Ramachandran, Kavil

Professor of Entrepreneurship (Practice)
Senior Advisor, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise; Senior Fellow, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Email k_ramachandran@isb.edu


Professor Kavil Ramachandran, a founding faculty set up the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at the ISB in 2001. Later, he was the Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) before becoming the Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management.

Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. He has specialized in family business, entrepreneurship and strategy and has over 30 years of combined experience as an academic at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business.

He was a faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for 15 years prior to joining ISB. He has been teaching courses on family business and entrepreneurship for various target groups. He has been a member of several national level committees of the Department of Science and Technology, SEBI and UPSC. He is on the Board of several companies and advises family businesses, growth companies and development institutions in India and abroad.

He has done research on family business, entrepreneurship and strategy, and has authored/edited seven books and published extensively in reputed Indian and overseas journals. His consulting experience includes areas such as family business governance, professionalization, succession planning, strategic planning, identification of new opportunities for growth, corporate entrepreneurship and turn around strategies in family and non-family environments. He is a frequent speaker to communities of family businesses in India and abroad, and writes for popular media regularly. He has written several management cases, and has conducted training programmes for family businesses on governance, professionalization, strategic management and entrepreneurship. He has been associated with the FBN International for several years, and has served on various advisory committees of the Government of India, World Bank, Securities and Exchange Board of India. His latest book the “The 10 Commandments for Family Business” has been published by the SAGE in January 2015. He has been a pioneer academic entrepreneur, propagating the message of strengthening family business in India and outside.



  • 2015 - Present: Executive Director, Indian School of Business
  • 2001 - Present: Practice Professor, Indian School of Business
  • 2008 - 2014: Chair Professor of Thomas Schmidheiny Family Business and Wealth Management, Indian School of Business
  • 2007 - 2009: Associate Dean, Indian School of Business
  • 2007 - 2007: Thomas Schmidheiny Fellow of Family Business and Wealth Management, Indian School of Business
  • 1986 - 2001: Professor, Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad
  • 1978 - 1979: Lecturer, St. Joseph's college - Calicut


In the Media

January 21, 2021: Keeping alive the good, old family business, Live Mint.

January 19, 2021: Union Budget 2021: What can the family businesses of India expect, Youtube.

January 18, 2021: In Step with the Times, Business Standard.

March 30, 2021: Family businesses well-positioned to deal with Covid crisis: Study, Hindu Business Line.

January 22, 2021: How Dabur is riding the new normal, Fortune India.

February 27, 2020: Find Mentor with Right Attitude and Skill Sets, Business Standard.

August 3, 2020: ISB study shows feet-footed family firms adapted to the changing landscape, Hindu Business Line.

November 24, 2020: Gen Next at the helm in new Murugappa group structure, Fortune India.

February 18, 2020: India Inc Backs Promoters in Executive Role, Economic Times.

December 30, 2020: Ambani sold a tech dream for $27 billion, now he has to deliver, Business Standard.

June , 2020: Families/family enterprises better prepared for the post Covid-19 resurgence, Family Business Barometer.

August 12, 2020: SC ruling on daughter's rights, a wakeup call to family businesses, The Hindu.

December 10, 2020: TVS Group - Ownership model, ET Twitter.

December 29, 2020: Are wives more resilient than their husbands in business leadership, Business Standard.

August 15, 2020: I-Day homage to Rana Pratap & his league of extraordinary men: India's first freedom-fighters, The Hans India.

December 11, 2020: TiE global entrepreneurship awards, Insights Success.

November 5, 2020: The courage to choose wisely - Why the succession decision may be a defining moment in your family business, STEP KPMG 2020 Family Business Case Report.

August 2, 2020: Breaking through the patriarchy: Women calling the shots In family Business, Business World.

September 15, 2020: The many fights of the Kirloskar brothers. Who will win the next round?, Money Control.

March 23, 2020: Coronavirus: Health scare forces work from home, but is India Inc ready?, Business Standard.

February 13, 2020: Fine Tune the Opportunity, Business Standard.

November 25, 2020: Women have more defined roles in family business: Study, Times of India.

September 23, 2020: From insiders to outsiders - Mistry family finally ready to let go of crown jewel, Forbes.

April 10, 2020: Should you Join the Family Business or Work Elsewhere First?, Harvard Business Review Ascend.

December 29, 2020: Mukesh Ambani sold a tech dream for $27 billion. Now he has to deliver, Live Mint.

July 18, 2020: Change of guard: Shiv Nadar makes way for daughter Roshni Nadar Malhotra at helm, Economic Times.

March 1, 2020: How to Manage Business during Family Feuds, Entrepreneur.

September 16, 2020: Reading the tea leaves surrounding the personal asset allocations of India’s super rich, The Wire.

July 26, 2020: Special report: Inside the Hinduja family feud, Money Control.

June 24, 2020: The Hinduja dispute: Four brothers and a document that is key to their $15.6 billion fortune, Money Control.

December 11, 2020: TVS group structure rejig makes good sense, but could throw up fresh challenges, Hindu Business Line.

December 29, 2020: Ambani sold a tech dream for $27 billion, now he has to deliver, Bloomberg and Bloomberg quint.

March 13, 2019: Constitutional Family Ties, Deccan Chronicle.

April 16, 2019: Merck : Learning by Example, Campden FB.

November , 2019: Why Governance Continues to be a Challenge - A Family Business Perspective, Hunt Partners.

October 10, 2019: India's Richest 2019: How Ceding Control Paid Off For Billionaire Marico Founder, Forbes.

August 28, 2019: Transforming the Tech Ecosystem, The Economist.

August 12, 2019: Society and Business, Business India.

December 19, 2019: Mistry vs Tatas: NCLAT Verdict Indicates Corporate Governance is not only about Rules but also Processes, say experts, Yahoo Finance.

August 15, 2019: Reliance's gen next: Mukesh Ambani grooms heirs to his $50 billion fortune, Business Standard.

March 25, 2019: Family Business Governance Rooted in Values: The Case of Merck, Darmstadt, ISB Insight Management Briefs- Casespotlight.

August 7, 2019: 4 lessons to learn from CDD's Siddhartha's life, Rediff.com.

December 13, 2019: BT Mindrush 2019: Bringing in Professionalism in Family Businesses, Business Today.

October 8, 2019: Rahul Bhatia takes Fight to Rakesh Gangwal, Economic Times.

July 26, 2019: Standalone family firms lead on gender parity, Forbes.

November 6, 2019: Most Family Business Founders in India have no Succession Plan, Business Standard.

December 20, 2019: Mistry vs Tatas: NCLAT Verdict Indicates Corporate Governance is not only about Rules but also Processes, say experts, First Post.

August 18, 2019: Gautam Singhania's Strategy to Maintain Raymond's Growth Trajectory, Economic Times.

March 10, 2019: Millennials look to revamp old family businesses 4, Live Mint.

February 14, 2019: Noel joins Tata Trusts, Venkat steps down, Business Standard.

Research & Publications