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Strategic Management

Fellow (equivalent to Phd), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

PGDFM (equivalent to MBA), Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

B.E. (Mechanical), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
Research Areas
Industrial Clusters, Capabilities, Social Networks

Indian IT Industry, Emerging Market Multinationals

Corporate Governance



Recent Consulting / Other Assignments
Prepared a Marketing Strategies and Organizational Development towards Achieving Vision 2020 for The Oushadhi Pharmaceuticals Limited (along with Prof Unnikrishnan Nair and Prof Keyoor Purani)

Strategy for Global Delivery Infrastructure Services Team of Global Top 4 Consulting organization

Prepared a Restructuring Plan for Gujarat State Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Limited, Department of Industries, Government of Gujarat, 2002. This was prepared to sources funding from financial institutions

Prepared a report on Microenterprises initiatives for United Nations Fund for Population Assistance (UNFPA), May 2000

Prepared a report on Microenterprise for World Bank Funded District Poverty Initiatives Programme, Government of Rajasthan, April 2000


Academic Positions
Faculty, Xaviers Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, 2008

Visiting Faculty, Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai, 2009

Other Professional Appointments
Member of the Editorial Review Board, Journal of World Business, https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-world-business/editorial-board

Visiting Scholar, Department of International Business, University of Sydney April 2018

Chairperson, IIMK Kochi Campus July 2014-July 2017

Area Chairperson, IIM Kozhikode July 2017-


Corporate / Public Sector Leadership
Manager, Strategic Planning, Tata Consultancy Services, 2005-2010

Manager, Rural Non Farm Development Agency, Jaipur, 1997-2000

Chairperson, IIMK Kochi Campus June 2014- June 2017

Area Co-ordinator, Strategic Management Area, June 2017 onwards


Highly Commendable Research Paper Award at the 2nd World Management Conference held at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode for the paper Why do firms locate across multiple clusters? Cluster density, capabilities and ethnic ties with D Karthik and Amit Karna

Awarded the prestigious Infosys Fellowship (2003-2005) for the thesis on “Determinants of knowledge flows and firm performance in industrial clusters”

Awarded Doctoral Internship Fellowship Programme at Institute of New Technologies, United Nations University Maastricht, Netherlands, Sept – Dec 2004

Visiting Scholar at Department of International Business, University of Sydney April 2018


Significant Publications
Vidya Sukumar Panicker, Sumit Mitra and R S Upadhyayula (Accepted for publication), "Institutional Investors and International Investments in Emerging Economy Firms: A Behavioral Risk Perspective", Journal of World Business

D Karthik, R S Upadhyayula and R Basant (Accepted for publication), "POST INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGIES OF BORN GLOBAL SERVICE FIRMS", Competitiveness Review

Aparna Venugopal, Krishnan T N, Manish K and R S Upadhyayula (Forthcoming), Strengthening Organizational Ambidexterity with top management team mechanisms and processes" Accepted for publication in International Journal of Human Resource Management

R S Upadhyayula, D Karthik and A Karna (2017) "The role of cluster presence and quality certification in internationalization and performance of Offshore service PRoviders", Journal of International Management, Vol 23(1), pp. 72-86

D Karthik, R. S. Upadhyayula and A Karna (2015), Why do Firms Locate across Multiple Clusters? Cluster Density, Capabilities and Ethnic Ties" Industry and Innovation Vol 15 (9),DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2015.1035958

A Karna, R. S Upadhyayula and V Kumar (2014), Strategic Archetypes of Emerging Market Multinationals: Outward FDI Analysis of Indian Firms" Advances in International Management Vol 27

Karthik, D and R.S. Upadhyayula (2015), "Two Paths to diversification: Performance implications of related diversification across two dimensions in Professional Service Firms", International Journal of Emerging Markets Vol 10(1), pp. 32-51

Aggarwal, M., Kumar, R., and R.S. Upadhyayula (2012), “ Success of a Merger or Acquisition – A Consideration of Influencing Factors”, International Journal of Management Practice (forthcoming) P


Conferences, Seminars & Talks
Paper titled “Internationalization and Performance of Emerging Multinationals: The role of Clustering and Certification" accepted for a competitive session at Academy of International Business, July 3rd – 6th, 2013 at Istanbul, Turkey. The paper has been nominated for “That’s Interesting award” by Aalto University Business School (one of the six nominations). with D Karthik and Amit Karna

Proposal titled “Connected with Roots, or Attracted to Competition? Strategic Drivers of Emerging MNC Location Choices” accepted for presentation in SMS Special Conference, Singapore. The complete paper is selected as one of the 10 finalists of Strategic Management Society Special Conference Singapore Best Paper Prize. Coauthors are Amit Karna (EBS, Germany) and D. Karthik (IIM Ahmedabad)

Presented paper on “Performance Implications of Diversification in Professional Service Firms: The Role of Synergies” in special Paper Development workshop on Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability organized at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta during February 26-28, 2011, under the aegis of Strategic Management Society India Research Initiative. Co-authored with D. Karthik (IIM Ahmedabad)

• Paper titled “Knowledge Flows and Capability Building in the Indian IT Sector: A Comparative Analysis of Cluster and Non-Cluster Locations”, presented at VI Annual International Conference of Knowledge Forum on theme Agglomeration, Technology Clusters and Networks hosted by Department of Economics, University of Goa during November 18-20,2011


Working Papers
1.   Knowledge Flows and Capability Building in the Indian  IT Sector: A Comparative Analysis of Cluster and Non-Cluster Locations
Rakesh Basant;Pankaj Chandra;Rajesh S Upadhyayula    (2011)    Abstract


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