Amar Bhidé

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Amar Bhidé

Amar Bhidé is a professor of health policy at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Thomas Schmidheiny Professor of Business Emeritus at Tufts University. He has researched and taught about innovation, entrepreneurship, and finance for over three decades. He now focuses on teaching, developing, and disseminating case histories of transformational technological advances.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding member of the Center on Capitalism and Society, Bhide 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). In addition, 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 previously the Glaubinger Professor of Business at Columbia University and served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. A former Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and Proprietary Trader at E.F. Hutton, Bhidé 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 and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay).

His book “A Call for Judgment” – Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy clearly explains how bad theories and mis-regulation have caused a dangerous divergence between the real economy and finance. In simple language Bhidé takes apart the so-called advances in modern finance, showing how backward-looking, top-down models were used to mass-produce toxic products.

In his previous book “The Venturesome Economy” – How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected Worldhe uses extensive field studies on venture-capital-backed businesses to examine how technology really advances in modern economies.

Amar takes apart the so-called advances in modern finance, showing how backward-looking, top-down models were used to mass-produce toxic products. He offers tough, simple rules: limit banks and all deposit taking institutions to basic lending and nothing else.

The Venturesome Economy won the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Business, Finance and Management and was in the “Best of 2008” lists of the Economist, BusinessWeek and Barrons. He also authored “The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses” and “Of Politics and Economic Reality.”

His ten Harvard Business Review articles include “The Judgment Deficit”, “Efficient Markets, Deficient Governance,” “How entrepreneurs craft strategies that work,” “Bootstrap Finance: the Art of Start-ups,” and “Hustle as Strategy.”

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