Sanjay Patnaik

School of Business


Sanjay Patinik


Sanjay Patnaik is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business where his main research and teaching interests include among others non-market strategy, global strategy, environmental regulation and political economy. 

Mr. 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, politicians, NGOs etc.). 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, Professor Patnaik's is also exploring the effects of political and regulatory obstacles on foreign direct investment.

Mr. Patnaik serves on the advisory board for the Initiative for Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.  Previously he was a visiting lecturer and senior fellow in the Management Department at Wharton.

Professor Patnaik earned his Doctorate in Business Administration (Strategy) from Harvard Business School in 2012 and at the Wharton School. Prior to the completion of his doctoral studies at Harvard, he worked in investment banking in Germany and academia in Austria. Mr. Patnaik also 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.