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Pankaj Ghemawat

Strategy professor and globalization expert, renowned for his robust analysis of global trends.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked #19 in 2019.

Previous positions:
#17 (2017), # 19  (2015), #11 (2013), and #27 (2011).


Thinkers50 2015 Strategy Award.


The youngest person in the history of Harvard to be appointed a full professor, in 1991. 


Ghemawat looks key trends affecting businesses worldwide, and explains how globalization levels are changing. He provides analytic frameworks that are both visionary and pragmatic. Ghemawat’s book World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It won the 2011 Thinkers50 Book Award. He is the creator of the DHL Global Connectedness Index, a comprehensive analysis of the state of globalization across 140 countries, for which he was nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award.




Ghemawat is the Global Professor of Management and Strategy, and director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management, at Stern School of Business, New York University. He is also the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School. The youngest person to be appointed a full professor at Harvard Business School, in 1991, Ghemawat was also the youngest “guru” included in the guide to the greatest management thinkers of all time, published by The Economist in 2008. 


The New Global Road Map: Enduring Strategies for Turbulent Times (HBR Press, 2018); The Laws of Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2016); World 3.0 (HBR Press, 2011); Redefining Global Strategy (HBR Press, 2007); Strategy and the Business Landscape (Prentice Hall, 1999); Games Businesses Play (MIT Press, 1997);  Commitment (Free Press, 1991). 





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“For a nuanced view of globalisation Pankaj Ghemawat is the go-to expert.” 

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50