I FIRST MET Pankaj Ghemawat in September 1978, when I was looking for a very talented undergraduate to help develop a course for the then-nascent Harvard Negotiation Project. Ghemawat stood out on account of his international orientation as well as his intellectual gifts and curiosity. Working with him for a year confirmed my initial sense that he would go on to do great things.

I watched with interest as Ghemawat sped through his undergraduate and PhD degrees at Harvard in a total of six years. I was pleased when he decided to go consult after receiving his PhD. And I was delighted when he was recruited by Michael Porter to join the Harvard Business School faculty at age twenty-three. He went on to become the youngest professor ever ...

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