Kannan Ramaswamy

William D. Hacker Chair of Management Strategy


William D. Hacker Chair Professor of Management

Areas of Expertise:
Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Global Strategy, Emerging Markets, India, South Asia, Mergers
and Acquisitions, Top Management, Corporate Governance

Global Strategy

Kannan Ramaswamy, Ph.D., is the William D. Hacker Chair Professor of Management in
the Department of Global Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He
is world-renowned for his expertise on global strategy, emerging markets – including
India and South Asia, the energy sector, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions
and global management. A native of India who is now a U.S. citizen, Dr. Ramaswamy has
consulted for several U.S. and European multinationals. He is an award-winning executive
educator whose teaching and research interests span emerging market multinationals,
business groups and corporate diversification, mergers and acquisitions, privatization,
and joint ventures.

In addition to teaching in Thunderbird’s full-time programs, Dr. Ramaswamy teaches
extensively in the school’s Executive Education programs. He has participated in
programs with multinational companies including American Express, EDS Corp. (now part
of Hewlett-Packard Co.), Dow Chemical, General Motors, Mattel, Brasil Telecom, Delta
Air Lines, Astellas Pharmaceutical (Japan), LG Electronics (Korea), Ericsson, Motorola,
ExxonMobil, Baker Hughes, ONGC (India), Integra (Russia), and SK Corp. (Korea). Dr.
Ramaswamy also directs several Thunderbird programs including the program on
Globalization: Merging Strategy with Action that deals with global strategy issues, and
the Advanced Management Program for Oil and Gas Industry Executives dealing with
contemporary issues in oil and gas.

Dr. Ramaswamy’s research – which has appeared in distinguished journals including
Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of
Management Journal, Management International Review, Journal of Management and
Journal of Business Research – focuses on a broad range of topics: challenges facing
emerging market multinationals, the performance impact of corporate diversification;
competitive consequences of privatization; the role of strategic fit in mergers and
acquisitions; and equity vs. operational-control issues in joint ventures. Much of his
recent research in these areas has centered on emerging markets. Dr. Ramaswamy’s
work has been featured among the best papers at these prestigious national meetings
eight times; his work was chosen “best paper” twice at the Academy of Management
national meetings. As a faculty member at the academic institutions he has served, Dr.
Ramaswamy has won numerous awards for research excellence.

A member of the Board of Reviewers of the Journal of International Business Studies
and the editorial board of the Journal of International Management, and the Asia Pacific
Journal of Management, Dr. Ramaswamy has also served as guest editor of a special issue
of the Journal of Operations Management on “knowledge offshoring.” With Thunderbird
professor Andrew Inkpen, Dr. Ramaswamy co-authored the book Global Strategy:
Creating and Sustaining Advantage across Borders published by the Oxford University
Press. Dr. Ramaswamy earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from Virginia Tech; an
MBA from the University of Madras in India; and a BS in physics from the University of


Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 548Global Strategy
TGM 592Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 548Global Strategy
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 504Managing Org Glbl Perspective
TGM 548Global Strategy
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 548Global Strategy
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 504Managing Org Glbl Perspective
TBX 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics