Shashank Shah is a stakeholder management strategist, researcher and published business author. He has developed strategic perspectives and operational frameworks on leading multinational and Indian public and private sector firms, including Fortune 500 companies. His research and publications focus on the pivotal role of corporations in economic and social value creation through visionary leadership, stakeholder-centric decision making and inclusive business strategies.
Dr. Shah has co-authored over 100 research-based papers, case studies, articles and technical notes in the areas of Corporate Stakeholder Management Strategy, Private Sector Development, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Governance and Leadership. These are published by eminent publishers including Harvard Business School, Penguin Random House, Springer, Sage, Emerald and Macmillan. He has presented research papers in international conferences at Harvard University (USA), INSEAD (France) and Indian Institutes of Management; and also invited to present his research at institutions in Brazil, Italy, Japan, Malaysia and Turkey.
A recipient of the President of India and Governor’s Gold Medals for excellence in the MBA and Master of Philosophy programmes at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, he was awarded the AIMS International Outstanding Doctoral Management Student Award at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He has been Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Business School, USA; and the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He has also been a Fellow and Project Director at the Harvard University South Asia Institute, USA; and a Fellow at the European SPES Institute, Belgium. He was Invited Expert Faculty in Corporate Responsibility at Executive Development Programmes by Harvard University, World Bank and the Government of India; and the School of Management, IIT Bombay. A Consulting Editor with The Business India Group, he is a columnist for Business World, and reviewer for Taylor & Francis, Sage, Palgrave Macmillan, and Emerald Publications.
Based on extensive research across three continents, Dr. Shah has co-authored over 10 books, monographs, mimeos and technical reports in the areas of Stakeholder Management, Corporate Responsibility, Livelihood Creation and Social Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Integral Education, and Humanised Healthcare. Significant among them are ‘Win-Win Corporations’ and ‘Soulful Corporations’. His forthcoming tome focuses on ‘The Tata Way of Business’. He has taught postgraduate courses on Marketing, Quality and Innovation, and Indian Ethos and Values; and postgraduate and doctoral courses on Research Methods in Social Sciences.
During his decade-long research, he interviewed and worked closely with 200+ CXO level business leaders and industry captains across top 100 national and multinational corporations in India on issues related to corporate strategy, competitiveness, innovation, sustainability and governance. He also interacted with leading academics from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston University, New York University Stern School of Business, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, INSEAD France; and experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Reserve Bank of India and the United Nations Global Compact. His major contribution is a veritable knowledge base of multi-sectoral, multi-industry and multi-stakeholder leadership insights of a collective experience of 4,000 years, which is leveraged across industries in India for implementation and capability building.
Dr. Shah can be described as a Jignasu, someone on a quest for knowledge about the worlds – within and without. Living up to this inner inspiration, and as Editor-in-Chief of the University’s Publications Division, he has compiled and edited over two dozen books on Indian Ethos and Values based on the Message of the Revered Founder Chancellor. On a hundred occasions, he has been invited to address large gatherings in India and USA on diverse themes relating to Management, Human Values-Based Education and Leadership, Social Responsibility and Service, Vedanta, Indian Culture and Spirituality.
Institutional Affiliations and Contribution
Advisory Board Member, IIB Council, Malaysia and USA, 2017 onwards
Book Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 onwards
Columnist, Businessworld, 2017 onwards
Subject Expert, Thought Leadership Study on Corporate Responsibility, EY India, 2016
Editor-in-Chief, Postdoctoral Editors Association, Harvard University, 2016 onwards
Project Director and Fellow, Harvard University South Asia Institute, USA, 2015-17
Research Faculty Executive Education Programme on Corporate Social Responsibility in India, Harvard Business School, 2015
Reviewer, Journal of Management, Religion and Spirituality, Taylor & Francis Publications, 2015 onwards
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School, USA, 2014 onwards
Fellow, European SPES Institute, Belgium, 2014 onwards
Invited Expert Faculty, Executive Development Programme (EDP), jointly organised by Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI), World Bank and the Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India, 2014
Joint Secretary and Treasurer, Sri Sathya Sai Students & Staff Welfare Society, Prasanthi Nilayam, 2012-14
International Advisory and Editorial Board Member, Journal of Values-Based Leadership, Valparaiso University, USA, 2012 onwards
Reviewer, Journal of Human Values, Sage Publications, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 2012 onwards
Reviewer, Emerging Market Case Study Series, Emerald Publishers, United Kingdom, 2012 onwards
Visiting Scholar, Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 2011
Invited Researcher, The Academy of Business in Society, France, 2011
Invited Researcher, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay School of Management, 2011
Invited Resource Person, Executive Development Programme in Corporate Social Responsibility, School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2011
Invited Resource Person, Ninth Annual PhD Conference at CEDEP (Centre for Executive Education and Development) INSEAD, Paris, 2011
Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Management & Commerce, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, 2011-14
Editor-in-Chief, Publications Division, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, 2008-14
Interviewed for ‘State of the Economy’, prestigious programme on the Rajya Sabha TV channel of the Indian Parliament
Kolkata Literature Festival
Doctoral Summer School, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
International Speaker Series, Delhi Management Association, New Delhi Institute of Management
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gandhinagar
First Traditional Art Entrepreneurship Summit, New Delhi
Reliance Foundation, Navi Mumbai
Trainers Forum, Mumbai
Academic Honours and Awards
J.N.Tata Scholar for advanced research in Corporate Responsibility at Harvard Business School, USA, 2014
HR College Golden Alumnus Award and Citation, awarded by Dr. Indu Shahani, Honourable Sheriff of Mumbai, 2011
Association of Indian Management Scholars International Outstanding Doctoral Management Student Award 2010 and Gold Medal; awarded at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 2011
Conferred Doctor of Philosophy by the Revered Founder Chancellor in the presence of the Prime Minister of India – Dr. Manmohan Singh, 2010
Governor’s Gold Medal for standing first in the Masters of Philosophy Programme received from the Revered Founder Chancellor in the presence of the President of India – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 2006
President of India Gold Medal for standing first in the MBA Programme received from the Revered Founder Chancellor, 2004
‘Mr. Mumbai University Award’ for the year 2000-2001 by Dr. Bhalchandra Mungekar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai, at the 33rd Annual Youth Festival of the University, 2001
Saraswati Award and Gold Medal received from the Minister of Higher Education, Govt. of Maharashtra and the Bruhad Mumbai Gujarati Samaj for standing among the top ten students in the Mumbai Board for Class XII, 1999