Vikram Mansharamani is an experienced global equity investor and Lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Mansharamani teaches the seminar “Financial Booms & Busts” to Yale College undergraduates, an extremely popular course as indicated by student reviews and enrollment. He is also the author of BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst and is a regular commentator in the financial and business media, having contributed to Bloomberg, MarketWatch, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Yale Global, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Times, The Khaleej Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Daily Beast, among others.
Dr. Mansharamani has been an active participant in the financial markets for the last 20 years. His experience includes positions in management consulting, investment banking, and asset management. Analysis has been the focus of his professional endeavors and his current research interests include bubbles in both financial and non-financial markets, the unsustainable dynamics of food and fuel, and the relative value of experts and generalists in understanding complex problems.
Dr. Mansharamani currently serves as chairman of the Torit Language Center Montessori school and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at Tiger 21 and regularly advises the the organization’s members on matters of asset allocation and investment strategy. He is a former director of the US-Pakistan Business Council, Interelate Inc, and ManagedOps Inc. He earned a PhD and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with distinction.
Dr. Mansharamani is an aspiring triathlete, a Las Vegas regular, and a formerly competitive squash player. He currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Dr. Mansharamani is a skilled instructor and Lecturer at Yale University in the Program on Ethics, Politics & Economics. In addition to leading executive education seminars on decision-making and asset allocation strategy, he currently teaches "Adventures in Business Ethics" to both undergraduate and graduate students (co-taught with Charles Ellis in 2013) and was responsible for designing and teaching the "Financial Booms and Busts" seminar as part of the Yale College Seminar Program. He is also leading a study group sponsored by the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School on the topic of financial bubbles.
This course is designed to help future leaders develop their abilities to recognize, define, analyze, and resolve ethical dilemmas in the business context. Special emphasis is placed upon having students develop an appreciation for the ambiguity and complexities of the contexts in which decisions are made, as well as an understanding that decision-making criteria often conflict, consequences of choices are unclear, and the lack of a decision can itself be a decision.
The most important issues facing leaders today involve the complex interaction of laws, philosophical concepts, personal values, social norms, and the regularly accepted behaviors of societies, groups, and individuals. Few ethical decisions have easy or obvious answers. Further, good ethical decision-making is not merely about doing no wrong; it is about positive ethics and actually understanding the impact of what leaders say and do will have profound influence on the environment in which others operate.
The course is organized around some of the most pertinent and interesting ethical issues of the day. Topics such as insider trading, manipulative consumer marketing, conflicting objectives in philanthropy, aggressive promotion of financial services, and predatory practices in for-profit education are just some of the topics the course will address. We will explore the ethical challenges leaders face so participants will have an unusual opportunity to prepare for the lonely and exciting tasks of leadership. For each session, an expert will participate in our class discussion and join a group of us for dinner at Mory's.
Leaders at all levels will surely face a wide variety of ethical issues large and small, usually hidden in the fog of uncertainties wrapped in a package of conflicting personal, organizational, and institutional values, incentives, and motivations. While the course will serve as useful preparation for students interested in further academic work on the topics of management, sociology, decision-making, or ethics, it is also designed to give students an appreciation for the complexities, uncertainties, and responsibilities of leadership. As future leaders, students enrolled in the class will effectively be preparing for the difficulties of actual leadership where stakes are high and conflicting complexity is omnipresent.