Bruce Kogut


Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics


BA, Berkeley, 1975; MIA, Columbia, 1978; PhD, MIT, 1983

Joined CBS in 2007

Bruce Kogut

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Teaching and research interest

Bruce Kogut is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. He teaches the core courses in strategy and in governance and an elective on "The Future of Finance" for the MBAs and EMBA and has taught in executive programs in the US, Europe, and China. His current research focuses on governance and corporate compensation, social capital markets and social metrics , and the 'political color of boards,' financed by the National Science Foundation in the area of sociology and computational social science. In cooperation with IFMR in Chennai, colleagues and he are researching the contributions of prosocial attitudes of employees and incentives on the productivity of microfinance institutions. His most recent book is The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance, published by MIT Press in 2012. A collection of his past articles on real options and foreign investment and knowledge of the firm was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 under the title Knowledge, Options, and Institutions. He is a member of the academic advisory board to the chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and is a director in corporate and academic boards in Europe and India. He received his PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and holds an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has an academic visitor at several research institutes, including Science Center Berlin, Ecole Polytechnique, Santa Fe Institute, and Tsinghua University. He directed the strategy and emerging-economy research centers and was the associate vice dean for the PhD program at Wharton and was the founder of the social entrepreneurship program at INSEAD. At Columbia University, he collaborated with Cambridge University to co-direct the Ariane de Rothschild Fellows Program that identified and trained social entrepreneurs with an interest in fostering a culture of mutual respect and dialogue among Jewish and Muslim communities. In 2012-2013, he was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin and is currently a member of its external board.