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Ranjay Gulati      

Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

Ranjay Gulati is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor and the former Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Until recently, he chaired the Advanced Management Program, the flagship senior leader executive program, at the school.

Professor Gulati’s recent work explores strategic, organizational, and leadership challenges for building high growth organizations in turbulent markets. His work transcends both strategy formulation and also successful implementation. He has studied how technology-led and other companies must harmonize their technology trajectory with a market strategy based on a deep understanding the shifting needs of their customers. His recent work has also looked at the importance of building a scaleable organizational architecture and culture that provide high-growth organizations with the requisite discipline and consistency while preserving their agility and entrepreneurial mindset. The final pillar for his research has been to look at the leadership skills and behaviors required to lead fast-moving organizations. Going beyond the classic leadership imperatives of motivating and inspiring, he explores how leaders today must cultivate courage in others by activating a winning mindset that is centered around a clear set of priorities, principles and purpose. Some of his prior work has focused on the enablers and implications of successful acquisitions and strategic partnerships to drive profitable growth.

Professor Gulati was ranked as one of the top ten most cited scholars in Economics and Business over a decade by ISI-Incite. The Economist, Financial Times, and the Economist Intelligence Unit have listed him as among the top handful of business school scholars whose work is most relevant to management practice. He has been a Harvard MacArthur Fellow and a Sloan Foundation Fellow. His research has been published in leading academic journals of business. He has also written for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, strategy+business, and the Financial Times.

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