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

Research Seminar by Dr. Anand Srinivasan on 3rd January 2019.

About Dr. Anand Srinivasan:

Dr. Anand Srinivasan is an Associate Professor and also the former Head of the Department of Finance at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Prior to joining NUS, Dr. Srinivasan was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Georgia. Dr. Srinivasan completed his Bachelor’s in Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology and his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. He received his PhD in Finance from New York University. His work has been published in various top-rated journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analytics and Real Estate Economics.

About the session:

Before presenting his research, as part of the seminar, Dr. Srinivasan interacted with the doctoral students at IIM Trichy. Having built an illustrious career in academics, he shared his wisdom on how to build a lasting career in academia. Further, he highlighted the importance of building solid foundations in research methods as key to be a good researcher.

Later in the day, Dr. Srinivasan presented his views on the research and publishing process. Focusing on the process of research, he discussed key issues involved with choosing a research topic, handling data and how to present the data. Dr. Srinivasan then held forth a rich discussion on the steps involved in converting one's research into a published paper. The engaging discussion exposed the faculty and students to some of the common pitfalls in writing, pre-submission preparation, and enduring the peer review process. Dr. Srinivasan's visit to IIM Trichy concluded with some engaging conversations over cups of tea and coffee.

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Guest Lecture on Publishing in High-Quality Journals held on December 20th, 2018.

About Prof. Yogesh K. Dwivedi:

Prof. Yogesh K. Dwivedi is the Swansea University's Dean of Academic Leadership (REF Research Environment and Interdisciplinary Research), Professor of Digital Marketing and Innovation, and Director of the Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC) in the School of Management at Swansea University, Wales, UK. His research interests are at the interface of Information Systems (IS) and Marketing, focusing on issues related to consumer adoption and diffusion of emerging ICT-based applications, electronic/digital government, and digital marketing particularly in the context of emerging markets. He has published more than 250 articles in a range of leading academic journals and conferences. He has co-edited/co-authored more than 20 books on technology adoption, e-government, IS theory, eWOM and social media. His Google Scholar Citations are 9358.

Currently, he is serving as:

  • Editor-in-Chief: International Journal of Information Management (ABDC: A)
  • Associate Editor - Government Information Quarterly (ABS: 3*)
  • Associate Editor for Digital Marketing Section - European Journal of Marketing (ABDC: A*)
  • Senior Editor (Europe/Africa/Middle East) - Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (ABDC: B)

About the session:

Prof. Dwivedi addressed the gathering in the session titled, ‘Structuring and Writing a Research Article: A Reflective Guidance’. As the title suggests, the session was focused on ways to structure an article to increase its chance of getting published in high-quality journals. Prof. Dwivedi, with immense experience in publishing and editing roles, shared his thoughts on reasons for many articles with novel contributions get rejected. During the session, he deliberated upon how to structure the paper into various sections and the reasons behind it. The discussion provided the gathering with a better understanding of how to structure an article to ensure better chances at publication.

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 Chair. 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.

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.

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.

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 Seminar by Dr. Siva Nathan on 13th August 2019.

About Dr. Siva Nathan:

Dr. Siva Nathan is an Associate Professor at Robinson College of Business, School of Accountancy of the Georgia State University. Dr. Siva Nathan completed his Bachelor’s in Commerce from University of Bombay and his Master of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance at University of Rochester. He received his PhD in Accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo. His work has been published in various top-rated journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Contemporary Accounting Research. His research interests include studying the effects of accounting numbers on stock prices, and financial analysts’ earnings forecasts and investment recommendations.

About the Session:

Dr. Nathan presented his working paper titled ‘Corporate Organizational Structure, Tax Havens, Analyst Forecast Properties and Information Environment’ to the faculty members and doctoral students as part of the Research Seminar series. The paper studied the opacity in organizational structure brought about by having subsidiaries in tax havens, and the resultant effect on analysts’ forecasts. The presentation was accompanied by a rich discussion by faculty members and doctoral students on various facets of the paper.

Dr. Nathan also interacted with the doctoral students of IIM Trichy in a separate session. The discussion touched upon various aspects of research and publishing process. He also guided the students over the contemporary issues in India, which may be examined by the students.

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Research Seminar by Dr. Vijaya Bhaskar Marisetty on 15th April 2019.

About Dr. Vijaya Bhaskar Marisetty:

Dr. Vijaya Bhaskar Marisetty is a Professor of Finance at University of Hyderabad. In his previous academic tenure, he has held faculty positions at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and Monash University, Australia.  Dr. Marisetty received his PhD in Finance from Monash University, Australia and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. His work has been published in various top rated journals like Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Banking & Finance, and Journal of Financial Markets.

About the Session:

Dr. Marisetty held the seminar on the topic 'Dealing with potential endogeneity associated with research in social sciences' with the faculty members and doctoral students of IIM Trichy. The seminar ignited a rich and engaging discusstion on how to identify and tackle endogeneity issues in one's research work.

