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Sanjay Patnaik

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy

  • Department: Strategic Management & Public Policy
  • Email: spatnaik@gwu.edu
  • Phone: 202-994-2445
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  • Office: Funger Hall, 615 N
Education:
  • DBA, Harvard Business School, 2012
  • Master of Science, Vienna University of Technology, 2006
  • Master of Social and Economic Sciences, Vienna University of Technology, 2004

Biography

Sanjay Patnaik is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy. He previously was a visiting lecturer and senior fellow in the Management Department at the Wharton School, Univ. of Pennsylvania. Sanjay earned his doctorate in business administration (strategy) from Harvard Business School in 2012 and he serves on the advisory board for the Initiative for Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at the Wharton School. Prof. Patnaik’s main research and teaching interests include among others non-market strategy, global strategy, environmental economics and international political economy.

Dr. Patnaik’s current research agenda is aimed at improving our understanding of how firms capture value by engaging with their broader business environment (e.g. government regulators). His main research efforts are focused on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest active cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in the world. He specifically studies the interaction of firms and regulators within the EU ETS and examines the importance of institutional characteristics in the implementation of this multinational regulatory program. In a different research stream, Sanjay is also exploring the effects of political and regulatory obstacles on foreign direct investment.

Prof. Patnaik teaches his new graduate elective, called “Strategy and International Political Economy” (SMPP 6290), and the undergraduate core course “Business and Government Relations” (BADM 3102) at the GWU. Dr. Patnaik’s other prior teaching experience includes MBA and undergraduate courses at The Wharton School and Harvard University. He received outstanding teaching evaluations at all three universities and was awarded the “Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching” in 2010. Dr. Patnaik also gained experience in executive education at Harvard Business School within the Executive Education Program “Leading Change and Organizational Renewal”.

Prior to the completion of his doctoral studies at Harvard Business School (2007-2012), Prof. Patnaik worked in investment banking and academia. He holds a master’s degree in economics and computer science and a master’s degree in business engineering and computer science, both from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. During his studies he spent time abroad at universities in Spain and the United States. In his spare time Sanjay enjoys traveling, reading and ballroom dancing. He speaks German, English, Spanish and French.

Research Summary

Dr. Patnaik’s current research agenda is aimed at improving our understanding of how firms capture value by engaging with their broader business environment (e.g. government regulators). His main research efforts are focused on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest active cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in the world. He specifically studies the interaction of firms and regulators within the EU ETS and examines the importance of institutional characteristics in the implementation of this multinational regulatory program. In a different research stream, Sanjay is also exploring the effects of political and regulatory obstacles on foreign direct investment.

Selected Publications

Please check Prof. Patnaik’s personal website for a current list of his publications.

Awards

  • Honorable Mention Award for the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Best Conference Paper Prize at the SMS Annual International Conference in Atlanta 2013
  • Finalist for the 2013 Buckley and Casson Dissertation Award of the Academy of International Business (2013)
  • Finalist for the 2013 Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award of the International Management Division at the Academy of Management (2013)
  • Finalist and Runner-up for the 2013 Best Dissertation Award of the ONE (Organizations and the Natural Environment) Division at the Academy of Management (2013)
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2010)
  • Harvard Business School Doctoral Scholarship (2007-2012)

Professional Recoveries

The George Washington University School of Business

  • Assistant Professor in Strategic Management and Public Policy (2013-present)

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • Visiting Lecturer and Senior Fellow – Management Department (2012-2013)

Affiliations:

  • Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • International Political Economy Society (IPES)
  • Strategic Management Society (SMS)

Ad-Hoc Reviewer:

  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Academy of International Business (AIB) annual conference
  • Academy of Management (AOM) annual conference
  • Strategic Management Society (SMS) annual conference