Professor Balaji S. Chakravarthy

American, Indian
Strategy Leadership and Execution
DBA Harvard Business School


Balaji S. Chakravarthy is Professor of Strategy Leadership and Execution. He held the Shell Chair in Sustainable Business Growth at IMD from 2003 to 2012. Professor Chakravarthy’s research, teaching and consulting interests cover three related areas: managing the global enterprise (with a focus on companies from BRIC countries), strategies for sustainable business growth and their execution, and mastering leadership dilemmas.

He has published four books, several case studies and numerous articles on these topics in top journals. His book, Profit or Growth?: Why you don’t have to choose, was published in 2007 by Wharton School Publishing. Bala Chakravarthy is a mechanical engineer by training and worked as an executive at Tata Motors in his native India before taking his doctorate at the Harvard Business School. He has taught at the Wharton School and INSEAD, where he was the director of its corporate renewal initiative from 1993-94. Professor Chakravarthy held the Edson Spencer Chair in Technological Leadership at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota from 1994-2000.

Professor Chakravarthy is an active top management consultant and executive education specialist. He has worked with a number of leading multinationals around the world and has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching throughout his career.

Bala Chakravarthy has served or currently serves on the editorial boards of the Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning Journal and Strategy and Leadership. He is an inaugural Fellow of the International Strategic Management Society (SMS). He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of that society from 1999-2004. 


Balaji S. Chakravarthy is the author of numerous articles, case studies and projects in the above mentioned fields. Find out more information about Balaji S. Chakravarthy's publications

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