Anil K. Gupta


Primary Research Areas

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

'Core Competence' Lessons from Apple, Microsoft

"Core competence (as a bedrock management principle) is dead," Fast Company proclaimed in 2013. But at least one Forbes writer disagreed. “It has not died," he wrote. "It has loosened up." In an apparent nod to Forbes, a writer for "Expanding Opportunities: A Resource Guide for Maryland's Small, Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses," recently approached Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta to give strategy lessons from a "core competence" perspective. Read more...

Wind Energy, Uber behind Green Trends in China, India

China is poised to drive a projected global surge in wind energy, while a looming Uber stake in India could make that country’s taxi industry more carbon friendly, according to comments by Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta reported from this week’s Global Cleantech Summit in Helsinki. The experts projected “dramatic growth” for wind generation, and Gupta said China would drive this growth. Read more...

Four Success-or-Fail Factors for Retailers in China

Some foreign retailers in China are stumbling. Others are thriving. Count Home Depot and Best Buy among recent failures. On the other hand, the likes of Gap and Decathlon have done well. The degree of success or failure “is driven by some combination of industry concentration, product and brand differentiation, first-mover advantage and local adaptation,” write Smith professor Anil K. Gupta and MBA alumnus Haiyan Wang. Read more...

The Renaming — and Reinvention? — of Google

Google set the business world abuzz Monday by announcing a reorganization: Google's founders will now head a new entity called Alphabet, a holding company whose holdings include — Google. Does this "relegate" Internet search to "subsidiary status" at the company, as one report put it? Not really, except in the most literal and technical sense. "What they did is absolutely and totally logical," says Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta. Read more...

How India Can Match China and Why it Matters

If India models China, it can similarly affect the global economy. India aims to increase its manufacturing contribution to its GDP from 17 percent to 25 percent within the next decade. The initiative, dubbed “Make India,” is the “only way India can create highly productive jobs for the 10 million-plus youngsters who join the country's labor force each year and the much larger number of farmers who need to move from working the soil to working on the factory floor,” Smith professor Anil K. Gupta and a coauthor write in a recent CNBC op-ed. Read more...

Frenemies? Smith Expert Lays out the Stakes of China-India Summit:

Leaders in China and India will meet Friday with their economies poised to be among the three largest in the world by 2025. Despite the increasing trade between the two countries, unresolved border disagreements and India’s large trade deficit in relation to China are straining the relationship, says Smith School professor Anil Gupta in a CNN guest column. He and a co-author lay out the high stakes involved. Read more...

Emerging Markets Forum Extols Entrepreneurship

Profit-driven entrepreneurs do more to help low-income families than many activists with social missions, keynote speaker Iqbal Quadir said April 24, 2015, at the fifth annual Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C. The daylong event, organized by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, brought together business, policy and academic leaders to discuss entrepreneurship in a global marketplace. A U.S. Department of Education grant provided funding.

MBA Chat: China, India and the Cost of Democracy

Alex Triantis, dean at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, interviewed Anil Gupta, the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship, on Feb. 24, 2015, in a lunchtime discussion with MBA students. The topic was “Asia’s Rise and Its Implications.” Much of the discussion centered on the different development arcs, in recent decades, of China and India, and what the future holds for those two powerhouse economies. Read a partial transcript...


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