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Research Seminar by Dr. Kannan Raghunandan on 9th April 2019

About Dr. Kannan Raghunandan:

Dr. Kannan Raghunandan is Professor and Ryder Eminent Scholar in the School of Accounting at Florida International University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1990 and has published widely in the areas of auditing and corporate governance. Raghu is ranked among the top researchers globally in the auditing area. He has served as Associate Editor or as a member of the Editorial Board for many premier accounting and auditing journals. His research has been cited often by regulators, including the Government Accountability Office and the Securities & Exchange Commission, and standard-setters such as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Auditing Standards Board.

About the session:

The seminar titled, “An Agenda for Governance and Auditing Research in India” highlighted the state of empirical research related to governance, accounting or auditing in India in comparison to China and other countries. Dr. Raghunandan emphasized the importance of the Indian context which provides an important and unique setting for research and encouraged the audience to carry out research in India and on India.

Research Seminar by Prof. Parthiban David on 3rd July 2019

About Prof. Parthiban David:

Professor David holds the Collins Chair in Strategy at the Kogod School of Business in American University. He teaches strategic management. His research studies the relationship between corporate governance, corporate strategy, and firm performance. His current research focuses on cybersecurity risk and governance. His research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Management. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Journal of Management Governance, and on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Enterprising Culture. He has served on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, University of Notre Dame, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He earned a Ph. D. in Management from Texas A&M University. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and has 6 years Materials Management experience in the power plant equipment manufacturing industry in India.

About the session:

Prof David presented his recent working paper on the impact of gender diversity in hedge funds on activism performance. The paper develops hypotheses to explore two channels whereby gender-diverse hedge funds generate lower returns from activism, examining differences in: 1) their actions related to activism, i.e., they are less aggressive and less likely to target the “right” firms, 2) the reactions of other stakeholders, i.e., they are less likely to gain support from managers and other shareholders. 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.

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Research Seminar by Prof. Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy on 15th July 2019

About Prof. Gopalakrishnan:

Prof. Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy (Gopal) is a Lecturer in the Department of Operations Management at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), UK. Prior to joining ULMS, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He completed his doctoral studies from the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India. During his doctoral studies, Gopal has been a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He researches in the area of healthcare operational excellence, transformative service research, satellite imagery analytics, digitization, and business model innovation. His research has been published in reputed (A*/A) journals including Journal of Service Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Computers & Operations Research, Production Planning & Control, and Computers in Industry. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Service Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Business Research, and International Journal of Production Economics, among others.

About the session:

In the course of a seminar with the faculty & FPM students, Prof. Gopal presented his research project on the quality management of the U.S. nursing homes. His research addressed the question of whether imposing penalties on defaulting healthcare service providers leads to improvement in their successive quality ratings. He explained the theoretical lens of resource utilization and the empirical analysis of the data.

He also had an informal interaction session with the doctoral students. Being a fellow of IIM-K and a recipient of Fullbright-Nehru fellowship, he clarified the students’ queries on various academic scholarships available for research. He threw light on the academic job market scenario overseas and a snapshot of the expectations from universities abroad. He also explained the avenues for postdoctoral research and how to apply for those positions.

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Guest Lecture by Prof. Shubhranshu Singh on 20th November 2020

About Prof. Shubhranshu Singh:

Dr Shubhranshu Singh, is an associate professor of marketing and economics at Johns Hopkins University. He is an expert in the area of competitive marketing strategy and information disclosure, with a specific interest in developing markets and healthcare. Dr Singh is an alumni of IIT Delhi, National University of Singapore, and University of California at Berkeley, USA. He has won the prestigious John A. Howard doctoral dissertation award for his doctoral research. His work has been published by top management journals including Management Science and Marketing Science.

About the session:

Through an interactive and engaging session, Dr Singh elaborated the audience on his work titled "Educational Inequality and Affirmative Action in Developing Markets". He shared insights on his motivation to choose this topic and gave valuable tips on theorization and problematizing for good research work. It was an inspiring and insightful session for the research community at IIM Tiruchirappalli.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Jeeva Somasundaram on 22 December 2020

About Dr. Jeeva Somasundaram:

IIM Trichy was honoured to host Dr Jeeva Somasundaram, who is an Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences in the Operations and Technology area at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. He did his PhD in Management (Decision Sciences) at INSEAD, France. After his doctoral studies, he joined as a research fellow in Behavioral Economics at the National University of Singapore, where he was also affiliated to Future Resilient Systems (ETH Zurich). His PhD dissertation focussed on decision models of anticipatory emotions. His research primarily focuses on decision theory, behavioral economics, and its empirical application to domains such as health, environment, and technology.

About the session:

Through an interactive and engaging session, Dr Somasundaram shared his work titled "Effectiveness of Actual and Anticipated Incentives for Reducing Mobile Usage". He shared insights on doing rigorous field experiments and how research should benefit the public policy decisions at a larger scale. He elaborated on how lasting behavioural changes are induced with monetary incentives or social norms.

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