Ashish Nanda

Robert Braucher Professor of Practice

On leave 2013-2014

Biography

Ashish Nanda is Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, Faculty Director of Executive Education, and Research Director at the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He teaches "Professional Services" in the JD program, is faculty director of Harvard Law School Executive Education, and teaches in Harvard Business School's executive education courses. Before joining Harvard Law School, Nanda was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years, where he taught "Professional Services" in the MBA program. Before coming to Harvard for his PhD, he worked for five years with the Tata group of companies as Tata Administrative Services officer. A recipient of the Henry B. Arthur Fellowship, the Center in Ethics and the Professions Fellowship, President of India Gold Medal (twice), and the IIM Director's Gold Medal, he has published several case studies and Harvard Business Review articles and is a coauthor (with Tom DeLong) of Professional Services: Cases & Text. His research, in the form of conceptual articles, case studies, surveys, and large sample empirical analyses, focuses on professional services. It encompasses three streams - professionalism, professionals' labor market, and management of professional service organizations. Nanda has advised law firms and inside counsel in companies as well as other professional service organizations including accounting, advertising, asset management, engineering consulting, executive search, human resource consulting, investment banking, IT consulting, management consulting, public relations, and real estate firms. His work with these organziations has spanned (a) strategic planning, including designing and executing strategic planning process and reviewing alliance strategies and options; (b) developing organizational strategy, including organizational structure design and review of communication processes; (c) reviewing governance systems, including independent analysis of exectutive and oversight bodies and succession planning; (d)analyzing people practices, including compensation systems, recruitment and retention practices at partner and associate level; and (e) designing and delivering leadership programs.

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