Dr Rajiv R Thakur in his prior assignments has worked in leadership roles as Director and as a faculty in few of India’s leading institutions, namely, IIM Jammu, IMT Ghaziabad, BIMTECH, Gr Noida, Jaipuria Inst. of Management, Noida/Jaipur, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. Prior to joining academics he worked with the media industry in The Times of India, Delhi for almost a decade. He started his career with The Statesman, Delhi.

In his leadership role as the Director of the institutions he spearheaded the transformation of Jaipuria Jaipur and Noida campuses and AKGIM, Ghaziabad. As a member of the lead team he was instrumental in building the foundation of IIM Jammu and setting up of IMT Dubai campus. His role in institution building, as a leader, teacher, trainer, researcher, writer and speaker has been highly recognized.

Dr. Thakur is nominated as Chairperson of the NBA expert committee for NBA accreditation. Earlier he has been an expert member of the UGC team for approval of campuses and has been a member in the committees of AICTE, namely, Model Curriculum Committee and Accreditation Review Committee.

As the member of the core team, Dr. Thakur has been actively involved in accreditations, both international and national which include AACSB, CAA, UAE, NBA, NAAC in the various intuitions he has served. He has been member of the BOGs, Strategic Management Committees and other committees.

Dr. Thakur teaches Strategic Management and International Business to Post Graduate students in PGDM/MBA programmes and in Executive programme both in India and abroad. He has guided and also taught research scholars under Ph. D. programme. He has taught courses On line conducted by IMT Ghaziabad at NIIT Imperia and at U18, New Delhi. His research areas are strategy, management education, international business and other contemporary subjects. He has published/presented research papers in international/national journals (ABDC) and international conferences. He also publishes in national dailies such as The Economic Times, Financial Express. Dr. Thakur has published self-authored books and edited volumes. Dr Thakur is often invited for talks and debates on TV channels and AIR.

Dr. Thakur has been conducting MDP programmes for senior and middle-level executives of PSUs and private organization. He has been actively mentoring his colleagues in organizing international conferences, seminars and workshops.

Dr. Thakur has widely traveled to the USA, U.K. Europe, South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East and has gained extensive international exposure in teaching, conducting projects and
study tours, holding international conferences and institution building.

Area of specialization : Strategy, International Business, Economics

Ph.D. (Economics) Patna University
MBA, DMS, IIT Delhi.
MA (Economics), Magadh University.
BA (Hons.) Economics, Kirorimal College, Delhi University.
MA (Economics) Previous Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.
Qualified National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET)/ Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Research Interest : Management Education, International Business, Strategies of Organization, Competitive Strategy.

Research Initiatives : Qualitative Aspects of Management Education and Ranking Methodologies; Enhancing Performance among Knowledge workers, Organizational Change and Role of Mediating Variables; Value creation in Management Education Institutions and others

Research Publications : Actively involved in research and publication of books, research papers in international and national journals, presenting papers in international and national conferences and Ph.D. supervision.

Books Authored : Mission MBA, 2017, Prabhat Prakashan, New Delhi. (Foreword by Padmshri Dr Pritam Singh, Former Director IIM L, MDI & DG IMI) Authored MBA-Meri Manzil, 2016, Prabhat Prakashan, New Delhi. (Foreword by Late Dr Ajit Prasad, Former Director IIM L)

