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Professor Debashis Chatterjee is the former Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode (2009-2014) and a tenured Professor and Dean at IIM Lucknow. Prof. Chatterjee is credited with transforming IIM Kozhikode to an institute of national impact and global recognition. He taught leadership at Harvard University and at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Calcutta, Lucknow, and Kozhikode for over two decades Currently Professor Debashis Chatterjee is Director General at IMI, New Delhi.

Professor Chatterjee has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship twice for Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served as ACC Research Fellow at the Management Centre for Human Values at IIM Kolkata. His published works include seventeen books such as Leading Consciously (Foreword by Peter M. Senge), Invincible Arjuna, The Other 99% and Timeless Leadership (Wiley) that have been translated in several international languages. He has trained more than fifteen thousand managers globally in Fortune 100 Corporations and over fifteen thousand school principals and teachers. He has served as leadership coach to political leaders and CEOs of major Indian organizations. He has served as Dean of an international business school in Singapore. Professor Chatterjee served as Independent Director on the Boards of several multinational and Indian Companies such as Goa Shipyard, Henkel India Ltd. and Aegis India Ltd and served as a member of the Appointments Board of the RBI. He has taught in various Post Graduate courses at famed institutions such as Said School of Business, Oxford University and Harvard Business School. He has worked as consultant to several industries including British Petroleum and Ford Motor Company. He has received accolades and significant recognition as a demonstration of his leadership qualities such as CSR Leading Director Award, Rotary Sake of Honour Award (2013) and Outstanding Director Award, All India Management Scholars (2013).

Educational Qualification

Prof. Chaterjee has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship twice for Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Post-Doctoral Fulbright Fellow, Harvard University (2000-2001)

Ph.D. Management (Thesis: Human Values and Managerial Work) University of Pune (1999)

Pre-Doctoral Fulbright Fellow, University of St Thomas, Minnesota & MIT (1994-1995)

ACC Research Fellow, Management Center for Human Values, IIM Kolkata (1993-1996)

Master’s Degree in Personnel Management, University of Poona (1993) First Class with Distinction (A+ Grade)

Award and Recognition

Ranked 14 among 50 Top Thinkers in India by Thinkers, a Quarterly Global Thought Leadership magazine (December 2014 Edition)

CSR Leading Director Award (2010-2014)

Rotary Sake of Honour Award (2013)

Outstanding Director Award, All India Management Scholars (2013)

Vision 2047

The premise of this title is that both future and past are integral to the path taken by an institution of excellence. Having a wide, far-seeing Vision is not an indulgence but an activity that is necessary to give meaning to our present, to give an institution a sense of purpose, direction and imagination. That is why we have chosen to think in terms of what an institution of excellence will be able to contribute to India and the World some three decades from now. To be precise, what will the institution, management education in general, and indeed the world, look like in 2047 – the year when the Indian nation completes a century? What are the capabilities we as an Institution – including our faculty and staff as well as our graduates-will need to develop in the next 30 years? The world is perennially in flux and there is no guarantee that the certainties of today’s corporate structure will hold then. We will need new ways of thinking, new skills, and a bold, positive imagination.

Yet in imagining the future, we must not lose our grasp on the past-the past that has made us what we are today. We are relatively young Institution, but have undertaken over the last 17 years a journey that has had its fair share of difficulties , joys, milestones and lessons learnt. It is our earnest hope that our experiences and Vision will be of inspirational value to managers and Institutions who wish to contribute to the future of India and the World.


7 Invincible Ideas to Live by In 2017

Re-imagine yourself this New Year. Dreams have no holidays. Time recycles itself. Mind hits no pause buttons. Life lingers on, from the twinkle in your eyes to the wrinkle on your forehead. Spare the first few days in 2017 to think through these seven ideas that are as invincible as your life itself. [ continue reading ]