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Subramanian Rangan

Professor of Strategy and Management


Subi Rangan received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University.

His research explores the evolution of capitalism and in particular how enterprises and all economic actors may better integrate performance and progress. He is developing a curriculum that aims to deepen not only the competence but also the character of business students and executives. In 2013 he initiated the Society for Progress, a fellowship of eminent philosophers, social scientists, and business leaders ( Their first work was published in a volume entitled Performance & Progress (Oxford University Press, 2015). Their second book is Capitalism Beyond Mutuality? (Oxford University Press, 2018). In 2023 they completed a third volume entitled, Wedge: Are Core Assumptions in Business Theory Cleaving Apart Performance and Progress?

Prof. Rangan's other research explores the political sociology of discrimination of foreign transnational firms and these firms’ non-market strategies. In 1998 he won the Academy of International Business’ Eldridge Haynes Prize for the best original work in international business. In 1995 that academy awarded their Best Dissertation Award to his doctoral thesis. In 2010 his research won the Emerald award for Top 50 papers in management.

His articles appear in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. Subi is coauthor of two books: Manager in the International Economy, and A Prism on Globalization. He has been associate editor of the Academy of Management Review, and the Global Strategy Journal. He is a member of the board of trustees of Fundaçao Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Brazil; and a member of the Board of the WEF’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Subi directs INSEAD’s top executive seminar AVIRA: Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Role, and Action. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award and Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching.

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Thoughtful Consumption for Well-Being and Sustainability

H. Plassmann, S. Rangan, E. Hansmeyer

Understanding consumer behaviour is key to making fashion more sustainable.

Economics & Finance

Why Do Governments So Often Disappoint?

Maria Guadalupe, Subi Rangan

Notwithstanding serious effort and dedication, so often there is a shortfall between peoples' expectations of government and what government delivers. At a recent symposium on government and progress, participants explored why and suggested that a new social contract is needed between public leaders and citizens.

Economics & Finance

Governing in an Age of Great Expectations

Government matters for societal progress and will always do so. In which ways and to what extent depends on the social contract.