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Gautam Ahuja

Gautam Ahuja

Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Strategy

PHD, University Of Michigan
M.A., University Of Michigan
MBA, University Of Michigan
M.B.A., Indian Institute Of Management
B.A., University Of Delhi

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, and the SIES-EBS Award for Best Published paper in Innovation Management (2013). His publications have appeared in the major scholarly journals (ASQ, Organization Science, SMJ, AMR, AMJ) and have been cited more than 10000 times by other scholars and various federal and international bodies such as the EPA, OECD and UNEP. He has served as Associate / Senior Editor for several of the top academic journals. 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 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) 14 times, including 9 times in the MBA program, 2 times in the EMBA, 1 time in the Evening MBA, and 2 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.

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.

Gautam Ahuja
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Office Location: R6356

Phone: (734) 763-1591
Fax: (734) 936-8716

Working Papers
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