Tarun Khanna

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has studied and worked with multinational and indigenous companies and investors in emerging markets worldwide. He was named Harvard University's Director of the South Asia Institute in the fall of 2010. He joined the HBS faculty in 1993, after obtaining an engineering degree from Princeton University (1988) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1993), and an interim stint on Wall Street.  During this time, he has served as the head of several courses on strategy, corporate governance, and international business targeted to MBA students and senior executives at Harvard. He currently teaches in Harvard’s College's General Education core curriculum in a university wide elective course on entrepreneurship in South Asia. He is also the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India.

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has studied and worked with multinational and indigenous companies and investors in emerging markets worldwide. He was named Harvard University's Director of the South Asia Institute in the fall of 2010. He joined the HBS faculty in 1993, after obtaining an engineering degree from Princeton University (1988) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1993), and an interim stint on Wall Street.  During this time, he has served as the head of several courses on strategy, corporate governance, and international business targeted to MBA students and senior executives at Harvard. He currently teaches in Harvard’s College's General Education core curriculum in a university wide elective course on entrepreneurship in South Asia. He is also the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India.

His book, Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours, was published in February 2008 by Harvard Business Press (Penguin in South Asia), and has been translated into several languages. It focuses on the drivers of entrepreneurship in China and India and builds on over a decade of work with companies, investors and non-profits in developing countries worldwide.

His most recent co-authored book, Winning in Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Strategy and Execution, was published by Harvard Business Press in March 2010.

His scholarly work has been published in a range of economics and management journals, several of which he also serves in an editorial capacity.  Articles in the Harvard Business Review (e.g. China + India: The Power of Two, 2007; Emerging Giants: Building World Class Companies in Emerging Markets, 2006) and Foreign Policy (e.g. Can India Overtake China?, 2003) distil the implications of this research for practicing managers.  His work is frequently featured in global newsmagazines as well as on TV and radio.

Outside HBS, he serves on the boards of the global power company, AES Corporation, and India's largest microfinance firm, SKS Microfinance, along with several others in the financial services, energy, automotive, and life sciences sectors, and actively invests in and mentors startups in Asia. He also serves on the advisory boards of Parliamentary Research Services, an NGO dedicated to providing non-partisan research input to India's Members of Parliament to enhance the quality of democratic discourse and that of Primary Source, a Boston-based NGO dedicated to helping US schools, from K-12 grades, adopt curricular material reflecting global societies.

In 2007, he was nominated to be a Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

He lives in Newton, MA, with his wife, daughter and son.

Doctoral Students

Current Students


Una Kim de Vitton

Una KimUna is a researcher and doctoral candidate in Organizational Behavior and Sociology at Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include human capital development and management and work and employer relations in knowledge intensive industries, institutional emergence and change, and economic and social development. Una holds a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Busines School, a Master in Public Policy & Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University. She previously worked in investment banking and private equity investment in New York City, Toronto, and Dakar.

Chinenye C. Offor

Chinny Offor is a doctoral candidate in Health Policy (Management).  Her research focuses on innovative approaches to health care delivery and the creation of high-quality health care organizations in the developing world, tackling issues of how to create sustainable systems using appropriate levels of public and private sector involvement.  Her interests center around exploring models which health care organizations in resource constrained environments can use to improve care delivery and ultimately compete with those in the developed world.  She looks at the issues of medical tourism, health care workforce education, and sources of financing for SMEs in emerging markets.  Current research asks what the impact of staff time utilization is on overall costs, and looks at the appropriate level of inputs needed to achieve quality and affordable care at a high volume.  


Juan Ma

Juan Ma is a DBA student in Strategy at Harvard Business School. Her research is on emerging markets and global competitiveness. Her current qualitative and quantitative studies focus on corporate governance in China, specifically examining the underlying roles independent directors play in the Chinese institutional context. She also studies the implications of cultural and language differences on global competitiveness and bilateral investment flows. Juan speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto. Before coming to HBS, she produced research work on global competitiveness for the Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs Canada. In 2012, she was awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal in Canada.



Recent Graduates

Sanjay Patnaik

Sanjay

Sanjay Patnaik graduated from the Harvard Business School doctoral program in Strategy in 2012. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Senior Fellow in the Management Department at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His main areas of interest are international business, non-market strategy and the political economy of environmental regulation. Sanjay's research is focused on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest active cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in the world. He specifically studies the interaction of firms and regulators within the EU ETS and examines the importance of institutional characteristics in the implementation of this multinational regulatory program.

Sanjay's teaching experience includes his class "The Economics of International Business and Globalization" at the Harvard University Department of Economics, taught in 2010. For teaching this class, he was awarded the “Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching” by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to the completion of his doctoral studies at Harvard Business School (2007-2012), Sanjay worked in investment banking in Germany and academia in Austria. He holds a Master's degree in Economics and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Business Engineering and Computer Science, both from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria.

Prithwiraj Choudhury

Prithwiraj Choudhury graduated from the Harvard Business School doctoral program in 2010 and is now a faculty member at Wharton. His research is on innovation in emerging markets, specifically on human capital mobility within technology firms. He received the Harvard Business School Wyss Award for excellence in doctoral research and in 2010 received the Haynes Prize awarded by the Academy of International Business to the most promising researcher under the age of 40. Prior to HBS, Prithwiraj was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and incubated a business at Microsoft Corporation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

 

Ayesha Khalid Khan

Ayesha Khalid Khan was a Doctoral Candidate in Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Her research focused on analyzing business processes in emerging markets. She studied the role of religious beliefs in shaping the individual preferences and explored the role of private and public sector interventions on economic development in the Middle East. Prior to embarking on her doctoral studies, Ayesha completed a Masters program in International Economic Development from Harvard University where she was awarded the JFK Fellowhip and concentrated on public sector economics. She also holds an A.B in Economics from Princeton University. Ayesha has previously worked as a management consultant in the New York office of McKinsey & Company. She also spent some time in South Asia and the Middle East as a journalist, a news anchor and an aspiring entrepreneur.

 

Ramana Nanda
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Essays on Entrepreneurship
Catherine Thomas
Assistant Professor, Columbia Business School
Essays on Multinationals
James Costantini
Assistant Professor, INSEAD.
Essays on Finance and Industry Structure
Jasjit Singh
Assistant Professor, INSEAD.
Essays on Innovation in Multinationals
Jordan Siegel
Associate Professor, HBS
Strategy and Institutions (Mexico and South Korea)
C. Fritz Foley
Associate Professor, HBS (Finance)
Multinationals and Institutions
Daniel Elfenbein
Instructor Univ.Cal. Berkeley, Asst Prof, Washington University
Intellectual Property
Ray Fisman
Professor, Columbia Business School
Strategy and Institutions (Indonesia, India)
Ishtiaq Mahmood
Associate Professor, National Univ. Singapore
Business Groups & Innovations
Arturo Condo
Professor, INCAE Costa Rica
Strategy in Latin America
Associate Dean, Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) at INCAE