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Gautam Kaul

Robert G. Rodkey Collegiate Professor of Business Administration

University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

Gautam Kaul is the Robert G. Rodkey Collegiate Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Finance at the Ross School of Business (RSB), University of Michigan. He holds a master’s in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and PhDs from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Gautam has published extensively in the top journals in Finance on topics covering a wide spectrum of finance. He was awarded the Senior Faculty Research Award for sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business, and noteworthy contributions to building and maintaining a strong research environment at RSB.

Gautam has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Global MBA, EMBA and PhD levels and executives all over the world. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards, including the 2009 Victor L. Bernard Leadership in Teaching Award, and has had extensive administrative experience. Among other responsibilities, he has served as Chair of the Finance Department, as Associate Dean of Research & IT, and has served on the Executive Committee for several years. He is the founding Managing Director of the Social Venture Fund (SVF) housed in the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies and the International Investment Fund (IIF) in partnership with the William Davidson Institute. Gautam has recently launched the Michigan Climate Venture (MCV) as a model for research-based education. From 2012-2018, Gautam served as the Special Counsel for Digital Education at the University of Michigan. He helped develop the University’s digital education strategy and has in offered multiple Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to over two million learners worldwide.

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Financial Impacts of Climate Change: Invest or Not?
This case involves quantifying emissions, their impact, and applying the social cost of carbon to complete a comparative financial valuation for a fictional startup, VerticalFarm Co. (VFC). VerticalFarm Co. sites,…
Publication Date: 10/31/2023 Product ID: 8-842-679
Investing in Leveraging Technology to Provide High-Quality K-12 Education Access
In late 2011, the Social Venture Fund (SVF) at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business issued a call for social enterprise business plans. It received one from LearnZillion,…
Publication Date: 11/25/2020 Product ID: 3-795-586
Assessing the Social and Financial Impact of an Investment
In 2011, a due diligence team, made up of members of the Social Venture Fund (SVF) at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, had completed its assessment of…
Publication Date: 11/25/2020 Product ID: 1-383-543
Michigan’s Social Venture Fund: Founding the Nation’s First Student-Run Impact Investing Fund
In the business environment surrounding the 2008 financial crisis, a new field within investing emerged to address the shortcomings of a “profit-only” mission of business. The nascent impact investing industry…
Publication Date: 09/14/2017 Product ID: 5-596-765
Good Capital: Emergence of the Social Capital Market
Fourth Place Winner of the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition Kevin Jones, cofounder of social investment firm Good Capital, is considering possible expansion strategies for Good Capital. He has three…
Publication Date: 05/16/2011 Product ID: 1-429-172
Rainforest Expeditions: Planning for the Future
2004 marked the 15th anniversary of the founding of the ecotourism company Rainforest Expeditions (RFE). A decade and a half of experience led the company’s cofounders, Eduardo Nycander and Kurt…
Publication Date: 10/07/2009 Product ID: 1-428-799
Acumen Fund: Valuing a Social Venture (B)
This case is a follow-on to the case, “Acumen Fund: Valuing a Social Venture” (#1428788). In this case, Acumen Fund, a social venture capital fund, is performing a due diligence…
Publication Date: 10/01/2009 Product ID: 1-428-872
Acumen Fund: Valuing a Social Venture (A)
In this case, Acumen Fund, a social venture capital fund, is performing a due diligence on Ziqitza Healthcare Limited (ZHL), a for-profit ambulance company in India. The case involves assessing…
Publication Date: 05/19/2009 Product ID: 1-428-788