Charles Dhanaraj

Professor Charles Dhanaraj

American, Indian
Strategy and Global Leadership
PhD Ivey Business School, Western University





Charles Dhanaraj joined IMD in 2014 as Professor of Strategy and Global Leadership.

Professor Dhanaraj's research, teaching and consulting interests cover three areas:

  • Leadership and strategy in the global enterprise, with a focus on emerging markets

  • Strategy for innovation for both multinationals and local firms in emerging markets

  • Managing the complexities of collaboration, with a focus on cross-border alliances


An award winning researcher and teacher, Professor Dhanaraj has published numerous articles and cases. Some select papers include:


  • 2013: Home Region Orientation in International Expansion Strategies. Journal of International Business Studies, 44: 89-116. (with Banalieva, E.)

  • 2011: Transforming Mental Models on Emerging Markets. Academy of Management Learning and Education. 10: 684-701. (with Khanna, T.)

  • 2010: The Dynamic Influence of Social Capital on the International Growth of New Ventures.Journal of Management Studies. 47:967-994. (with Prashantham, S.)


Prior to IMD, Professor Dhanaraj was an associate professor of management at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (USA). He also held the positions of Schmenner Faculty Fellow in International Business, and Research Fellow at the Randy Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. From 2010-2012, he served as the Head of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at Kellogg (USA), ISB (India), CBS (Copenhagen), FDC (Brazil), Ivey (Canada), and Grenoble (France).

Following a mechanical engineering degree from IIT Madras (India), he worked with a Tata Group company for five years in manufacturing, strategic planning and business development. He received his graduate degree in robotics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a PhD from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. He is an active member of the Academy of International Business, the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management, serving in several leadership capacities.



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