Mukti Khaire is Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of Practice at Cornell Tech and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Dr. Khaire received a Ph.D. in Management in 2006 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Before that, she completed a Master’s in Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Bombay, and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Pune, India. Prior to joining Cornell Tech in 2016, Dr. Khaire was on the faculty of Harvard Business School (Entrepreneurial Management Unit; 2005-2016) and spent a year as Visiting Faculty at Brown University (Sociology; 2015-2016).
Dr. Khaire’s research focuses on entrepreneurship in the creative industries, such as art, advertising, architecture and design, fashion, film, music, publishing, and theater. In particular, she is interested in understanding how entrepreneurs create markets for new categories of cultural goods by constructing their value, while also changing consumers’ beliefs about what attributes of cultural goods are appropriate and valuable. In this vein, Dr. Khaire studied the creation of a market for modern Indian art and the rise and establishment of the high-end fashion industry in India. Her work, which has been published in leading business and management journals, has shed light on the structure and functioning of creative industries as well as the business and societal implications of entrepreneurship in the cultural sector. Dr. Khaire has also authored 35 teaching cases on firms in the creative industries.