Prof. K V Gopakumar

Organizational Behaviour

Educational Qualifications

  • FPM (Equivalent to PhD), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 2017.
  • MBA, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2011.
  • B.Tech, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, 2006.


Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India (March 2017 - present)
  • Software Engineer, Sapient Corporation Private Ltd., Gurgaon (September 2006 - June 2009)


Professional Affiliation

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)


Areas of research

  • Institutional theory, institutional change, logics
  • Hybrid organizing
  • Organizing in social sector, social enterprises, non-profits
  • Employee voice




MBA Core Courses

  • Individual and group processes
  • Organizational dynamics


FDP Course

  • Contemporary topics in organizational behavior: Teaching and research



Publications/ Articles/ Cases

Journal articles

  • Gopakumar, K.V., & Singh, S. 2019. Can subordinate voice prevail with abusive supervision? A conceptual model using conservation of resources perspective. Management Research Review.

  • Awasthy, P., Gopakumar, K. V., Gouda, S., & Haldar, T. 2019. Trust in humanitarian operations: A content analytic approach for an Indian NGO. International Journal of Production Research, 57(9), 2626-2641. (all authors contributed equally)

  • Ram Mohan, M.P., Gopakumar, K. V., & Smith, T. 2019. Nuclear energy safety, regulatory independence, and judicial deference: The case of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India. Administration & Society.

  • Kulkarni, M., Gopakumar, K. V., & Patel, S. 2018. How effective are disability sensitization workshops? Employee Relations, 40(1), 58-74.

  • Kulkarni, M., Gopakumar, K. V., & Vijay, D. 2017. Institutional discourses and ascribed disability identities. IIMB Management Review, 29(3), 160-169.

  • Kulkarni, M., & Gopakumar, K. V. 2014. Career management strategies of people with disabilities. Human Resource Management, 53(3), 445-466.


Conference presentation and proceedings

  • Awasthi, K., Gopakumar, K. V., & Ojha, A. 2019. Why do institutional changes fail? Institutional elasticity and petroleum sector reforms in India. Academy of Management Meeting 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

  • Gupta, V., & Gopakumar, K. V. 2019. Managing mission drifts with organizational evolution: The case of an Indian nonprofit organization. 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, Edinburgh, UK.

  • Gopakumar, K. V., & Kulkarni, M. 2018. How do social enterprises communicate multiple identities to stakeholders? 34th EGOS Colloquium 2018, Tallinn, Estonia.

  • Gopakumar, K. V. 2017. Legitimation of hybrid organizations: A recursive perspective. Academy of Management Meeting 2017, Atlanta, font:16px open sans, United States.

  • Awasthi, K., Ojha, A., & Gopakumar, K.V. 2016. Elasticity of institutions: The case of petroleum exploration and production sector reforms in India. Academy of Management Meeting 2016, Anaheim, California, United States.

  • Gopakumar, K. V., & Kulkarni, M. 2016. Discursive strategies and the construction of opportunity: The case of Goonj. 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, Naples, Italy.

  • Gopakumar, K.V. 2016. Psychological distance and employee voice: A construal level theory perspective. Fourth Pan-IIM World Management Conference 2016, IIM Ahmedabad, India.

  • Gopakumar, K. V. 2015. Process model of legitimation of hybrid organizations: Role of stories, metaphors in media discourse. Academy of Management Meeting 2015, Vancouver, Canada.

  • Kulkarni, M., Gopakumar, K. V., & Vijay, D. 2015. Institutional discourses and ascribed disability identities. Academy of Management Meeting 2015, Vancouver, Canada.

  • Gopakumar, K.V. 2015. Organizational Strategic Responses with Variations in Institutional and Technical Environment. Third Pan-IIM World Management Conference 2015, IIM Indore, India.

  • Gopakumar, K.V. 2015. Organizational Identity Variations with Institutional and Competitive Pressures. Indian Academy of Management 2015, IIM Lucknow (Noida Campus), India.

  • Awasthi, K., Gopakumar, K.V., & Singh, S. 2013. Evolution of network - Formation, decay and churning: Evidence from a five year Ph.D. program in India. Indian Academy of Management 2013, IIM Ahmedabad, India.

  • Sinha, A.P., Nigam, A.K., Gopakumar, K.V., & Garg, S. 2011. Trading in animosity: Insights into bilateral trade by countries in bilateral conflict. International Academy of Business and Economics – Summer Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Book Review
  • Gopakumar, K.V. 2013. Review of "Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance", South Asian Journal of Management, 20(4), 164.


Awards & Honors

2017: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award for reviewing by the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management.

Staging Enabled