Professor Himanshu Rai took charge as the Director of IIM Indore on 31 December 2018. Prior to this he taught at IIM Lucknow from 1 September 2016 after a leave of two years. In this 2-year period (1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016), Himanshu was the Dean, MISB Bocconi (India Campus of Bocconi, Milan), and Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy. Professor Rai is an educationist – an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), he has been teaching PG and Doctoral students at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) since 2006. His core area is Human Resource Management, wherein he focuses on Negotiation; Mediation; Arbitration; Strategic HRM; and Leadership. He frequently conducts training programmes and workshops for executives as well as bureaucrats around the world. He has earlier taught in the HR area at XLRI Jamshedpur. As the Convener of CAT 2010, he successfully led the largest format change in world’s testing history exceeding all global standards of testing. Through his initiatives gender and educational background parity was achieved by IIMs.
His profile includes a stint of over 8 years at Tata Steel, India, where he played a pivotal role in developing Quality Systems for his Departments and the Communication Policy for the Company. It was there that he found his passion – trekking in the Himalayas, which in turn led him to a clear vision of what he wanted to do with his life. He wished to help people become aware of their own selves, choices and opportunities that life presents them with, and realize their potential to the fullest. He believes that this can be best achieved through quality education. He decided to enter the world of academics and went on to pursue his doctorate at Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad. He sincerely believes in the power of academics to lead the change that people aspire to bring about in our society. His personal focus is not just academic excellence but achieving it on the basis of ethics, integrity and a need for self-actualization.
Himanshu has trained over 20,000 professionals, both in the private sector as well as the government. Some of his training interventions include helping Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie to develop a training module on “Ethics and
Anti-Corruption Strategies” for all Indian Administrative Services officers across career phases; “Training of Trainers” on Negotiation Skills for faculty and senior management of LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and subsequent training on Negotiation for Phase V IAS Officers (IAS with 27-30 years of service); Negotiation training for Indian (Indian Foreign Services) and Foreign Diplomats, Workshop on “Crisis Leadership” for a large Oil company; Series of workshops on “Creating Sustainable Performance at Dealership” dealers of a large auto organization in India; Workshops on “Negotiation Skills”, Leadership, and Communication Skills for more than a hundred organizations in India and abroad.
Himanshu provides strategic consultancy to the Government of India, and in particular, has audited programs sponsored by the Planning Commission of India. He also provides strategic consultancy to the state governments in areas of restructuring, strategic HR management, and employee development. An expert in interpersonal negotiation, he provides consultancy in negotiation to individuals and organizations.
Aspiring to bring in a moral compass to management education, he launched an elective course titled, “Justice, Ethics and Morality”, which has become one of the most popular courses now at the IIMs. He further helps his students discover themselves with a workshop called “Framing Identities and Roles through Exploration”.
He has published more than 30 Papers and Chapters in peer reviewed journals and books, and his current areas of research include Negotiation, Ethical Leadership, Cross Cultural Issues, Management and Religion, Spirituality, Gender, and Influence Tactics. A connoisseur of Sanskrit literature, he has also written about and given discourses on Indian and Western philosophy, which he avidly studies. His research always has a strong underpinning of philosophy and its elements. His research exploring the measurement of spirituality through an analysis of Vedic literature won him the best in-session presentation award at a conference in Costa Rica. He is a recipient of the coveted N.T.S.E. Scholarship and Infosys Fellowship. He was also awarded the best professor in HRM by a leading publishing house last year.
Himanshu looks to yoga, as a means to balance the body, the mind and the spirit. He has also introduced his students to the basic tenets of this ancient Indian discipline through various workshops.
Himanshu considers The Himalayas his spiritual abode and is passionate about mountaineering and trekking. He treks up the Garhwal Himalayas annually, also having led several expeditions up to a height of nearly 20,000 feet. He has explored most of the treks in this vast area and has scaled Rudragaira, Kala Patthar, Nagakarsang, Khatling and Chandrashila peaks.
An avid quizzer, Himanshu has conducted over a hundred quiz shows across the country and has had a delightful stint in dramatics with many plays to his credit, both as an actor and a director. He also juggles a keen interest in reading and collecting books with a strong passion for music.
For more on him, visit his website www.himanshurai.com; his latest book “Negotiation” published by McGraw Hill Education is available on https://www.mheducation.co.in/9789387067974-india-negotiation and his latest TEDx talk is available on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkn0u1aXS1o
- Rai H. (2017). Negotiation. McGraw Hill Education.
