Gautam Ahuja

Gautam Ahuja

  • Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management

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Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Faculty Expertise

  • Emerging Markets
  • Global Business
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Strategy
  • Technology Strategy


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Gautam Ahuja is a professor of management and organizations at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Prior to that, he was at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan from 2001 to 2017 in a variety of professorial positions, including serving as the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration. He has also served as visiting professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (2014-2015).

Ahuja's research interests include competitive analysis, technology and innovation, globalization, and the use of inter-organizational arrangements such as mergers, acquisitions, and alliances in these contexts. His research on these issues has received several international awards, including the Free Press Award for Strategic Management (1997), the Sage-Pondy and West Publishing Awards for outstanding research in Organization Theory (1998), and the TIM Best Paper Award for Technology and Innovation Management (2003), all from the Academy of Management; and the College on Organization Science Best Dissertation Award (1995) from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). His paper on generative appropriability received the SIEE-EBS Best Paper Award for the best paper on innovation management published in 2013. In 2016, his work on technological acquisitions received the Schendel Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society.

Ahuja's publications have appeared in the major scholarly journals (ASQ, Organization Science, SMJ, AMR, AMJ) and have been cited more than 18,000 times by other scholars and various federal and international bodies such as the EPA, OECD, and UNEP. He serves as editor-in-chief of Organization Science, one of the premier journals in the field, and has also served as associate editor for Management Science and as a senior editor for Organization Science and Strategy Science.

Ahuja has been selected as the Best Professor by student vote 17 times across the MBA, EMBA, and PhD programs. In 2011, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Ahuja number two on its first-ever list of Most Popular Professors in the United States of America. At the invitation of the Indian Government, he delivered the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Oration (2011), the formal speech on the occasion of Pravasi Divas, the festival to celebrate the achievements of the Indian diaspora (non-resident Indians).

Other honors include Lectio Magistralis, Luiss University, Rome; the Il Sigillum Magnum Medal from the University of Bologna in Italy, the world's oldest continuously functioning university; the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008 from the Ross School; and the Senior Faculty Research Award for sustained "path-breaking research as a thought-leader in the field of strategy" in 2010, also from the Ross School. In 2016, Ahuja was honored by both the premier global academic associations in the field of strategy. He received the BPS Wiley Outstanding Educator Award given to one faculty member across the world every year from the Academy of Management. He was also selected as an SMS Foundations Scholar for 2016 for his contributions in the field of strategy and innovation by the Strategic Management Society. He served as the co-chairperson (2001-04) and chairperson (2004-2013) of the strategy area at Ross. For several years through this period, the strategy area (department) was ranked in the top three departments (including number one) globally by the Financial Times.

Ahuja has also worked as an educator or advisor to many leading companies and business groups across the world and served as an invited panelist, keynote speaker, and expert discussant in a variety of forums, conferences, and academic and executive gatherings. He has also served as the division chair for the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. As a doctoral advisor, he has trained many students who are now faculty at some of the best institutions across the world.

Recent Courses

  • NBAE 5900 - Advanced Strategic Analysis
  • NBAW 5900 - Advanced Strategic Analysis
  • NBAY 5795 - Advanced Strategic Analysis
  • NBA 6050 - Cases in Strategic Management
  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading and Research
  • NRE 5420 - PhD Seminar in Strategy

Academic Degrees

  • PhD The University of Michigan, 1996
  • MBA The University of Michigan, 1994
  • MA University of Michigan, 1994
  • MBA Indian Institute of Management, 1986
  • BA Delhi University -St. Stephen's College, 1984