Select Research Papers Published International and Other Select Publications

  • Indian Management Education, Resurrection on the Global Map, Financial Express, New Delhi, Jan 21, 2019.( http://epaper.financialexpress.com/1990456/Delhi/January21,-2019#page/14/2)
  • New Institutions of Importance, A Doubtful Beginning in the pursuit of Global Excellence, Financial Express, July 23, 2018 (https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/new-institutions-of-importance-adoubtful-beginning-in-the-pursuit-of-global-excellence/1254176/)
  • Anup Kumar and Thakur R R, paper titled “Objectivity in Performance Ranking of Higher Education Institutions using Dynamic Data Envelopment Analysis” has been published in International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Emerald Publishing; ‘B Category’ journal under ABDC ranking, Jan 2019. Abstract / Purpose – There has been a persistent debate on measures of efficiency and ranking procedures of higher education institutions (HEIs). Deriving absolute efficiency measures and their ranking provide a critical input for the society to choose the appropriate educational institute. This paper evaluates the relative performance of institutions in management education in different locations in India and proposes a holistic efficiency measurement which can be applied to higher education institutions in general.
  • Rajiv R Thakur & Deepak Singh, “Excellence in Management Education Through Right Value Creation: A Case Study of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida”, published in Edited Book “Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking – A Silent Revolution Waiting In Wings of Indian Higher Education”, Editor H. Chaturvedi by Bloomsbury, New Delhi, India,(ISBN:978-93-88630-96-2), February 2019
  • Rajiv R Thakur and Ankit Mishra, „Higher education and Human Development: A study from India‟ published in „The Discussant‟ Journal of CRD&J, New Delhi on 9th February 2019.
  • Rajiv R Thakur and Anup Kumar, „Brand Building and Reputation Management in Indian Higher Education‟, published in book released by AICTE Chairman, Dr Sahastra budhe during National Conference on “Indian Higher Education: Challenges of Quality & Brand Building” organized by EPSI on Sep 30, 2018 in Kolkata and Nov 24 at Bangalore
  • Rajiv R Thakur & Shalini Srivastava, “From Resistance to Readiness:Role of Mediating Variables”, published in Journal of Organizational Change Management, Emerald Publications (B Category Journal as per ABDC Ranking), December 2017
  • Rajiv R Thakur and Vinita Srivasata, Assessing Job Satisfaction Parameters for Enhancing Performance: A Study on Knowledge Workers” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Advanced Research in HR and Organizational Management (ISSN: 2454-3268) and will be published in Volume 6, Issue 1 – 2019.
  • Deepika Jindal, Chandan Jee, Rajiv R. Thakur, “Nissan: Go-Global Strategy”, Business Strategy Series, Vol. 12, Issue:4, pp.195-201, Emerald Publishing, 2011
  • Kamna Malik & Rajiv R.Thakur, Creating Value through IT-Emerging Patterns in Brick-and-Mortar B-Schools, International Journal of Innovation in Education, Vol 1, No.2, pp.148-172, 2010
  • Rajiv R. Thakur and B. S. Sahay, Value Creation in Indian Business Schools in The Changing Environment: A Theoretical Perspective, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Vol. 2, No 2, pp 113-130, U.K, October 2009.
  • Rajiv R. Thakur and B. S. Sahay, Making Indian Management Education Globally Competitive, Published in Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, American Society of Business and Behavioural Sciences, San Diego, USA, Vol. 19, No 1, 2009
  • Rajiv R.Thakur and B.S. Sahay, Excellence in India B Schools, The Economic Times, Edit Page, Jan 19, 2008
  • Rajiv R. Thakur and B. S. Sahay, Excellence in Indian Business Schools through Accreditation, Journal of Global Flexible Systems Management, Volume 8, No 4, pp 9-16, 2007.
  • Rajiv R. Thakur, The Changing Global Agri-Trade Regime and Indian Agri-exports, Global Business Review, pp 1-14, Vol. 6, No. 1, Sage, Jan-June 2005.
  • Rajiv R Thakur, Case, The Times of India – Samay Samaj Safalta, Corporate Social Responsibility, Concept and Cases, pp 163-185, Excel Books, 2005. National and Others

Edited Books :

  • Social Media and Organizational Sustainability
    Rajiv R. Thakur, Shalini Srivastava, Jitender Sharma
    (ISBN: 978-93-85936-04-3)
    Bloomsbury Publishing India, 2016
  • Creating A Sustainable Business, Managerial Implications and Challenges
    Rajiv R Thakur, Prerna Jain, Lokesh Vijayvargy
    ISBN 978-93-82563-51-8
    Bloomsbury Publishing India, 2012
  • Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Building Competencies
    Rajiv R Thakur, Satish Thukral, Neeta Sahu and Vinod Gupta
    ISBN 9780230332324
    Macmillan Publishing India, 2011
  • Challenges of Globalization, Strategies for Competitiveness
    Rajiv R Thakur, Satish Thukral, Neeta Sahu and Vinod Gupta
    ISBN 02303323215
    Macmillan Publishing India, 2011
  • How of Strategy
    Rajiv Ranjan Thakur and Sanjay Kumar Singh
    ISBN 0230330622
    Mcmillan India, 2010
  • Strategy and Organization (Ed.)
    Rajiv Ranjan Thakur and Sanjay Kumar Singh
    Mcmillan India, 2010
  • Innovation in Management Practices (Ed.)
    Rajiv Ranjan Thakur, Jayanthi Ranjan and Stephen Nicholos
    ISBN 023-0630716-7
    Mcmillan India, 2008
  • Redefining Business Horizons (Ed.)
    B.S. Sahay, Rajiv Ranjan Thakur, Jayanthi Ranjan and Stephen Nicholos
    ISBN 023-0630715-9
    Mcmillan India, 2008
  • Innovation in CT (Ed.)
    Jayanthi Ranjan, Rajiv Ranjan Thakur and Stephen Nicholos
    ISBN 023-0630714-0
    Mcmillan India, 2008

