Amar Bhidé

Amar Bhidé is Thomas Schmidheiny Professor at The Fletcher School. He is the author of A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy (read a profile of his book here) published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His 2008 book, The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, (Princeton University Press 2008) won the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Business, Finance, and Management, and was in the “Best of 2008” lists of the Economist, BusinessWeek and Barrons. Bhidé also authored The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses (Oxford 2000), and Of Politics and Economic Reality (Basic Books 1984).

Bhidé is a founding member of the Center on Capitalism and Society and spearheaded the launch of its eponymous journal, Capitalism and Society (published by the Berkeley Electronic Press) which he now edits (with Prof. Edmund Phelps). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Bhidé was previously the Laurence D. Glaubinger Professor of Business at Columbia University.  He served on the faculties of Harvard Business School (from 1988 to 2000) and the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. A former Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and proprietary trader at E.F. Hutton, Bhidé served on the staff of the Brady Commission which investigated the stock market crash. Bhidé earned a DBA (1988) and an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar (1979) from Harvard. He received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1977.

Bhidé, who has been studying innovation and entrepreneurship for more than twenty years also has several publications in the areas of strategy, finance and firm governance. His ten Harvard Business Review articles include “The Judgment Deficit”, "Efficient Markets, Deficient Governance," "How entrepreneurs craft strategies that work," "Bootstrap Finance: the Art of Start-ups," and "Hustle as Strategy." His work on financial markets and governance includes "The Hidden Costs of Stock Market Liquidity" in the Journal of Financial Economics and articles in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. He has written numerous articles in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Financial Times and The LA Times.

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