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About Ravi Madhavan

Ravi Madhavan is a Professor of Business Administration and the Alcoa Foundation International Faculty Fellow at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, and served on the faculty of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 1995 to 2001. Prior to his Ph.D., he spent eight years as a manager in the information technology industry, gaining experience in consulting and leadership roles.

Ravi’s research and teaching interests focus on alliances, Mergers & Acquisitions and venture capital as strategic avenues to growth, innovation and the development of complex capabilities. In particular, he is interested in how networks function as carrier waves of capability diffusion in strategic industries – e.g., a current project tracks the evolution of systems integration capabilities through a comparative case study of China’s investments in the nuclear power and large commercial aircraft sectors. Ravi has published papers in premier journals including Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewJournal of International Business StudiesJournal of ManagementJournal of MarketingStrategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal. He has also served as Director of the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh and as Executive Director and Editor of the working paper series at the Industry Studies Association. Ravi’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the POSCO Research Institute, among others