UNIVERSITIES AND REGIONS
My thesis explores the role of regions in the development of new universities in India. It was carried out in seven national-level single disciplinary universities-referred to as higher education institutions (HEIs)-established by the government. The HEIs were aged between eight to twenty years old; and were situated in semi-urban, urban and metropolitan regions. I collected the data by conducting semi- structured interviews with seventy-three faculty members in the HEIs, and from official documents, media reports and opinion pieces about the HEIs.
MANAGERS’ CONSIDERATSION FOR LEVERAGING MANAGEMENT RESEASRCH
I investigate managers’ considerations for leveraging management research, and how such considerations can aid or hinder the use of inquiry-based learning in executive education programmes of business schools. I find that the managers considered leveraging management research for (i) individual learning, (ii) indirect applications to their work and (iii) establishing credibility within the organisation. The findings indicate that executive education programmes need to balance various dualities in managers’ considerations to effectively combine management research with teaching, and there by, to establish links between management research and work.
Draft version here.
URBAN ACADEMIC COLLABORATIONS
This book intends to provide an understanding of the relationship of universities with the cities and their distinctive role in urban development. Based on the central idea of “place-based research”, it will highlight the role of universities in critically examining
urban development and in explaining its underlying causes and implications, through a collaborative approach with cities. It will analyse how research interventions and institutional actions produced by universities can potentially reconfigure the relationships between the various stakeholders involved in urban development.
See book proposal here.
FIVE LESSONS FOR BUSINESSES ABOUT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
with Romulo Pinheiro
The central idea of this article is that businesses can learn from universities about engaging with local communities,which can help them deal with crises such as the Covid19 pandemic. We outline five key lessons, illustrating with examples and relating to key concepts and perspectives from the extant literature on the topic. As businesses look for lessons, frameworks and/or best practices for engaging with their localities in times of, and following a major, crisis, we believe these five lessons from universities can point them towards new directions that would be hard to find within the business community.
Draft version here.