Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti

Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context.

With the objective of “connecting the world of business with the world,” the Institute explores issues at the intersection of global business and international affairs, including geopolitics, national and international security, peace and conflict, development and the human condition. Bhaskar serves on the Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business, directs the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises and is on the Executive Committee of the Tufts Institute for Innovation. He also serves on the Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation for the World Economic Forum.

Prior to joining Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 20+ year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries. He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World”. His papers and articles appear in top-tier academic journals, e.g. Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Journal of Public Economics, International Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, International Journal of Game Theory, Economic Theory, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control among many others, multiple books and in widely-read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Affairs, CNBC; his interviews feature in BusinessWeek, The Economist, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC, FT, Fast Company, CNN, New Yorker, etc. He has appeared frequently on Public Radio and is a columnist for the Indian Express and blogger for CNN and the Huffington Post. Bhaskar is a regularly invited speaker at global conferences, e.g. the World Economic Forum, The Economist, Bloomberg, the Milken Institute.

Bhaskar's work has been multi-sectoral and global; examples include: development of auctions worldwide in launching the wireless communications industry, creation of a modern international telecommunications network connecting the continent of Africa, enhanced public safety infrastructure in the US, the launch of multiple-billion dollar bio-pharmaceutical products and medical devices, establishing innovative new business units in multiple high tech companies and growth of the global solar energy industry. His work has been influential in policy making on Capitol Hill, the Federal Communications Commission and to a US Presidential Task Force.

Bhaskar's prior appointments were as a Partner and Thought Leader at the Monitor Group, a game theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a TAS officer with India's Tata Group. His PhD in economics is from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow. He is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and in economics with honors from Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College. Bhaskar and his wife, Gita, live in Brookline, MA with their two children, Tarit and Sahana, and two fairly agreeable cats.

7X7: A Selection of Recent Articles and Commentary by Bhaskar Chakravorti


I. Contextual Intelligence

  1. "An Unexpected Lesson from Mandela: Why Context Matters". Harvard Business Reviewhttps://hbr.org/2013/12/an-unexpected-lesson-from-mandela-why-context-matters 
  2. "MBAs Need a richer Educational Framework: Business is too Important..." Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/c1f32982-562e-11e1-8dfa-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3hafZDbvx
  3. "Why Business Schools Produce Irresponsible Leaders". Bloomberg BusinessWeek: http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-04-21/how-business-schools-create-irresponsible-leaders  
  4. "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: The Global Economy's Path to 2025". GlobalPost: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/tomorrow-US-2025-global-economy-part-1 
  5. "The Poor: An Endangered Species?" Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/the-poor-an-endangered-sp_b_3698903.html
  6. "Innovating for the next 3 billion. There is no high tech fix". Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/innovating-for-the-next-t_b_3773473.html
  7. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way from the Forum". Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2014/06/24/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-from-the-forum/


II. Global Innovation 

  1. "Why is Uber Winning in China, Where Most U.S. Tech Companies Have Failed?" Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/07/27/why-uber-is-winning-in-china-where-most-u-s-tech-companies-have-failed/
  2. "How Japan's Shortcomings Can Trigger its Next Burst of Innovation". Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/07/06/how-japans-shortcomings-can-trigger-its-next-burst-of-innovation/
  3. "No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?" Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/06/16/no-one-questions-googles-ability-to-innovate-so-why-do-its-moonshots-look-like-money-pits/
  4. "Flying Cars or Flying Toilets: What is the Best Way to Measure Innovation?" Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/flying-cars-or-flying-toi_b_7141980.html 
  5. "The future of the Future: Where Are the Breakthrough Innovations?" Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/the-future-of-the-future_b_5194767.html
  6. "Finding Competitive Advantage in Adversity". Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2010/11/finding-competitive-advantage-in-adversity 
  7. "The next big thing will be small". CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/44874065


III. Sustainability, Development and Inclusive Business

  1. "To Be an Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy". Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2015/02/22/to-be-an-inclusive-business-forget-business-school-lessons-on-strategy/
  2. "The Unintended Consequences of Inclusive Business". Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2015/04/10/the-unintended-consequences-of-inclusive-business/
  3. "Corporate NGO Partnerships: Why They Work and Why They Don't". Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2015/05/28/corporate-ngo-partnerships-why-they-work-and-why-they-dont/
  4. "How Do we Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?" Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2015/07/20/how-do-we-get-businesses-working-towards-the-sustainable-development-goals/
  5. "Business Growth for Good: Why Context Matters". Stanford Social Innovation Review (With T. Siesfeld): http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/business_growth_for_good_why_context_matters
  6. "Annawadi or Antilla: Where is the next inspiration for urban innovation?" Acumen Blog (with G. Tiwari): http://acumen.org/author/bhaskar-chakravorti-and-gaurav-tiwari/
  7. "Let’s get rid of the word 'responsible' from 'responsible business conduct'" OECD Insights: http://oecdinsights.org/2013/06/26/getting-rid-of-responsible-from-responsible-business-conduct/


