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Kavasseri V. Ramanathan
Office: 257
Mackenzie Hall
Phone: 206-543-4378
Fax: 206-543-9875

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353200
Seattle, WA 98195-3200

There are many strategies, but only one way to gain competitive advantage: deliver more value in less time than your competitor. To succeed in the new global economy, every employee should stay focused on two issues - how do I create more value to the customer and shareholder, and how do I reduce the time in which to do it?

Kavasseri V. Ramanathan

Professor Emeritus of Accounting


PhD Northwestern University (1970)
MBA Northwestern University (1962)
BCom Calcutta University (1954)

Academic Expertise

strategic planning

Current Research

Yoga principles of management

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1969
Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, 1964-66
Visiting professor at the University of Auckland, Harvard University, New York University, and Simon Fraser University
Visiting fellow at the Australian National University and Monash University
Industry experience, 1949-1960

Selected Publications

  1. Othello Corporation (A) and Instructor’s Guide
    Journal Article:Atkinson, A.A., Kaplan, R.S,. and Ramanathan, K.V., (1998). Advanced Management Accounting, 3rd edition, Prentice-Hall
  2. The Boeing Commercial Airplane Group: Design Process Evolution
    Journal Article:Brown, K.A., Ramanathan, K.V., and Schmidt, T., (1998). Strategic Management, 4th edition,
  3. Competing in a Global Economy: New Challenges in Cost Management and Education
    Journal Article:Ramanathan, K.V., (1995). Research Bulletin, Vol. 13, pp. 82-87.
  4. Perceived Social Needs, Outcomes Measurement and Budgetary Responsiveness in a Not-For-Profit Setting: Some Empirical Evidence
    Journal Article:Ramanathan, K.V., and Todd, R., (1994). The Accounting Review, Vol. 69(1), pp. 122-137.
  5. Management Control in Nonprofit Organizations: Text and Cases
    Book:Ramanathan, K.V., (1982). John Wiley and Sons
  6. Accounting for Managerial Decision Making, Second Edition
    Book:DeCoaster, D., Ramanathan, K.V., and Sundem, G., (1978). John Wiley and Sons


Boeing, Tektronix, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and others, executive seminars to help decentralized managers focus on firm-wide shareholder value creation.

Academic Service

Chairman of the Department of Accounting, 2002-2005
Director of Russian programs, 1992-1994
Founder-Director of UW Executive MBA Program, 1982-1986
Past Chairman of several American Accounting Association committees