1st Edition

Managing India The Idea of IIMs and its Changing Contexts

Edited By R Rajesh Babu, Manish Thakur Copyright 2024
    306 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    306 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    306 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book explores the history and metamorphosis of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the premier business and management schools in India, and their significance within the changing landscape of higher education, nation-building and socio-economic development in the country.

    Over the past decades, IIMs, as institutions, have recalibrated their goals and priorities to address contemporary challenges in a globalised world, changing aspirations of a rapidly growing population and the changing idea of India. This book examines different facets of the challenges the institutes have faced in the aftermath of independence. These include the challenges of effective institutional governance; ensuring equity and access; democratisation; raising the bar for teaching and research; addressing national imparities and global benchmarking; accreditation and ranking; and academia, industry, and employability. Drawing upon the interplay of the experiential and analytical, the contributors to the volume also engage with the Indian knowledge system and the contested terrain of global theory and research.

    This volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers and practitioners of education, management studies, academic administration, and policymaking in the field of higher education.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    List of Contributors

    Preface and Acknowledgements

    1.     IIMs: Footprints, and Footsteps into the Future

    R Rajesh Babu and Manish Thakur


    2.    The Making of the First IIMs: Management School as a boundary object?

    Lourens van Haaften

    3.    Institutional Influence of Management Education in Contemporary India: A Prismatic View

    Anup Sinha and Runa Sarkar

    4.    Internationalization of Business Education: Challenges and Opportunities

                Jacob Vakkayil

    5.    Signaling Quality: The Quest for International Ranking and Accreditation

    Biju Paul Abraham

    6.    Indian Public Business School: Pathways to Embracing Contradictions and Reclaiming Self

    Nimruji Jammulamadaka

    7.    Reimaging IIMs: NEP 2020 and the Changing Institutional Governance

                  Manish Thakur and R Rajesh Babu


    8.    Indian Institutes of Management: An Uneasy Equilibrium?

    Rajiv Kumar and Vidyanand Jha

    9.    Evolving Landscape of Management Education and Employability: Challenges and Contradictions

    Amit Dhiman, Abhishek Goel and Megha Sharma

    10.   Bell the ‘CAT’: A Relook at the Common Admission Test

    Megha Sharma and Sumanta Basu

    11.   Academic Skating on Thin Ice: Mysteries of Traversing the Absurd, Bizarre and Comical Pathways to the Future

    Ajeet N. Mathur

    12.   An Ethnographic Reflection of a Professor: Searching for “Relevant” Knowledge

    Biswatosh Saha

    13    Entrepreneurship in India: A Management Perspective

                       Balram Avittathur


    14.   From Farmland to Management Institute: The Making of IIM Calcutta’s Joka Campus

    Annapurna Shaw

    15.   IIMC and the City: Distinctively Coupled

    Venkataraman S

    16.   A Gramscian reading of IIM-Calcutta’s Decision

    Nidhi Srinivas



    R Rajesh Babu is a Professor at the Public Policy and Management Group of IIM Calcutta. His select publications include, Remedies under the WTO Legal System (2012), Locating India in the Contemporary International Legal Order (co-editor Srinivas Burra, 2018) and Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices (co-editor Manish Thakur, 2017).

    Manish Thakur is a Professor at the Public Policy and Management Group of IIM Calcutta. He is the author of Sociology and Management Education: Engagements and Agendas (2021). He has co-edited Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions (co-editor Maitrayee Chaudhuri, 2018) and Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices (co-editor R Rajesh Babu,2017).