Professor Karthik Ramanna
Karthik Ramanna is Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and a fellow at St John’s College.
An expert on business-government relations, sustainable capitalism, and corporate reporting and auditing, Professor Ramanna studies how organisations and leaders build trust with stakeholders. His scholarship has won numerous awards, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics Best Paper Prize, the Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award for “groundbreaking management thinking,” and three times the international Case Centre’s prizes for “outstanding case-writing,” dubbed by the Financial Times as “the business school Oscars.”
Professor Ramanna is director of Oxford’s Master in Public Policy programme, a flagship one-year degree for current and prospective leaders in government. He is founder and faculty chair of the Transformational Leadership Fellowship, a bespoke, by-invitation program for senior leaders looking to reimagine their public-service impact. He also founded and directs Oxford’s Case Centre on Public Leadership and, in 2022, he co-founded the E-liability Institute with a mission to accelerate decarbonisation innovations through rigorous GHG accounting.
Previously, Professor Ramanna taught at the Harvard Business School in both the MBA and senior executive-education programmes. He has a doctorate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He lives in Oxford with his husband, Jon, and they enjoy dinner parties and touring Caravaggios.
- Corporate governance, corporate finance, accounting and auditing
- Capitalism, globalisation, economics
- Business leadership
- Financial regulation, public financial management
- Global public policy, political economies
- Corruption and ethics
- Master of Public Policy and MBA programmes, business school rankings
- “Managing in the Age of Outrage”, SSRN Working Paper (2022)
- “Accounting for Climate Change”, Harvard Business Review (winner of the HBR-McKinsey prize, 2022)
- “Friedman at 50: Is it Still the Social Responsibility of Business to Increase Profits?” California Management Review (2020)
- “Should America Still Believe in Free Markets?”, The American Interest (2020)
- “Building a Culture of Challenge in Audit Firms”, PwC Future of Audit Initiative (2019)
- “Thin Political Markets: The Soft Underbelly of Capitalism”, California Management Review (2015)
- “The International Politics of IFRS Harmonization”, Accounting, Economics and Law - A Convivium (2013)
Professor Karthik Ramanna has experience working with the media both in print and broadcast (e.g. BBC Radio 4, Renegade Inc.) including providing comment for national newspapers such as the Financial Times on a regular basis and authoring opinion pieces for the Daily Telegraph.
Recent media work
- Trump school of government: teaching policy in an era of political dysfunction (Times Higher Education, 2020)
- The Big Four and the revolving door (Renegade Inc, 2018)
- Wake Up to Money: Slow speed for online retail growth (BBC Radio 5 Live, 2018)
- Big four UK accountancy firms face radical shake-up (Financial Times, 2018)