Faculty & Research

Promila Agarwal


Promila Agarwal is Associate Professor at IIMA. She joined IIMA in the year 2013. She is primary member of HRM Area and secondary member of Strategy Area. Before joining IIMA she worked with Ernst & Young. She is also involved with several disruptive startups in designing business models.

Promila’s consulting expertise lies in the area of Leadership Development, Leadership Capability building, HRM audit, cultural audit, Psychometrics and Psychological Assessment, HR Transformation, HR Due Diligence, Organization Design and Structuring, and cost minimization, Performance Management Systems, Change Management, and Employee Engagement. She has handled client in the following industries/sector: Automobile, Cement, Telecom, Banking, Information Technology, FMCG, and conglomerate. She has worked on key projects of government such as Seventh pay Commission.

Promila has both national and international publications to her credit in prestigious journals such as Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Business research to name a few. Her research interest includes High-performance work systems, Dark Triad Personality, Resource theories, well-being, and Employee Engagement.


Primary Area : Human Resources Management

Secondary Area : Strategy


Email : promila@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4824

Secretary : Kavitha Sudheeran

Phone : +91-79-7152 7930

Website : Personal Website


Ph.D, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, New Delhi

MA, Applied Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, New Delhi

BA (Hons.), Psychology, University of Delhi - (Merit Student of University of Delhi)

UGC NET Qualified


Human Resource Management, Global Talent Management, Neuroscience of Leadership, Psychology at Workplace, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology of Organizations


MBA-PGP (Two Year Post Graduate Programme in Management)

 - First Year: Human Resource Management-I and Human Resource Management-II

 - Second Year: Games People Play: Psychology of Human Resource Management

MBA-PGPX (One Year Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives)

 - Games People Play: Psychology of Human Resource Management

Faculty Development Programme (FDP)

 - Perspectives on Contemporary HRM Research

Executive Education

 - Talent Management in 21st Century

 - Psychology of Strategic Leadership: Young Women Program

PhD/Fellow Program in Management

 - Foundations of Research in HRM

 - Strategic Management and Psychology

Research Area

High-Performance Work Systems

Dark Triad Personality and Managerial Derailment

Psychological Capital and Psychological Safety

Employee Engagement

Identity-conscious HR Structures

Creativity Implementation

Academic Experience

Chairperson, Committee of Managing Gender Issues (IC) , IIMA, 2017-2019

Ad-Hoc Article Editor, Sage Open

Board Member, Human Resource Management Journal, Wiley

Professional Experience



Ernst and Young

National HRD Network

All India Management Association

Academy of Management

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Agarwal, P. (2021). Shattered but smiling: Human resource management and the wellbeing of hotel employees during COVID-19. International Journal of Hospitality Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2020.102765

Agarwal , P. and Karna, A. (2020). Managing Internal Growth at Vedanta Group. Case Centre, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Agarwal , P. and Karna, A. (2019). AuthBridge Research Services Pvt. Ltd. Case Centre, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Agarwal, P (2017). Building adaptable organisations: role of personality and organisational tenure in change-oriented organisational citizenship behaviour. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 7, DOI: 10.1504/IJSCM.2016.079635.

Agarwal, P. (2017). Role of High-Performance Work Systems in Managing Narcissist Behaviour. Fifth Asia Pacific Conference on Advanced Research held at Melbourne, Australia on 28th – 29th, 2017.

Agarwal, P. and Farndale, E. (2017). High-performance work systems and creativity implementation: the role of psychological capital and psychological safety. Human Resource Management Journal, doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12148.

Agarwal, P. (2017). When Employees' Self-Love becomes Enmity for Employer: Role of Narcissism in Talent Derailment. Talentscapes Quarterly (White Paper), 3, 32-34.

Agarwal, P. and Farndale, E. (2017). Dark Triad and Managerial derailment: Can High-performance work systems derail dark behaviour? Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 27, 440-458.

Agarwal, P. (2016). Redefining the organizational citizenship behaviour. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 24, 956 – 984.

Agarwal, P. (2015). From offer letter to resignation letter. Case, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad .

Agarwal, P. (2015). The moderating effect of organizational climate strength on the organizational outcomes. Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 41, 71-76.

Agarwal, P.(2015). State of psychological contract in India: managing the new deal. Global Business Review, 16, 623-631.

Agarwal, P. (2014). Make performance management system work for your company. Human Resource Management International Digest, 22, 33-35.

Agarwal. P (2014). Lay constructs of hope: cross-national analyses (Co-authored). 22nd International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, held at Reims, France, from 15 to 19 July 2014.

Agarwal, P. (2014). Not all mergers and acquisitions lead to psychological contract breach: moderating effect of human resource effectiveness. Human Resource Management in Asia: Distinctiveness of Asian Human Resource Management, held at ISC Paris Business School, Paris, France, from 18-19 September 2014.

Agarwal, P. (2014). The psychological contract: a review model. Working paper, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Agarwal, P. (2014). Understanding psychological contract in pharmaceutical and FMCG industry: a comparative analysis. Working paper, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Agarwal, P. (2011). A study of relationship between psychological contract and organizational commitment in Indian IT Industry. Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 47, 290-305.

Agarwal, P. (2011). Psychological contract and health. Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 39, 23-35.

Agarwal, P. (2009). Psychological contract, organizational commitment and health of employees, in Shydon Singh (edi.), Organization Behavior, Global Vision Publishing: New Delhi.

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Promila has been consultant to leading organizations in the area of employee engagement, talent management, leadership development, performance management system, behavioral and technical competency framework, change management, proprietary HR and OB tools/models/products development. She has designed psychological tests for several organizations. She also worked for Seventh Pay Commission, Ministry of HRD in 2015.

Advisory Member - Prizmatics

Advisory Member - VConnekt

Seventh Pay Commission

Awards & Honors

2019- present - Editoral Board Member, Human Resource Management Journal, Wiley 2019- present

2019 - Prof Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leader Award, World Education Congress

2017-2019 - Chairperson, Committee of Managing Gender Issues, IIMA 2017-2019

2017 - Aditya Birla Faculty Scholarship

2017 - Academy of Management Best Paper, 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management held in Atlanta, USA

2014 - Think Tank Scholarship from Aon Hewitt

2011 - Emerald/IAM Management Research Award for "Does Leadership make a difference in the Corporate Social Responsibility?". Emerald Group Publishing Limited, United Kingdom