About me

I am a PhD Candidate in Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris. I started my doctoral studies in the Fall of 2017, and have thoroughly enjoyed my intellectual journey over the past four years! In the Fall of 2021, I will transition into the 5th year of studies - which will also mark my formal entry into the international academic job-market for tenure-track faculty positions starting in the Fall of 2022. I was born and raised in India, where I completed all my pre-doctoral education. I obtained a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Human Resource Management. Before commencing my doctoral studies, I also worked in the industry back in India, for around four years - two years as a construction manager right after my Bachelors, and later as a human resource generalist.

My research interests lie at the intersection of business and politics - an area popularly recognized in the academia as 'Non-market strategy', sometimes also referred to as 'Institutional strategy'. I have presented my research in a number of international coneferences over the past few years. These include, AOM Annual Meeting (2019, 2020, 2021), SMS Annual Conference (2020) and Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business (2019). I have a few working papers in various stages of development - the most advanced of which is currently in preparation for 3rd round review at Strategic Management Journal.  I have also had the opportunity to contribute extensively in the reviewing process for the above conferences, and was fortunate to be honoured with service awards for Best Reviewer at the Academy of International Business 2019 and the Competitive Strategy Interest Group at the SMS Annual Conference 2021 .

My interest in politics extend beyond my professional research activities. I have forever enjoyed reading about politics, and still strive to keep myself updated on the latest socio-political happenings around the globe. I also enjoy reading novels, both fictional as well as non-fictions, centering around politics, religion, law, detection etc. In fact, I believe "The First Among Equals" by Jeffery Archer might have played an instrumental role in arousing my interest in politics (and politicians), back when I was still a teenager! Lately, over the past year or two - riding on the pandemic led boom - I have been able to renew my interest in chess - a game that is quintessentially "strategic"!