Professor Emeritus of Strategy and Leadership
Bala Chakravarthy is Professor Emeritus of Strategy and Leadership. He held the Shell Chair in Sustainable Business Growth at IMD from 2003 to 2012. His 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.
Chakravarthy has published four books, several case studies, and numerous articles on these topics in various journals. His book, Profit or Growth?: Why You Don’t Have to Choose, was published in 2007. He is a mechanical engineer by training and worked as an executive at Tata Motors in his native India before taking his doctorate at Harvard Business School. He has taught at the Wharton School and at INSEAD, where he was director of its corporate renewal initiative from 1993-94, and he held the Edson Spencer Chair in Technological Leadership at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota from 1994-2000.
As well as being 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.
Chakravarthy has also served, or currently serves, on the editorial boards of Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning Journal, and Strategy and Leadership. In addition, he is an inaugural Fellow of the International Strategic Management Society (SMS), where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1999-2004.