UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Venkat Kuppuswamy

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

McColl 4608
CB #3490
Chapel Hill, NC

 office: (919) 962-3273


Venkat Kuppuswamy researches the boundaries of the firm, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances.

His research focuses on the performance consequences of firm scope choices – encompassing vertical integrations choices and corporate diversification choices made by firms. His industry focus includes entertainment (movie and music industries), automobile and healthcare.

Dr. Kuppuswamy also explores firms’ choices made in contexts where institutions are weak and market failure is prevalent. For example, he examined how the value of corporate diversification differs across the world, as well as the effect of corruption on local firm strategy and on firm competitiveness, more generally.

He teaches courses in corporate strategy, technology strategy, and strategy in entertainment industries

He worked at the IBM Toronto Lab for a year as a DB2 Performance analyst.

He received his DBA from Harvard Business School and an Honors Bachelors of Science with high distinction in computer science from the University of Toronto.