Rajan Kamath, PhD

Rajan Kamath is an Associate Professor for the MHA program. Rajan also teaches Strategy at the College of Business, University of Cincinnati. After earning the MBA Association’s Awards for Teaching Excellence for 2 years in a row, Rajan earned the University of Cincinnati’s 2000 Graduate EXCEL Award for exceptional dedication and outstanding contribution to graduate teaching. Rajan’s contributions to the MBA learning experience in Corporate Strategy, International Competition, and Strategic Alliances earned him the 2007 nomination for the University of Cincinnati Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.

Rajan earned his PhD in Strategy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research has been published in the top management journals including Academy of Management Journal and Harvard Business Review. He has consulted with many companies in North America, India, China, and Latin America including Haas-TCM, Thomson, Toyota Motor Company in Japan, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of North America, Procter and Gamble, Cabot Microelectronics, General Motors-Mexico, Convergys, BPCL-India, Milacron Inc., Hill-Rom, and Tri-Health Inc.

In 1995 Rajan was awarded the Shingo Prize for his contributions to manufacturing excellence. President Clinton described him as belonging to the group of management thinkers who “have helped make the very term “Made in the U.S.A.” synonymous with high quality”. Business Week considers the Shingo Prize to be the Nobel Prize of manufacturing.

In 2009 the University of Notre Dame’s Executive Education Department selected Rajan for the “Inspiring Educator Award”. In 2010 Rajan was nominated for both the Graduate and the Undergraduate EXCEL awards for exceptional dedication and outstanding contribution to teaching.

Research Support

1997, $25,000 (Co-investigator R. Apana) from the Center for Innovation Management Studies, a National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research program located at Lehigh University.

1994, $25,000 (Co-investigator R. Apana) from the Center for Innovation Management Studies, a National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research program located at Lehigh University.

1992, $9,000 (Co-investigator J.K. Liker) from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

1992, $3,875 from the Goering Center for Family/Private Business, University of Cincinnati.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Montgomery, C.A., A.R. Thomas, and R.R. Kamath, “Divestiture, market valuation, and strategy”, originally published in Academy of Management Journal in 1984, this was re-published in Sage Library in Business and Management’s Volume I on Corporate Strategy (edited by Jeffrey A. Krug, Sage 2009, ISBN978-1-84787-355-2). Selected from no fewer than 1,613 refereed journal articles in the field of strategy, this volume has a total of 64 articles that are representative of the state-of-the-art in the field (Acceptance rate: 3.97%). 2009.

Liker, J.K., R.R. Kamath and S.N. Wasti, “Supplier involvement in design: a comparative survey of automotive suppliers in the USA, UK and Japan”, International Journal of Quality Science, Vol.3, No.3,214-238, 1998.

Hartley, J.L., J. Meredith, D. McCutcheon and R.R. Kamath, “Suppliers’ contribution to product development: An exploratory study”, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Vol. 44, No. 3, 258-267, August 1997.

Technical Reports and Other Publications

Kamath, R., and R. Apana, Strategy in the Public Sector: Best-Kept Secrets of Emerging Economies, Conference Proceedings of the 2010 Global Conference on Business and Finance of the Institute for Business and Finance Research, 2010.

Kamath R.R. and R.Apana. 3-part series of articles on “Strategies for Troubled Times” which were published on the Editorial Page of the Economic Times on 26 November 2001 (A Bridge Over Troubled Waters), 3 December 2001 (Leadership Strategies), and 10 December 2001 (Think Before you Weep). The Economic Times, is the world’s second largest financial daily (circulation 750,000) after the Wall Street Journal.

Kamath, R.R. and R. Apana. “Adapting Japanese best-practice management models for use in emerging Southeast Asian economies”, The Association of Japanese Business Studies Best Paper Proceedings edited by M. Wakabayashi and A. Bird. 9th Annual Meeting, Nagoya, Japan, 211-222, 1996.

Paper Presentations

“Strategies for adapting best-practice supplier management : Case studies of adaptations in Thailand and South Korea” co-authored by R. Apana. Paper presented at the Business Policy and Strategy Division’s Special Session on Analytic Case Research, 56th Annual Meeting, Academy of Management, Cincinnati, OH, August 9-14, 1996.

“Involving parts suppliers in automotive product development : US, UK, & Japan” co-authored by J.K. Liker and S.N. Wasti. Paper presented at the INFORMS meeting on Managing Interdisciplinary Interfaces, New Orleans, October 29-November 1, 1995.

“Managing suppliers for fast product development” co-authored by J.L. Hartley and B.J. Zirger. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting, Academy of Management, Vancouver B.C., Canada, August 6-9, 1995.

Executive Programs

“Competitive Foresight” elective designed for the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business Executive MBA Program in 2011

Keynote Speaker for CMED 2008, the annual Conference on Management, Executive, and Professional Development Programs, November 2008

Presented custom-designed workshop on Innovative and Creative Strategies for Cincinnati Bell April 2008

Honors and Awards

2009 Most Inspired Educator Award from Executive Education at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business

2008 Nominated for the Michel L. Dean EXCEL Award for exceptional dedication and outstanding contribution to graduate teaching.

2008 Nominated for the Ronald J. Dornoff Fellow of Teaching Excellence Award.

Positions and Work Experience
Academic Experience

1995-Present Associate Professor College of Business Administration, University of Cincinnati,Cincinnati, OH

1989-1995 Assistant Professor College of Business Administration, University of Cincinnati,Cincinnati, OH

1987-1989 Assistant Professor School of Business Administration, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

1985-1987 Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Washington,Seattle, WA

1981-1984 Research and Teaching Assistant University of Michigan School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI

Business Experience

1997-Present Founder and President, Artesiaa Consulting Group

1978-80 Executive, Projects & Planning Department BEL, Bangalore, India.

1975-76 Production Manager The Metal Box Company of India, Calcutta, India.


Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan PhD 1988 Business Administration

Institution: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India MBA 1978 Finance

Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India BE 1975 Mechanical Engineering

Research and Practice Interests

Strategic analysis, business model innovation, leadership

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