Best Prof: Phanish Puranam

Phanish Puranam at London Business School is among the world's 40 best business school professors under the age of 40

Phanish Puranam at London Business School is among the world’s 40 best business school professors under the age of 40.

Phanish Puranam

Professor of Strategic and International Management

Age: 38

Institution: London Business School

Hometown: New Delhi/Hyderabad

Marital Status: Married

Children: One son

Education: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, PhD, Management

University of Pennsylvania, MA, Managerial Science and Applied Economics

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Master’s degree in International Business

University of Delhi, BE, Civil Engineering

Courses: Corporate Strategy

Mergers &Acquisitions

At LBS Since: 2001

Before LBS: Assistant Manager (Design Engineering) at Hospital Services Consultancy India Ltd.

Extracurricular Activities: Co-Director, Aditya Birla India Centre

Fun Fact: “I very nearly opted for a career as a professional (Indian classical) vocalist. But fortunately I realized you can make a good living being a good professor, but you have to be a great classical musician to make a decent living!”

Phanish Puranam is a tenured professor in the Strategy and International Management Area at the London Business School. He also holds the Co-Directorship of the Aditya Birla India Centre at the School, which functions as the nodal point for the School’s India related research programs.

Phanish’s research and consulting center on the design and management of strategic relationships between organizations. He has published his research on topics such as the structuring of alliance and outsourcing arrangements, post-merger integration, inter-divisional collaboration, and reorganizations, in addition to working with companies such as Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, IBM, 247Customer, and Unisys in advisory/training roles on these topics.

Students Say:

“Brings complex topics down to basic concepts and propositions.”

“The professor’s understanding and ability to explain concepts are outstanding.”

“ The “intellectual level is amazing; he does not beat around the bush; he talks only relevant stuff, and he summarizes many comments of students in a simple way.”

“May you write a thousand bestsellers so we can gloat about having being taught by the numero uno!”

Phanish Puranam is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40

Questions about this article? Email us or leave a comment below.