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Faculty & Research


Balagopal Vissa

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Building effective entrepreneurial teams and networks
  • Managing family businesses
  • Entrepreneurial leadership in emerging markets
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Links between commercial entrepreneurship and social impact
  • Business group networks
Teaching Areas
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Managing leadership transitions in family businesses
  • Scaling new businesses
  • Expert in Using Simulation based Approach to Teach Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Formation and Growth


Bala Vissa is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. His research examines the people side of entrepreneurship, particularly in emerging economies contexts. This includes topics such as the structuring of venture teams and entrepreneurial networks, the links between successful entrepreneurial exit and philanthropy & social impact, the impact of growth training on entrepreneurial success and more broadly the impact of entrepreneurial leadership on de novo new ventures as well as family businesses. He is an invited speaker and advises entrepreneurial companies and professional investors on these topics.

Prof. Vissa has received numerous research awards and currently serves as Associate Editor at the Strategic Management Journal; in addition, he previously served as Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal. He also served as elected Chairperson of the Entrepreneurship & Strategy interest group of the Strategic Management Society.

He teaches topics related to entrepreneurial leadership, corporate venturing, transitions in family businesses and scaling up new ventures - in degree programs as well as in executive training programs, using a variety of approaches including simulations and case-based learning. Currently he is directing INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Executives - India and numerous client-specific programs (CSPs).

Prior to finishing his doctoral studies at London Business School, Prof. Vissa was involved in setting up and growing new businesses in different specialty chemical niches for Unilever in India.