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Prof Vijayalakshmi’s teaching career has been enriched by her research expertise and interest in organizational transformations in public sector organizations and her corporate experience in senior management positions and as a consultant. An expert in Organizational Behaviour and a Fellow from MDI, Gurgaon, she has a Master’s degree in Agriculture with specialization in Plant Breeding and Agriculture and a PG Diploma in Rural Management from IRMA.

Prof Vijayalakshmi’s research and consulting interests include design and delivery of indigenous psychometric tests in vernacular languages, competency mapping and assessment processes, utilization of existing psychometrics for HR processes, Evaluation of HR processes of both for profit and development sector organizations.

Prof Vijayalakshmi has conducted several workshops in Qualitative research and trained hundreds of executives in interpersonal skills and team work. She has also facilitated workshops using modified T-lab for students titled Journey to Self for understanding one’s behaviour and the impact on others. Her research methods expertise is in the area of Qualitative research methods including ethnography and participatory appraisals, and she has conducted large scale surveys using quantitative methodologies. Prof Vijayalakshmi was part of a DFID funded project on Market-linked rural development approaches. Her current engagement includes working with not-for-profit organizations for enhancing sustainable livelihoods among farm families using technological approaches and Farmer Producer organizations.

Also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Prof Vijayalakshmi lends support to high quality research in the area of mental health and homelessness.

Courses Taught at IFMR GSB

At MBA level

  • Organization Behaviour
  • HRM
  • Research methods for Managers
  • Competency based Recruitment and Selection
  • Corporate Transformation (Leading Change)
  • International HRM
  • Journey to Self

At PhD level

  • Qualitative Research

Current Research Interests

Entrepreneurship among Low income households

Information Privacy among Low income households

Recent Research Publications

Pandit , S.A, Preethi, K, Wallack, D and Vijayalakshmi C (2015) “Towards Understanding Employability Using Images: An Exploratory Study, Psychological Studies , September 2015, 60( 3) 302-313.

Pandit , S.A, Preethi, K, Wallack, D and Vijayalakshmi C (2015) “Towards Understanding Employability in the Indian Context: A Preliminary Study” Psychology and Developing Societies, 27(1) 81–103.

Raghuraman S, Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi (2014) “Mentoring Social Entrepreneurs in India: Attributes and Functions” International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management 11(2) 137 – 154

Awasthy, Richa, Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, Gupta Rajen K (2013) Corporate Transformation or a Cosmetic Makeover? A case study of a Public Sector bank in India, The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 49(1) 67-81.

Awasthy, Richa, Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, Gupta Rajen K (2011) Top down change in Public Sector bank: Lessons from Employees’ Lived-In Experiences, Journal of Indian Business Research, 3 (1),1755-4195.

Coauthored with Sinha Jai B.P (part of a research team of OB faculty across India headed by Jai B.P. Sinha) (2010) Exploration of the Indian mindset, Psychological Studies, 55, (1) 3–17

Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, Awasthy, Richa, Gupta Rajen K (2009) Assessment of Cultural Shifts in an Indian Public Sector Bank, International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2(3)307-325

Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, DhaliwalKamalpreet, Gupta Rajen K (2006) Discrimination in Indian Organizations, Indian Journal of Industrial Research, 41(4) 329-354. Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi (2005) Psychological impacts of Privatization, Indian Journal of Public Administration, 51(4)830-842.

Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, Akbar M (2005) Revisiting Greiner’s model- A Dialectical Approach, Amity Global Business Review, (1) 60-67.

Recent Case Studies

Awasthy, Richa, Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, Gupta Rajen K (2012) Organizational Changes in Bank of Baroda: Asian Case Research Journal, 16(1) 65-92.

Chandrasekaran, Vijayalakshmi, Kalra Satish, Gupta Rajen K (2005) Autobiography of a Manager, Asian Case Research Journal, 9(2) 283-290

Recent Conference Presentations

“We Do not Retain People, We Retain Capabilities: People Management Model in the Not-for-Profit Space", (co-authored with Prof S Raghuraman) Divisional Paper session at the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting , Boston, USA, August 11-13 ,2019.

Entrepreneurship among Rural Indians (Coauthored with Karunakaran Arvind, MIT) presented at Academy of Management (AoM), Boston, USA, Aug 4-12, 2012

Churning Organizations and Containing Anxieties: Lessons from Field for Transformational Leaders as part of International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values (ISSWOV) 12th Biennial Conference held at Goa, June 2012.

Predicting employability-a research study, The XXI Annual Convention of the National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), India at Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat December 12-14, 2011

Women as Borrowers (Coauthored with Divya Rajan and Dave Wallack) presented at Academy of Management (AoM), Montreal, Canada, Aug4-12, 2010

Research as Act of Compassion - Voicing the unheard stories. As part of Professional Development Workshop conducted as part of First Indian Academy of Management, Jamshedpur, December 28, 2009.

Internalization of Cultural Shifts in an Indian Public Sector Bank, (Coauthored with Richa Awasthy and Rajen Gupta) presented at Academy of Management (AoM), Chicago , USA, Aug4-12,2009

Privatization of Chemco: Birth, Growth and Sale of an Indian PSE (coauthored with Satish K Kalra and Rajen K Gupta) selected at Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference, Queensland, Dec6-9, 2006.

Working Papers

Inside Job: A study of deviant behaviours among employees

Recent Projects

Years Client Title Methodology Co Investigators
2016-18 SARH, DFID Market Led rural Development Approaches(1) Systematic Review
2016-18 Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion for India Post Design of Remittance product for Migrant Workers for India Post Mixed Methodology
2015-16 CII Foundation Identification of Women Exemplars Qualitative Research
2014-15 CII Foundation Evaluation of Women Exemplars Awards : Decadal Study Qualitative Research Lakshmi Kumar and S.Raghuraman
2014-15 Hand-in Hand Evaluation of Entrepreneurship Training among SHG women Qualitative Research
2013-14 NABARD Voluntary Savings among members(2) Mixed Methodology
2013-14 NABARD SHGs as agents of change (3) Mixed Methodology




Other Professional Information

Psychometric proficiency: Thomas profiling , MBTI

T- group labs: Advanced Lab trained by ISABS

Member of Academy of Management and Indian Academy of Management.

Lifetime member NHRDN