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.

VIDEOS

Yenchinginstitute. Jul 16, 2012. VIDEO LINK State Capacity and Local Governance: China and India Compared.

Rotman School. Feb 9, 2012 VIDEO LINK India Innovation Institute Series: Tarun Khanna.

The Globe and Mail. Feb 1, 2012. VIDEO LINK How business differs in the emerging world.

The Globe and Mail. October 6, 2011. VIDEO LINK Innovation: It’s all a question of context.

WorldEconomicForum .Sep 15, 2011. VIDEO LINK Dalian 2011 - Beyond the BRICs Start playing at search term (1:00:12).

Robert H. Smith School of Business. April 29th 2011 VIDEO LINK Emerging Markets Forum.

WorldEconomicForum. Sep 22, 2010. VIDEO LINK  Tianjin 2010- Doing Business at the Next Frontier.

 WorldEconomicForum. Sep 21, 2010. VIDEO LINK Tianjin 2010 - Rethinking the Corporation in the 21st Century & Social Entrepreneurs Award.

Harvard Business Publishing. Jun 22, 2010 VIDEO LINK How Companies Break Into Emerging Markets.

AlJazeeraEnglish. June 9, 2010.  VIDEO LINK  Riz Khan - Does democracy hinder economic growth?

Tarun Khanna on LokSabha TV, India, Part I February 2010

Part II    Part III  An interview conducted by Amrita Chowdhury, Associate Director of the Harvard Business School India Research Center, for 'In Transit,' a program aired on Parliament TV for members of India's Parliament, discussing 'Billions of Entrepreneurs,' as well as Prof. Khanna's 15+ year research into the markets of China and India.

SmithBusinessSchool. Jul 9, 2009. VIDEO LINK Getting China and India Right.

Google Tech Talks. March 12, 2009. VIDEO LINK "Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours"

Professor Tarun Khanna discusses his book, “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and Yours”. Removing half a billion people from poverty and into the productive workforce will profoundly affect the world economy. India and China are doing just that. Khanna's book shows how Chinese and Indian entrepreneurs are creating change through new business models. With insane growth rates and lots of what used to be American jobs: China is the factory floor and India the back-office, software shop. China is top-down party driven. India is a messy, vibrant democracy. This may be the complementary duo that changes the world.

World Economic Forum. Jan 30, 2009 VIDEO LINK Davos 2009 IdeasLab - Tarun Khanna