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Ajith Venugopal


[Venugopal, Ajith]
  • Enhanced GTA, Department of Management


Ajith Venugopal is a Ph.D. student in the Management Department in College of Business at University of Texas at Arlington where he teaches undergraduate courses in Strategic Management.  He received his MBA from the University of Kerala, India.  He has six years of MBA teaching experience and six years of teaching assistant and research assistant experience at Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Management.  His research interest includes corporate sustainability, Non-marketing Strategies across boundaries, R & D internationalization, and firm innovation.  He enjoys playing and watching cricket and Soccer.  He loves listening to music and playing violin.


    • Aug 2016 to Present Doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistant
      University of Texas at Arlngton
    • July 2014 to July 2016 Research Associate
      Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
    • Apr 2012 to June 2014 Academic Associate
      Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
    • June 2009 to Mar 2012 Associate Professor
      SICOMS, Palakkad, Kerala, India
    • June 2008 to May 2009 Academic Associate
      Indian Institute of Management   Ahmedabad
    • Aug 2005 to May 2008 Lecturer
      Institute of Management in Kerala, University of Kerala, Kerala, India
    • June 2005 to July 2005 Executive-Human Resources
      Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India    SunTec Business Solutions, Kerala , India


  • Membership
    • Aug 2018 to Present Strategic Management Society
    • Aug 2018 to Present Southern Management Association
    • Aug 2016 to Present Academy of Management
    • Aug 2016 to Present Academy of International Business

Awards and Honors

    • Jan  2019 Finalist Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award sponsored by Strategic Management Society
    • Oct  2018 The Krishnan Rajeshwar and Rohini Krishnan Graduate Fellowship for Corporate Sustainability Research,2018 sponsored by University of Texas at Arlingtn
    • Jun  2018 Joseph Rosenstein Award sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington (College of Business)Department of Management
    • Mar  2018 Carla Buss Memorial Scholarship sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlignton (College of Business)
    • Feb  2018 Ed Gerloff and Jerry Wofford scholarship sponsored by The University of Texas at ArlingtonDepartment of Management, College of Business
    • Apr  2013 Best Academic Associate -PGP Programme sponsored by Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
    • May  2004 Graduate Program sponsored by University of Kerala

News Articles

Other Activities

    • Conference
      • Mar 2017 Corporate sustainability and corporate financial performance: The mediating role of firm’s resources
      • Conference
        • Jan 2019 Conference
        • Conference
          • July 2018 The Consequences of Becoming Anne and Brad: An Individual Perspective
          • Conference
            • Sept 2014 Managing innovation networks in emerging industries: A multi-modal multiplex analysis
            • Conference
              • Jan 2015 Infant Industry Protection or Foreign Competition: the way forward


      Journal Article 2018
      • Awate, S., Ajith, V., & Ajwani-Ramchandani, R. (2018). Catch-up as a Survival Strategy in the Solar Power Industry. Journal of International Management24(2), 179-194.

        {Peer Reviewed }


  • Past
      The consequences of becoming Anne and Brad: An individual perspective.
      Venugopal, A. The consequences of becoming Anne and Brad: An individual perspective.  Academy of Management Meeting, August 2018, Chicago, Illinois


      • MANA 4322-004 2192 MANA 4322-004 Organizational Strategy

        The focus of the organizational strategy course is on corporate level and business unit-level strategy formulation and implementation. Students are placed in the role of key decision makers and asked to address questions related to the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy. The initial focus is on environmental analysis and how firms formulate strategies at the business level and corporate level.  We further examine how firms create competitive advantage through competitive positioning. Later we also look at firms’ international strategies and how strategy differs in global contexts. We continue by addressing the development of firm-specific capabilities, including the role of innovation in a firm’s competitive advantage. We also examine the process through which strategic decisions are made and implemented. Student progress is assessed through class participation, exams, and simulation. Along with the text material, a simulation will be used in this course as a mechanism for the development of analytical and decision-making skills and to highlight the reality of organizational and environmental uncertainties in strategic decision-making. This course thus helps in developing critical and integrative thinking.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours