|Alma mater||St. Stephen's College, Delhi (A.B.)|
Delhi School of Economics (M.A.)
University of Rochester (Ph.D.)
|Fields||Strategy, Innovation, International Business|
|Institutions||The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy|
|Thesis||Information, incentives and rational expectations (1987)|
Bhaskar Chakravorti (born November 4, 1959) is an economics scholar and consultant. Since 2011 he is the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and the Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC). He teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management.
He previously worked as a consultant and partner at McKinsey & Company, and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Harvard Business School, and Harvard University Center for the Environment. His early articles in Harvard Business Reviews on the impact of demonetization in India received criticism from the readers on his views. Some claimed his article proved prophetic as they believe because some warnings apparently came through and were served up as advice on what other countries should learn from what he claimed was failed demonetization in India.
Chakravorti pursued education in economics first as an undergraduate at Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College, and then as a masters student at the Delhi School of Economics. He then went on to attain a PhD from the University of Rochester, completing his thesis Information, incentives and rational expectations in 1987.
Chakravorti worked as a partner consultant and corporate researcher at McKinsey & Company, and at the Monitor Group. His areas of focus included Innovation and Global Forces practices, and Knowledge Services. He also conducted game theory research at Bellcore, the telecommunication research and development company created as part of the break-up of AT&T.
Chakravorti has been involved with several academic institutions, having been an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a speaker at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, and a faculty member at Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment, where he taught innovation and entrepreneurship.
Later on he joined The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, teaching innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. He also serves as Dean of Global Business at the Fletcher School.
In 2011 he founded the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), to serve as the umbrella department to host the school's international business education and research. Within it incorporated the school's Master in International Business, and the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises, a research think-tank .
Chakravorti defined the purpose of IBGC as "creating cross-linkages between business and the broader contextual factors that affect business and vice versa", adding that subjects could include "geography, history, cross-border issues, security questions, diplomacy and cultural issues." He argued that Fletcher School's unique approach to business lies in that "there is a lot of overlap of business decisions with the public policy arena and issues like international trade, peace and conflict, humanitarian issues, inclusive growth issues. These are not the kind of topics that business schools normally talk about".
- The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World (Harvard Business School Press, 2003)
- Finding Competitive Advantage in Adversity (Harvard Business Review, November 2010)
- From Oxfam to Exxon, UNICEF to Unilever, CARE to Carrefour: What Lessons Can Development Aid Organizations Pass On to International Businesses about Succeeding in Emerging Markets? (Yale Journal of International Affairs, 2012)
- The End of the World Wide Web? (CNN, 2013)
- Cash Is a Wasteful System, but Hard to Replace (The New York Times, 2013)
- How Business Schools Create Irresponsible Leaders (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2014)
- The Hidden Costs of Cash (Harvard Business Review, 2014)
- Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest (Harvard Business Review, 2015)
- The Way to Estonia: How to Reach Digital Nirvana (Foreign Affairs, 2015)
- The Unintended Consequences of Inclusive Business (Forbes, 2015)
- Business Growth for Good: Why Context Matters (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2015)
- Europe's Other Crisis: A Digital Recession (Harvard Business Review, 2015)
- The problem with the endless discussion of disruptive innovation (The Washington Post, 2015)
- Transcending Boundaries through Contextual Intelligence: Why Business Schools Need to Catch Up with Reality (The Huffington Post, 2016)
- The Countries That Would Profit Most from a Cashless World (Harvard Business Review, 2016)
- Sustainable business and sustainable development: two sides of the same coin (The Guardian, 2016)
- The cost of cash in the United States, (co-authored with Ben Mazzotta) (Institute for Business in the Global Context, 2013)
- Tanikawanov, Miki (November 19, 2012). "Executive Education, but Not for Business". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
- Bradshaw, Della (November 19, 2012). "Breaking down the boundaries of business and law; Commercial law has traditionally been about setting up companies rather than making business decisions, something that schools are looking to change, writes Della Bradshaw". Financial Times. London, England. p. 3 (Section: FT Report - Innovative Law Schools). Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved Mar 6, 2014.
- Perlroth, Nicole; Goel, Vindu (December 5, 2013). "Internet Firms Step Up Efforts to Stop Spying". The New York Times. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
- Yu, Hui-yong; Urban, Rob (February 1, 2012). "China Home Prices May Fall as Much as 15%, GreenOak's Kalsi Says". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Wolman, David (September 9, 2013). "The Cost of Cash, for the Rich and the Poor". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- Stone, Zack. "Does America Suck At Globalization?". Fast Company. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Guerrero, Antonio (May 2011). "Pause For Thought". Global Finance. 25 (5): 46–48.
