Biography

Bhidé, Professor of Business Emeritus at Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), has researched and taught about innovation, entrepreneurship, and finance for over three decades.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia – and a founding editor of Capitalism and Society, Bhidé is the author of the forthcoming book Uncertainty, Judgment, and Enterprise (Oxford). His earlier books include A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy (Oxford, 2010), The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World (Princeton, 2008), The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses (Oxford, 2000) and Of Politics and Economic Reality (Basic Books, 1984).

Starting in the early 1980s, he has written numerous articles for the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Financial Times. He has periodically appeared on Bloomberg TV and CNBC.

Bhidé was the Lawrence Glaubinger Professor of Business at Columbia University (from 2000 to 2009) and the Thomas Schmidheiny Professor of Business at Tufts University (from 2010 to 2023). Starting his academic career in 1988, he taught at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Harvard Business School (as an Assistant, Associate, and Visiting Professor). During his most recent HBS appointment (2020-21), Bhidé created and taught an elective course, ‘Lessons from Transformational Medical Advances.’ The course drew on his research on the nature and development of productive knowledge. Bhidé will teach this course at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and plans to continue adding to and and disseminating the course materials and teaching model in the years to come.

His recent business experience includes directorship of an FTSE 100 company. In the 1980s, Bhidé was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, a Proprietary Trader at E.F. Hutton, and served on the Brady Commission staff, investigating the 1987 stock market crash.

Bhidé earned a DBA and MBA from Harvard Business School with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay).