Joan P. Mileski

Department Head & Professor
Department of Maritime Business Administration

“You can fool some of the people all of the time. And, all of the people some of the time. But, You can’t fool all people all the time.”

-Abe Lincoln

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

My research for my Ph.D. started in international business and foreign direct investment. I wanted to find a truly global industry to continue my research. The Maritime Industry is the most global industry, has a high impact on the global economy, and is present in over 160 countries.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

Gain knowledge of what it is like to work in international business, value the people with whom they work, value the companies with which they work, and impact the economies they touch.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Passionate about making sure that the generations after me know how to make things work.


Ph.D. International Management Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, 2000
Taxation, Pace University, 1983
B.B.A. Accounting, University of Notre Dame, 1979

Certified Public Accountant Illinois, 1979
Certified Public Accountant New Jersey, 1980

Courses Taught
MARA 610: International Strategic Planning and Implementation
MARA 624: Intermodal Transportation
MARA 658: Port Design, Plan, and Security
Grace Wang,, Chenrui Qu, Joan Mileski; "A game theory application of a cruise value chain – the case of China" Maritime Business Review (in press).

2018: Mileski, J., A.H. Gharehgozli, C. Ghoram Ryan Swaney; "Cooperation in Developing a Disaster Prevention and Response Plan for Arctic Shipping," Marine Policy (in press).

2018: Galvao, C.B., A. Gharehgozli, and J. Mileski; "Being left at the altar: A content analysis of the Ports of Houston and Galveston merger case that never happened," Research in Transportation Business & Management,

2018: Wang, P., J. Mileski and Q. Zeng; "Alignments between Strategic Content and Process Structure:  The Case of Container Terminal Service Process Automation” by Maritime Economics and Logistics (), 1-16 DOI 10.1057/s41278-018-0100-5

2017: Duru, O., C. Clott and J. Mileski; "U.S. Tanker Transport: Current Structure and Economic Analysis, Research in Transportation Business and Management" [Link]

2017: BOONE, Sarah; LAVERNE, Taliese; MILESKI, Joan. "Beneficial Effects of Slow Steaming in Bulk Freight Markets." Revista de Administração, Sociedade e Inovação, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 175-187, dez. ISSN 2447-8156.

2017: Gharehgozli, A. H., J. Mileski, O. Duru. "Heuristic Estimation of Container Stacking and Reshuffling Operations under the Containership Delay Factor and Mega-Ship Challenge." Maritime Policy and Management. Published online 03 Mar 2017.Vol. 44, Nos. 3-4, 373-391.

2017: Duru O., J. Mileski and E. Gunes; "Performance obligations for ‘Revenue from Contracts with Customers’ principle in the shipping industry." Maritime Business Review, vol2 Issue: 3 pp. 211-223,

2017: Adams, A, A.H. Gharehgozli and J. Mileski; "Supply Chain Disruptions in the Cruise Line Industry," Maritime Economist (in press).

2016: Gharehgozli, A. H., J. Mileski, A. Adams, W. von Zharen; "Evaluating a “Wicked Problem”: A Conceptual Framework on Seaport Resiliency in the Event of Weather Disruptions." Technological Forecasting & Social Change, in press.

March 2-3, 2018: Joan Mileski (chair) Cassia Galvao, Chris Clott and Cheryl Morris, Building a Successful Career in Global Maritime Business, Chart Your Course, Women in Maritime Leadership, Cal Maritime.

Joan Mileski and Uche Nwabueze, The Death of Ethics: Revisiting the Case of AIG

June 2017: Accepted for presentation at the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Dubai.

June, 2016: Joan Mileski and Carter Franklin, The Humanization of Corporations, accepted to the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, New Orleans.

2015: “Creating and Publishing High-Quality Research on Women and Gender,” panelist, Panel Sponsored by the WAIB, Women in the Academy of International Business for the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Bengalore, India.   

November, 2015: Ana Albert, Joan Mileski, and Wyndylyn von Zharen, “Women Sustaining a Maritime Industry Career:  Identifying Attitudinal and Structural Impediments, Academy of International Business, Savannah, Georgia.

November, 2015: Joan Mileski and Wyndylyn von Zharen, Wicked Problems in the Maritime and Marine Environment, presented at the World Congress on Oceans, China.

June 27-30, 2015: Wyndylyn von Zharen and Joan Mileski, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby?”  Women in the Maritime Industry: Identifying Attitudinal and Structural Impediments,”  presented at the 2015 Academy of International Business Annual Conference, India.

May, 2015: Joan Mileski, Wyndylyn von Zharen and A. Rivard, All Abroad: The Wicked Problem of Marine Spatial Planning, 10th Annual AITNER Conference, Athens Greece.

April 8-9, 2013: The Effects of Port Security Compliance on the Competitiveness of European Union Maritime Industry Firms, J. Mileski, M. Mejia, J. Stone, Maritime Education Summit, New York.

October 2011: How to Thwart Success in Piracy: Core Strategies of Security, J. Mileski, M. Mejia and A. Carhidi, 2011 Piracy Conference, World Maritime University, Malmo Sweden.

Grants and Fellowships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, (J. Mileski, A. Gharehgozli), “Green Shipping: Governance and Innovation of a Sustainable Maritime Supply Chain” a consortium with University of British Columbia. $5000.

2017: U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Victor Viser, Liz Borda, Ed Clancy, and Joan Mileski, “Marketing Communication Strategy for Merchant Maritime Industry and Student Incentive Payment Program,” $72,000 funded.

2017: Port of Houston, Joan P Mileski, Teaching the High School Teachers on Maritime, $10,000

June 2016: JAMSS America, Inc., Joan Mileski (PI) “Data Use and Evaluation License Agreement,” Global AIS on Space Station, and Texas A & M University at Galveston, no dollar amount but access to data.

2010: Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholar, “The Effects of European Union Regulation regarding Port Security on the Competitive Strategy of Maritime Industry Firms and Port Infrastructure.” World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. Spring, 2011, amount $18,000.

2008-2009: Texas Department of Transportation, “Protecting the Waterways from Encroachment,” (Joan Mileski, principal investigator), amount $156,153.

Awards & Recognition

2011: Fulbright Scholar

2005: Nomination for University Writing Center Teaching Award

2002: Robert Griswold Excellence in Teaching Award

2001: Outstanding Researcher in the College of Business and Economics, Houston Baptist University

2000: Winner of Richard N. Farmer Best Dissertation Award, Academy of International Business, Annual Meeting

1997: Best Student Paper, Academy of International Business - U. S. Southwest Region 1997 Conference

Professional Appointments

2013 - Present: Port Performance Research Network

2012 - Present: Women in Shipping and Transportation Association (WISTA)

2012 - Present: International Association of Maritime Economists

2011 - Present: International Maritime Lecturers’ Association

2011 - Present: International Transportation Management Association

2003 - Present: Women in the Academy of International Business

1993 - Present: Academy of Management

1993 - Present: Academy of International Business

1993 - Present: Strategic Management Society

1980 - Present: New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants

Service to Maritime Industry Groups

ECMC educational committee - Breakbulk

Contact Info

Joan P. Mileski
Department Head & Professor
Department of Maritime Business Administration
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4978
Fax: +1 (409) 471.4014

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 229