Prof. Kirti Sharda is a faculty in Organisational Behaviour area at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad). Prof. Sharda has a Doctorate from IIM Calcutta (Fellow Programme in Management) with a specialisation in Organizational Behaviour. She has been a Gold Medallist at both graduation (Psychology) and post-graduation (Industrial Psychology) levels with an Honours degree in Psychology as well. Her doctoral thesis, “Configurations of Business Process Outsourcing Firms” was chosen as a “Highly Commended Award Winner” in 2009, by Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. Her current research is centred on leadership in organizations.
Prof. Sharda’s primary teaching interests lie in the areas of leadership, interpersonal and team effectiveness, self-awareness, and psychology for management. Prof. Sharda offers core and elective courses on Individual Dynamics, Interpersonal and Group Processes, Self-Awareness, and Leadership at IIMA. Prof. Sharda has been trained in participant-centred learning methods (with an emphasis on case method teaching) at Harvard Business School. She is certified in the use of various psychometric assessments and creates pedagogies based on process-work including T-group method, Gestalt OD practices, theatre techniques, psychodrama, storytelling, mindfulness practices, and other forms of experiential designs that facilitate greater awareness of behavioural processes in organisations.
As a part of IIMA's Executive Education she is Faculty Chair for the programmes: “Managing the Self in Organisations: Towards personal transformation and growth”; “Inner Theatre: Exploring the dynamics of your inner self” and “Women in Leadership Roles: Navigating the matrix.” She has been a Faculty Coordinator and Facilitator for the Harvard-IIMA Case Method Teaching Seminar.
Prof. Sharda offers academic modules, advisory and consulting services on leadership development, enhancing team effectiveness, and psychological well-being as a part of her industry-academia interface activities. She has worked on a variety of executive education, research and consulting projects in private and public sector organisations, including, Siemens, KPMG, Novartis, Deloitte, Vodafone, IBM, ACT Fibernet, Indian Statistical Services (ISS), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Larsen & Toubro, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Federal Bank Limited, Ambuja Cement, Cairn Energy, British Oxygen Corporation and Indian Aluminum Co., Ltd., Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, Tata Telecom, Taj Hotels, Hewitt Associates, Metlife, Ayush Sector, Prasar Bharati, Dainik Bhaskar, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Gujarat Government Schools, Armed Forces Programme, Gorkha Breweries (Nepal), Aster Retail (Dubai), IIMA General Management Programme (Dubai). She is also affiliated with the School of Social Sciences, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences as a member, Board of Studies for Psychology.
Prof. Sharda has developed teaching cases on issues related to workplace diversity and discrimination, leadership, team effectiveness, employee motivation, and talent management which are available through IIMA Case Centre and Harvard Business Publishing. Her research papers have been published in leading national and international journals. Prof. Sharda is a co-author of the book: Trucking Business Management: Cases and Concepts.
She has held various administrative responsibilities at IIMA, including Chairperson, Placements; Chairperson, Communications Advisory Committee; Chairperson, Psychological Well-Being and Support Services Task Force; Chairperson, OneTeam at ExEd Task Force. She is currently serving as Chairperson, PGP (MBA Programme) at IIMA.
Prof. Sharda is on the Board of Governors, IIM Kashipur.
Primary Area : Organisational Behaviour
Fellow Programme in Management, Behavioural Sciences, IIM Calcutta - (Awarded "Highly Commended Award" by Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2009)
Master of Arts, Psychology, M.S. University, Baroda - (Awarded Late Prof. T.K.N Menon Gold Medal)
Bachelor of Arts , Punjabi University, Patiala - ( Awarded University Gold Medal )
B.A, Psychology Hons. , Punjabi University, Patiala
Executive Education and Consulting
Case Method Teaching Seminar (CMTS)
- Organized by Harvard Business Publishing and IIMA Case Centre
Select Open-enrollment Programmes
Select Customized Programmes
Diversity and Inclusion
Member, Board of Governors - IIM Kashipur
Member, Board of Studies for Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences
Global Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning (GloColl), Harvard Business School
Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Sciences (ISABS) - Professional Development Programme
Research, consulting and executive education programmes for a variety of public and private sector organizations
2009 - Highly Commended Award Winner by 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards
1998-2000 - Late Prof. T.K.N. Menon Gold Medal for obtaining Rank 1 in Faculty of Education and Psychology, The M. S. University of Baroda (Master of Arts, Psychology), 1998-2000
1995-1998 - University Gold Medal for obtaining Rank 1 in Punjabi University Roll of Honour for being Distinguished Student of G.C.G. College, Patiala. (Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, Economics, Geography), 1995-1998