Karan Girotra

Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management. The Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development at INSEAD Business School

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INSEAD Business School

Karan Girotra is an Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and the Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development at INSEAD. He is the author of the bestseller the "Risk-Driven Business Model". Karan’s research examines how new business models 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 develop rigorous research-based solutions.

Karan 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.

Karan has authored numerous highly cited academic articles in top academic journals. This research has won awards by professional societies including the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award. He has also won multiple Best Professor awards for his teaching at INSEAD and was featured in the Poets and Quants 40 under 40 business professors lists.

Karan 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, Economic Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, etc. He has given keynote addresses at the World Knowledge Forum and for corporations such as McKinsey, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, ABB, Bayer, among others.

In addition to his academic work, Karan was one of the founders of Terrapass Inc., which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005.

Karan blogs on INSEAD Knowledge, the Harvard Business Review bloggers network, and is represented by the BrightSight group for speaking engagements. Follow Karan on twitter

RESEARCH AREAS

Green Transportation, Urban Living, Environmental Sustainability, Business Model Innovation, Economic Analysis of New Business Models, Startup Science, Entrepreneurship, New Venture Management, Ideation

TEACHING AREAS

Science and Practice of Startups, Identifying New Business Opportunities, New Business Models, Innovation, Operations Management

INDUSTRY SECTORS

Pharmaceuticals and Health, Retailing

eCornell

Karan Girotra is Charles H. Dyson Family Professor of Management and Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation at Cornell-Tech and the Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Karan’s research has focused on identifying and refining business models enabled by new technologies and enabling the digital transformation of companies and industries. Karan has collaborated with companies building new business models in the areas of urban living, smart transportation and e-commerce, helping them build rigorous research-based solutions.

As one of the first business faculty at Cornell Tech, Karan is helping build a unique new educational institution that fuses technology with business and creative thinking. He leads the flagship studio-based education programs at Cornell Tech and is applying his research on innovation to help build a new model for graduate education.

Karan’s and his research collaborators have been recognized with multiple best paper awards and his research contributions were recognized with prestigious Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award. His research on new business models (at the time) was summarized in the best-selling book, “The Risk Driven Business Model”. He has also won over 20 teaching awards for his teaching on entrepreneurship and new business models and was featured in the Poets and Quant’s Best 40 under 40 business professors lists.

In addition to his academic work, Karan was one of the founders of TerraPass Inc., which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005. Since then, TerraPass has helped businesses and individuals reduce over hundred million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Prior to joining Cornell Tech, Karan held the Paul Dubrule Chair at INSEAD, earned a doctorate at the Wharton School and a bachelor degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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