Management Development Programme Initiatives (MDP) : Conducted Sessions and programmes under the aegis of Centre for MDP & Consultancy, Jaipuria Noida, MDP Centre IMT Ghaziabad, GITAM.

Select Organizations : Vizag Steel Plant, Railways, NTPC, NHPC, IFFCO, Power Grid, Kajaria Ceramics, Gini International, RIICO, CII JAIPUR Chapter.

Select Topics : Strategic Management in Role Transition
Developing Global Competitive Advantage
Risk Taking Competencies
Creating and sustaining performing culture, Performance oriented development

Talks on TV & Radio :

  • Panelist in TV Talk Shows aired in Delhi NCR related to Current Affairs, Higher Education and others
  • National level AIR talks.

International / National Conferences Organized :

  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016: “The Role of Social Media for Organizational Sustainability (ICROSMOS)” in association with our International associates Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), Finland, Eastern Mennonite University, USA, School of Business and Law, University of East London, UK and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), New Zealand was successfully conducted on February 12th- 13th, 2016 at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida.
  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017:“International Conference on Management Practices for the New Economy (ICMAPRANE)” is scheduled on February 10-11, 2017.
  • International Conference on ‘Creating Sustainable Business: Managerial Implications and Challenges’ at Jaipuria, Jaipur scheduled on December, 7-9 2012 in association with Eastern Mennonite University, USA, University of Applied Sciences, Finland; University of Illinios, USA and National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN,) India, Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management, India http://www.icsbmc12.jaipuria.ac.in/
  • Conceptualized and Operationalized International Conference on Emerging Marketing Challenges in Changing Global Business Environment” ICEMAC -2011 and International Conference on “Organizations in the New Millennium Challenges & Opportunities” (ICON 2011) which were successfully organized at AKGIM.
  • Conference Patron, International Conference on Challenges of Globalization and Strategies for Competitiveness, ICCGC 2011, jointly organized with NISEBUD, A Govt of India Institution, scheduled on January 14-15, 2011
  • Conference Co-Chair, International Conference on Strategy and Organization (ICSO 2010) jointly organized with NHRD, India, at IMT, Ghaziabad during 14-15, May 2010.
  • Conference Co-Chair, International Conference on Innovation in Redefining Business Horizon (IIRB 2008) jointly organized with University of New Castle Australia, Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management Domaine France and Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS), India, at IMT, Ghaziabad during 18-19 December, 2008.
  • As the Programme Director, conducted a two day National Seminar on ‘Agri-Export Zones’ at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam during 28-29 October, 2004. The programme, supported by APEDA and NHB was very successful and a large no. participants from all across the country attended the programme including the chief guest, Chairman APEDA.
  • Organized a Ten day National Workshop on ‘Developing Global Mindset’ organized by GIFT in association with Vizag Steel Plant for senior executives of Vizag steel plant and other private and public sector units, Nov-Dec 2004.
  • Organized a one day workshop for senior officials of East Coast Railways, Visakhapatnam, April 3, 2005.

