CHAPTER 2

The Ghoshal Legacy

With his movie star cheekbones, piercing eyes, hawkish intensity, and intellectual brilliance, Sumantra Ghoshal (1948–2004) was an intimidating figure. Ghoshal held the Robert P. Bauman Chair in Strategic Leadership at London Business School, having previously taught at INSEAD and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He was also the founding dean of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.

Ghoshal was best known for his work with Christopher Bartlett of Harvard Business School. Their 1988 book Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution was hugely influential. In it Bartlett and Ghoshal argued that multinational corporations from different regions of the world have their own management heritages, each with ...

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