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Sumantra Ghoshal

Sumantra Ghoshal
INSEAD

"You need the ability to inspire others and emotional resilience. But we often underestimate the importance of judgment issues in the face not just of the unknown, but the unknowable."

Sumantra Ghoshal died in March 2004. At the time of his death, aged 55, he was Professor of Strategy and International Management at the London Business School. Previously, he was a Full Professor at INSEAD and Visiting Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. Sumantra was the founding Dean of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

At INSEAD, Sumantra researched and wrote about the changes that globalisation was inflicting on multinational corporations. After arriving at London Business School, he grew increasingly interested in the broader changes occurring in companies and thought deeply about corporate leadership. He told The Economist that the task involves ‘continuously engaging the intellect of the organisation to create simple clarities to guide choice and to deal with inherently conflicting demands’. He also said: ‘You need the ability to inspire others and emotional resilience. But we often underestimate the importance of judgment issues in the face not just of the unknown, but the unknowable.’

Sumantra was a master case writer and won awards from The Case Centre on 12 occasions, including the Overall Award Winner four times. As The Economist noted in its obituary: ‘Management has lost a prolific and creative writer.’ Read more about Sumantra in this 2009 article in The Economist.

Sumantra’s prizewinning cases include:

Canon: Competing on Capabilities
Lufthansa: The Challenge of Globalisation
Saatchie & Saatchie PLC

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