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Subramanian Venkat

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business

Professional Information

Venkat Subramanian is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Strategy at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business. Previously, he had faculty appointments at the University of Hong Kong and Vlerick Business School in Belgium. He was also a research fellow in Strategy and International Management at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, a Research Associate in Strategy and Finance at INSEAD, France, and completed a PhD in Management at the Solvay Business School, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He has published in academic and practitioner journals, and in the business press, on topics of strategy and international business, and on competition in emerging markets. He has also advised start-ups in Europe and Asia.


Recent Academic Publications

N. Celly and V. Subramanian. ‘Overview of Indian Multinational Firms’, in M.F. Guillen, E.G. Garcia-Canal, R. Garcia-Garcia (eds.). Indian Multinationals, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.

N. Celly, J. Prabhu and V. Subramanian (2013). ‘Innovations Patterns in Indian Firms’, in P. Williamson, R. Ramamurti (ed.). ‘Re-assessing Emerging Market Multinationals’, Cambridge University Press.

V. Subramanian (2011). ‘Business Models – A glossary’, Financial Times, FT. Com.

G. Chan, A. Lee and V. Subramanian (2011). ‘Óasis Hong Kong Airlines: The First Long-Haul, Low-Cost Carrier in Asia’, in M. Hitt, R. Duane Ireland and R. Hoskisson, Strategic Management: Cases: Competitiveness and Globalization, 9th Edition, South-Western Publishing.

Working Papers

How Much Does Industry (Classification) Matter?, joint with Gabriel Hawawini (INSEAD), Paul Verdin (ULB) and Denis De Crombrugghe (Maastricht University)

Are MNCs Imperialists or Knowledge Networks? A Reality Check, joint with Michael Enright (University of Hong Kong) and Peter Williamson (University of Cambridge)

Competitive Advantage of Emerging Market Multinationals, joint with Nikhil Celly (University of Hong Kong) and Peter Williamson (University of Cambridge)

Recent Presentations or Conference Papers

SMS Annual Conference, September 2014, Madrid, Spain

Research interests

Business Strategy
Business Models
Emerging Markets
MNC Strategy & Structure


Foundations of Strategy
Emerging Markets Strategy


Design, development and testing of a 3-U University Nanosatellite for Earth Remote Sensing and University Research

2021-01-01 → 2023-12-31

Quality discrimination across markets and the strategic implications of government regulation

2020-01-01 → 2022-12-31

Research Output

Wage dispersion and firm performance: evidence from Kazakhstan