IV. Global Business, Geo-Politics and International Affairs

  1. 1. "ISIS: The Internet's Biggest Disrupter". Fortune: http://fortune.com/2015/03/24/isis-the-internets-biggest-disruptor/ 
  2. "China's New Development Bank is a Wake-up Call for Washington". Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2015/04/chinas-new-development-bank-is-a-wake-up-call-for-washington
  3. "To Remain a Superpower, the US Must Become Inclusive and Generous". Quartz (with G. Rao): http://qz.com/451932/to-remain-a-superpower-the-us-must-become-inclusive-and-generous/ 
  4. "Slow it Down! Don't Fast-track the TPP". CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/05/22/ce-of-the-fast-track-to-tpp-commentary.html 
  5. "Colonialism's Enduring Dividends: Why European Companies Have an Advantage in Emerging Markets". Foreign Affairs (with J. Dong and K. Fedosova): https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/africa/2014-02-13/colonialisms-enduring-dividends
  6. "Time for a Brand New Site for Israel-Palestine Peace Talks". Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/time-for-a-brand-new-site_b_5749956.html 
  7. "The End of the World Wide Web". CNN: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/02/the-end-of-the-world-wide-web/ 


V. How Digital Innovations are Upending Global Affairs

  1. "Where the Digital Economy is Moving the Fastest". Harvard Business Review (with C. Tunnard and R. Chaturvedi): https://hbr.org/2015/02/where-the-digital-economy-is-moving-the-fastest/
  2. "More Data, More Problems: Surveillance and the Information Economy". Foreign Affairs: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/2015-07-07/more-data-more-problems
  3. "The Way to Estonia: How to Reach Digital Nirvana". Foreign Affairs (with C. Tunnard and R. Chaturvedi): https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/global-commons/2015-03-24/way-estonia 
  4. "The Mark Zuckerberg Paradox of Digital Inclusion". Harvard Business Review (with R. Chaturvedi) (forthcoming) Can send you if interested.
  5. "The Hidden Costs of Cash". Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2014/06/the-hidden-costs-of-cash 
  6. "Cash is a Wasteful System But Hard to Replace". New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/12/09/the-end-of-cash/cash-is-a-wasteful-system-but-hard-to-replace 
  7. "Finding the 'E' in the Fight Against Ebola". Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/finding-the-e-in-the-figh_b_6117784.html 


VI. Emerging Markets

  1. "What We Get Wrong About China". CNN: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/28/what-we-get-wrong-about-china/
  2. "Can US Companies "Get" Africa?" CNN: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/03/can-u-s-companies-get-africa/ 
  3. "If the ‘Rising Africa’ Hype Has You Eyeing Investments in Africa, Read This First". Quartz: http://qz.com/472156/if-the-rising-africa-hype-has-you-eyeing-investments-in-africa-read-this-first/
  4. "A New Club for India: With BRICs We Seem to Have Mistaken an Acronym for Real Policy". Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-new-club-for-india/ 
  5. "What Can UNICEF Teach Unilever About How to Succeed in Emerging Markets?" Yale Journal of International Affairs (with P. Uvin): http://yalejournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Article-Uvin-and-Chakravorti.pdf
  6. "Sales Force: Why Emerging Markets is the Future for U.S. Businesses". Foreign Affairs (with G. Rao): https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2013-07-15/sales-force
  7. "The Emerging Markets Summer Meltdown". Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bhaskar-chakravorti/the-emerging-markets-summer_b_3891475.html 


VII. Modi Operandi: Indian Political Economy and Business

  1. "The Reluctant Inclusionist". Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/reluctant-inclusionist/
  2. "The Oil Games". Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/the-oil-games/
  3. "Chai and Cha Cha Cha". Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/chai-and-cha-cha-cha/
  4. "The Elephant and the Windsock". Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/the-elephant-and-the-windsock/
  5. "A Responsibility to Lead". Indian Expresshttp://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-responsibility-to-lead/ 
  6. "It's Not Harvard vs Hard Work". Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/its-not-harvard-vs-hard-work/
  7. "Go for the Moonshot" Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/go-for-the-moon-shot/