Mohanbir Sawhney is professor of marketing and technology at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches technology marketing and product management for technology companies. He also teaches executive MBA courses on emerging technologies, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and mobile technologies.
Sawhney sees companies beyond manufacturing starting to embrace automation and artificial intelligence to the point where they now are having implications for jobs.
“This time it’s different,” Sawhney told the Chicago Tribune in 2017. “This time it’s cognitive work. That’s white-collar jobs that are going to be affected — and affected in a very, very fundamental way.”
He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D in marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; a master’s in management degree in marketing from The Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India; and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He has authored numerous books and is a sought-after speaker.
He began teaching at Kellogg as an assistant professor in 1993. He earlier held executive roles at the Tata Group in Singapore and India, where he worked on computer integrated manufacturing and projects in the telecom, textile, software, steel and quartz watch industries.
He is a board member of Reliance Jio Infocomm in India and Bahwan Cybertek in Oman. He is an adviser to Chicago Innovation, and startups VMock, Georama, LawGeex, PomVom, Cross-Tab Group and Sprinklr.
Sawhney is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and has been listed among the 50 Most Influential Thinkers of Indian Origin by Thinkers50 and the Institute of Competitiveness.