Atul Arun Pathak
Atul Arun Pathak
QualificationBE Mechanical, PGDM – IIM Calcutta, FPM - IIM Ahmedabad
Emailatulpathak@iimnagpur.ac.in
AreaCorporate Strategy & Policy
Academic AffiliationFull Time Faculty

Atul is a faculty in the Corporate Strategy area at IIM Nagpur. Prior to joining IIM Nagpur, he has over 16 years of international work experience across industry and academia.

Atul has taught various Strategy and Management Consulting courses at leading Indian institutes such as XLRI Jamshedpur, National Institute of Design Ahmedabad; Entrepreneurship Development Institute Ahmedabad and SIBM Pune.

He has designed and delivered executive education programs and consultancy assignments for a number of corporate and public-sector organizations such as Tata Steel, Ultratech Cement, Canara Bank, NTPC Ltd., Balmer-Lawrie Ltd., Ratnasagar Publishing, Reliance Industries, Kirloskar, Amdocs, ThoughtWorks Technologies, and Wadeshwar Group.

His research has been published as papers and cases in various international and national journals. He has received best-paper awards when presenting his research at various national and international conferences. Atul worked on “Determinants of Dynamic Capabilities” for his Doctoral Dissertation and was awarded the Best Thesis award at IIM Ahmedabad. He was also awarded the Chaudhary Padmanabhan Pant award and merit scholarship for his scholastic achievements at IIMA.

Prior to joining academia, Atul has wide ranging international work experience in the Banking, Information Technology, and Consulting industries across multiple geographies (UK, South Africa, Singapore and India). He has experience in various roles such as strategic planning, project management, business analysis and key-client relationship management. He has taken up various responsibilities that have added value to organizations such as Barclays UK, Nedcor Bank South Africa, ThoughtWorks Technologies, ABN AMRO Bank and Tata Motors.

Research Interest:

Dynamic Capabilities, Strategy as Practice (SAP), Internationalization

Teaching Interest:

Competitive Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Management Consulting and Innovation.

Cases

  1. Atul Arun Pathak and Sunil Kumar Sarangi, “YourStory: Strategically Communicating Entrepreneurial Journeys”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B17M143 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, September 22, 2017), 12pg.
  2. Atul Arun Pathak and Shabbir Husain R.V., “Udaipur Times: Strategy of a Hyperlocal News Website”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B17M125 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, August 15, 2017), 12pg.
  3. Atul Arun Pathak and Harshit Kumar Agarwal, “Madras Tyre House: Demand Forecasting and Inventory Management”, The Case Centre Product No. 617-0077-1 (Wellesley MA, USA: thecasecentre.org, November 29, 2017), 9pg.
  4. Atul Arun Pathak and Rahul Shukla, “Natkhat Preschool”, The Case Centre Product No. 317-0168-1 (Wellesley MA, USA: thecasecentre.org, June 08, 2017), 9pg.
  5. Atul Arun Pathak and Manish Goyal, “What's Next After an MBA?”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B17M034 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, February 23, 2017), 12pg.
  6. Atul Arun Pathak and Kshamta Sharma, “Rajwant Engineering: Survival or Ethical Values?”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B16C029 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, October 05, 2016), 10pg.
  7. Atul Arun Pathak and Gyanesh Mishra, “Moonka Auto: Growth Strategies Of A Honda Dealership”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B16M154 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, September 20, 2016), 14pg.
  8. Atul Arun Pathak and Gyanesh Mishra, “Moonka Auto: Recruiting Salespeople”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B16A033 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, August 19, 2016), 11pg.
  9. Dharma Raju Bathini and Atul Arun Pathak, “Tata Consultancy Services: Protecting a Corporate Reputation”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B16M172 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, October 21, 2016), 13pg.
  10. Atul Arun Pathak and Sanjeev Varshney, “Treks `n Rapids: Adventure Sports Tourism in India”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B15M103 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, November 17, 2015), 15pg.
  11. Atul Arun Pathak, “Flatpebble.com: Online Services Marketplace”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B15M073 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, July 24, 2015), 12pg.
  12. Atul Arun Pathak, “Wadeshwar Restaurants: Strategies for Growth”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B14M146 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, December 19, 2014), 12pg.
  13. Varsha Verma, Atul Arun Pathak, Dharma Raju Bathini and Arun Pereira, “EnterAll InfoSec Solutions: Growing an Ethical Hacking Business”, Ivey Publishing Product No. 9B14M152 (London, ON, Canada: Ivey Publishing, December 16, 2014), 11pg.

