Kannan Ramaswamy

William D. Hacker Chair of Management Strategy
Faculty
THNDRBIRD Campus
Mailcode
1221

Biography

Professor Kannan Ramaswamy holds the William D. Hacker Chair in Global Business at the 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, 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.

Prof. Ramaswamy primarily teaches in the areas of global and competitive strategy.  His course on Global Strategy has been consistently rated among the most valuable courses in several successive alumni surveys at Thunderbird.  He has won awards for teaching at the state, university and school levels multiple times.  His has also authored over 30 case studies on a wide range of companies set in sectors ranging from energy to hospitality, and grocery retailing to air transportation.  These case studies have been adopted as part of the teaching materials in several graduate schools worldwide.

In addition to graduate teaching in Thunderbird’s full-time programs, Ramaswamy has taught extensively in the school’s executive education programs. He has lead and/or participated as a teaching faculty in programs with global companies including American Express, 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).  

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: the great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables, challenges facing emerging market multinationals,  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. 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, 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  special issues of the Journal of International Business Studies as well as the Journal of Operations Management. He has co-authored a book titled "Global Strategy: Creating and Sustaining Advantage across Borders" with Thunderbird professor Andrew Inkpen, and published by the Oxford University Press. He also published a book a compendium of field cases from the oil and gas industry with Profs. Andrerw Inkpen and Michael Moffet published by Pennwell.  

Education

  • Ph.D. Strategic Management, Virginia Tech
  • M.B.A. University of Madras, India
  • B.S. Physics, University of Madras, India

Research Interests

Areas of Expertise:

Energy Sector, Oil and Gas, Global Strategy, Emerging Markets, India, South Asia, Mergers and Acquisitions, Top Management, Corporate Governance

Courses

Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
TGM 545 Global Leadership & Strategy
TGM 548 Global Strategy
TGM 549 Global Leadership
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
TGM 545 Global Leadership & Strategy
TGM 548 Global Strategy
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
TGM 545 Global Leadership and Strategy
TGM 548 Global Strategy
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
TGM 548 Global Strategy
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
TGM 504 Managing Org Glbl Perspective
TGM 545 Global Leadership and Strategy
TGM 548 Global Strategy
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
TGM 548 Global Strategy
TGM 592 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
TGM 548 Global Strategy
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
TGM 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
TGM 504 Managing Org Glbl Perspective
TGM 548 Global Strategy
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
TGM 548 Global Strategy