Prof. Rajan Gupta

Prof. Rajen. K. Gupta
B.Tech (IIT Kanpur), Fellow (IIM Ahmedabad)

Prof R K Gupta, Professor at MDI, Gurgaon, as the Research Advisor, looks into all aspects of management research at KSOM. This includes:

– Research done by Faculty
– Doctoral Programme
– Funded Research
– Case Research

He is also a co-opted member of the School Level Research Committee (SLRC) as well as the Research Scrutiny Committees (RSCs).

His long term contribution in the area of new knowledge creation, is envisaged in establishment of a Center of Excellence in Management Research.

Brief Bio

Prof.Gupta is a professor of Human Behaviour & Organization Development at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Before this he was a Professor at I.I.M. Lucknow. He is also a Professional Member of the Indian Society of Applied Behavioural Science(ISABS).

He has a first degree in electrical engineering from I.I.T.Kanpur. Later he did his doctorate in management from I.I.M.Ahmedabad under the guidance of Late Prof. Udai Pareek, who is considered to be the father of HRD in India. Prof Gupta’s thesis was a piece of action research on the implementation of HRD in a large public sector bank. The thesis was later published as book entitled Implementing HRD: Action Research into the Process (Rawat Publications, Jaipur).Before joining the doctoral programme in IIMA, he had worked as a probationary officer in SBI for over two years. After completing his doctorate he worked for over four years as the corporate HRD Manager in Jyoti Ltd., an engineering company in Vadodara, after which he had joined on the faculty of IIML.

Prof Gupta has consulted with Indo-Gulf Fertilisers, Power Trading Corporation, NEEPCO and other large organizations on organization design and development. He is also engaged in consulting on institution building with KIIT University’s School of Management.

Academically he has a special interest in the linkage between Indian culture and management. A collection of his papers on this theme has already been published. He has four books and over 90 scientific publications to his credit. He is also on the International Editorial Boards of a number of journals such as International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management (Sage,London), Journal of Research Practice (Online journal)and International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management (Inderscience, Switzerland).

Currently he is a member of the Customer Service Committee of Bank of Baroda. He has been appointed a member of the Advisory Group on HR Issues of Public Sector Banks set up by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is also a member of the Expert Group on Psychology set up by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) for the next survey of research apart from being on the Advisory Committee of a large research project funded by ICSSR. He is on the academic advisory bodies of a number of management institutes, and is often involved in faculty selection processes, doctoral thesis examination etc.


Management Knowledge across the world is at cross-road. It is facing the twin challenge of ethics and cultural plurality. It needs to move beyond the American hegemony. Hence we need to do creative and relevant research for India as well as to contribute to the global pool of Knowledge.

I see KSOM as a crucible for engaging  in this creative pursuit. Research by its faculty and research scholars could go a long way in realizing this dream.