Dr. Rangan holds the Lukšić Chair Professorship in Strategy and Global Studies at Babson College. His teaching, consulting, and research range over several disciplines: economics, strategic management, globalisation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. His current research deals with the globalization of Indian, Chinese, Brazilian, and Israeli firms and their use of acquisitions and alliances; the evolution of industries, firm-level strategies, and national business systems over time; and market distortions and regulations.
After serving as a manager with State Bank of India in India and England, Dr. Rangan held research and faculty positions at IMD, Harvard Business School (HBS), and Tulane University. He has been recognised for both teaching excellence and scholarly accomplishment. At Tulane, he received the Howard Wissner Award for Outstanding Teaching. At Babson, he is the first professor to receive three different awards: Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence across all programs, the Thomas Kennedy Award for Outstanding Teaching in graduate school, and the Faculty Award for Scholarship. He got the teaching excellence award in executive programs at Rotman School (University of Toronto). He was a fellow of the Legatum Institute for three years from 2016 to 2018. Currently, Dr. Rangan is a member of advisory council on trade and competition at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the largest think tank in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Rangan has been a consultant to and a designer/deliverer of executive programs for several firms. He has taught in several such programs at Babson, Helsinki School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Amos Tuck School (Dartmouth), Rotman School, Indian School of Business, and Indian Institute of Management, working with senior managers from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Among the firms he has worked with are: Adani Group, Aditya Birla Group, Alkem, Biotech Council of Massachusetts, Bosch, Constantia, John Deere, Entergy, Gammon India, GE, Holcim, Intel, Novartis, Olam, Panasonic, SAP, Siemens, Telenor, UNCTAD, and Wipro. He also worked with Professor Michael Porter of HBS to advise the Indian government on economic development policies to pursue in order to ensure national competitiveness following the government’s decision in the 1990s to liberalise the economy.
Dr. Rangan is the co-author of three books (Strategic Alliances: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Globalization, HBS Press, 1995; Capital Rising, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; and Thriving in the 21st Century Economy: Transformational Skills for Technical Professionals, ASME Press, 2013) and the co-editor of a fourth (Global Strategies for Emerging Asia, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2012). His first book was named one of the top 30 business books of the year in both the U.S. and Europe and, later, was named a management classic. His second book deals with how entrepreneurial ecosystems of nations and global capital flows interact to change the global competitive landscape. The third book looks at how globalisation has changed the nature of the work for STEM professionals. The fourth book examines how global firms are trying to compete in Asia. He is now working with co-authors on two books: one on globalisation of Israeli firms and the other on international trade, competition, and regulation. Author of several best-selling case studies, Dr. Rangan has also published articles in academic journals such as the Economic Affairs, Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of World Business, Strategic Change, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management and Harvard Business Review Online. He has presented papers at academic gatherings and has spoken at several practitioner-oriented conferences and forums.