Sankaran Raghunathan

Sankaran Raghunathan

Dean, The National Management School


When firms call themselves global what they mean is that their operations are global; for, how can an American firm call itself an American global firm which is an oxymoron in terms. Dr.Raghunathan argues that for a firm to be truly global, it should also be owned globally. Over the past decades, this issue of global ownership and, thus, the global citizenship of firms have dominated his work. His empirical work on ownership strategies of multinational corporations is an attempt to understand the experiments of firms as they go about creating their global network of subsidiaries.

Dr. Raghunathan has presented papers at various conferences internationally and his articles on foreign investment policy issues have appeared in popular newspapers in the US and India. In one of his publications, he has devised a new measure of corporate diversification which changes the implications of the entire research in this area. His expertise lies in the strategic management of multinational corporations, issues related to ownership of overseas subsidiaries, and foreign trade and investment policies. His research has implications for corporate executives and national policy makers.

Dr. Raghunathan is a professor of International Business and is currently the Director-India of Broward College, Florida. Prior to this, he taught for 10 years at the Graduate School of Management, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He earned his doctoral degree from Temple University, Philadelphia. After his undergraduate degree in Commerce and a degree in Law from the University of Madras, he also graduated with a MBA degree from XLRI, India. He has had various stints in the industry; having worked for four years in Banking; he shifted to the Information Systems industry. His entrepreneurial inclinations since his youth have led to successful efforts in India and the US. He serves on the National Executive Council of the Indo-American Chamber of Business (IACC) after having served as the Regional President of the South India Council of the IACC. He is the Founding National President of the IT-SME Association, a national body representing the interests of over 3,200 SMEs in the IT industry. He is also a Charter Member of TiE – a global entrepreneurship fostering organization.

Dr. Raghunathan is married to Pushpa Krishnaswamy; they have a son and maintain two homes; in Chennai, India and Atlanta, USA. Dr. Raghunathan’s interests include farming, table tennis, ideation, and discussing futures.