Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Co-Leader, McKinsey & Company's Innovation Practice
Bhaskar Chakravorti is a Partner of McKinsey & Company and has held faculty appointments at Harvard University, as a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School and as a faculty associate with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He is a leader of the McKinsey's Innovation practice and has served on its Knowledge Services Committee, which oversees McKinsey's 1,200 person global research system. At Harvard, he has taught and written on innovation, entrepreneurship management, and new venture formation, and co-led an immersion program to study India’s technology sector. Bhaskar has advised CEOs, Boards and senior management of the global leaders in multiple industries (technology, health and consumer care and renewable energy) on innovation, growth and new business-building. In 15 years of consulting he has advised over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and supervised multiple start-up business plans. He has helped start new businesses that have scaled up in established companies, re-positioned private equity portfolio companies for growth and has been involved in the public policy arena with regulators and on Capitol Hill. His clients and scope of work cover many geographies in addition to the U.S. and the EU: e.g., Brazil, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Canada, multiple African countries.
Bhaskar's book, The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World, Harvard Business School Press; 2003 -- selected as one of the Best Business Books of the year by multiple publications and an Amazon.com best-seller on Innovation —has been influential in many client and policy recommendations. He has written over 40 articles in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals, multiple books, and widely-read publications, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economic Times.
His work is featured in multiple media, e.g., BusinessWeek, The Economist, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Fast Company, Economic Times, CBS MarketWatch, as well as a documentary film on the open source movement. He has been invited to speak to audiences in business, academia, an advisory committee to the U.S. president, public policy-making bodies (e.g., FCC, Capitol Hill), multi-lateral entities (e.g., World Bank, ITU), futurist think-tanks (e.g., Aspen Institute, GBN), research, and the investor community.
Bhaskar's prior appointments include: Partner and Thought Leader at Monitor Group, the global strategy firm; game theorist and member of the technical staff at Bellcore, the R&D labs for the Bell telephone companies; assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; officer of TAS, the executive cadre for the Tata Group, India's pre-eminent conglomerate.
Bhaskar has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow, M.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and the Delhi School of Economics and a B.A. with Honors in economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.