Ashish Nanda is Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) in India. IIMA is the premier management school in India.
Before joining IIMA, he was at Harvard Law School for seven years. As Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, he taught “Professional Services,” "Leadership in Law Firms," and "Professional Services: Advanced Topics" in the JD program. He was faculty director of Executive Education, faculty director of the Case Development Initiative, and research director at Program on the Legal Profession. Before Harvard Law School, Nanda was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years, where he taught in MBA, DBA, and Executive Education courses, including "Leadership in Professional Services" and "Owners Presidents Managers."
Nanda 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. He continues to teach in executive education programs at Harvard University.
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. 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. Nanda has advised professional service organizations including asset management, investment banking, accounting, advertising, engineering consulting, executive search, human resource consulting, IT consulting, management consulting, law firms, 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.