Karan Girotra is a visiting professor of operations, technology, and information management at Cornell Tech and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.
Girotra’s research studies new business models enabled by digital technologies that are disrupting centuries-old ways of doing things while creating game-changing opportunities for business, society, and governments. He collaborates extensively with companies building new business models in the areas of urban living, smart transportation, and e-commerce, helping them build rigorous research-based solutions.
Girotra has authored numerous highly cited academic articles in top academic journals. This research has won him awards by professional societies including the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award. He has also won multiple best-professor awards for his MBA and executive teaching and was featured in the Poets&Quants 40 Under 40 Business Professors list.
Girotra is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a frequent TV and radio guest, having appeared on CNBC, First Business News, and many widely syndicated radio shows. His views on business models, innovation, green transportation, retail, and global sourcing have been featured extensively in the business press including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Times, the South China Morning Post, the Economic Times, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He has given keynote addresses at the World Knowledge Forum and for corporations such as McKinsey, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, ABB, and Bayer.
In addition to his academic work, Girotra was one of the founders of TerraPass, which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005. Since then, TerraPass has helped businesses and individuals reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over one hundred million tons. He continues to actively engage with startups as a technical advisor and mentor.
Girotra holds a PhD in managerial sciences and applied economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an AM degree from the Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.