Dr. Rangan holds the Luksic Chair Professorship in Strategy and Global Studies. His teaching, research, and consulting activities are in the areas of strategy, globalization, alliances, and entrepreneurship. His current research deals with the globalization of emerging market firms, evolution of industries and firm-level strategies and the impact of national business systems on them, and entrepreneurial ecosystems of countries.
After serving as a manager in industrial and international finance in India and England, Dr. Rangan held research and faculty positions at IMD, Harvard Business School (HBS), and Tulane University, where he received the Howard Wissner Award for Outstanding Teaching. At Babson, Dr. Rangan has been recognized for both teaching excellence and scholarly accomplishment; he is the first professor to receive three different awards – the Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence across all programs (selected by deans), the Thomas Kennedy Award for Outstanding Teaching in graduate school (voted by students), and the Faculty Award for Scholarship (chosen by faculty research committee) – at Babson.
Dr. Rangan has been a consultant to as well as a designer and deliverer of executive programs for several firms. He has taught in several such programs at Babson, Amos Tuck School (Dartmouth), Rotman School (Toronto), Helsinki School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Indian School of Business, and Indian Institute of Management, working with managers from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Among the organizations he has worked with are: AAMO, ACMA, Aditya Birla Group, Allied Domecq, Biotech Council of Massachusetts, Constantia, Entergy, Expolanka, Gammon India, GE, HDFC Life, Haemonetics, Holcim, IBM, Infineon, Intel, L&T Finance, Novartis, Nypro, Olam, ONGC, PDVSA, Panasonic, Pitney-Bowes, Siemens, State Bank of India, TCIL, Telenor, TVS Motors, and Wipro. He also worked with Professor Michael Porter of HBS to advise the Indian government on the economic development policies to pursue in order to ensure national competitiveness after economic liberalization.
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). The first book on alliances was named one of the top 30 business books of the year (1995) in both the U.S. and Europe and, more recently (2012), 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 globalization has changed the nature of the work for STEM professionals. The co-edited book examines how global firms are trying to compete in Asia. Author of several best-selling case studies, Dr. Rangan has also published articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Global Marketing, Journal of World Business, Strategic Change, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management. He has presented papers at academic gatherings and has been a speaker at several practitioner-oriented conferences and forums.