Doing Business in India and China: A Polymathic Approach

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
When: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Doheny Memorial Library,
Room 241

Outsiders wishing to do business with two of the largest economies on the planet, China and India, are advised to take a polymathic approach to the art of the deal.  Join panelists Jim Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business; Nandini Rajagopalan, Capt. Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship; and Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture (and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts) as they examine the nuances and necessities of commerce and civilization in the Subcontinent and Middle Kingdom.


Reception: DML 241, 6:30-7:30 pm

James G. Ellis

James G. Ellis

James G. Ellis was appointed dean of the USC Marshall School of Business and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration in April 2007. He also has held a full-time appointment as a professor in the Department of Marketing since 1997, and continues to teach the school’s freshman leadership colloquium class. Prior to being appointed dean, Ellis was USC’s vice provost for globalization, responsible for building the USC name worldwide. Ellis worked in the corporate world from 1970 to 1997. He was president and CEO of Porsche Design from 1985 to 1990. From 1990 to 1997, he was chairman and CEO of Port O’Call Pasadena, an upscale home accessory retailer, as well as an owner/partner in six other companies. Ellis sits on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and has addressed organizations around the world on business topics.

Nandini Rajagopalan

Nandini Rajagopalan

Nandini Rajagopalan, is the Capt. Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management and Organization in the Marshall School of Business. Her published research examines corporate diversification, innovation and strategic alliances, CEO succession and compensation systems, strategic change, and corporate governance in emerging economies. She has been an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, and the California Management Review. She is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, and a recipient of USC’s Mellon Mentoring Award.  Professor Rajagopalan teaches courses on global strategy in the Marshall MBA, Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA programs.

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia holds the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.  Professor Gioia is the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet.  His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award.  A true polymath, Professor Gioia has also written an opera.