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Prof. Amit Karna

Business Policy

Educational Qualifications

PhD (Strategic Management)
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Academic Affiliation

  • August 2014 onwards- Faculty Member, Business Policy (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)
  • March 2015 onwards- Chairperson, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)                                    
  • May 2009 - July 2014-Faculty Member, Strategy, Organization & Leadership EBS University (Germany)

Professional Affiliation

  • Strategic Management Society
  • Academy of Management
  • Academy of International Business


Teaching Interest

Strategic Management, International Strategy, Methods of Inquiry, Doing business in Emerging Economies


Capabilities, R&D-performance relationship, Clusters, Institutions, Internationalization, Emerging Markets
Methods: Regression analysis, Meta-analysis, Panel-VAR, Case-study


Area of Research:

  • Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management
  • Strategy-Structure of Professional Service Firms
  • Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms
  • Industrial Clusters and Innovation


Current Research:

  • R&D capabilities, financial performance and capital market returns
  • Strategy and Structure of Professional Service Firms (German Law Firms)
  • Diversification effects on Performance of Firms
  • Internationalization effects on Performance of (Emerging Market) Firms
  • Industrial (IT and ITES) Clusters and effects on International Strategy
  • Business Model Adaptation


  1. Karna, A, Richter, A., Riesenkampff E. "Revisiting the role of the environment in the capabilities–financial performance relationship: A meta-analysis", in Strategic Management Journal (forthcoming)
  2. Karthik, D., Upadhyayula, R.S., Karna, A. "Why do Firms Locate across Multiple Clusters? Cluster Density, Capabilities and Ethnic Ties", in Industry and Innovation (forthcoming)
  3. Dixit, M.R., Sharma, S., Karna, A. 2014. "Strategic Breakthroughs as Flagpoles of Innovation", in International Journal of Business Innovation and Research (forthcoming)
  4. Karna, A. Upadhyayula, R.S., Kumar, V. 2014. "Strategic Archetypes of Emerging Market Multinationals: Analysis of Outward FDI of Indian Firms", in Orchestration of the Global Network Organization (Advances in International Management, Volume 27) (Pedersen, T., Venzin, M., Devinney, T.M. & Tihanyi L., eds), Vol 27, 325-347
  5. Karna, A., Taeube, F.A., Sonderreger, P. 2013. "Evolution of Innovation Networks across Geographical and Organizational Boundaries: A study of R&D subsidiaries in the Bangalore IT cluster", European Management Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, 211–226; doi: 10.1111/emre.12017
  6. Karna, A., Upadhyayula, R.S., Karthik, D. 2013. "What drives Emerging Multinationals? Early stage internationalisation and Performance drivers of Indian IT firms", Proceedings of The world conference on "Emerging Issues in Management"
  7. Fraunhoffer, R., Karna A., Taeube, F.A. 2012. "The Service Offshoring Code: Location efficiencies for German Firms", in Pedersen, Bals & Jensen (Eds) The Offshoring Challenge: Strategic Design and Innovation for Tomorrow's Organization
  8. Dixit, M.R., Sharma, S., Karna, A. 2010. "New Environment Stimuli, Enterprise Challenges and Growth Leaps: Evidence from Multi-sector Case Studies", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, Vol. 1, No. 3, 264-290
  9. Taeube, F.A., Sonderreger, P., Karna, A. 2010. "Entrepreneurial Ventures and Knowledge Spillovers: Case of an Indian Software Cluster", Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 30: No. 15, Article 19
  10. Dixit, M.R., Karna, A., Sharma, S. 2009. "Entrepreneurial Growth Actions and Monetary Consequences in a Startup: Insights from a Low-cost Airline Venture in a Competitive Environment", Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Vol. 11, No. 4, 361-378
  11. Dixit, M.R., Sharma, S., Karna, A. 2007. "Role of Breakthroughs in Learning and Capability Building: Evidences from Two High Technology Firms", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning at Cape Town, South Africa between October 15th and 16th, 2007
  12. Karna A., Singh R. and Verma S. 2009. "Knowledge Management for Effective Sales and Marketing Function" in Meir Russ (ed), Knowledge Management Strategies for Business Development, IGI Global.
  13. Karna A., Singh V. 2007. "The East India Company in Reverse - Indian MNCs on a Buying Spree" in T.P.Rajmanohar (ed), India Inc. Going Global: The M&A Way, ICFAI University Press.


Presentations at international conferences:

Over 50 presentations made at international conferences organised by Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, Academy of International Business, European Group of Organisation Studies, European Academy of Management and other organisations of international repute. 

Other activities:

  • Editorial Board member for Journal of Management, Journal of Asian Business Studies
  • Ad-hoc Reviewer for Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Global Strategy Journal, European Management Review, Journal of Asia Business Studies
  • Consulting for corporations and government agencies
  • Corporate training in the fields of strategy, innovation and international management
  • Doctoral supervision of candidates in the field of strategy and international management



Awards & Honors

Year Awards & Honors


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