- Skenazy, Lenore (October 10, 2012). "Born on the Lower East Side". The Jewish Daily Forward. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- "India's Botched War on Cash". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
- "Early Lessons from India's Demonetization Experiment". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
- "Harvard talks back to hard work: Professor finds Modi's election victory like a Bollywood blockbuster". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
- "One Year After India Killed Off Cash, Here's What Other Countries Should Learn from It". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
- "Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti". Medford, Massachusetts: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved Jan 20, 2014.
- Xin, Chen (September 12, 2012). "Experts say it's now time to re-tool the 'world's factory'". China Daily. Tianjin, China. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Chakravorti, Bhaskar (1987). Information, incentives and rational expectations (Thesis). OCLC 18487325.
- "TAS Legacy". India: Tata Group. Archived from the original on 2012-12-15. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- Korn, Melissa (January 27, 2012). "Teaching Global Business". The Wall Street Journal. New York. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- "Don't laugh at gilded butterflies". The Economist. London. April 22, 2004. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
- "Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship" (PDF). Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- Hill, Andrew (April 23, 2012). "Citizenship matters but adaptability is key". Financial Times. Retrieved Feb 1, 2014.
- Singh, Namrata (Sep 8, 2011). "CEO succession: How to get the right fit". The Times of India. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Tseng, Nin-Hai (February 7, 2012). "Why China's housing market will slow, not collapse". Fortune Magazine. Archived from the original on February 5, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- "About (IBGC)". Medford, Massachusetts: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Archived from the original on 2013-12-23. Retrieved Feb 1, 2014.
- "Master of International Business". Medford, Massachusetts: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Archived from the original on 2014-01-23. Retrieved Feb 1, 2014.
- Chakravorti, Bhaskar (Jan 27, 2012). "Teaching Global Business". Wall Street Journal (Online) (Interview). Interviewed by Melissa Korn. Retrieved Feb 1, 2014.
- Hoare, Stephen (April 18, 2011). "Overseas learning entices those bitten by the travel bug; Many young Emiratis are combining study with their yearning to sample life overseas, says Stephen Hoare". The Times. London. p. 12,13.
- Mallikarjun, Y. (August 31, 2011). "'US downturn will not affect India'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2017-02-05. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Tanikawa, Miki (Nov 19, 2012). "Executive courses turn to niche areas: Working professionals return to classrooms with more than business aims" (PDF). International Herald Tribune. Paris. p. 14. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved Jan 21, 2014.
- Anderson, Linda (March 26, 2007). "Degree for a complex world FLETCHER SCHOOL: The Master in International Business combines academic with practical, says Linda Anderson". Financial Times. p. 12. Retrieved Jan 20, 2014.
- Cooper, Jay (March 17, 2008). "Sovereign wealth fund hires no cinch; Potential treasure trove of business awaits, but getting to it won't be a walk in the park". Pensions and Investments. p. 6. Retrieved Jan 21, 2014.
- Schiller, Ben (Jan 17, 2011). "The inexorable rise of the MBA politicians: Politics attracts plenty of management graduates but opinions are divided on their effectiveness in office, writes Ben Schiller". Financial Times. p. 12. Retrieved Feb 1, 2014.
- "World Economic Forum: Bhaskar Chakravorti". Cologny, Switzerland: World Economic Forum. 2016. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- "Leaving dead presidents in peace - Abolishing notes and coins would bring huge economic benefits". The Economist. London. Sep 20, 2014. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
- Radio interview How the U.S. Can Lead Business Innovation
- BBC world service with Bhaskar Chakravorti Collective Memory
- Radio interview Elections. Government's Role in Innovation.
- WGBH "Boston Public Radio" - Rethinking Dollars and Cents http://news.wgbh.org/post/rethinking-dollars-and-cents
- Video CBC Rupee plunges Bhaskar Chakravorti of the Fletcher School says India is facing a long-term slowdown
- Al Jazeera America video Dec. 6, 2013
- Radio interview Does the Mt. Gox collapse undermine Bitcoin’s economy?
- WBUR Radio For Uber, Cambridge Seeks Smart 21st Century Regulation (June 23, 2014)