Management Gurus Shaping Indian Management

Prof. Subhash Sharma

Educated in India and USA, Dr. Subhash Sharma holds Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad; has made distinctive and significant contributions to the development of Indian Management thought through his creative and thought provoking books, viz. Creation from Shunya (1993), Management in New Age: Western Windows Eastern Doors (1996), Quantum Rope: Science, Mysticism & Management (1999) and Arrows of Time: From the Black holes to the Nirvana Point (2001). His academic contributions have been acknowledged as ‘creative and original’ with ‘quite a few exciting, non-traditional and revolutionary points of view’.


Prof. S K Chakraborty
Inside the striking three-domed structure of the Management Centre for Human Values on the IIM Calcutta campus incubates the first fully Indian Management philosophy. No ineptly photocopied theories from western texts here rather experiential methodologies derived from modern and ancient Indian texts aimed at giving the 1990s Indian Manager a psycho-philosophy rooted in the Indian context and values.

"The crisis in business is spiritual," says Prof. Sitangshu Kumar Chakraborty, whose brainchild the centre is. "All management ideas till now have been external-directed paradigms, developing behavior and skills, not character and values. But meaning and richness must flow from mind to work, not the other way. We need a fundamental shift from the current reductionist, fragmentize, materialistic paradigm to one which recognizes relationships, consciousness and spirit as the right approach."

Chakraborty’s quest for an Indian Management Credo was for many years a lonely one. Then in 1991, IIM Calcutta agreed to give him space but no funding. Within months, organizations from across the country had donated a total of Rs 3 crore, and Chakraborty’s dream was on its way to reality. Since the centre opened last year, demand for attending courses from industry has been tremendous. For, every Indian manager has always carried within himself a vague disquiet about the relevance of business tools held hostage by western concepts.


Prof. K B Akhilesh

Professor K. B. Akhilesh : Senior Professor, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; President, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli; Member, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak; Honorary Dean at S-VYASA Yoga University and Coordinator for M. Tech Program for Technology Management at Defense Institute of Advanced Technology.

Professor Akhilesh completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science with a gold medal, Master of Social Work (First Rank) and Graduation in Science. He has guided over 30 doctoral students; his recent book is ‘R&D Management’ published by Springer. Professor Akhilesh has been a Senior Professor of Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Technology Management; published over 140 papers in Indian and International Journals and authored 12 books. His specific research interest include Collective Intelligence at the Team level, Family Business Performance, Expertise Transfer, Team Design for Virtual Work and Product Development, Vocational Skill Development, Organizational Development and Change Management. Professor Akhilesh has served as an external Ph.D. Examiner in India, South Africa and USA.


Dr Mrityunjay Athreya

Dr Mrityunjay Athreya is an Indian author, educationist and management advisor, widely regarded as one of the founders and pioneers of Indian Management movement and education. A former Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, the London Business School and the Strathclyde Business School, Scotland, and a known speaker at various International forums, he is the founder of Sampradaan, Indian Centre for Philanthropy, a non-profit non- governmental organization serving as a platform for charity initiatives by high-net-worth individuals. The Government of India honored him in 2014 by bestowing on him the third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.


Prof Mritunjay Athreya was born in 1941, in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu to Balasundaram Athreya and Narayani was one of six sons and three daughters of his parents. The young Mrityunjay was a bright student and graduated in Statistics from the Loyola College, University of Madras and followed it with the Cost Accountant qualification offered by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (previously the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India) with First Rank and Gold Medal. He also qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of England. For further studies he joined Stanford Business School, California, USA on scholarship; spent one year there and later two years at the Harvard Business School to secure a PhD in Business Management before returning to India in 1967. Pursuing his career as a Management Advisor, he currently lives in New Delhi.

Mrityunjay Athreya began his career as an executive in the Indian office of a multinational company which was short lived as he went over to the USA for his studies. On his return to India, he joined the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, in 1967, as the Assistant Professor and later, became the Professor. He also worked as visiting professor at London Business School and the Strathclyde Business School, Scotland.

Athreya's associations with various Government committees started with his involvement with the committee for restructuring Indian Airlines, in 1971, where he worked with Dr. Vijay Kelkar.

In 1991 the Government of India invited Athreya to head the Telecom Restructuring Committee which later came to be known as the Athreya Committee, heading a panel of eminent members such as Dr. Sam Pitroda; N. Vittal, IAS; Dr. V. Krishnamurthy and late M. R. Pai. The Committee made a set of proposals which are reported to have set India's communication revolution rolling.

Athreya has also been involved with many other committees, involved with the Reserve Bank of India, the Ministries of Coal and Civil Aviation and Nuclear power. He has also worked with Dr. C. Rangarajan, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Dr Y. V. R. Reddy.