Associate Professor
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Area


+91-495 2809439


  • Ph.D in Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • M.A (Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) M G University

Inspired author, trainer, and teacher invested in researching social innovation. A mentor to women micro-entrepreneurs helping them build sustainable businesses and training women professionals in discovering and realizing their fullest potential.

Other Professional Appointments

Member, Governing Body, Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religion (IDCR) Loyola College, Chennai

Chairperson, Loyola Centre for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance (July, 2011 to April, 2013)

Corporate / Public Sector Leadership


Leadership Development Program for RPG Group

Expert Member- Working Group on Developmental Interventions by LSGIs, Kerala State Planning Board.

As an Expert Member and Convener of the drafting committee, I had the opportunity to discuss with several subject matter experts and put together recommendations on developmental interventions to be undertaken by local self-government institutions for inclusion in the state's Fourteenth Five Year Plan.

Registered in IICA Independent Directors Databank, Registration No.: IDDB-NR-202105-035653. Qualified in the proficiency assessment exam.

Honorary Advisor to the Board-SEPT (Sports and Education Promotion Trust)

Member - Board of Studies, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences

Academic Positions

Guest Editor - Journal of Indian Business Research

Member - Center of Excellence for Social Innovation CESI

Head- Center of Excellence for Social Innovation CESI

Editorial Board Member, Human Resource Development Review

Chairperson, EPGP Interactive Learning and Kochi Campus

Chairperson, OB & HR Area

Associate Professor OB and HR Area, IIMK

Chairperson, Placements, IIMK

Assistant Professor OB and HR area, IIMK

Social Development Program Coordinator, IIMK

Significant Publications

Let’s play: the use of Improv games in change management training A case study. INDUSTRY & HIGHER EDUCATION Vol 30, No 2, April 2016, pp 000-000, doi: 10.5367/ihe.2016.0299

Priya Nair Rajeev and Suresh Kalagnanam (2017) India's mandatory CSR policy: implications and implementation challenges, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics (IJBGE), Vol. 12, No. 1.

Dr. Suresh Kalagnanam, Dr. Priya Nair Rajeev, Dr. Sumit Mitra. India’s Mandatory CSR: New Opportunities or Challenges for NGOs?

Priya Nair Rajeev (2012) 'Impact of forced ranking evaluation of performance on ethical choices: a study of proximal and distal mediators', International Journal of Business, Governance and Ethics, vol 7, no.1, 37-62.

Priya Nair Rajeev & T J Kamalanabhan (2011), 'Organizational correlates of peer reporting: the mediating role of Ethical Ambiguity', International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, vol: 4, No: 4, 357- 376.

Priya, N. & T. J. Kamalanabhan (2011) 'Predicting unwillingness to report ethical infractions of peers: A moderated mediation approach', Indian Management Review, vol 23, pp 81-90

Priya Nair & T J Kamalanabhan (2010) 'Performance pressure and peer reporting: a moderated mediation model' Journal of Indian Business Research, vol 2, issue: 4, pp 216-229

Impact of Life Design Counseling in Managing Mid career Dilemmas of Professionals , Working Paper, 2022

Class-divide in the evolution of career schemas and occupational mandates in the institutionalization of imported occupations: The case of Stand-up Comedy in India , Working Paper, 2022

Enhancing market access of women micro-entrepreneurs through online platforms: A study of women micro-entrepreneurs of Kudumbashree, Kerala , Working Paper, 2022

Labels and ideals: Decoding the implications of 'Impact' Investing for Indian Social Startups , Working Paper, 2022

Do Community Based Organizations (CBOs) ensure equality for women and marginalized groups or maintain status quo? The case of Jalanidhi, Kerala , Case Studies, 2022

Scaling Corporate Social Responsibility: Go broader or deeper? , Case Studies, 2022

VIDHYADHAN: Building Partnerships in Corporate Social Responsibility , Case Studies, 2022

A Recipe for Empowerment , Case Studies, 2022

‘It is only women’ to ‘it is women’:A process model for how poor women gained legitimacy as economic and social actors through a grass root social innovation , Working Paper, 2017

Readying for Change: Use of Improvisation in Change Management Training , Working Paper, 2015

Section 135 of Companies Act (2013): Implementation challenges faced by Companies and NGOs , Working Paper, 2015

Social Obligation: Proposing a Compliment to Psychological Contract , Working Paper, 2015


Consultancy Projects

India’s premier B-School, the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, and the country’s leading statutory body for empowering women, the National Commission for Women (NCW), have come together for a unique academic offering for women entrepreneurs. An opportunity for them to undergo professional training to launch their entrepreneurial career as well as a chance for existing women entrepreneurs to augment and scale up their businesses with professional mentoring.This collaborative online training programme to nurture and build entrepreneurial capability among women entrepreneurs will be designed and executed by the Centre of Excellence for Social Innovation (CESI) of the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in association with NCW and

A considerable proportion of primary schools still lack basic necessities like classroom furniture, drinking water, and bathrooms, as well as more advanced resources like fans, playgrounds, musical instruments, computers, etc. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds struggle because of a lack of basic infrastructures like tables in classrooms and home. They lean on the floor to read and write. Sitting with a slumped back for long periods is harmful to a child's health as it causes undue stress to the back and eyes. The posture affects their handwriting and the ability to focus, leading to less-than-optimal academic performance. Deskit has created a school backpack with an inbuilt table, which is ergonomic, foldable, light, portable, and removable. The objective of the study is to comprehensively assess the impact of Deskit on the beneficiaries (students) and other stakeholders (teachers, parents, CSR/NGO/Government partners, etc) as well as their ecosystem (schools & homes) using a range of impact indicators (Learning, Health, Social Inclusion, etc.).

Villgro has been incubating innovation-based social enterprises in sectors, including health. As part of the incubation process, Villgro extends various types of support to start-ups. To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of this process, it may be helpful to know if and how various types of support are tied to the creation of impact. This consultancy project will assess the impact and identify the pathway to impact as relevant for multiple stakeholders connected to the startup.


Highly Commended Award 2011 in the Emerald / EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and Governance category

First Rank , M.A (PM & IR) M.G University, Kerala

Second Rank & Gold Medal, B.A Economics Calicut University, Kerala

Third Rank & Gold Medal, Pre Degree Arts Calicut university, Kerala

Research Areas

Reimagining organizations

Gender and Legitimacy

Social Innovation

Social enterpreneurship

Corporate Social Responsibility

Social Impact Assessment

Socially Conscious Management

Recent Consulting / Other Assignments

Program Evaluation and Impact Consulting for SD Foundation

Social Impact Assessment of the Micro Enterprises Intervention of Kudumbashree

Current Projects

Identity development and empowerment of women : an art-based exploration

Limits to Growth- A critique of the micro enterprise model

Impact of scholarship in widening participation: a multidimensional and multi-level analysis of students in higher education

Community Based Organisations (CBOs) as vehicles for eliminating income, caste and gender inequality in public service provision in India

Challenges and successes in recontextualizing WFM policies

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