Professor Kavil Ramachandran, a permanent faculty of the ISB since its establishment in 2001, leads the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise. He is deeply committed to creating a vibrant platform for research, knowledge creation and dissemination, and innovation in the rapidly growing field of family business.
He went on to serve as Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for the next 15 years. Over the course of his career, Professor Ramachandran has made significant contributions to the field as a researcher and as a consultant, both at the macro level and firm level.Much of his work has been dedicated to understanding and unravelling the dynamics and interdependence of entrepreneurship and strategy in the life of a firm. He has designed, developed, and taught innovative courses on entrepreneurship and strategy in MBA, doctoral, and executive programmes and has published extensively in national,international, refereed and non-refereed journals.
Professor Ramachandran’s current research interests include spotting entrepreneurial opportunities, industrial development policies, venture capital, resource building and competitive strategies of firms and family business. He is also a consultant to national and international organisations on entrepreneurship, strategy and institution building. These include the World Bank, International Labour Organisation, Swiss Development Agency, Department for International Development (UK), various state governments and development banks in India.
Professor Ramachandran has served as a member of prestigious committees such as the National Advisory Committee on Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Parks/ Technology Business Incubators, Government of India (since 2003);National Advisory Committee on Entrepreneurship Development, Government of India (since 2004); Editorial Board, Venture Capital, UK (1999-2003); External Management Review Panel of ICRISAT of the World Bank Group (2003); Task Force on Information Technology, Confederation of Indian Industry, Gujarat (1999); Advisor, Union Public Service Commission, Government of India (2000); and Co-convener, Vision for Venture Capital Industry, Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (1999).