Sumantra Ghoshal

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Date of Birth: 1948

Age: 56

Place of Birth: Kolkata

Citizenship: United States


Ghoshal - one of the authors` Directing across borders: transnational podhod` ( `Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution`); this work - written by him in collaboration with Christopher Bartlett (Christopher A. Bartlett) - entered the list of 50 `most important books on menedzhmentu` version `Financial Times` and has been translated into nine different languages.

Sumantra was born in Kolkata (Calcutta); Higher education he received at the University of Delhi (Delhi University), where he specialized in physics and the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management). Some time Ghoshal has worked in the `Indian Oil Corporation`; despite the rather successful career, he chose in the end to leave India and move to the United States. In 1983, Sumantra was in Sloan School of Management, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management) Master`s degree, in 1985 - a doctorate in philosophy. In 1986 he was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Business Administration - Harvard Business School (Harvard Business School). It should be noted that earned all these degrees Ghoshal in parallel, simultaneously working on two different theses on two different subjects.

In 1985, Sumantra entered the French INSEAD business school; shortly afterwards it published a series of very, very interesting articles and books. In 1994, he entered the Ghoshal of London Business School - where he was listed as a professor of international management strategicheskogoi (Professor of Strategic and International Management). At the same time Sumantra was in the Trust Committee of the Harvard Business School.

In his early works Ghoshal discussed mainly the matrix structure of multinational companies - and, in particular, the confusion and the conflicts which makes the intersection of function and the difference in geographical location. In the future, however, Sumantra switched to the more ambitious - and, as a consequence, more promising and important - theory. Thus, he argued that we should not try to prevent the domination of the economy over the control function - the activities of large firms are now occupies a central role in people`s lives and, as a consequence, is entitled to a greater power.

The study of management issues from the standpoint of control of individual employees led him to an unexpected conclusion - it turned out that the theory of management, which considers only the economic aspects of human existence and completely ignores the other, is absolutely incorrect. As he said himself Sumantra, `theory that shareholders can not trust managers, making nenadezhnymi` managers. Ghoshal warned that such an approach could become a kind of `self-fulfilling prorochestvom`; By the way, this is what has caused the most criticism against him by colleagues in the industry. Sumantra, however, until his death, continued to struggle with the theory that made - again, he said - a modern one- and separated from the company`s management system.

Ghoshal, died from a brain haemorrhage.