Rakesh Khurana

Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development

Harvard Business School

Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Professor Khurana's work, with Professor Nitin Nohria, aims to legitimate the study of leadership as a multi-disciplinary field. Despite the fact that most business schools have "leadership" in their mission, the field is not regarded as a legitimate field of academic study. Khurana and Nohria have co-edited The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, a  volume aimed at advancing leadership studies as an academic field of study and scholarship that was  published by Harvard Business Press in 2010.  Professor Khurana, Nitin Nohria, and Scott Snook are also co-editors of The Handbook of Leadership Teaching and Pedagogy, a volume aimed at examining the pedagogical approaches and theories that undergird existing leadership development and training.

Professor Khurana's work on the deficiencies of the CEO labor market and his research on business education is regularly featured in publications including Business Week, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CNBC, The Economist, Globe and Mail, The New Yorker, Chief Executive and Corporate Board Member magazine. He has also published opinion-editorials in some of these outlets. He has consulted to corporations and executive search firms to help improve their CEO succession, governance, and executive development practices. He has been recognized by the London Times as one of 'The Thinkers 50', a list of the fifty most influential management thinkers in the world.