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Ram Ranganathan

Associate Professor

Department:     Management

Additional Titles:     PhD Adviser

Industry Areas:     Technology & Innovation Mgmt

Research Areas:     Strategy

Ram Ranganathan

Ram Ranganathan is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the McCombs School of Business. He received his PhD from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Strategic Management. His research focuses on firms’ strategies in settings of technological change, looking at both factors that affect firms’ responses during technological change and factors that enable them to control the evolution of technologies.

Before joining the Wharton School, Ram was a Management Consultant with Deloitte’s Southern California practice for more than six years, where he consulted for a variety of large multinational corporations and state governments, providing expertise on technology strategy, vendor selection, M&A due diligence as well as technology integration and execution issues. Prior to his consulting career with Deloitte, Ram worked as a software engineer with Siemens, developing communication software for their telecom exchanges.

Ram also has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore India where he was a recipient of the Director’s Merit List Award. His undergraduate training is in Computer Science and Engineering where he graduated with Distinction and was placed in the top 5% of his cohort.



Finalist, Wiley Blackwell Dissertation Award, Academy of Management (BPS)



Finalist, Best Dissertation Award, Academy of Management (TIM)



Dissertation Scholar, Strategy Research Foundation, Strategic Mgmt. Society



Best Conference PhD Paper Award, Strategic Management Society, Miami



Stephen M. Schrader Best paper Award, Academy of Management (TIM), Montreal



Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management (TIM), Montreal



Vivek Tandon, Navid Asgar, and Ram Ranganathan. April 2023. Divestment of Relational Assets Following Acquisitions: Evidence from the Biopharmaceutical Industry. Strategic Management Journal 44(4): 1013-1052.

Steve Gray, Ram Ranganathan, Peter Boumgarden, and Laura Huang. Sizing Up the Hierarchy: An Alter-centric Perspective of Status Disparity and Newcome Attraction in Multiparty Syndicates. Strategic Organization.  Forthcoming.

Ramkumar Ranganathan, Anindya Ghosh, and Lori Rosenkopf. 2018. Competition-cooperation Interplay During Multifirm Technology Coordination: The Effect of Firm Heterogeneity on Conflict and Consensus in a Technology Standards Organization. Strategic Management Journal 39(12), 3193-3221.


Mary J. Benner and Ramkumar Ranganathan. 2017. Measuring Up? Persistence and Change in Analysts’ Evaluative Schemas Following Technological Change. Organization Science 28(4), 760-780.


Anindya Ghosh, Ramkumar Ranganathan, and Lori Rosenkopf. 2016. The Impact of Context and Model Choice on the Determinants of Strategic Alliance Formation: Evidence from a Staged Replication Study. Strategic Management Journal 37(11), 2204-2221.


Ramkumar Ranganathan and Lori Rosenkopf. 2014. Do Ties Really Bind? The Effect of Knowledge & Commercialization Networks on Opposition to Standards. Academy of Management Journal 57(2), 515-540.


Mary J. Benner and Ramkumar Ranganathan. 2013. Divergent Reactions to Convergent Strategies: Investor Beliefs and Analyst Reactions During Technological Change. Organization Science 24(2), 378-394.


Mary J. Benner and Ramkumar Ranganathan. 2012. Offsetting Illegitimacy? How Pressures from Securities Analysts Influence Incumbents in the Face of New Technologies. Academy of Management Journal 55(1), 213-233.