Amit Karna is a Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA). Karna's interests lie in the areas of strategy, technology management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Karna is the faculty co-chair of Creative and Cultural Businesses Programme (https://ccbp.iima.ac.in/) and offers executive programmes on design thinking, innovation and corporate strategy topics. He has advised several organizations on strategy and management related issues.
Between 2015-2018, Karna chaired the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE.co) one of the largest and most well-regarded educational institute based business incubators in Asia. He was also involved with various disruptive startups in designing innovative business models. He chaired the Business Policy Area at IIMA between 2017-2020 and served as Placements Chair of IIMA from 2018-2021. Currently he chairs the PGPX (One Year MBA) at IIMA.
Karna's research is in the fields of dynamic capabilities, innovation, and international strategy. He has presented over 80 papers on these topics at various international conferences across the world. His research has been published in leading international journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Global Strategy Journal, R&D Management, Journal of International Management, Industry & Innovation, and European Management Review.
Prior to IIMA, Karna was an Assistant Professor at EBS Business School in Germany between 2009 and 2014. He has been a visiting scholar at University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2011, and at University of Sydney Business School in 2015 and 2023. He has been a visiting faculty at IESEG School of Management in France between 2012 and 2014. Karna completed his PhD in Strategy from IIMA. Prior to his doctorate, he worked with Aditya Birla Group in various managerial positions.
Primary Area : Strategy
PhD , Strategic Management, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Business and Corporate Strategy
Technology and Innovation
Disruptive Business Models
Dynamic Capabilities Diversification Strategic Leadership Governance Entrepreneurship
Professor, Strategy, IIM Ahmedabad, 2020 onwards
Associate Professor, Strategy, IIM Ahmedabad, 2014-2020
Assistant Professor, EBS University (Germany), 2009 - 2014
Visiting Professor, U of Sydney (2015 & 2023), U of California Berkeley (2012), IESEG School of Management (2012-2014)
Chairperson, Placements, IIM Ahmedabad, 2018-21
Chairperson, Business Policy Area , IIM Ahmedabad, 2017-20
Chairperson, Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE.CO), IIM Ahmedabad, 2015-18
Academic Director, Masters program, EBS Business School, 2013-14
Academic Director MBA program, EBS Business School, 2012-14
2020 - Madan Mohanka Research Publication Award
2018 - GWU-CIBER Best Paper in Emerging Markets
2017 - Madan Mohanka Research Publication Award
2014 - Highly Commendable Research Paper Award
2012 - Dean's Award for Extraordinary Commitment towards EBS Bus School