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Prof. Amit Karna

Professor of Strategy

Educational Qualifications

PhD (Strategic Management)
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Academic Affiliation

  • August 2014 onwards- Faculty Member, Strategy Area (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)
  • May 2009 - July 2014-Faculty Member, Strategy, Organization & Leadership  EBS University (Germany)

Administrative Positions Held 

  • IIMA
    • Chairperson, Placements (Since April 2018) 
    • Chairperson, Business Policy Area (2017-20)
    • Chairperson, Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (2015-18)
  • EBS
    • Academic Director, Masters program (2013-14) and MBA program (2012-14)



Business and Corporate Strategy, Innovation, Disruptive Business Models, Entrepreneurial Mindset

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. Pidun, U., Richter, A., Schommer, M. and Karna, A., 2018. A Playbook for Today's Diversified Companies. Here's How Strong Performers Are Defying Expectations about the Demise of Multi-Business Firms. MIT Sloan Management Review.
  2. Schommer, M., Richter, A. and Karna, A., 2018. Does the Diversification–Firm Performance Relationship Change Over Time? A Meta-Analytical Review. Journal of Management Studies.
  3. Täube, F.A., Karna, A. and Sonderegger, P., 2018. Economic geography and emerging market clusters: A co-evolutionary study of local and non-local networks in Bangalore. International Business Review.  ​​ 
  4. Karna, A., Richter, A., Riesenkampff, E. 2016. Revisiting the role of the environment in the capabilities–financial performance relationship: A meta‐analysis. Strategic Management Journal, 37: 1154–1173. 
  5. Landau, C., Karna, A., Richter, A., Uhlenbruck, K. 2016. Institutional leverage capability: creating and using institutional advantages for internationalization. Global Strategy Journal, 6(1), 50-68. 
  6. Landau, C., Karna, A., Sailer, M. 2016, Business model adaptation for emerging markets: a case study of a German automobile manufacturer in India. R&D Management, 46: 480–503. 
  7. Sharma, S., Dixit, M.R., Karna, A. 2016. Design leaps: Business model adaptation in emerging economies, Journal of Asia Business Studies, 10(2), 105-124. 
  8. Dixit, M.R., Sharma, S., Karna, A. "Strategic Breakthroughs as Flagpoles of Innovation", in International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, forthcoming. 
  9. Dhandapani, K., Upadhyayula, R. S., Karna, A. 2015. Why do Firms Locate Across Multiple Clusters? Cluster Density, Capabilities and Ethnic Ties. Industry and Innovation, 22(4), 251-272. 
  10. Roy, K., & Karna, A. 2015. Doing social good on a sustainable basis: competitive advantage of social businesses. Management Decision, 53(6), 1355-1374. 
  11. 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 
  12. 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 
  13. 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" 
  14. 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 
  15. 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 
  16. 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 
  17. 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 
  18. 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 
  19. 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. 
  20. 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
  • 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
2020 Madan Mohanka Research Publication Award (IIM Ahmedabad)
2018 GWU-CIBER Best Paper in Emerging Markets (AOM 2018) 
2017 Madan Mohanka Research Publication Award (IIM Ahmedabad)
2014 Highly Commendable Research Paper Award (2nd Pan IIM WMC)
2012 Dean's Award for Extraordinary Commitment towards EBS Bus School (EBS Business School)


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