Dr SK Mahapatra, Director

MA(Delhi), Ph.D.(Utkal) PGDBM from M.D.I, Gurgaon

Dr SK Mahapatra has a long career in academics as well as corporate sector spanning four decades.

Starting as a Lecturer in Political Science at SCS College Puri, way back in January 1982, he has held diverse academic assignments as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the HR & IR area, at the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Professor of HR and Strategy, and also the Director at Jaipuria School of Business, NCR, and currently he is the Director of KIIT School of Management and Professor in HR and Strategic Management Areas.

He has also had a distinguished career in Corporate for 28 years, out of which 12 years at Leadership Level as Head of HR. He was Chief of HR at Tata Metaliks, Sr. General Manager of POSCO-India Project, Vice President & Group Ethics Officer of Jindal Steel & Power, and President HR of Bajaj Power.

He specialises in the entire spectrum of Human Resource Management starting from Human Resource Planning to Leadership Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Developing CSR and R&R Policies for stakeholders during Land Acquisition for Industry, Strategic multi-lateral Negotiations, Industrial and Community Relations management, Representing Industry before Legislative Committees and Tribunals, Developing Turn Around Strategies and Strategies for Organisational Change & Development.

His career in academics span 12 years out of which 7 years as Head of two reputed B-Schools in India.

He is a Ph.D from Utkal University, MA from Delhi University, DSW from Calcutta University, MA from Sambalpur University and PGDM from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. He has visited abroad many times and his last official visit was to South Korea in 2019 as a member of FICCI Delegation on Education consisting of Vice Chancellors and Directors, led by Dr TV Mohandas Pai.


Management education is currently passing through a metamorphosis in response to the changing landscape of jobs and talent under Industry 4.0. Technology disruption has become a mass initiative around the globe, and continuous innovations powered by new technologies have become the order of the day. Never before in history, the patent offices have been so busy. New business models are emerging thick and fast, disrupting almost every traditionally successful and monopolistic business empires. Startup businesses are sprouting like seeds in the wild, and creating massive organizations within no time. It is an exciting time for the young graduates, to enter the world of work despite the associated challenges. Technology and Innovation have created a level playing field for all of humanity, irrespective of social, economic or ethnic backgrounds that had traditionally been barriers to evolve a truly egalitarian society, where every child, every youth and every adult has the same opportunities to shine and prosper.

KSOM has been preparing for the Industry 4.0. Era, well ahead of time. The Institute has embraced Education 4.0. not only in curriculum planning but also in pedagogy, incorporating systematically the content and processes for inculcating in students future-ready skills like ‘critical thinking’, ‘creativity’, ‘complex problem solving’, ‘data analytics’, ‘communication’ and ‘socio-emotional’ skills. The myriad opportunities available in campus to students to hone their managerial and leadership skills, are unparalleled. The thematic Conferences and Conclaves at KSOM attracts CEOs, CXOs and seasoned professionals across all domains, bringing opportunities for students to interact and learn from great masters. The added advantage of being a part of KIIT & KISS family, raises their personal dreams and ambitions to excel, inspired by the frequent footfall of World Leaders, Nobel Laureates and Greatest Thinkers in our University Campus. I welcome the student-aspirants to take a joyride on the exciting roller coaster journey of the KSOM Business Management Programme. I welcome you to experience our world class campus, programmes and faculty, and also experience your dreams come true and aspirations turn into reality. Experience too, the vision of our Founder – the joy of giving and caring, to make the whole world smiling.