Jitendra Singh

Michael Jebsen Professor of Business and Dean, School of Business and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Co-author, The India Way

An expert on Asian markets and companies reveals new ways to do business around the world.

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Biography

Jitendra Singh is a leading authority on business practices and opportunities in the developing nations of Asia. One of his most exciting discoveries is to show that, with the rise of globalization, overseas companies are finding new, different, and dynamic ways to grow and prosper.

No longer is the American way the only way of doing business

New markets require new business practices, and Jitendra Singh is showing American business people exactly what they can learn from the rest of the world.

He has found, for example, that the best and most successful companies in India invest heavily in their people and empower them, and they place less emphasis on the drive for shareholder value in favor of social and community goals. As remarkable as it may seem to US businesses, these priorities are driving top performance and remarkable growth.

Dr. Singh’s work is also providing companies with insights into such difficult challenges as how to do offshore outsourcing successfully and profitably, and how to penetrate markets in India and throughout Asia.

He is the author of numerous books and papers on business in emerging markets, including:

The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders Are Revolutionizing Management
"India's top companies are scoring remarkable successes… How? Instead of adopting management practices that dominate Western businesses, they're applying fresh practices of their own in strategy, leadership, talent, and organizational culture.

…The authors identify what Indian managers do differently, including:

  • Looking beyond stockholders' interests to public mission and national purpose
  • Drawing on improvisation, adaptation, and resilience to overcome endless hurdles
  • Identifying products and services of compelling value to customers
  • Investing in talent and building a stirring culture

With its in-depth analysis and research, The India Way offers valuable insights for all managers seeking to strengthen their organization's performance." (Amazon.com review)

Emerging Multinationals in Emerging Markets
"Just as every person discovers his own path in life, so too with companies and countries. This is a fascinating book that comments on the multiple pathways adopted by emerging countries in their quest for globalization. An exhilarating read, a wondrous experience."
— R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, TATA Sons Ltd

"… an outstanding contribution to understanding the new configuration of world markets and its new competitive structure… For managers and business practitioners, the book offers valuable tips on how to shape the new international order."
— Henrique Rzezinski, Chairman, Brazil-US Business Council

Articulate, dynamic, insightful and provocative on the possibilities of Asia, India, and China, Jitendra Singh can be counted on to teach his audiences new and lasting lessons for benefiting in the global economy.

Credentials

  • Michael Jebsen Professor of Business and Dean, School of Business and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong
  • Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Board of Directors: SPRING, Singapore
  • Previously:
    • Vice Dean for International Academic Affairs
    • Board Member: Infosys Technologies, Emcure Pharmaceuticals
    • Dean and Shaw Foundation Chair Professor of Strategy, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • Director, Emerging Economies Program, Wharton School
  • MA and PhD, Stanford University
  • MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • BS, Lucknow University, India

Books

The India Way

How India's Top Business Leaders Are Revolutionizing Management

Peter Cappelli, Harbir Singh, Jitendra Singh, and Michael Useem

This title offers innovative management practice from India's leading companies and what companies everywhere can learn from it. For much of the last century, the practice of management was dominated by Western, particularly U.S., models. Even economies emerging in the latter part of the century evolved toward the Western paradigm. But today, we see a distinct model of management developing in India and, so far, it has been remarkably successful. India's top companies are growing at staggering rates and doing so with an innovative and vibrant set of management practices — especially in strategy, leadership, governance, talent and organizational culture. Not bound to Western thinking or practice, Indian leaders are creating a new model for leading and running companies. And just as American managers turned to Japan in the past for innovative management methods, they can now look to India for what it takes to build fast, flexible and lean enterprises. Written by the Wharton India Team (talent guru Peter Cappelli, strategy gurus Harbir Singh and Jitendra Singh and leadership guru Michael Useem) and based on decades of experience consulting and teaching in India along with over 100 interviews of the heads of India's largest companies, this book closely examines what Indian managers do differently and how their management innovations work, which of these innovations could be transferable to the Western context and ultimately how this new management model could one day modify or even supplant the old.

Harvard Business Press (March 16, 2010)

Reviews

India's new management modelFinancial Times
Managing 'the India way'The Philadelphia Inquirer
The India WayHarvard Business Review

Emerging Multinationals in Emerging Markets

Jitendra Singh

Why have so many firms in emerging economies internationalized quite aggressively in the last decade? What competitive advantages do these firms enjoy and what are the origins of those advantages? Through what strategies have they built their global presence? How is their internationalization affecting Western rivals? And, finally, what does all this mean for mainstream international business theory? In Emerging Multinationals in Emerging Markets, a distinguished group of international business scholars tackle these questions based on a shared research design. The heart of the book contains detailed studies of emerging-market multinationals (EMNEs) from the BRIC economies, plus Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand. The studies show that EMNEs come in many shapes and sizes, depending on the home-country context. Furthermore, EMNEs leverage distinctive competitive advantages and pursue distinctive internationalization paths. This timely analysis of EMNEs promises to enrich mainstream models of how firms internationalize in today's global economy.

Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2009)

Praise

"This volume is an excellent contribution to the literature on emerging multinationals. But what I particularly liked about this particular group of essays was that, following four carefully written and analytical robust chapters on the origin and determinants of the foreign activities of emerging MNEs, there followed eight quite distinctive and original case studies of those new forms of investment by particular home countries. Inter alia these revealed that each emerging country has its own particular reasons and agenda for investing outside its national boundaries. Altogether, I found this a first rate and eminently readable group of essays. The volume deserves the widest attention of government, the business community, and academic scholars alike."
— John H. Dunning, State of New Jersey Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, and Emeritus Professor of International Business, Reading University

"Ramamurti and Singh have masterfully engineered a productive confrontation between extant theorizing in international business and the empirical phenomenon of newer multinationals from emerging markets. All scholarship is enriched as a result."
— Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Future and Yours

"Just as every person discovers his own path in life, so too with companies and countries. This is a fascinating book with that comments on the multiple pathways adopted by emerging countries in their quest for globalization. An exhilarating read, a wondrous experience."
— R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, TATA Sons Ltd

"Multinational enterprises from emerging markets are in the process of transforming the world FDI market. This book goes a long way in analyzing the main players in this process and the forces driving it, and does so in a very illuminating way."
— Karl Sauvant, Executive Director, Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment

"Ramamurti and Singh make an outstanding contribution to understanding the new configuration of world markets and its new competitive structure. As the different country studies show, multinationals from emerging economies share a number of common structural features, as well as the imprinting of specific local experiences. For managers and business practitioners, the book offers valuable tips on how to shape the new international order."
— Henrique Rzezinski, Chairman, Brazil-US Business Council

"Emerging Multinationals in Emerging Markets is a fascinating and timely volume that will be of great value not only to students of international business theory but also to practitioners heading emerging world multinationals and those in the developed world competing with them. As a long time executive of an EMNE, and now heading an association of CEOs of EMNEs, I found the case studies in Part 2 to be particularly interesting."
— Michael Spicer, CEO, Business Leadership South Africa

Topics

Jitendra tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

The India Way

Asian markets

Videos

The Challenge for Indian Business Leadership