Anil K. Gupta


Primary Research Areas

  • Emerging Markets (especially China and India)
  • Frugal Innovation
  • Global Strategy & Organization
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Why Silicon Valley Outmuscles New England in Venture Capital

San FranciscoTechnology entrepreneurship and venture capital were born and grew up along America's East Coast, so why has Silicon Valley dominated the Cambridge-Boston area in venture capital investments for so long? For years, the disparity has been blamed on Silicon Valley's less-hierarchical and more-risk-taking culture, and California's long ban on noncompete covenants. But Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta and the China India Institute's Haiyan Wang say there are three other factors at play. Read more...

Soft Skills Reign at Smith School Business Summit

Companies worried about disruption need science and technology to stay relevant in the 21st century, but speakers at the fifth annual Smith School Business Summit pointed to soft skills as the real competitive advantage. “If you get leadership, management and culture right, everything else takes care of itself,” keynote speaker David Williams told an audience of more than 300 faculty, staff, students and working professionals gathered Oct. 28, 2016, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Four Ways Innovation Has Changed

Borrowing a newspaper from a neighbor might have been the extent of social media as recently as 20 years ago, Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta says. But today, a proliferation of consumer and business-connecting apps, from Facebook to Periscope and Snapchat, represents a digital age that has changed innovation in four fundamental ways. The first is 360-degree innovation. Read more...

Finding Business Partners, Not Rivals

Some people think business is all about crushing the competition. But Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta says smart entrepreneurs focus more on collaborating with partners in their ecosystem. “If you succeed, it will not be because you want to succeed or because you’re super brilliant,” he says. “It’s because customers benefit from your success. Some alliance partners benefit from your success. Some suppliers benefit from your success.” Read more...

For U.S. Companies, China Poses New Challenges (and Opportunities)

With double-digit annual GDP growth and the world's largest population, China until recently looked like the long-term answer for U.S. companies seeking never-ending growth. With its slowdown and concurrent stock-market turmoil, China is posing fresh challenges, says Anil K. Gupta, the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Growing uncertainty in China, moreover, may lead some companies to move more aggressively into India, whose economic strides were overshadowed by the Chinese growth machine — until recently. Read more...


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