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.
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.