Conferences / Programmes

  • Delivered a lecture on “Capacity Building in Human Capital for Sustainable Development: A case study of Delhi City” at a National Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change: City and the Environment organized by Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi on March 2-3, 2015. The panel discussion was inaugurated by Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi, Mr Manish Sisodia
  • Delivered a session in a seminar organized by NGO, Lok Mitra and also attended the two day workshop on Social Entrepreneurship in Rae Bareilly during 13-14 February, 2015.
  • Attended the Emerging Future HR Leader Awards – Are You In The List. The awards ceremony was scheduled on 22nd January, 2015 in Gurgaon. It was attended by over 200 CHROs and Senior HR leaders.
  • 3rd HR- Shared Services Summit in the series at The Lalit Hotel, Mumbai which was scheduled on 29-30 January 2015.
  • Invited as Key speaker in one of the sessions in the National Conference on “Changing Times: Reinventing the Indian Growth Story” which was organised by Department of Management Studies, SKIT on 21-22 November, 2014 at their campus in Jaipur.
  • Delivered sessions on ‘Effective Communication and Interpersonal Effective for Higher Performance at Work’ as part of the Management Development Program organized by Poornima Group of Colleges (Department of Management Studies) for RIICO officers RIICO Institutional Area, Jaipur on September 27, 2013.
  • National Management Convention of AIMA at Hotel Trident, Mumbai, October, 2012.
  • Chair Sessions o/ as a Speaker, Training session organized by institutions like NEN, VIT University, Rajasthan Financial Corporation, Allahabad Bank, IILM, AIMA and others during last six months between May 2012 till date.
  • Chaired the First Jaipuria Strategy and General Management Academic Area council meeting held at Jaipur Campus, April 2012
  • Speaker during CII-Rajasthan State Annual Session 2011–12, March 2012
  • Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony in the Annual Event “ ESTION-The Management Colliosium” in the Poornima Group of Colleges, Jaipur, March 2012
  • Panel Speaker on Industry Institute Partnership during Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s HR conclave on the theme, “Future is Here: Leveraging HR for Organizational Success” at SMS Convention Centre, Jaipur, Feb 2012
  • AIMA’s 56th Foundation Day and 6th National Management Day at New Delhi, Feb 2012
  • IVth International Accreditation Conference by SEAA at PHD House New Delhi, December 2011
  • Jaipuria Lucknow in the International Conference on the Interdependence, Integration and Co-creation (IIC), December 2011
  • Chief Guest in the Valedictory Session of ICSI Jaipur Chapter, at Jaipur, October 2011
  • PHDCCI for a meeting with President, Dy. Secretary-General for discussion and planning on Farm Tech, November 2011.
  • Meeting with 20 Delegates visiting from different departments of Naresuan University, Thailand for a discussion on the student exchange program, faculty exchange, MDP programs, international projects and co-research, November 2011
  • One Day National Convention of PGDM Institutions on Indian Management Education: Call for Excellence, Autonomy & Inclusive Approach, Feb 7, 2011, New Delhi.
  • Annual Convention of Ghaziabad Management Association on January 28, 2011, Ghaziabad
  • One Day Workshop by AICTE on Jan 31, 2011 at Regional Office, Kanpur
  • Seminar On Emerging Economies on January 22-23 at BIMTECH, Gr. NOIDA
  • One Day National Convention on ‘Ideas India’, Jan, 2011, New Delhi.
  • Three Day Faculty Development Programme of Capstone Business Simulation by CAPSIM Inc USA at ISBR, Electronic City, Bangalore, September 12-14, 2009. Capstone Simulation is included in the curriculum of the leading business schools in India and overseas
  • Attended a Two Day India Accreditation Seminar in New Delhi organized by Association MBAs (AMBA) and Standards for Educational Advancement and Accreditation Trust (SEAA), November 11-12, 2008.
  • Attended the American Society for Business and Behavioural Sciences Annual Conference, Las Vegas, U.S.A., February 21-24, 2008.
  • Attended a 12-day Short course in International Business at Graduate School of Business, University of New Castle, Australia, January 18 – Jan 31, 2006.
  • Attended a one-day seminar at University of Tenaga, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb 2-3, 2006.
  • Attended a 15-day Faculty Development programme organized by Madras Management Association and Jaya Engineering College, Chennai under the aegis of AICTE., March 3-15, 2003.
  • Attended the Annual Convention of All India Management Association (AIMA) at Delhi., Sep 15-17, 2003.
  • Attended the Annual Convention of Strategic Management Forum of India at IIM Indore, Indore, May 13-15, 2004.
  • Attended a Three Day programme on ‘Export and Import Risk Management’ at IIFT, New Delhi. Sep 9-11, 2003.
  • Attended the Expert committee meeting for Course revision of Strategic Management and Corporate Business Policy courses at Centre for Management Studies, IGNOU, and New Delhi in May 2004.
  • Attended the Course curriculum development programme on Environment Management initiated by Ministry of Environment, Government of India at IIM Bangalore, Sep 2002.