Phanish Puranam

Professor of Strategy

Phanish Puranam is a Professor of Strategy, the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Strategy and Organisation Design at INSEAD.

Phanish’s research in organisational science focuses on how organisations work, and how we can make them work better. His current interests include non-hierarchical organisations, the design of informal organisation, and organisational architectures that support self-assembling teams.

Besides publishing his research extensively in peer reviewed journals, Phanish has also written several books. The Microstructure of Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2018) offers researchers a new perspective on organisation design. Phanish’s books for practitioners include Corporate Strategy: Tools for Analysis and Decisions (co-authored with Bart Vanneste, Cambridge University Press, 2016) which is used as a reference in MBA programmes around the world. India Inside (co-authored with Nirmalya Kumar, Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) won critical acclaim for its balanced look at the prospect of India emerging as a global hub for innovation.

Phanish obtained his PhD at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and was on the faculty of London Business School till 2012. Reflecting his commitment to doctoral training, he has served as the Academic Director for the PhD Programme at both London Business School and INSEAD.

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