Dr. Rangan holds the Luksic Chair Professorship in Strategy and Global Studies. His teaching, consulting, and research focus on competitive strategy, globalization, and strategic alliances. His current research deals with the globalization of Indian, Chinese, and Brazilian companies, their use of acquisitions and alliances, evolution of industries and firm-level strategies, and the impact of national business systems on them.
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, he has received both the Deans’ Award for Teaching Excellence across all programs and the Thomas Kennedy Award for Outstanding Teaching in graduate school.
Dr. Rangan has been a consultant to as well as a designer and deliverer of executive programs for several companies and organizations. He has taught in several such programs at Babson, Helsinki School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Tuck School at Dartmouth, Rotman School at the University of Toronto, Indian School of Business, and Indian Institute of Management, working with senior managers from several industries ranging from natural resources through manufacturing to services in North America, Europe, and Asia. Among the companies and organizations he has worked with are: AAMO, ACMA, Allied Domecq, Amoco, American Saw and Manufacturing, Biotechnology Council of Massachusetts, Compaq, Entergy, General Electric, Haemonetics, IBM, Intel, Novartis, Nypro, Olam International, Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC, India), PDVSA, Pitney-Bowes, Polaroid, Siemens, State Bank of India, TCIL, Telenor, TVS Motors, UNCTAD, UNIDO, and Wipro. He also worked with Professor Michael Porter of HBS to advise the Indian government on economic development policies to ensure national competitiveness following the government's decision to liberalize the economy.
Dr. Rangan is the co-author of two books (Strategic Alliances: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Globalization, HBS Press, 1995 and Capital Rising, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). In 1996, his first book was named one of the top 30 business books of the year in both the United States and Europe and was translated and published in several languages. Author of several best-selling case studies on global competition and strategic management, published by HBS, IMD, and Babson, Dr. Rangan has also published articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Global Marketing, Columbia Journal of World Business, Strategic Change, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management. He has presented scholarly papers at the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of International Business, and has been a speaker at several practitioner-oriented conferences and forums. He is currently co-editing a book on globalization and emerging Asia.