Ashish Nanda was Director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Before joining IIMA, he 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 is Distinguished Executive Education Fellow at Harvard Law School and Executive Education Fellow at Harvard Business School.
Nanda’s research focuses on professional services. It encompasses three streams – leadership of professional service organizations, professionals’ labor market, and professionalism. Nanda has taught courses and programs on leadership and ethics, particularly in the professional services context. He has published several case studies and articles and is a coauthor of Professional Services: Cases & Text.
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; as well as human capital intensive organizations, such as pharmaceutical corporations. His work has spanned advisory board membership, strategic planning, organization design, governance systems, succession planning, compensation systems, recruitment and promotion practices, leadership development, and coaching senior executives.