Publications

Journal Articles:

  1. Pathak, A. A., & Singhal, M. (2017). Fiamchi: Fishing in Troubled Waters. Asian Case Research Journal, 21(01), 149-174.
  2. Pathak, A. A., & Varshney, S. (2017). Challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in rural India: The case of Avika. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 18(1), 65-72.
  3. Pathak, A. A. (2017). Enabling lifelong learning: the key to agility at ThoughtWorks India. Human Resource Management International Digest, 25(1), 4-6.
  4. Pathak, A. A. (2016). Tata Motors’ successful cross-border acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover: key take-aways. Strategic Direction, 32(9), 15-18.
  5. Pathak, A. A. (2016). Seller side HR perspectives during M&A deals: The journey from “intent” to “deal fruition”. Strategic Direction, 32(6), 19-22.
  6. Pathak, A. A., &Purkayastha, A. (2016). More women on Indian boards: moving beyond mere regulations and tokenism. Strategic Direction, 32(3), 13-15.
  7. Pathak, A. A. (2015). Zen room enhances the workplace for NobelTek’s women employees: … and helps the company to retain valuable female talent. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23(7), 15-17.
  8. Pathak, A. A. (2015). Unbundling services: the route to profitability for airlines in India. Strategic Direction, 31(8), 4-6.
  9. Pathak, A. A., Bathini, D. R., &Kandathil, G. M. (2015). The ban on working from home makes sense for Yahoo: It needs the innovation and speed of delivery that come from office-based employees. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23(3), 12-14.
  10. Pathak, A. A. (2015). Survival lessons from a dying Kingfisher: What not to do in the airlines industry in India. Strategic Direction, 31(8), 13-16.
  11. Pathak, A. A. (2015). Effective knowledge management boosts virtual teams: When the relevant ICT is in place, it’s over to HR managers to make them work. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23(3), 26-28.
  12. Pathak, A. A. (2015). Thought works for ThoughtWorks: Recruitment process ensures that company gets the people it wants. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23(2), 5-8
  13. Pathak, A. (2012). Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy. [Review of the book Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy, by J Magretta]. Vikalpa: The Journal For Decision Makers, 37(2), 153-155. (Book Review)
  14. Pathak, A. (2014). The Wide Lens - A new strategy for innovation.[ Review of the book The Wide Lens - A new strategy for innovation, by Ron Adner]. Vikalpa: The Journal For Decision Makers, (Jan-Mar 2014 issue) (Book Review)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  1. Pathak, A. A., &Purkayastha, A. (2016, January). Performance Implications of Diversified Business Groups: Think Global and Own Local Strategy. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2016, No. 1, p. 12507). Academy of Management.
  2. Pathak, A. A., &Purkayastha, A. (2017, April). Performance of diversified business group affiliated firms in India: An agency perspective. Presented at Academy of International Business – India Chapter conference, Pune, India, April 2017
  3. Pathak, A. A., &Kandathil, G. (2014, January). Exploring Strategizing of Kirana Shop keepers: The Case of Indian Retail Industry. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2014, No. 1, p. 15753). Academy of Management.
  4. Pathak, A. A., (2013) “Effect of organizational risk taking propensity on dynamic capabilities: An emerging markets perspective”. Presented at the SMS Special Conference held at ISB Mohali during 17-19 December, 2013.
  5. Pathak, A. A., (2013) “Effect of organizational risk orientation and change disposition on dynamic capabilities: An emerging markets perspective”. Presented at the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (IAM), 2013 held at IIMA during 12-14 December, 2013.
  6. Pathak, A. A., (2013) “A strategy-as-practice approach to understanding the strategies of small, informally organised retail grocery shops in India”. Presented at the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (IAM), 2013 held at IIMA during 12-14 December, 2013.
  7. Pathak, A. A., (2013) "The role of dynamic managerial capabilities in the creation of a firm’s dynamic capabilities”. Presented at the 6th IIM Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium held at IIM Ahmedabad during 07-09 January, 2013. (Won the best paper award).
  8. Pathak, A. A., (2013) “The Role of Organizational Risk Orientation as a Determinant of Dynamic Capabilities: A Study in the Information Technology Industry”. Presented at the 7th IIM Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium held at IIM Ahmedabad during 09-11 December, 2013. (Won the best paper award).

Working Papers:

  1. Pathak, A. A. (2014). Impact of interconnectedness of organizations on agility: A multi-theoretical perspective (No. WP2014-03-03). Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.
  2.  Pathak, A. A., &Kandathil, G. (2014). Strategizing in Indian Informal Business Settings: A Case Study of Kirana Shops in India (No. WP2014-03-04). Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.