Sanjay Patnaik

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy and International Affairs
Room 615N Funger Hall
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Global Strategy, Nonmarket Strategy, Environmental Regulation, Climate Change, International Political Economy

Sanjay Patnaik is an assistant professor in Strategic Management and Public Policy (George Washington University School of Business) and in International Affairs (Elliott School). 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/IAFF 6198), 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.


Ph.D., Harvard University

Classes Taught

IAFF 6198/SMPP 6290 Strategy and International Political Economy

BADM 3102 Business and Government Relations