Event: Trust & Innovation with HBS Professor Tarun Khanna | Harvard…
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Mar 05, 2019

Trust & Innovation with HBS Professor Tarun Khanna


Successful innovators and entrepreneurs understand that finding the truth and developing trust is everything. Over centuries, the developed world has built customs and institutions such as enforceable contracts, an impartial legal system, and credible regulatory bodies that enable trust. This is not the case in the developing world.

Tarun Khanna will discuss the importance of trust between people when creating successful innovations. Instead of becoming casualties of mistrust, smart entrepreneurs can adopt the mindset that, like it or not, it's up to the people to weave their own independent web of trust. Using vivid examples from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and elsewhere, Khanna's stories show how entrepreneurs can build on existing customs and practices instead of trying to push against them. He highlights the role new technologies can play (but cautions that these are not panaceas) and explains how entrepreneurs can find dependable partners in national and local governments to create impact at scale.

Q&A with the author; books available for signing.

Speaker Bio:

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia.