Professor Anand Narasimhan

British, Indian
Shell Professor of Global Leadership


Anand Narasimhan is the Shell Professor of Global Leadership and Dean of Faculty and Research at IMD.

Anand advises organizations on transforming their leadership capability and on dynamics of boards.

Anand's research institutional change, organization design, social networks, and emotion help in organizations appears in publications such as Academy of Management Journal, Annual Review of Sociology, Organization Science, Organizational Dynamics, and Personnel Psychology. He has served on the editorial boards of Organization Studies and Human Relations, and has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Management Studies. Anand was named "Reviewer of the Year" by the journal Human Relations in 2004.

Anand is the co-author of “Quest: Leading Transformation Journeys” a book summarizing the IMD faculty's research on corporate transformations; the book won the Axiom gold medal in International Business (2015). Anand’s work (along with co-authors Sarah Harvey and Randall Peterson) on cross-organizational teams was named best article by Small Group Research (2015). Anand's case "Restoring the British Museum" (co-authored with Jean-Louis Barsoux) was honored with the Public Sector Innovation award by the European Foundation for Management Development (2013). Anand is a joint recipient of the Teaching Innovation Award at London Business School (2001) and the Dean's Commendation for Teaching at the Owen Graduate School of Management (2002) and at the Imperial College Business School (2007).

Anand holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani, India), an MBA specializing in Human Resource Management from XLRI (Jamshedpur, India), and a PhD in Management from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA). He is a graduate of the FT-Pearson Non-Executive Director diploma program (2015) and of the Tavistock Institute’s “Dynamics of Boards” certificate course (2016).

Anand has served on the faculty of the London Business School and the Imperial College Business School (London, UK), and has had visiting appointments at the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad, India) and Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management (Nashville, USA).


Change. What everyone gets wrong about change management (with Jean-Louis Barsoux) in Harvard Business Review, 2017; Tournament rituals in the evolution of fields (with Mary Watson) in the Academy of Management Journal, 2004. When market information constitutes fields (with Richard A. Peterson) in Organization Science, 2000.

Leadership. Emotion helping by managers (with Ginka Toegel & Martin Kilduff) in the Academy of Management Journal, 2013; The process of team boundary spanning in multi-organizational contexts (with Sarah Harvey & Randall Peterson) in Small Group Journal, 2014; Emotion helpers (with Ginka Toegel & Martin Kilduff) in Personnel Psychology, 2007.

Organizational Design. Knowledge-based innovation: Emergence and embedding of new practice areas in management consulting firms (with Heidi Gardner & Tim Morris) in the Academy of Management Journal, 2007; What is the right organization design? (with Richard L. Daft) in Organizational Dynamics, 2007.

Culture. The production of culture perspective (with Richard A. Peterson) in the Annual Review of Sociology, 2004.


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