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The Challenges of Growing and Leading Professional Service Firms in China

  • Harvard Center Shanghai HSBC Building 5F | Shanghai IFC 8 Century Avenue (map)

This event is being held in conjunction with the Growing and Leading a Professional Service Firm program.

On behalf of Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education, we invite you to a complimentary, invitation-only faculty presentation at the Harvard Center Shanghai. HBS Professor Das Narayandas and Harvard Law School Professor Ashish Nanda will facilitate an interactive discussion on the challenges facing professional service firms today in China. 

The Challenges of Growing and Leading Professional Service Firms in China
HBS Professor Das Narayandas
Harvard Law School Professor Ashish Nanda

Leaders of professional service firms and practices in China are positioning their firms to take advantage of emerging opportunities to expand their businesses. HBS faculty will explore the challenges of competing for talent, as well as attracting and maintaining a top-level client list while balancing business development with ongoing superior service. Topics will include: How can your firm offer consistent, high-quality service in the face of these pressures? What are the best practices for responding to shifts in professional service offerings? What leadership skills are needed to take your company to the next level?


Tuesday 14 July 2015 | 18:00–19:45

Harvard Center Shanghai
HSBC Building 5F |  Shanghai IFC
8 Century Avenue

To attend you need to register here 


Das Narayandas is the James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is currently the Senior Associate Dean, Chair, Harvard Business Publishing and Senior Associate Dean, Chair, Executive Education. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Technology degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, and a Ph.D. in Management from Purdue University.



Ashish Nanda is Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, Faculty Director of Executive Education, and Research Director at the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He teaches "Professional Services" in the JD program, is faculty director of Harvard Law School Executive Education, and teaches in Harvard Business School's executive education courses. Before joining Harvard Law School, Nanda was a Harvard Business School faculty member for 13 years, where he taught "Professional Services" in the MBA program. Before coming to Harvard for his PhD, he worked for five years with the Tata group of companies as Tata Administrative Services officer. A recipient of the Henry B. Arthur Fellowship, the Center in Ethics and the Professions Fellowship, President of India Gold Medal (twice), and the IIM Director's Gold Medal, he has published several case studies and Harvard Business Review articles and is a coauthor (with Tom DeLong) of Professional Services: Cases & Text. His research, in the form of conceptual articles, case studies, surveys, and large sample empirical analyses, focuses on professional services. It encompasses three streams - professionalism, professionals' labor market, and management of professional service organizations. Nanda has advised law firms and inside counsel in companies as well as other professional service organizations including accounting, advertising, asset management, engineering consulting, executive search, human resource consulting, investment banking, IT consulting, management consulting, public relations, and real estate firms.