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V.G. Narayanan

Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean, Executive Education; Senior Associate Dean, HBS Online


Accounting and Management



Professor Narayanan is the Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, and Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education and HBS Online. His research focuses on management accounting with an interest in performance evaluation and incentives. He uses field experiments to understand how firms can use incentives and performance feedback to improve performance. VG is studying how financial incentives can be used as a catalyst to form desirable habits and to harness other motivators such as peer pressure and frequent feedback.


Work Experience

  • September 1994 to present - Professor, Harvard Business School. I have taught Financial Reporting and Control (a first-year required course), Measuring and Driving Corporate Performance (a second-year elective), Management Control and Performance Measurement (a doctoral course), and several executive education courses.

  • March 1985 to May 1988 - Audit Assistant with J. Gowrikanthan & Co., Chartered Accountants, Madras.

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