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Ashish Nanda

Harvard Law School
Faculty Chair, Executive Education
Research Director, Center for Law and the Professions
Cambridge, MA, USA

Ashish Nanda
Robert Braucher Professor of Practice
Research Director, Program on the Legal Profession

Ashish Nanda is the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. He is Faculty Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School and Research Director at the Program on the Legal Profession and the Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry. He teaches “Professional Services” in the JD program, leads the Case Development and Distribution Initiative, and is a member of the research team conducting the Program’s Corporate Purchasing Project.

Before joining Harvard Law School, Professor Nanda was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years, where he taught “Professional Services” in the MBA program and continues to teach in the school’s executive education courses.

Professor Nanda has a PhD in business economics (Harvard University), AM in Economics (Harvard University), PGDM in management (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad), and B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi). Before coming to Harvard for his PhD, he worked for five years with the Tata group of companies as Tata Administrative Services officer.

A recipient of the Henry B. Arthur Fellowship, the Center in Ethics and the Professions Fellowship, President of India Gold Medal (twice), and the IIM Director’s Gold Medal, he has published several case studies and Harvard Business Review articles and is a coauthor (with Tom DeLong) of Professional Services: Cases & Text. His research, in the form of conceptual articles, case studies, surveys, and large sample empirical analyses, focuses on professional services. It encompasses three streams
– professionalism, professionals’ labor market, and management of professional service organizations.

Professor Nanda has advised law firms and inside counsel in companies as well as other professional service organizations including accounting, advertising, asset management, engineering consulting, executive search, human resource consulting, investment banking, IT consulting, management consulting, public relations, and real estate firms.

His work with these firms has spanned (a) strategic planning, including designing and executing strategic planning process and reviewing alliance strategies and options; (b) developing organizational strategy, including organizational structure design and review of communication processes; (c) reviewing governance systems, including independent analysis of executive and oversight bodies and succession planning; (d) analyzing people practices, including compensation systems, recruitment and retention practices at partner and associate level; and (e) designing and delivering leadership programs.


PhD in Business Economics, Harvard Business School, 1993

AM in Economics, Harvard University, 1990

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (First Rank) from the Indian

Institute of Management at Ahmedabad.

Bachelor of Technology (First Rank) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi


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