Dilip Gaonkar received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric and holds degrees from Tufts University and the University of Mumbai in Theatre and Political Science/Philosophy respectively. Gaonkar teaches Communication in the Global Workplace in the MSC curriculum and is an Associate Professor in Rhetoric and Public Culture and the Director of the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of the Center for Transcultural Studies , an independent scholarly research network concerned with global issues. He is closely associated with the journal, Public Culture currently serving as the Executive Editor. Winner of the 1994 Golden Anniversary Award of the Speech Communication Association for “The Idea of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric of Science,” “a monograph that has made a significant contribution to the discipline,” Gaonkar has two sets of scholarly interests: rhetoric as an intellectual tradition, both its ancient roots and its contemporary mutations; and global modernities and their impact on the political. Published works and essays include “The Idea of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric of Science”, Rhetorical Hermeneutics (edited by Alan Gross and William Keith, 1995) and edited a series of special issues of Public Culture, including Alternative Modernities (2001), New Imaginaries (2002) and Cultures of Democracy (2008).
Strategy in the Global Economy
Successful managers in a global workplace must recognize and work with local cultural forms and practices at odds with what were once simply practical, instrumental, and rational propositions of organization, technology, and economics. This course seeks to foster an awareness and understanding of cultural perspectives, values, and communication styles and show their relevance to conducting business globally.