Manikandan.K.S

Strategy

Fellow (IIM Bangalore), B.E in Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University) Gold Medal

+91 431 250 5009

mani@iimtrichy.ac.in

Manikandan's research is focused on the growth and governance of business group organizations. His research on business groups has been published in leading practitioner and research journals such as Harvard Business Review and Strategic Management Journal, and has been cited in The Economist. His other major research interest includes the study of drivers of strategic choice in firms. He has presented his research at leading international conferences including the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society.

Teaching Interests:

  • Competitive (Business) Strategy; Corporate Strategy; Strategic Leadership

Research Interests:

  • Business Groups; Strategic Leadership; Corporate Governance.

Manikandan. K.S., | Year – 2013
Growth And Persistence of Business Groups in Emerging Markets: Towards Solving the Puzzle[with J Ramachandran ]. Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 1(1), doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2012.93

Manikandan, K. S., & Ramachandran, J. | Year – 2014
Beyond institutional voids: Business groups, incomplete markets, and organizational form. Strategic Management Journal, Volume 36 (598-617), doi: 10.1002/smj.2226/abstract

Ramachandran, J., Manikandan, K. S., & Pant, P. | Year – 2013
Why Conglomerates Thrive (Outside the U.S.). Harvard Business Review, Volume 91 (110-119)

Competitive (Business) Strategy; Corporate Strategy; Strategic Leadership

Teaching Interests:

  • Competitive (Business) Strategy; Corporate Strategy; Strategic Leadership

Research Interests:

  • Business Groups; Strategic Leadership; Corporate Governance.

Publications:

  • Beyond institutional voids: Business groups, incomplete markets, and organizational form [with J Ramachandran]. Strategic Management Journal, 2015. doi: 10.1002/smj.2226
  • Why conglomerate thrive (outside the U.S.) [with J Ramachandran and Anirvan Pant]. Harvard Business Review. December 2013, pp. 110-119.
  • Growth And Persistence of Business Groups in Emerging Markets: Towards Solving the Puzzle [with J Ramachandran]. Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2012, 1(1), doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2012.93.

Book Chapter:

  • A Synthesis of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management Literature [with Srinivasan Tatachari and Srinivas Gunta]. In M. Chilton, & J. Bloodgood (Eds.), Knowledge Management and Competitive Advantage: Issues and Potential Solutions (pp. 122-147). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4679-7.ch008. [2014]

Case Studies:

  • Leading the Tata Group (A): The Ratan Tata Years [with K Rajyalakshmi and J Ramachandran] {Available through HBSP}
  • Leading the Tata Group (B): The Cyrus Mistry Years [with K Rajyalakshmi and J Ramachandran] {Available through HBSP}
  • ITC Limited: India First [with J Ramachandran]. [2012] {Available through HBSP}

Working Paper:

  • Memes in Organization Studies: A Preliminary Research Agenda (No. 279). IIM Bangalore Working Paper Series 2009.

Conference Presentations:

  • Strategy-on-the-go: Revisiting strategic choice and strategic leadership [with J Ramachandran and Anirvan Pant]. Strategic Management Society Special Conference, Mohali, India, 2013.
  • Growth and persistence of business groups in emerging markets [with J Ramachandran]. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, USA, 2012.
  • Beyond institutional voids: The Organizational Advantage of Business Groups [with J Ramachandran]. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, USA, 2011.
  • Leading the G-form organization: The Role of Group Headquarters in Indian Business Groups [with J Ramachandran and Anirvan Pant]. Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, USA. 2011.
  • Growth of Business Groups: An Entrepreneurial Perspective [with J Ramachandran]. Emerging India: Strategic Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management Society, Bangalore, India. 2010.
  • Opening the black box: Growth of Business Groups [with J Ramachandran]. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada. 2010.
  • What Keeps Business Group Affiliated Firms Ticking? An Absorptive Capacity Perspective [with Srinivas Gunta]. 2009 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, USA. 2009.
  • The Under-Explored Dimensions of Business Groups: New Opportunities for Research [with J Ramachandran]. 12th Annual Convention of the Strategic Management Forum of India, Bangalore, India. 2009.

Awards:

  • 2012: Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Conference, Boston, U.S.A.
  • 2008: Director's Merit Award (IIM Bangalore) for Best Academic Performance in FPM.
  • 2007: Director’s Merit List (IIM Bangalore) for Best Academic Performance in first year.
  • 2007-2010: SAP Labs Scholarship (IIM Bangalore).
  • 2003: University Gold Medal (Anna University) for First Rank in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 1999-2003: Foundation for Excellence Scholarship (FFE, USA) for Engineering education.

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