Ashish Nanda is Director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Professor Nanda teaches in the Executive Education, PGP, and PGPX programs at the institute.
Before joining IIMA, Nanda was Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, where he taught in the JD program and was faculty director of Executive Education, faculty director of Case Development Initiative, and research director at Program on the Legal Profession. Nanda was at Harvard Law School for seven years. Before that, he was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years, where he taught in MBA, DBA, and Executive Education courses. He continues to be affiliated with Harvard University as Robert Braucher Professor of Practice (on leave) at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School Executive Education Fellow.
His research, in the form of conceptual articles, case studies, surveys, and large sample empirical analyses, focuses on professional services. It encompasses three streams –management of professional service organizations, professionals’ labor market, and professionalism. At all three institutions, Nanda has taught courses and programs on leadership particularly in the professional services context.
Nanda has a 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.
A recipient of the Henry B. Arthur Fellowship, the Center in Ethics and the Professions Fellowship, President of India Gold Medal (twice), and the IIMA Director’s Gold Medal, he has published several case studies and Harvard Business Review articles and is a coauthor (with Tom DeLong) of Professional Services: Cases & Text.
Nanda has advised professional service and human capital intensive organizations including asset management, investment banking, accounting, advertising, engineering consulting, executive search, human resource consulting, IT consulting, management consulting, law firms, pharmaceutical corporations, public relations, and real estate firms. His work with these organizations has spanned strategic planning, organization design, governance systems, succession planning, compensation systems, recruitment and promotion practices, leadership development, and coaching senior executives.