Ashish Nanda

Ashish Nanda is Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School.

From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Professor Nanda taught in PGP, PGPX, and Executive Education programs at the institute. He was also Officiating Director, IIM Nagpur from its inception in 2015 to 2017.

Before joining IIMA, Nanda was Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School for seven years. Before that, he was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years. He was Fellow, Harvard Business School Executive Education from 2013 to 2017. He is Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School Executive Education.

Nanda’s research, teaching, and advisory work focus on leadership, particularly in the context of professional services and institutions of higher education. He has published case studies and articles on professional services in three primary streams – management of professional service organizations, professionals’ labor markets, and professionalism. During his stint as Director, IIMA, Nanda has written on, and participated in conferences and task forces related to, administration of higher education institutions, particularly Indian professional schools.

Nanda has PhD in Business Economics (Harvard), AM in Economics (Harvard), PGDM in Management (IIM Ahmedabad), and B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (IIT Delhi). Before his PhD, he worked for five years with the Tata group of companies as Tata Administrative Services officer. He has received IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumni Award, Henry B. Arthur Fellowship, Harvard University Center in Ethics and the Professions Fellowship, President of India Gold Medal (twice), and IIMA Director’s Gold Medal.

Nanda has advised professional service organizations including asset management, investment banking, accounting, advertising, consulting (engineering, human resource, IT, management, and strategy), executive search, legal (law firms and legal and compliance departments), public relations, and real estate organizations; human capital intensive organizations, such as pharmaceutical corporations; His work with these organizations has spanned advisory board membership, strategic planning, organization design, governance systems, succession planning, compensation systems, recruitment and promotion practices, and leadership development. He has taught in executive development program tailored for professionals, entrepreneurs, and senior government officials. He has been an independent director on boards of public companies, private firms, partnerships, and not-for-profit organizations.