Sridhar Narayanan

Sridhar Narayanan
Associate Professor, Marketing
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Research Statement

Sridhar Narayanan’s research focuses on empirical analysis of marketing problems, through the estimation of econometric models on behavioral data. One stream of his work has focused on consumer and firm decisions in situations of consumer uncertainty about new products. Specifically, his research has explored physician learning about new prescription drugs, the changes in the role and effectiveness of marketing communication for products over their life cycle, and the value of information to consumers in telecommunication markets. Another stream of his work has focused on measurement of casual effects. He has studied the application of Regression discontinuity designs to marketing, and causal installed base effects in social contexts. In recent work, he has been looking at causal effects in online advertising. A particular area of interest for Sridhar is the application of Bayesian econometric methods to problems in marketing and empirical industrial organization.


Sridhar Narayanan is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2005 and has been at Stanford since July 2005. Before his PhD, he worked as a Sales and Marketing manager at Unilever, after receiving a BE in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Delhi, India.

Sridhar’s research has been published in the leading journals of marketing, such as Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research and Quantitative Marketing and Economics.  He serves as Associate Editor at Journal of Marketing Research, Quantitative Marketing and Economics and Operations Research, and serves on the editorial review board of Marketing Science.

Sridhar teaches MBA elective courses on Marketing Analytics and Digital Marketing, and a PhD course on Bayesian methods. Previously he also taught the core Marketing Management course and an elective course on Green Marketing in the MBA program.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2005
  • MBA, University of Delhi, India, 1997
  • BE, University of Delhi, India, 1995

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2005

Professional Experience

  • Area Sales Manager, Unilever India, 1997–2000

Awards and Honors

  • Philip F. Maritz Faculty Scholar for 2016-2017


Journal Articles

Navdeep S. Sahni, Sridhar Narayanan, Kirthi Kalyanam. Journal of Marketing Research. June 1, 2019, Vol. 56, Issue 3, Pages 401-418.
Sridhar Narayanan, Kirthi Kalyanam. Marketing Science. 2015, Vol. 34, Issue 3, Pages 388-407.
Sridhar Narayanan, Harikesh S. Nair. Journal of Marketing Research. February 2013, Vol. 50, Issue 1, Pages 70-94.
Sridhar Narayanan. Quantitative Marketing and Economics. 2013, Vol. 11, Issue 1, Pages 39-81.
Sridhar Narayanan, Puneet Manchanda. Quantitative Marketing and Economics. 2012, Vol. 10, Issue 1, Pages 27-62.
Wesley R. Hartmann, Harikesh S. Nair, Sridhar Narayanan. Marketing Science. November 2011, Vol. 30, Issue 6, Pages 1079–1097.
Sridhar Narayanan, Puneet Manchanda. Marketing Science. 2009, Vol. 28 , Issue 3, Pages 424-441.
Michaela Draganska, Sanjog Misra, Victor Aguirregabiria, Pat Bajari, Liran Einav, Paul Ellickson, Dan Horsky, Sridhar Narayanan, Yesim Orhun, Peter C. Reiss, Katja Seim, Vishal Singh, Raphael Thomadsen, Ting Zhu. Marketing Letters. 2008, Vol. 19, Issue 3-4, Pages 399-416.
Sridhar Narayanan, Pradeep K. Chintagunta, Eugenio J. Miravete. Quantitative Marketing and Economics. 2007, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Pages 1-34.
Sridhar Narayanan, Puneet Manchanda, Pradeep K. Chintagunta. Journal of Marketing Research. 2005, Vol. 42, Issue 3, Pages 278-290.
Puneet Manchanda, Dick R. Wittink, Andrew Ching, Paris Cleanthous, Min Ding, Xiaojing J. Dong, Peter S. H. Leeflang, Sanjog Misra, Natalie Mizik, Sridhar Narayanan, Thomas Steenburgh, Jaap E. Wieringa, Marta Wosinska, Ying Xie. Marketing Letters. 2005, Vol. 16, Issue 3-4, Pages 293-308.
Sridhar Narayanan, Ramarao Desiraju, Pradeep K. Chintagunta. Journal of Marketing. 2004, Vol. 68, Issue 4, Pages 90-105.

Working Papers

The Impact of Mobile App Failures on Online and Offline Purchases | PDF
Unnati Narang, Venkatesh Shankar, Sridhar Narayanan, March 202018


Degree Courses


The objective of this course is to introduce you to modern marketing practice at an accelerated level. Marketing is key to the success of an organization and requires an ability to design and execute a coherent strategy across a number of...

The course aims to develop a thorough understanding of Bayesian inference, with a special focus on empirical applications in marketing. The course will start with a brief theoretical foundation to Bayesian inference and will subsequently focus on...


The objective of this course is to introduce you to modern marketing practice at an accelerated level. Marketing is key to the success of an organization and requires an ability to design and execute a coherent strategy across a number of...

There has been a rapid evolution of digital means of communicating with consumers and advertising to them, driven by changes in technologies and consumer behavior. Readership of traditional print media has gone down dramatically, and television...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

  • Seed Transformation Program
    Gain​​ ​​leadership training​ and networking ​support through this comprehensive program ​for established entrepreneurs in Africa and India.

Stanford Case Studies

Star Digital | M347
Sridhar Narayanan, Taylan Yildiz2013

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Service to the Profession

Journal Service

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Marketing Research
  • Associate Editor, Quantitative Marketing and Economics
  • Area Editor, Operations Research

Membership of Professional Organizations

  • American Marketing Association
  • The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

September 4, 2019
You know those ads that follow you around online? New research shows that they work, especially when deployed early.
January 16, 2015
The researchers gained rare insight into the effects of position in paid search advertising on Google.
February 1, 2009
Research shows that, while gamblers do exhibit many irrational behaviors, for most its just simple entertainment.
November 1, 2007
Research examines whether "rational" consumers always chose the best plan for themselves.
August 1, 2006
A recent study shows direct-to-consumer drug ads can lift a whole category, but well-timed ads to doctors boost the individual brand.

School News

September 1, 2005
Three senior professors — in accounting, organizational behavior, and marketing — have joined the Stanford GSB faculty, along with six junior faculty.