About HC & LI

Human Capital is the foremost strategic lever for enterprises to perform, grow and deliver sustainable stakeholder outcomes. Almost all CEOs agree that Human Capital honed and harnessed well, significantly enhances firm performance. Yet, our readiness to develop and deploy human capital is woefully inadequate. Businesses are faced with the challenge of designing and deploying Human Capital strategies that get our workforce to be future ready.

There is an urgent need for industry-relevant research and education in Human Capital strategy area. Human Capital and Leadership Initiative (HC & LI) was set up at ISB with the objective of providing industry-relevant offerings in research, education and on-going in-career learning.

Vision: Be the most preferred academic partner to business enterprises in the area of Strategic Human Capital in India and emerging markets - through thought leadership

Scope: While Human Capital is a broad area, our current scope would be limited to the context of business enterprises

Focus: "How do Human Capital strategies drive, enhance and predict firm performance and add value?"

Our Unique Approach:

·         Multi-disciplinary

·         Industry relevant

·         Applied research

·         India/emerging markets focus

·         Global academic partnerships


Assistant Professor, Strategy

Lee, Seung Hoon

Assistant Professor, Strategy

Professor Seung Hoon Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy area at the Indian School of Business. He completed his PhD  from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests focus on the problem of organizational change and innovation, and economic development of nations. The research is informed by and contributes to institutitional theory and evolutionary approaches. His empirical focus is on human resource and corporate governance practices.


Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Madan, Nikhil

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Professor Nikhil Madan is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at ISB. He completed his PhD in Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. Prior to that, he graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Delhi University and Indian Statistical Institute, respectively. His current research lies in the domain of social influence and negotiations. More generally, he is interested in applying social psychological theories and principles to solve organizationally relevant problems.


Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour

Mishra, Pooja

Assistant Professor

Organisational Behaviour

“Pooja Mishra is an Assistant professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Indian School of Business. Her research integrates insights from sociology and psychology with the organisational literature to generate a precise understanding of sources of disadvantage for women, workers from families  of lower socioeconomic status, and older workers. In so doing her research generates actionable  knowledge on how organisations can manage social problems and play a positive role in broader concerns  of socioeconomic mobility and equality of opportunity. Her dissertation identifies family influences on work as a reason underlying challenges workers from poorer families face in organisations, and her dissertation also tests and uncovers both institutional and psychological interventions that help resolve the issue.  Professor Mishra has a PhD from the Singapore Management University, a masters degree in management from INSEAD, and an MBA from IMI, New Delhi. Prior to her PhD, she has worked in various industries including banking and management consulting.”


Clinical Professor, Organizational Behavior

Nidumolu, Ram

Clinical Professor, Organizational Behavior

Professor Ram Nidumolu brings a unique combination of expertise in B-school professorship, Fortune 500 strategy consulting, C-level executive experience, Silicon Valley and Bangalore-based entrepreneurship, and business research. He has advised senior executives at global corporations on how to unlock new opportunities for business growth through new models of business leadership, digital transformation, sustainable business innovation, and other next practices. Prof. Ram is recognized as a thought leader through influential Harvard Business Review articles on the next practices of business, acclaimed book on business leadership, and other publications. 


Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Ramaswamy Vijayasankaran, Anand

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Professor Anand Vijayasankaran's research interests are centred on social evaluation, top management teams and corporate governance. Anand has several years of experience teaching courses in organizational behaviour and human resource management and has won several awards for teaching at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to entering academia, Anand headed compensation and performance management for Aditya Birla Group's IT organization. 


Clinical Professor, Organizational Behavior

Ramnarayan, S

Clinical Professor, Organizational Behavior

Professor Ramnarayan has been a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Visiting Faculty at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and a Guest Professor at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His initial years were with industry, where he worked for close to 10 years. He has also been a consultant to a large number of Organisations in the areas of change and leadership development. He has carried out research assignments funded by the US Office of Personnel Management, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, Department for International Development,  and German Sciences Foundation. Apart from books on Change Management,  Organisation Development and Strategic Management of Public Enterprises, Professor Ramnarayan has edited a book of Cases in Organisational Behaviour.


