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Safal Batra is a faculty member in the Strategic Management area at IIM Kashipur since March 2015. He completed his masters from IIM Calcutta and doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad. His dissertation, exploring innovation in small businesses, was conferred the IFCI best thesis award at IIM Ahmedabad. His current research interests include entrepreneurial personality and cognition, performance of small businesses, and the dark side of entrepreneurship. He is specifically interested and engaged in developing tourism and agricultural start-ups. His research work has been published in International Small Business Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management, Australian Journal of Management, and Journal of Entrepreneurship, among others. He has been on the editorial board of New England Journal of Entrepreneurship. His research paper titled - “The seeds of legitimacy: Why some new ventures are more desirable than others”, presented at the Southwest Academy of Management, was awarded the McGrawHill Distinguished Paper Award in 2017. He was selected for the Global Representatives workshop at the Academy of Management conference held in Orlando in 2013. He was a visiting Fellow at the National Taiwan Uniersity of Science and Technology in 2018.

Safal teaches core courses on Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management in the MBA program, as well as PhD seminar course on Entrepreneurship. He has designed and delivered many MDPs on Strategic Leadership and Management for corporates like Bharat Electronics, National Academy of Defence Production, NTPC, HAFED etc. He has also conducted numerous open MDPs on Strategic Managament and Entrepreneurship through online channels. He is the chairperson of the "Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development" - the entrepreneurship incubation centre at IIM Kashipur. The centre, run with the assistance of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, and the Department of Science and Technology, seeks to incubate promising start-ups of Uttarakhand. He has been a visiting faculty at many institutes like IIM Shillong, IIM Amritsar and IMT Ghaziabad.

Title Name of Journal Author (S) Vol No. Year
Absorptive Capacity and Firm Performance in Small Family Firms Journal of Knowledge Management (Emerald) Chaudhary S and Batra S. 22(6): 1201-1216 2018
Does Strategic Planning determine Innovation in Organizations? A Study of Indian SMEs Australian Journal of Management (Sage) Batra S, Sharma S, Dixit M and Vohra N. 43(3): 493-513 2017
Proposing a sequential operationalization of absorptive capacity Measuring Business Excellence (Emerald) Chaudhary S and Batra S. 22(1): 64-74 2017
Measuring the effectiveness of strategic planning: proposing a second order operationalization Measuring Business Excellence (Emerald) Batra S, Sharma S, Dixit M and Vohra N. 20(3): 15-25 2016
Stronger may not be better: The influence of organizational identity strength on small business performance Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources (Wiley) Batra S and Sharma S. 55(2): 234-254 2016
Do new ventures benefit from strategic change or persistence? A behavioral perspective Journal of Organizational Change Management (Emerald) Batra S 29(2): 310-319 2016
Exploring the linkages of cognitive style and individual innovativeness Management Research Review (Emerald) Batra S and Vohra N. 39(7): 768-785 2016
Entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance in Indian SMEs: Universal and Contingency perspectives International Small Business Journal (Sage) Gupta V and Batra S. 34(5): 660-682 2015
Performance implications of industry appropriability for manufacturing SMEs: The role of technology orientation Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (Emerald) Batra S, Sharma S, Dixit M, Vohra N and Gupta V 26(5): 660-677 2015
Strategic orientations and innovations in resource-constrained SMEs of an emerging economy Journal of Entrepreneurship (Sage) Batra S, Sharma S, Dixit M and Vohra N 24(1): 17-36 2015
Number Name
1 Strategic Management
2 Entrepreneurship
3 Seminar Course on Research in Entrepreneurship 

Paper titled “The seeds of legitimacy: Why some new ventures are more desirable than others” presented at the Southwest Academy of Management awarded the McGrawHill Distinguished Paper Award.

Awarded IFCI Best Thesis Award at IIM Ahmedabad.

Awarded scholarship to attend Academy of Management 2013 BPS Global Representatives Workshop. August, 9, 2013, Orlando.

Awarded SAMS/JMS sponsorship to attend ‘Journal of Management Studies doctoral workshop’. Cambridge, March 2014.

Awarded full sponsorship to attend ‘Annual Global Conference of Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovations’, IIT Kanpur, December 9, 2012.

Awarded conference scholarship to attend Strategic Management Society's special conference, Singapore, June 7, 2012.

Chairperson of Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development.