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Dean (Programmes)
Strategic Management

+91-495 2809432

dean-programmes[at]iimk[dot]ac[dot]in, rajesh[at]iimk[dot]ac[dot]in

  • 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

Other Professional Appointments

Member of the Editorial Review Board, Journal of World Business,

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-March 2019

Chairperson Post Graduate Programme IIM Kozhikode April 2019 -June 2021

Corporate / Public Sector Leadership

Manager, Strategic Planning and Corporate Think Tank, 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

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"

Academic Positions

Faculty, Xaviers Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, 2008

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

Significant Publications

Yadav, S., & Upadhyayula, R. S. (2023). Geographic Cluster or Global Linkages? What Accelerates Emerging Market Firms Foreign Entry Speed. IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review0(0).

"Internationalization of hybrid state-owned enterprises from emerging markets: Institutional investors as enablers" 2022, Journal of Business Research, Vol 151, Nov, 409-422

Volume - 151

Panicker, V.S., Upadhyayula, R.S. & Mitra, S. Lender representatives on board of directors and internationalization in firms: an institutionalized agency perspective. J Manag Gov 27, 75–98 (2023).

Sukumara Panicker, V. and Upadhyayula, R.S. (2021), "Limiting role of resource dependence: an examination of director interlocks, board meetings and family ownership", Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 424-451.

Vidya Sukumar Panicker, Sumit Mitra and R S Upadhyayula (2019), 'Institutional Investors and International Investments in Emerging Economy Firms: A Behavioral Risk Perspective', Journal of World Business Vol 54(4), 322-334

Venugopal, A., T N Krishnan.,R.S Upadhyayula.,and M Kumar (2020) 'Finding the micro foundations of ambidexterity dimensions in small and medium firms- demystifying the role of top management behavioral integration'. Journal of Business Research, Vol 106, Jan, pp 1-11

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 (2019), Strengthening Organizational Ambidexterity with top management team mechanisms and processes' The International Journal of Human Resource Management Vol 30(4),586-617

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

Pro-market reform and first cross-border acquisition speed of emerging market firms: Exploring intergroup and intragroup heterogeneity , Working Paper, 2022

Internationalization of Hybrid State-Owned Enterprises from Emerging Markets: Ownership Groups and Board as Enablers , Working Paper, 2022

A Literature Overview on INV and Born Global , Working Paper, 2022

Exploiting Diverse Business Models in Social Enterprises , Working Paper, 2022

Platform Ecosystem and Networked Firms: A Review of Literature and Research Agenda , Working Paper, 2022

Knowledge Flows and Capability Building in the Indian  IT Sector: A Comparative Analysis of Cluster and Non-Cluster Locations , Working Paper, 2011


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

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

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