Raj Echambadi is the Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Prior to joining D’Amore-McKim, Echambadi served as the Alan J. and Joyce D. Baltz Professor and the Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Innovation at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He strongly believes that university-level business education – through both research and teaching – is a critical component in helping people and industries navigate the challenges of digital transformation and turn them into opportunities.
With over 200 faculty members serving more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 50,000 global alumni, D’Amore-McKim strives to help people and industries navigate these new demands. The school embraces the opportunities that arise from this ever-changing, technologically-driven world by discovering, designing, and delivering the competencies required for thriving in this future. Echambadi’s charge is to collaborate with the talented D’Amore-McKim faculty and staff to execute this vision.
Echambadi’s major research interests in strategic innovation focus on how firms balance the importance of exploring opportunities found in nascent markets with exploiting opportunities in current markets. His research articles have been published in some of the top business and statistics journals. In 2004, his paper on employee entrepreneurship–describing how senior employees from incumbent companies founded new ventures that then directly competed with those incumbents themselves–won the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award. Utilizing principles from his work on innovation, he helped launch the online MBA program at Illinois. This program, known as the iMBA and launched in partnership with Coursera, has been hailed by the media as a breakthrough innovation in graduate education. He has also obtained several research grants, including one from the Kauffman Foundation, to study technology entrepreneurship and innovation issues.
He is also an accomplished teacher. Echambadi has taught a wide range of courses at the undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and Ph.D. levels, and he received numerous accolades at the University of Illinois for his teaching achievements, including the Campus Excellence Award in Professional and Graduate Teaching and the College of Business Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence.
Echambadi received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Anna University in India, and a doctorate in marketing from the University of Houston. He also serves on the board of trustees of Carle Hospitals.