The Strategy area courses focus on how firms utilize their resources and capabilities to adapt to the external environment, enter international markets, and deal with other firms to develop a sustainable competitive advantage. IFMR GSB students may choose to have a minor in Strategy.
Shobha holds a PhD degree from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, a PGDM from IIM Calcutta, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She worked as a Management Consultant in TCS after graduating from IIMC. After her PhD, Shobha has worked at the Nanyang Business School of NTU Singapore from 1994 to 2009, and at Qatar University from 2009 to 2019.
Trained in the case method at the Harvard Business School (PCMPCL program), Shobha teaches undergraduate, masters, doctoral and executive courses in Strategy, Technology & Innovation, Entrepreneurship, CSR & Ethics, International Business and Organization Theory. She pioneered the use of simulation software in teaching Strategic Management in Singapore and Qatar.
Shobha has published her research in top journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Management Science, and Strategic Management Journal. She presents her research regularly at international conferences.
Krishna Kumar Balaraman received the bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Madras, Chennai, India, in 1992, the postgraduate Diploma in intellectual property rights from the NLSIU, Bangalore, India, in 2006, and the postgraduate Diploma in management from IIM Bangalore, Bengaluru, India, in 2012. He has submitted his doctoral thesis at IIT Madras, Chennai, India, in the area of behavioral strategy and strategic management.
He has more than two decades of international leadership experience having led teams in developing products and solutions in leading edge communication and IT technologies. He advises start-ups on business models and strategies. He has taught Brand Management as a Visiting Faculty at IIM Shillong, India. He has co-authored a chapter on born-globals in International Business Strategy (Palgrave Macmillan) and has published in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. His research interests include the areas of strategic alliances, behavioral strategy, strategic foresight, microfoundations of strategic capabilities, international business, entrepreneurship, and healthcare.
He regularly presents papers in international conferences such as Strategic Management Society (SMS) and Academy of International Business (AIB) conferences. He is an invited reviewer for journals such as the IEEE Engineering Management Review and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He has received AOM 2019 Best Reviewer recognition by Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Division of Academy of Management (AOM) and the only one from India to have been recognized so.
Currently a Professor in the area of Data Science, Prof Chandrashekhar has over two decades of experience in industry and academia.
His industry stints span Consulting and Business Development activities in India, GCC Countries, Europe and USA – in new product and new business launches, setting up and running overseas offices, and assisting start-ups in building their client base, amongst others. His Consulting stints include efficiency improvement, profitability improvement, valuation of firms, and creation of roadmaps, amongst others.
Prof Chandrashekhar has been an academic for more than a decade as a faculty at XLRI, IIM Indore, and IIM Ranchi before joining IFMR.
His research interest spans investigating strategic actions, unravelling complexity, and data-based exploration. He has so far spear-headed the data science initiative at the IFMR GSB for MBA and working executive audiences. This initiative also includes an Analytics Hub that is now engaging with institutions and industry for analytics assignments. He has published in international journals and presented in international conferences.
He holds a B.E. in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University College of Engineering Osmania, a PGDM from IIM Bangalore, and an FPM from IIM Lucknow.