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Prof. Kirti Sharda

Organizational Behaviour (OB)

Educational Qualifications

  • Fellow Programme in Management, Behavioural Sciences - IIM Calcutta

       Awarded "Highly Commended Award" by Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2009

  • Master of Arts, Psychology - M.S. University, Baroda

      Awarded Late Prof. T.K.N Menon Gold Medal

  • Bachelor of Arts - Punjabi University, Patiala

      Awarded University Gold Medal 

  • B.A., Psychology Hons. - Punjabi University, Patiala

Academic Affiliation

  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Professional Affiliation

  • Member, Board of Governors - IIM Kashipur

  • Global Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning (GloColl), Harvard Business School

  • Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Sciences (ISABS) - Professional Development Programme

  • Research, consulting and executive education programmes for a variety of public and private sector organizations


Prof. Kirti Sharda is a faculty in Organisational Behaviour area at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad). Prof. Sharda has a Doctorate from IIM Calcutta (Fellow Programme in Management) with a specialisation in Organizational Behaviour. She has been a Gold Medallist at both graduation (Psychology) and post-graduation (Industrial Psychology) levels with an Honours degree in Psychology as well. Her doctoral thesis, "Configurations of Business Process Outsourcing Firms" was chosen as a "Highly Commended Award Winner" in 2009, by Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. 


Prof. Sharda's primary teaching interests lie in the areas of leadership, interpersonal and group dynamics, self-awareness in organisations, psychology, and entrepreneurship. Prof. Sharda has been trained in participant-centred learning methods (with an emphasis on case method teaching) at Harvard Business School. She has also been deeply associated with process-work including T-group method, Gestalt OD practices, theatre techniques, psychodrama, storytelling, mindfulness practices, and other forms of experiential designs that facilitate greater awareness of behavioural processes in organisations. She is a certified MBTI practitioner as well. 


Prof. Sharda offers core and elective courses on Individual Dynamics, Interpersonal and Group Processes, Understanding Organizational Behaviour, Psychology and Self-awareness, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Skills in MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes at IIMA.


As a part of IIMA's Executive Education she is Co-Faculty Chair for the programme: Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership. She is Co-Faculty Chair for a long-duration Leadership Development Programme Inspire Series for Siemens Industry Software (India) Pvt Ltd. as well. She has also been a Faculty Coordinator and a Facilitator for the Harvard-IIMA Case Method Teaching Seminar.


Besides these, she has worked on a variety of executive education, research and consulting projects in private and public sector organisations, including  KPMG, Novartis, Deloitte, Vodafone, IBM, Larsen & Toubro, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Federal Bank Limited, Ambuja Cement, Cairn Energy, British Oxygen Corporation and Indian Aluminum Co., Ltd., Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, Tata Telecom, Taj Hotels, Hewitt Associates, Metlife, Ayush Sector, Prasar Bharati, Dainik Bhaskar, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Gujarat Government Schools, Armed Forces Programme, Gorkha Breweries (Nepal), Aster Retail (Dubai).


Prof. Sharda's current research is centred on diversity and inclusion in organizations and organizational neuroscience. She has developed teaching cases around issues related to team effectiveness, employee motivation, talent management, and entrepreneurial orientation, which are available through IIMA Case Centre and Harvard Business Publishing. Her papers on talent management and outsourcing have been published in leading national and international journals. Prof. Sharda is a co-author of the book: Trucking Business Management: Cases and Concepts. She has held various administrative roles at IIMA, including Chairperson, Placements, Chairperson, Communications Advisory Committee, and Chairperson, Psychological Well-being and Support Services Task Force. She is a Member, Board of Governors of IIM Kashipur. 



  • Leadership Skills
  • Enhancing Effectiveness in Interpersonal Relationships and Teams
  • Self-awareness and Individual Dynamics
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Organizational Diagnosis and Change
  • Psychology for Management



Current Area of Research:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Organizational Neuroscience
  • Entrepreneurship


Roy, D., Raghuram, G., Jain, R., Tripathi, S., & Sharda, K. 2016. Trucking Business Management: Cases and Concepts, New Delhi: McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited.


Sharda K. 2018. The Neural Correlates of Decision-Making: Review and Research Agenda. In Ray P., Sarkar R., Sen A. (Eds.), Economics, Management and Sustainability. Springer: Singapore, pp. 231-264.

Sharda, K. 2016. Driver Management Practices in Trucking Industry. In D. Roy et al. (Eds.), Trucking Business Management: Cases and Concepts, New Delhi: McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited, pp. 14-23. 

Daftuar, C. N., & Sharda, K. 2000. Business Strategy and Business Maturity. In C. N Daftuar (Ed.), Behavioural Quotient. Vadodara: Council of Behavioural Research, pp. 138-143.


Sharda, K. 2020. A case of HIV at Woodworks LtdCase no: OB0241 (A), (B), (C), IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2019. Suvasi Textiles. Case no: OB0235, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2016. Managing Talent at Lupin Limited (B): Exploring New Horizons. Case no: OB0209 (B), IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2016. Shivani Carriers Pvt. Ltd.: Employee Motivation at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Case no: OB0224, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2011. Managing Talent at Lupin Limited. Case no: OB0209, IIM Ahmedabad.


Dass, Rajanish., & Sharda, Kirti., Relationship Alignment in Strategic Outsourcing,, Posted November 2013.

