In our ongoing endeavor to promote best-in-class research and scholarship, we regularly facilitate various forms of interaction between eminent scholars and our faculty / doctoral students. We do so by inviting the eminent scholars from international schools to visit our campus and present their work or hold workshops for the doctoral students.

Not only do such opportunities keep us abreast of the cutting edge of research, these also provide a platform for our doctoral students to strike up research partnerships with the eminent international scholars.

List of Eminent Guest Lectures

Guest Lecture on Field-based research held on June 10th, 2018.

About Prof. Sriram Narayanan:

Dr. Sriram Narayanan is an Associate Professor with the Department of Supply Chain Management at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, USA. Dr. Narayanan's primary research interests are in managing productivity and innovation in knowledge-intensive work environments. He has published his research in several journals including Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Retailing and Journal of Academy of Marketing Science among others. He has won outstanding reviewer awards from Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences Journal; and outstanding senior editor award from the Production and Operations Management Journal. He also has played a leadership role in editing proceedings, being a track chair, and in organizing both national and international conferences.

About the session:

Dr. Narayanan’s session focused on identifying topical and contextual issues in the field of practice and crafting associated research agenda. Through the course of a 3-hour workshop with the doctoral students, he shared his rich experience on the intricacies of field-based research and took the group through the process of structuring the entire effort. He illustrated different facets of field research, based on his expertise, by using examples from his fieldwork and related research publications. He advocated the doctoral students to keep abreast of the latest research by reading across disciplines and to look into pertinent questions that matter to the industry. He also explained how field research feeds into writing case studies for classroom discussion, which in turn helps to establish oneself as a teacher.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Arunachalam on 4th May 2018.

About Prof. Arunachalam:

Prof. S. Arunachalam is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Indian School of Business Hyderabad. He earned his PhD from the Iowa State University, USA. His research interests lie in the area of marketing and innovation. His current research focuses on the interface between the firm’s marketing capabilities and innovation outcomes, where he explores questions like: What is the role of marketing in how firms profit from innovation? How do top management’s actions and behaviour affect marketing and innovation capabilities of the firm? He has published research articles in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, an FT-50 journal. Also, he has authored a book chapter on marketing analytics.

About the session:

Prof. Arunachalam's talk focused upon the process of empirical research and the importance of networks in creating a successful academic career. He began the discussion with answering the common question among doctoral students on how to arrive at a 'winning' research question. Further, he discussed the essential aspects and common pitfalls concerning the choice of the appropriate method of inquiry in the process of research. Later, he discussed the importance of attending conferences and offered tips on how to get the most out of a conference. He followed a conversational style of discussion, allowing students present in the audience to pose further questions to which he replied by sharing his personal experience. He concluded the session by offering useful advice on what can young scholars do for personal branding to forge a successful career in academics.

Research Workshop by Prof. Prasad Padmanabhan on June 8, 2018.

About Prof. Prasad Padmanabhan:

Dr. Prasad Padmanabhan is currently Professor of Finance, the Myra Stafford Pryor Chair of Free Enterprise, and Sam Walton Fellow, at the Greehey School of Business, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He has been teaching at the Greehey School for 16 years. He also has prior teaching experience at San Diego State University, the Pennsylvania State University, the University of the West Indies, Vanderbilt University, McGill University, and Concordia University. He holds a PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has published more than 30 articles in several reputed journals such as International Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. He is also the Global Associate Editor for the Journal of Information Technology Case and Applications Research.

About the session:

The research workshop was attended by all doctoral students of the institute. The 4-hour long workshop featured a series of research presentations by students. After each presentation, Dr. Prasad provided constructive feedback on areas of possible improvement. He also shared personal research related stories with the audience to stress the importance of rigor in research, the need to market their paper carefully, and on how to become a successful researcher in their chosen fields.

Webinar by Prof. Rajiv Kohli Digital Innovation on August 6, 2018.

About the Prof. Rajiv Kohli:

Prof Rajiv Kohli is the John. N. Dalton Professor of Business at The College of William & Mary, USA. Prof Kohli is ranked among the top 20 MIS researchers worldwide and ranked as #1 scholar on Health Information Technology (HIT) thought leadership.

About the session:

This session was organized with the efforts of Prof Sujeet Kumar Sharma (Management Information Systems Area, IIM Trichy). This very insightful session on "Digital Innovation" was centered around "How Digital Creates Innovative Business Strategies? In order to design effective digital strategy, Prof Kohli stressed upon focusing on two fundamental questions:

  • What is 'digital'?
  • How does Digital create competitive advantage?

Prof Kohli cited McKinsey report and emphasized to consider Digital not as a ‘thing’, but as ‘a way of doing things’. It means Digital is about using software, platforms and data to create value in: (1) Foundational capabilities, (2) Core business, and (3) Exploring new frontiers. To this end, Prof Kohli also stressed upon relying on business strategy to identify "what" can be digitized. In this regard, he drew upon Tiwana’s framework of "Digitization Cube", to explicate the three frontiers of business that can be digitized: (1) Offering, (2) How it is delivered and (3) How it is purchased.

Moreover, in order to emphasize on how digital can create competitive advantage, Prof Kohli proposed to look at this question from the perspective of "Resource-Based View (RBV)" that would treat Digital Infrastructure and Analytics as the resources from which you generate capabilities that create customer value. He concluded with a systematic approach to identify areas of digital innovation and related research opportunities.


This session witnessed the presence of most of our Fellow Program students and our faculty members that included the gracious presence of our Director and our Fellow Program & Research Chairperson. Prof Kohli also held dedicated sessions with the Fellow Program students of MIS area, post this session.

Research Seminar by Prof. Raveendra Chittoor on July 23, 2018.

About Prof. Raveendra Chittoor:

Prof. Chittoor is a highly respected and well published researcher whose work primarily focuses on business groups and emerging markets. He is the Canada Research Chair in Global Economy and an associate professor of strategy and international business at the Gustavson School of Business affiliated to the University of Victoria, Canada. Prior to this, he worked at the Indian School of Business and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He also has over 12 years of industry experience.

His research program is broadly focused on emerging markets and in understanding how institutions and institutional environment shape the structure of the markets and the strategies of firms operating in those markets. These provide insights for students studying international business, managers, and leaders of global firms for whom emerging market economies are becoming increasingly vital.

He has won many awards for his research and teaching. His research has been published in leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Management International Review, Journal of International Management and Long Range Planning.

About the session:

As part of his visit to IIM Trichy, he interacted with the doctoral students stressing on the importance of tackling and answering "hard" research questions. He also stressed on the importance of publishing in top-tier journals in the current academic scenario. The doctoral students had an immersive view on the process of writing to a top-tier journal.

Professor Chittoor also presented his working paper titled "Women on Boards in Family Firms" to the faculty and the doctoral students as part of the Research Seminar seminar series at IIM Trichy. The paper examined the heterogeneity in the adoption of new corporate governance reforms (in India) between family firms and non-family firms in the specific context of induction of women directors onto corporate boards. The seminar culminated in a fruitful discussion by the faculty and doctoral students with a few suggestions being made toward the improvement of the paper.