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Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine

INSEAD Professors of Technology and Operations Management


Karan Girotra is Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD and Author of the Risk-Driven Business Model. Karan’s research has examined how new business models are disrupting centuries-old ways of doing things while creating game changing opportunities for business, society and governments. He has looked extensively at new business models in clean transportation, retailing, urban living and sustainable sourcing.

He is winner of the best professor in the MBA program award, runner-up for the best professor in the executive MBA program and four-time winner of the dean's award for excellence in teaching. In addition to his academic work, Karan was a founder of Terrapass Inc., which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005.

Karan blogs about business model innovation at and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review bloggers network.

Twitter: @Girotrak

Read case studies by Karan here.

Serguei Netessine is the Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation and the Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance. Previously, he was a faculty member at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania .

Serguei received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he  received MS/PhD degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. His current research focuses on strategic aspects of supply chain management, incentives and contracting in supply chains. His industry projects include adoption of performance-based logistics in US defense industry, retail store execution strategies as well as studies of supply chains in the automotive industry.

Serguei has been the recipient of several teaching awards for delivering Supply Chain Management classes to MBA and Executive MBA students at the Wharton School. His research has been published in leading management journals, including Management Science, Operations Research, Marketing Science, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and it has also received extensive media coverage including articles in CIO Magazine, The Economist, Forbes, Multichannel Merchant, New York Times, US News and many others. Several of his papers received research excellence awards. Serguei is also a recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from Production and Operations Management Society. He holds Associate Editor and Senior Editor Positions at several leading academic journals including Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

Twitter: @snetesin

Read case studies by Serguei here.

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