- Rai, H. (2005). The Role of Hinduism in Global India and her Business Ethics. In Capaldi, N, (Eds.), Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations? Salem, MA:M&M Scrivener Press. 379-389.
- Rai, H. (2005). The Emerging World Trade Regime, Social Clause and Implications for Employee Relations Management. In Chawla, K.N., (Eds.), Enhancing Global Business Competitiveness, Delhi: Wisdom Publications. 160-175.
Selected Scholarly Papers (Peer Reviewed)
- Rai, H & Banerjee, B (2019). The role of gender and leader tenure in the relationship between Spirituality & Ethical Leadership. The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 54(3), 497-515
- Wohlgezogen, F & Rai, H (2018). Dialogue: Lessons on Competence and Character from President Donald J Trump. Organizational Dynamics, 47(1), 54-62
- Saxena, N & Rai, H. (2016). Correlations and organisational effects of compensation and benefits, job satisfaction, career satisfaction and job stress in public and private hospitals in Lucknow, India. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 11(2), 65-74
- Singh, S; Kumar, K; Bhattacharya, A & Rai, H. (2016). Estimating and testing the significance of correlation coefficient obtained from truncated bivariate normal distribution. Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, 19(2), 245-251
- Shukla, A & Rai, H. (2015). Linking Perceived Organizational Support to Organizational Trust & Commitment: Moderating role of Psychological Capital. Global Business Review, 16(6), 981-996.
- Saxena, N & Rai, H. (2015). Impact of Performance Appraisal on Organizational Commitment and Job Satisfaction. International Journal of Engineering and Management Sciences, 6(2), 95-104.
- Shukla, A & Rai, H. (2015). Interactive Effects of Psychological Capital and Perceived Support in Developing Trust and Commitment among Indian IT Executives. Employment Relations Record, 14(2), 66-87.
- Saxena, N & Rai H. (2015). The correlation effects between recruitment, selection, training, development and employee stress, satisfaction and commitment: findings from a survey of 30 hospitals in India. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 15(2), 142-161.
- Rai, H. (2014). An Exploratory Study on the Morphology and Measurement of Spirituality: Development of a Scale. International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 8(4), 459-472.
- Rai, H and Singh, M. (2013). A Study of Mediating Variables of the Relationship between 360-degree Feedback and Employee Performance. Human Resource Development International, 16(1), 56-73.
- Kumar, M, Singh, S, Rai H, and Bhattacharya A. (2012). Measuring Humane Orientation of Organizations through Social exchange and Organizational Identification Facilitation and Control of Burnout and Intention to Quit. International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, 15(4), 520-547.
- Rai, H. (2012). Book Review. Samuel Paul: A life and its lessons: Memoirs. Samuel Paul. Metamorphosis, 10 (2), 101-105.
- Rai, H (2011). Leadership through Literature. Good to Great: Ideas, Imagination & Innovation, LBSNAA. 25-29.
- Kumar, M, Rai, H, and Pati, S.P. (2009). An Exploratory Study on Negotiating Styles: Development of a Measure. Vikalpa, 34(4), 37-49.
- Rai, H (2009). Business Education-Motivation to Learn-Knowledge and Skills Transfer Linkage. Indian Journal of Training & Development, 39(1), 21-29.
- Rai, H (2009). Gender Differences: Ingratiation and Leader Member Exchange (LMX) Quality. Singapore Management Review, 31(1), 63-72.
- Rai, H (2008). Political Dynamics and Employee Relationship Management. Journal of Indian Management and Strategy, 13(4), 40-43.
- Rai, H and Kothari, J (2008). Recruitment Advertising and Corporate Image: Interface between Marketing and Human Resources. South Asian Journal of Management, 15(2), 47-60.
- Rai, H. (2008). Managing Trade Unions at the Firm Level and the Dynamics of Collective Bargaining, Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 44(1), 117-129.
- Rai, H. (2008). Disputes and Dispute Resolution: The Effect of Union Density on Employee Intention to Quit-an Indian Study. Management & Labour Studies, 33(2) 290-300.
- Rai, H. (2007). Dispute Handling Capability: Morphology and Modalities-Development of a Model. Management & Labour Studies, 32(2), 183-202.
- Kaul, A., Ansari, M., and Rai, H. (July 2006). Gender, Affect and Upward Influence. Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, 2(1), 2-31.
- Rai, H. (2004). Book Review. Negotiated Change: Collective Bargaining, Liberalization and Restructuring in India. C.S. Venkataratnam. Vikalpa, 29 (3), 155-157.