Sharda, K. 2012. Managing Talent at Lupin Limited. Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers. Jul-Sep 2012, Vol. 37 (3).

Sharda, K. & Chatterjee, L. 2011. Configurations of outsourcing firms and organizational performance: A study of outsourcing industry in India, Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, Vol. 4 (2).


Sharda, K. 2016. Sensemaking and Institutionalization in Armed Conflict: Applying Concepts to Practice.  W.P. No. 2016-03-18, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2016. Talent Management Systems in Indian Pharmaceutical Firms: Exploring an Emerging Typology. W.P. No. 2016-03-52, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2011. Back to the drawing board: Exploring gestalts of work design in BPO firms. W.P. No. 2011-02-04, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. 2009. Strategic orientation of outsourcing firms: Demystifying key differentiators. W.P. No. 2009-12-03, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K. & Chatterjee, L. 2009. Configurations of business process outsourcing firms and organizational performance. W. P. No. 2009-12-02, IIM Ahmedabad.

Desai, T. A., & Sharda, Kirti. 2009. Understanding the business type: A comparative analysis of management students and business executives. W. P. No. 2009-11-03, IIM Ahmedabad.


Sharda, K. 2017, (February 20). Shadows in Trumpland. liveMint: View from IIMA.

Sharda, K. 2016, (May 9). Attraction at the workplace. liveMint: View from IIMA.


Bhayana, C., Gupta, V., & Sharda, K. 2020. Exploring dynamics within multigenerational teams with millennials: A research framework. Indian Academy of Management, Tiruchirappalli, India.

Sharda, K. 2016. Making of a good soldier: Sensemaking efforts in armed conflict. International Academy of Management and Business, Montreal, Canada.

Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2012. Help Seeking at Workplace: Exploring Perceptions and Inhibitions. Academy of International Business, Southeast USA Chapter 2012 Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2012. Culture and help seeking: a comparison of Indian and American help seekers in the software industry. International Academy of Cross Cultural Psychology Conference 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2012. Why Wouldn't You Seek Help at Work? An Exploration of Avoidance Factors of Help Seeking at Workplace. Accepted at International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values Conference 2012, Goa, India.

Anand T., Bhatnagar, D., Sharda, K., & Vohra, N. 2011. Interpersonal help seeking in software industry: A cross-cultural study. Presented at International Academy of Management and Business Conference 2011, San Francisco, USA.

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2009. Configurations of outsourcing firms and performance:Exploring organizational gestalts. Presented at 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, in Chicago, Illinois.

Sharda, K. 2009. Sensemaking and institutionalization: From concepts to practice. Accepted at Indian Academy of Management Conference held at XLRI, Jamshedpur, India.

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2009. Back to the drawing board: Exploring gestalts of work designs in outsourcing firms. Accepted at 24th Cardiff ERU Annual Conference, Cardiff.

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2007. Configurations of business process outsourcing firms and organizational performance - A conceptual framework. Presented at 7th Hawaii International Conference on Business held at Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Chatterjee, L., & Sharda, K. 2006. Walking the tightrope: Gender and career issues in new age employment. Presented in seminar organized by Prudential Process Management Services, U.K. and Loughborough University, U.K.

Sharda, K. 2005. Bounded Rationality in Management and Psychology - International Winter Institute at IIM Bangalore, organized by Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany.


Panel Moderator for learning session on Storytelling for learning and change organized by IIMA HR Leadership Conclave Series, IIM Ahmedabad.

Valedictory Address at seminar on OD Interventions: Challenges and opportunities organized by The M. S. University of Baroda, India.

Guest speaker on Knowing self: A life-long journey at L&T Power, Baroda, India.

Panelist for discussions on Core issues in peace process between India and Pakistan and Branding Pakistan organized by Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.




Executive Education and Consulting

Case Method Teaching Seminar (CMTS)

- Organized by Harvard Business Publishing and IIMA Case Centre

Select Open-enrollment Programmes

  • Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset and Leadership (Faculty Chair)
  • Corporate Theatre: Developing Creative Competencies through Storytelling and Film-making (Faculty Chair)
  • Managing Interorganizational Relations and Networks (Faculty Chair)
  • 3-TP: Emerging Leaders' Programme
  • Mid-Career Training Programme
  • Leading Professional Services Firms
  • Strategic Human Resource Management Programme, Dubai
  • Strategic IT Outsourcing
  • People's Issues in Outsourcing
  • Supply Chain Management

Select Customized Programmes

  • Siemens, Novartis, Dainik Bhaskar, Aster Pharma (Dubai), L&T, ICICI Bank, AYUSH Sector, Gorkha Breweries (Nepal), Prasar Bharati, State Bank of India, Ambuja Cement, MetLife Global Operations Support Center, Tata Telecom, LIC, Mahindra & Mahindra, KPMG, Cairn, IOCL, Government Schools (Gujarat State), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), and others
  • Relationship Alignment Exercise for IBM and Vodafone 


Awards & Honors

Year Awards & Honors


Highly Commended Award Winner by 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards


Late Prof. T.K.N. Menon Gold Medal for obtaining Rank 1 in Faculty of Education and Psychology, The M. S. University of Baroda (Master of Arts, Psychology)


University Gold Medal for obtaining Rank 1 in Punjabi University

Roll of Honour for being Distinguished Student of G.C.G. College, Patiala.

(Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, Economics, Geography)



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