Clinical Assistant Professor, Strategy

Sindhwani, Saumya

Clinical Assistant Professor, Strategy

Professor Saumya Sindhwani is a clinical assistant professor in the strategy group.  Her research interests are at the intersection of strategy, leadership and society. She actively looks into the challenges faced by organisations while designing and implementing strategy, given the highly volatile, uncertain and complex business environment we live in today. She also has keen interest in the role of women as economic change agents, including their leadership styles. She has published two books, one on leadership and the other on the role of creativity in business. Prior to entering academia she has spent many years as a consultant with Aon Hewitt and also worked with British Broadcasting Corporation. She regularly publishes in applied journals and presents at various academic conferences and corporate events. She is an award winning teacher. She is also a poet, her poems have been published in various anthologies.


Professor of Strategic Management, Singapore Management University

Smith, Rick

Professor of Strategic Management and Deputy Dean for Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University

Rick Smith is a Professor of Strategic Management and Deputy Dean for Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. Over the last six years, he has been active in growing the portfolio of business programmes at SMU. Prior to academic roles, Rick served as a Partner and Managing Director at Accenture in the USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He also served as the CEO and Chairman of SSI Asia Pacific Limited in Hong Kong for several years. Today he serves on the boards of the Singapore Government Civil Service College, QUEST­-the global leadership institute for women leaders, and the International Consortium for Executive Development and Research. Rick's research and teaching interests are centered on strategic leadership and human capital as a resource of the firm. He is co-author of Human Capital and Global Business Strategy and numerous other publications. He teaches postgraduate programs on business model innovation, human capital strategy, organizational leadership, and strategy execution. His recent research on cross border leadership provided significant media attention in Asia where he has been featured as guest on CNBC's 'Squawk box.' Rick is the proud recipient of numerous teaching awards and serves as an elected representative in the Strategic Management Society Teaching Committee.


Professor, OB and Strategic Human Capital

Sripada, Chandrasekhar

Professor, OB and Strategic Human Capital & Executive Director, Human Capital and Leadership Initiative

Professor Sripada Chandrasekhar is the clinical full Professor in Organizational Behavior and Strategic Human Capital. Additionally, he drives the Human Capital and Leadership initiative at ISB with an aim to shape it as a full-fledged Research Centre and Institute (RCI) focused on applied research at the intersection of Human Capital strategies and Firm performance. Chandra brings with him vast practical experience of a seasoned top executive in Strategic Human Capital Management, Leadership Development, Cross-Border Leadership Executive Coaching and Board level governance. He presents a rare combination of interest in research, writing, teaching, and executive education with vast hands-on experience of management practice across Public, Private and Multi-National companies for close to four decades. As the Chief Human Resources Officer and member of top executive councils, he has led people strategies in well-known mid and large size companies across old and new economy industries-over a career spanning 40 years.


Executive and Administrative Team

Professor, OB and Strategic Human Capital

Chandrasekhar Sripada

Executive Director

EMAIL chandra_sripada@isb.edu

Chandrasekhar Sripada is Practice Professor of OB & Strategic Human Capital at ISB. He handles courses related to Human Capital and Leadership for PGP, PGPpro, PGPMAX, PGPMFAB, AMP and Executive Education Programmes of ISB.  Additionally, he is the Executive Director of the Human Capital and Leadership Initiative (HCLI) at ISB. Chandra has over 40 years of professional experience in leading the overall HR function at well-known companies like Dr. Reddy’s, IBM, Capgemini, Reliance and others. Chandra brings a rare blend of experience across private, public and MNC companies. As a seasoned C -Suite executive, Chandra brings an uncommon combination of strong hands-on practice in Strategic Human Capital Leadership with deep passion for teaching, research and thought leadership.


Manager, Human Capital and Leadership Initiative

Thomas J Menachery

Manager – Research and Administration

EMAIL thomas_jmenachery@isb.edu

Thomas works as Manager- Research and Administration at HC & LI. He assists the Executive Director and manages the research initiatives and administration of HC & LI. Prior to joining ISB, Thomas was working with IBS, IFHE, Hyderabad as Assistant Professor and also at NIT, Calicut and Mahindra Consulting Engineers. He holds a PhD in Business Administration with specialization in Strategic Human Resource Management from Loyola Institute of Business Administration and has 10 years of work experience spread across research, teaching and consulting.