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A rich and lively student-teacher interaction is at the heart of SPJIMR's success. Our faculty members are known to be great teachers, who can bring alive the subject, encourage critical thinking and offer a wider, holistic perspective that is critical in today's complex business environment.

Our faculty members are drawn from academia, industry, government sector and non-profits. Collectively, they bring in a wide range of experience in building and delivering knowledge and skills to prepare participants for leadership roles.

The teaching-learning process at SPJIMR is vastly enriched by a series of non-classroom initiatives through which our faculty help build among participants the right attitudes to enable them lead with purpose, meaning and with an idea of service to society.

We have more than 53 full time faculty members, of which 36 are PhDs. The average experience of the core faculty is over 18 years, with several who have come to academics after years of experience as practitioners. In addition, we have around 20 adjunct faculty and several more visiting faculty who engage with participants of various courses.

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Prof. Varun Nagaraj

Dean, SPJIMR
varun.nagaraj@spjimr.org

ABOUT:

Dr Varun Nagaraj is Dean and Professor of Information Management at S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai. He holds a PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He also holds an MBA from Boston University, an MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Bombay. His career spanning over three decades in digital products reflects his passion for product management, development, and innovation. He has held senior leadership roles including C-level responsibilities for venture-funded start-ups as well as public companies in the US. His research interests encompass the impacts of digital innovation on teams, organisations, and society at large. Specific interest areas include Team Learning, Product Management, Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Venturing, and Digital Ecosystems and Platforms. His research contributions have been presented in prominent journals, renowned international conferences, and popular periodicals. He has previously taught at University of Notre Dame, Pepperdine University and Boston University.

EDUCATION:

Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead School of Management)

  • PhD, 2019
    Focus: Design and Innovation

Boston University (Questrom School of Business)

  • MBA, 1995
    Major: Finance and Strategy

North Carolina State University

  • MS, 1988
    Major: Computer Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  • BTech, 1986
    Major: Electrical Engineering

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Team Learning
  • Product Management
  • Design Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship and Venturing
  • Digital Ecosystems and Platforms
  • Innovation at the base of the pyramid
Research

Prof. Varun Nagaraj

Dean, SPJIMR
varun.nagaraj@spjimr.org

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS/BOOK CHAPTERS:

  • Nagaraj, V. (2022). Product-Assisted-Learning: Transforming the entrepreneurial learning process with digital product analytics. Handbook of Digital Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Nagaraj, V., Joglekar, N. (2017). Digital Product Management Thinking: Integrating Analytics, Business Models, Coordination and Design Thinking (pp. 155 pages). Senseshaping Ventures LLC. https://www.amazon.in/Digital-Product-Management-Thinking-Coordination-e...

CONFERENCE:

  • Nagaraj, V. (Keynote Presenter), Utility Analytics Summit, “Data-Driven Analytics: How Netflix Enhances Decision Making and Applications for Utilities”, Utility Analytics Institute. (2020).
  • Data-Driven Analytics: How Netflix Enhances Decision Making and Applications for Utilities.
  • Nagaraj, V. (Presenter), Product Collective, “ Software Tools for the Product Manager”, The Product Conference. (2019).
  • Software Tools for the Product Manager
  • Nagaraj, V. (Presenter), Berente, N., Gaskin, J., Lyytinen, K., AOM Annual Conference 2018, "How does design thinking impact the market success of digital products?" Academy of Management, Chicago. (August 2018). https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.15737abstract
  • Nagaraj, V. (Presenter), Boland, R. J., Lyytinen, K., AOM Annual Conference 2017, "Senseshaping: The dynamics of sensemaking and sensegiving in high velocity product innovation," Academy of Management, Atlanta. (August 2017). https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/ambpp.2017.13314abstract
  • Nagaraj, V. (Presenter), Measurement Control and Automation Association Annual Conference, "Enabling Innovation - Improving your Organization’s Innovativeness through ‘Design Thinking’ Practices," The Measurement, Control & Automation Association: MCAA, United States. (April 24, 2017).

PERIODICALS:

Teaching

Prof. Varun Nagaraj

Dean, SPJIMR
varun.nagaraj@spjimr.org

COURSES:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Product Management and Marketing
  • Product Innovation Lab
  • On-Ramp Acceleration
Practice

Prof. Varun Nagaraj

Dean, SPJIMR
varun.nagaraj@spjimr.org

WORK EXPERIENCE:

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

S.P. JAIN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH, MUMBAI (SEPT 2021 – PRESENT)

  • Dean & Professor Information Management

Boston University. (June 2017 - Present)

  • Adjunct Faculty

University of Notre Dame. (June 2021 - July 2021)

  • Adjunct Faculty

Bidgely, Inc., CA (Venture-Funded Series-C Start-up) (August 2019 - June 2021)

  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Pepperdine University. (Oct 2018 - Dec 2019)

  • Adjunct Faculty

Sierra Monitor Corporation, CA (Acquired by MSA Safety (MSA: NYSE). (Aug 2014 - Aug 2017).

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Echelon Corporation, CA (Acquired by Adesto (IOTS: NASDAQ)). (July 2011 - July 2014)

  • GM IoT

Aprius, CA (Acquired by Fusion-IO/Western Digital (WDC: NASDAQ)). (June 2008 - June 2011).

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

NetContinuum, CA (Acquired by Barracuda Networks (Thoma Bravo: PE)). (May 2005 - May 2007)

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Extreme Networks, CA (EXTR (NASDAQ)). (April 2003 - April 2005).

  • VP, Product Management and Marketing

Ellacoya Networks, NH (Acquired by Arbor/Danaher (DHR: NYSE). (March 2001 - March 2003).

  • EVP, Marketing

PRTM Management Consulting, MA (Acquired by PwC). (Feb 1995 - Feb 2001).

  • Partner
  • Principal
  • Manager
  • Associate

Hewlett Packard, CA. and MA (HPE (NYSE)). (Jan 1988 - Jan 1995).

  • Product Manager
  • Engineer

MDPs/FDPs:

  • Pidilite, 2021-2022

CORPORATE MENTORING:

  • Advisor to Shoreline AI

PRESS & MEDIA:

Service

Prof. Varun Nagaraj

Dean, SPJIMR
varun.nagaraj@spjimr.org

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Practitioner-at-large, Communication, Digital Technology, and Organization (CTO) Division, Academy of Management (2021 - 2024)

REVIEWER EXPERIENCE:

  • Academy of Management Proceedings (2017 - 2018)
Other

Prof. Varun Nagaraj

Dean, SPJIMR
varun.nagaraj@spjimr.org

TEACHING INTEREST:

  • Product Innovation
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Transformation
  • Systems Thinking
  • Technology, Business, and Society

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

  • Guest Speaker, Pepperdine University. (2020).
  • Guest Speaker, Case Western Reserve University. (2019 - 2020).
  • Guest Speaker, Stanford University. (2019).
  • Guest Speaker, California State University, Sacramento. (2018).
  • Guest Speaker, NC State University. (2010 - 2018).
  • Guest Speaker, University of Georgia. (2016).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Product Development Management Association (PDMA)

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