Director of Entrepreneurship Program
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.2539 Fax: 412.396.4764
Dr. John "Jack" Mason is the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business. He is an executive, consultant, researcher and educator with more than 40 years of technical and management experience in energy/technology businesses.
Dr. Mason has a range of business experience including startup, turn-around, organizational restructuring, and performance improvement. His many management positions include having served as president of TENERA, a 350-person, $50 million public firm that provided energy facility engineering, power plant design, safety analysis, and other services to industry clients and the Department of Energy. He has worked within utility, commercial, industrial, academic, as well as system and service provider organizations.
His academic background includes a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and a doctor of science in engineering from MIT. As a Sloan Fellow, he studied with managers and executives from 25 countries, interacted with dozens of Global 500 company executives, and conducted research in France, Germany, Japan and the U.S.
He leads the Entrepreneurial Studies Program in curriculum design and delivery, student advising, faculty selection and evaluation, and teaching. In his program leadership role, Dr. Mason maintains linkage to the business community, other A.J. Palumbo disciplines, and the other schools at Duquesne to promote entrepreneurial activity and student opportunities.
Dr. Mason's research interests include sustainability, energy conservation, organizational performance, and responsible investing.
Articles in Journals
Mason, J. H. (2007). Standard Contract for Energy Purchasing: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Contract Management.
Mason, J. H. (2005). Small Gas Buyers Work to Mitigate Price Increases. Pipeline and Gas Journal.
Mason, J. H. (2005). Technology is finding a way to recharge energy and utility purchases. Inside Supply Management.
Mason, J. H. (1992). Innovation In Professional Services: Potential Productivity and Trade Improvement. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 42 (1), 31-45.
Articles in Proceedings
Mason, J. H. (2008). How to Use Savvy Energy Procurement to Reduce Operating Costs Significantly. 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference & Education Exhibit Sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management.
Mason, J. H. (2008, November). Applying Monte Carlo Simulation to Retail Energy Cost Projection, Budgeting, and Value at Risk Analysis. Palisade Risk and Decision Analysis Conference, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Mason, J. H. & Siqueira, A. (2013). Addressing the Challenges of Future Entrepreneurship Education: An Assessment of Textbooks for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Innovative Pathways for University Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship Innovation and Economic Growth, Vol. 24). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.