Troublemakers: Entrepreneurial Approaches Against Corruption
Karthik Ramanna, Associate Professor, Henry B. Arthur Fellow, Harvard Business School
What does the “business” of corruption-fighting look like? What are the key challenges and how does one measure successes? Professor Ramanna will describe his recent work – based on various HBS case studies – on how four entrepreneurs in China, India, Russia, and Turkey are building organizations to combat corruption in their home countries. All four entrepreneurs are leveraging transparency in their anti-corruption businesses, although they differ in important ways in their reliance on the Internet, their use of anonymity, and their engagement with local political and cultural institutions. The stories of these four entrepreneurs can offer ideas and inspiration to those in other emerging markets who wish to tackle corruption. After a brief description of the case studies, Professor Ramanna will open the discussion to questions and input from participants on what entrepreneurial corruption-fighting in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka might look like.