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Dr Ajit Nayak

Dr Ajit Nayak

Senior Lecturer in Strategy


+44 (0) 1392 726266

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Dr Nayak joined the University of Exeter Business School in 2010. Dr Nayak’s primary area of interest is processual approach to understanding human agency. He is committed to engaging with philosophical ideas and developing new ways of thinking about organizations. Previously, he has examined issues relating to strategy practice, decision making, creativity, consumption, theory and entrepreneurship. He is currently working on understanding the Indian business context. Dr Nayak has published in Organization Studies, Business History, Long Range Planning, Organization and Marketing Theory.

Dr Nayak welcomes applications from PhD students interested in process and practice approaches to strategy and organizations. In particular, Dr Nayak welcomes applications from students interested in researching the Indian business context and empirically investigating strategies, structures, processes and actions of Indian organizations.

Nationality: Indian


BSc (Hons) Information Management and Accounting (University of Essex), MA Management Studies (University of Essex), PhD Management (University of the West of England), PG Cert HE (University of the West of England)

Research clusters

Research interests

  • Indian business context
  • Process, practice, discourse, strategy, leadership and governance
  • Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation

Dr Nayak’s research interests revolve around the ways we relate to others and make our lives meaningful. He draws on process and practice philosophers, such as Henri Bergson, Martin Heidegger, William James, Alasdair MacIntyre and Paul Ricoeur to theorize organizational lives. Empirically, his main research project is on the Indian business context which aims to understand the lives, experience and networks of people who run India’s largest corporation. He also hopes to contribute to our understanding of ‘an Indian way of thinking’ and India’s success on the global stage. Overall, process, practices and identity are theoretical themes that inform all of Dr Nayak’s research. His aim is to theorize and develop new empirical avenues for researching human agency in the process of wealth creation.

Dr Nayak’s teaching philosophy is to encourage students to think critically and engage imaginatively with learning. His teaching interests are centred around strategy process and practice. He aims to engage students on an intellectual adventure, and inspire them to develop inquiring minds.

Dr Nayak’s is a core member of the One Planet MBA teaching team. He currently teaches on the full-time and executive module on Global Strategic Analysis and Management.