Gaurab Bhardwaj


Associate Professor and The Louis J. Lavigne, Jr., Family

Endowed Term Chair in Strategy & Planning

Faculty Director, Bio-Pharma Program at Babson Executive Education



228 Tomasso Hall                                                                                                                     781-239-5701 Office


Wellesley, MA 02457            



My research, teaching, speaking, and facilitating expertise are in strategy, innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, and decision making in science-based businesses like biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and other life sciences and health-related businesses.


In the above activities, I have worked with executives, scientists, and physicians from Biogen Idec, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, DuPont, Eli Lilly, EMC, Leadership Forum, Lucent Technologies, Merck, Orion Corporation, Teradyne, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and others.

At Babson, I teach executives, MBAs and undergraduates.  I am faculty director of Babson Executive Education's biopharma program and of its custom program for Merck, and faculty co-director of a custom program for Eli Lilly.  I teach strategy and competition courses to Evening MBAs and undergraduates, an elective called the Healthcare Ecosystem to MBAs, and an elective called Solving Big Problems to undergraduates.

In my research, I am studying how people make complex decisions that are highly uncertain and ambiguous, and whose outcomes take shape over many years. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Eleutherian Mills – Hagley Foundation, and published in the journals Management Science, Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, Chemical Heritage and others, and as a chapter in the book Innovating Strategy Process. I have also written for BioExecutive International and Babson Insight and my work has been covered in Effective Executive. I have presented my research at several international conferences and have been a reviewer for journals and conferences.



Eli Lilly                                                                            Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Orion Corporation (Pharma Co. in Finland)            NEACH 

New Jersey Institute of Technology 




Eli Lilly                                                                            Merck

Dana Farber Cancer Institute                                    Biogen Idec

EMC                                                                                Lucent Technologies


Scientists and managers from many biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other life sciences companies who have taken the open-enrollment biopharma program





Competitive Environment & Strategy - required course for Evening MBA students

Healthcare Ecosystem - elective course for MBA students

Strategic Problem Solving - required course for undergraduates

Solving Big Problems - elective course for undergraduates

Executive education program for biopharma scientists and executives

Custom programs for companies





Strategy, entrepreneurship, technology management, and innovation issues in science- and technology-based companies,

especially biology-driven or life sciences businesses.





Bhardwaj, Gaurab (2007). “From Pioneering Invention to Sustained Innovation: Herbicides at DuPont”, Chemical Heritage, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 34-36.


Bhardwaj, Gaurab (2006). “How the Antihypertensive Losartan was Discovered”, Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery, vol.1, no. 6, pp. 609-618.


Bhardwaj, Gaurab, John C. Camillus, and David Hounshell (2006). “Continual Corporate Entrepreneurial Search for Long-Term Growth”, Management Science, vol.52, no.2, pp. 248-261 (issue focused on entrepreneurship)


Bhardwaj, Gaurab and Vinay Chowdhry (2005). “The Method of Anticipatory Entrepreneurship”, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, p.39.


Bhardwaj, Gaurab, John C. Camillus, and David A. Hounshell (2005). “The Search Process and Dimensions of Long-Term Growth”. Ch. in Innovating Strategy Process, eds., Steve W. Floyd, Johan Roos, Claus Jacobs, and Franz W. Kellermanns, pp.213-226. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.


McCarthy, Daniel J. and Gaurab Bhardwaj (1997). “Nypro, Inc.: Strategy for Globalization”, Case Research Journal, winter issue, pp. 49-70. (Reprinted in Michael D. Hutt and Thomas W. Speh, 2001, Business Marketing Management, pp. 538-559, 7th edition, South-Western College Publishing.)


Prescott, John E. and Gaurab Bhardwaj (1995). “Competitive Intelligence Practices: A Survey”, Competitive Intelligence Review, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 4-14





Bhardwaj, Gaurab. “A Process Model of Search in Distant Returns Settings – Studies in Corporate Science”.


Bhardwaj, Gaurab. “Growth Possibilities Found, Taken, and Lost”.


Bhardwaj, Gaurab and Vinay Chowdhry. “Anticipatory Entrepreneurship”.








“Search for Distant Returns: A Decision Making Process Model from Choices at DuPont for Invention, Entrepreneurship, and Growth”

Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh, December 2000.





Bhardwaj, Gaurab (2006). “Anticipatory Entrepreneurship.” In ‘Promising New Ideas Emerging in Business Today: Observations and Commentary from Babson Professors’, Babson Insight e–Magazine, November 2006.


Cohen, Allan R., Gaurab Bhardwaj, and Ken Matsuno. (2005). “The Uncertain Future”, BioExecutive International, May issue, pp. 18-20.





National Science Foundation

Eleutherian Mills – Hagley Foundation





"Interview: Gaurab Bhardwaj", Effective Executive magazine, April 2007 issue, pg. 46-48.

"Schools Tackle Bio Exec Shortage", Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology, April 23, 2004.





PhD Strategic Management, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

MBA, Northeastern University, Boston, USA