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John Kalu Osiri

Director of the International Business Program, Associate Professor of Practice in Management and Robert B. Daugherty Water For Food Institute Faculty Fellow
International Business
HLH 325 G

Lincoln, NE
(402) 472-2183
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• Management Development Program, Harvard University
• AACSB-Sanctioned Post-Doctorate in International Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Florida
• Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry, Louisiana State University
• B.S. in Chemistry (Minors in Biology and Mathematics), Grambling State University
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  • Strategic
  • Maximizer
  • Achiever
  • Ideation
  • WOO

Kalu Osiri is a global educator and an executive leadership coach. He brings both academic and practitioner knowledge to his teaching, research and consulting practice. He began his career as a chemist and then became a management scholar, studying the neurochemistry of leadership and the role of culture and innovation in driving change within organizations and societies.

He worked with leading experts on leadership and emotional intelligence, Richard Boyatzis and Dan Goleman, to co-author “Thrive and Survive: Assessing Personal Sustainability,” a research article that is published with the American Psychological Association’s Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. 

He is also studying how Africans can leverage indigenous knowledge and systems to bring about positive transformation at individual and societal levels. He is the founder of Osiri University – platform dedicated to closing the educational gap in Africa and its Diaspora, and the author of Unleashing Your Idea: Steps to a Successful Start and Entrepreneurial Marketing: Creating a Customer Base.

Before coming to Nebraska, Osiri was at Washington State University-Pullman, where he was a clinical professor of international business and entrepreneurship as well as director of faculty-led study abroad programs in Spain and France. He has traveled and worked in numerous countries and in every continent (except Antarctica). In 2018, Osiri received the Chancellor’s Fulfilling the Dream Award for his relentless efforts to expand global opportunities for students.

Osiri is a graduate of the Grambling State University (BS), Louisiana State University (Ph.D.), The University of Florida (Post-Doctorate), and the Harvard Management Development Program (MDP).


Boyatzis, R., Dhar, U., Goleman, D., and Osiri, J. K. (In Press, 2020) Thrive and Survive:
Assessing Personal Sustainability. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.

Vallecha, H., Bhattacharjee, D., Osiri, J. K., and Bhola, P. (In Press, 2020) Evaluation of Barriers and Enablers through Integrative Multicriteria Decision Mapping: Developing Sustainable Community Energy in Indian Context. Renewable and Sustainable Reviews.

Osiri, J. K., Kungu, K., Amaugo, A., and Francis, J. (In Press, 2020). A Comparative Study of Experience and Exposure as Predictors of Business Entrepreneurial Intentions and Social Entrepreneurial Intentions. Journal of Creativity, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.

Osiri, J. K., Kungu, K., Amaugo, A., and Francis, J. (2020). Does Entrepreneurial Education Matter in the Cultivation of Business Entrepreneurial Intentions and Social Entrepreneurial Intentions? Erudio: Journal of Educational Innovation (7) 2, 166 - 175

Osiri, K. (2020). Igbo Management Philosophy: A Key for Entrepreneurial Success in Africa. Journal of Management History, (26) 3, 295-314.

Vithayathil, J., Dadgar, M., and Osiri J.K., (2020) Social Media Usage and Consumer Shopping Preferences. International Journal of Information Management (54) 102117

Vithayathil, J., Dadgar, M., and Osiri J.K., (2020) Does Social Media Use at Work Lower Productivity? International Journal of Information Technology and Management (IJITM), 19 (1)

Osiri, J. K., Kungu, K., and Dilbeck, M. (2019). Predictors of Entrepreneurial Intentions and Social Entrepreneurial Intentions: A Look at Proactive Personality, Self-Efficacy and Creativity. Journal of Business Diversity. 19 (1).

Graduate Course

International Business (GRBA 852)

Undergraduate Courses

International Business (MNGT 414)

International Studies in Business and Economics (BSAD 491)

Global Leadership and the Culture Map (BSAD 420)

Global Issues (BSAD 320)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations (ENTR 321)


  • Representative, PhD Project Conference (2018 - present)


  • Member, University Committee on Increasing Equity in Faculty Evaluation (Fall 2020 – present)
  • Member, Chancellor’s Town Hall Leadership Team for Coronavirus Crisis (3/2020 – present)
  • Member, UNL N2025 Commission – The Strategy Team of the N150 Commission, 2019
  • University Brand Advisory Council, Spring 2018 – Fall 2019
  • Doctoral Faculty Associate, Appointed to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty to serve in doctoral committees (Fall 2017 – present)

Memberships & Service to Profession

  • Member, Academy of Management (2020 – present)
  • Member, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (2019 – present)
  • Member, Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (2013- present)
  • Member, Academy of International Business (2013 – present)
  • Co-Founder, Journal for the Advancement of Developing Economies, (Active until 2018)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Management History (2019 – present)

Service to Community

  • Volunteer, Planforward 2050 Equity Subcommittee, Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department (Summer 2020-)
  • Board Member, University of Nebraska Federal Credit Union (3/2019 –)
  • Board of Director, Community Hope Federal Credit Union (April 2019 – until acquired in 2019)
  • Founder, The Afrikan Community of Nebraska (2018 – present)
  • Member, E. N. Thompson Forum on World Issues (Fall 2018 - present)
  • Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated (Spring 2005 – present)