Dr. Tarun Khanna
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. During this time, he has served as the head of several courses on strategy and international business for MBA students and senior executives at Harvard.
Professor Khanna’s current research focuses on understanding the drivers of entrepreneurship worldwide. As part of the Emerging Giants project, he seeks to understand how to build world-class companies from emerging markets worldwide. A related project, The Dragon and the Elephant, focuses on China and India, and identifies best practices for local entrepreneurs and multinationals operating in these two countries. A recurring theme of Professor Khanna’s work is the need to tailor company strategy to local context.
Professor Khanna’s work has been published extensively in academic journals, including the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of Finance, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Management Science. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and of the Journal of International Business Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Management.
Professor Khanna’s articles in magazines like the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy distill the implications of his research for practicing managers. His work has been profiled in news magazines around the world including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and numerous newspapers in China, India, and elsewhere in Asia and Latin America.
Professor Khanna serves on the boards and advisory boards of several companies in the financial services, automotive, life sciences and agribusiness sectors. He actively invests in and mentors startups in Asia, and volunteers his time with non-profits in India.
Professor Khanna holds a BS in engineering, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.