & Chandra U. (2010). California Management Review 52 (3): 6-33.


MGT 513: Organizational Behavior & Managerial Skills (Graduates)
BUS 590: Business Sustainability in Global Perspectives (MBA)
MGT 682: Strategic Management (MBA)