Gautam Ahuja

Gautam Ahuja

  • Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration
  • Professor of Strategy
  • Faculty Director of India Initiatives
Education
  • PhD University Of Michigan 1996
  • MA University Of Michigan 1994
  • MBA University Of Michigan 1994
  • MBA Indian Institute Of Management 1986
  • BA University Of Delhi 1984

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 763-1591
Fax
(734) 936-8716
Email
Research

Professor Ahuja's research interests focus on competitive analysis, innovation, globalization and the use of mergers, acquisitions and alliances in these contexts. His research has received several international awards from the top scholarly associations in the field including the Free Press Award for outstanding research in Strategic Management (1997), the Sage-Pondy and West Publishing Awards for outstanding research in Organization Theory (1998), the TIM Best Paper Award (2004) , the SIES-EBS Award for Best Published paper in Innovation Management (2013), the SMS Knowledge & Innovation Best Paper Award (2015) and the Dan and Mary Lou Schedel Award (2016) for the Best Paper published in Strategic Management Journal. His publications have appeared in the major scholarly journals (ASQ, Organization Science, SMJ, AMR, AMJ) and have been cited more than 16000 times by other scholars and various federal and international bodies such as the EPA, OECD and UNEP. he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Organization Science. He has  also served as Associate / Senior Editor for several of the top academic journals including Management Science and Organization Science. He also served as the Co-Chairperson (2001-04) and Chairperson (2004-2013) of the Strategy Area at Ross. For several years during this period the Strategy Area (department) was ranked #1 globally by The Financial Times.

In its first ever national faculty ranking, BusinessWeek ranked Professor Ahuja as #2 on the list of Most Popular Professors in the United States of America (2011). Other honors include selection as an SMS Foundations Scholar for foundational impact on research in knowledge and innovation (2016), selection by the Government of India to deliver the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Oration (one person of Indian origin selected each year to celebrate the Indian diaspora); the Senior Faculty Research Award (for lifetime achievement) from the Ross School for sustained path-breaking research as a thought-leader in the field of Strategy; the Il Sigillum Magnum Medal by the University of Bologna in Italy, the world’s oldest continuously functioning university and Lectio Magistralis, Luiss University in Rome.

Professor Ahuja has also received numerous teaching awards and honors. Since 1996 he has received the Best Professor Award (selected by student vote) 17 times, including 10 times in the MBA program, 3 times in the EMBA, 1 time in the Evening MBA, and 3 times in the PhD program. He has also been honored with an award for being an Outstanding Mentor (2001), and through a specially created Faculty Inspiration Award (2004) and by election as Commencement Speaker (EMBA 2008 & 2013). Since 1997/8 he has also been recognized as outstanding faculty in Business Week’s annual guide to the top business schools. In 2016 he received the BPS Wiley Outstanding Educator Award from the Academy of Management, an honor for lifelong contributions to education. 

Professor Ahuja has also worked extensively as a business educator, executive coach or consultant. In 2012 he received the Ross Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education Custom Programs for his work in developing and delivering customized corporate education programs to a variety of Ross clients across the world including Bank of America, Bank Negara (Malaysia), Bendix, GE, GSMA, GS Group (Korea), Larsen &Toubro (India), Mahindra & Mahindra (India), M&T Bank, Nielsen, Raymonds (India), Schaeffler AG (Germany/ China), Shui On Land (China),Tata Group (India), TRW, and TVS Logistics (India). He has also served as an invited panelist, keynote speaker and discussant in a variety of forums, conferences and academic and executive gatherings and as the Division Chair for the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He has also been an active educator of future educators and as a doctoral advisor has trained many students who are now faculty at some of the best institutions across the world.

 

Executive Leadership
Gautam Ahuja is the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  He has served as the Co-Chairperson (2001-04) and Chairperson (2004-continuing) of the Strategy Area at Ross.  For several years during this period the Strategy Area (department) was ranked #1 globally by The Financial Times.
 
Professor Ahuja has been widely recognized for his expertise and scholarship.  BusinessWeek ranked him as #2 on the list of Most Popular Professors in the United States of America (2011).

Ahuja has also received numerous teaching awards and honors.  He has received the Best Professor Award (selected by student vote) 14 times.  He has also been honored with an award for being an Outstanding Mentor (2001), Faculty Inspiration Award (2004) and was elected as Commencement Speaker (EMBA 2008 & 2013).  Since 1996, he has been recognized as outstanding faculty in Business Week's annual guide to the top business schools.

Ahuja has also worked extensively as a business educator, executive coach or consultant with some of the leading companies and business groups in the world.  He has also served as an invited panelist, keynote speaker and discussant in a variety of forums, conferences and academic and executive gatherings.  He has served as the Division Chair for the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.  He has been an active educator of future educators and, as a doctoral advisor, has trained many students who are now faculty at some of the best institutions across the world.

Ahuja's research interests focus on competitive analysis, innovation, globalization and the use of mergers, acquisitions and alliances in these contexts.  His research has received several international awards from the top scholarly associations in the field including the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, and The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.  Among these awards is the Free Press Award for outstanding research in Strategic Management (1997), the Sage-Pondy and West Publishing Awards for outstanding research in Organization Theory (1998), the TIM Best Paper Award 2003, all from The Academy of Management, and the College on Organization Science Best Dissertation Award (1995) from The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.  His publications have appeared in the major scholarly journals and have been cited more than 8000 times by other scholars and various federal and international bodies.  He has served as Associate / Senior Editor for Management Science and Organization Science and as a member of the Editorial Board for Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal.   Professor Ahuja obtained his M.A., MBA, & PhD from The University of Michigan and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIMA) and B.A. (Econ. Hons), from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.  He is a recipient of The Rector's Prize from Delhi University, the National Talent Search Scholarship and National Scholarships Scheme Merit Award from the Government of India, and an Industry Scholarship for Academic Performance from IIMA.  His work experience includes co-founding and running his own company and several years in various managerial positions with Pond's/Unilever, a global consumer products company.  He has also designed educational board games.

Second Face of Appriopriability: Generative Appropriability and its Determinants

Authors
Gautam Ahuja, C. Lampert, E. Novelli
Published Date
2013

Source

Academy of Management Review

The Genesis and Dynamics of Networks

Authors
Gautam Ahuja, G. Soda, A. Zaheer
Published Date
2012

Source

Organization Science

Embeddedness, tie dissolution and the stability of interorganizational networks

Authors
Polidoro, F., Gautam Ahuja, Mitchell, W.
Published Date
2011

Source

Academy of Management Journal

Explaining Influence Rents: The Case for an Institutions-based View of the Firm.

Authors
Gautam Ahuja, S. Yayavaram
Published Date
2011

Source

Organization Science

Homophily versus Social Asymmetry: Formation of Alliances by Disadvantaged Firms

Authors
Gautam Ahuja, F.Polidoro, W.Mitchell
Published Date
2009

Source

Strategic Management Journal
Ross Thought In Action
Professor Gautam Ahuja clears up some misconceptions about strategy, and shows how to develop a good one.

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