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Dr Ajit Nayak

Dr Ajit Nayak

Senior Lecturer in Strategy

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+44 (0) 1392 726266

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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

Qualifications

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

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.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Nayak A (2016). Wisdom and the tragic question: Moral learning and emotional perception in leadership and organizations. Journal of Business Ethics Abstract.  Full text.
Nayak A, Maclean M (2013). Co-evolution, opportunity seeking and institutional change: Entrepreneurship and the Indian telecommunications industry 1923-2009. Business History, 55(1), 29-52. Abstract.  Full text.
Nayak A, Chia RC (2012). Dramatic decisions or insensible incisions?: Towards a becoming theory of decision-making. Revue Française de Gestion, 38, 147-166.
Nayak A, Chia R (2011). Thinking becoming and emergence: Process philosophy and organization studies. Research in the Sociology of Organization, 32(1), 281-309.
Nayak A (2008). Experiencing creativity in organisations: a practice approach. Long Range Planning, 41(4), 420-439. Abstract.
Nayak A, Beckett A (2008). Infantilized adults or confident consumers? Enterprise discourse in the UK retail banking industry. Organization, 15(3), 407-425. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Nayak A (2016). Wisdom and the tragic question: Moral learning and emotional perception in leadership and organizations. Journal of Business Ethics Abstract.  Full text.
Nayak A, Maclean M (2013). Co-evolution, opportunity seeking and institutional change: Entrepreneurship and the Indian telecommunications industry 1923-2009. Business History, 55(1), 29-52. Abstract.  Full text.
Nayak A, Chia RC (2012). Dramatic decisions or insensible incisions?: Towards a becoming theory of decision-making. Revue Française de Gestion, 38, 147-166.
Nayak A, Chia R (2011). Thinking becoming and emergence: Process philosophy and organization studies. Research in the Sociology of Organization, 32(1), 281-309.
Nayak A (2008). Experiencing creativity in organisations: a practice approach. Long Range Planning, 41(4), 420-439. Abstract.
Nayak A, Beckett A (2008). Infantilized adults or confident consumers? Enterprise discourse in the UK retail banking industry. Organization, 15(3), 407-425. Abstract.
Nayak A (2008). On the way to theory: a processual approach. Organization Studies, 29(2), 173-190. Abstract.
Beckett A, Nayak A (2008). The reflexive consumer. Marketing Theory, 8(3), 299-317. Abstract.
Nayak A, Maclean M, Harvey CE, Chia R (2007). Entrepreneurship, corporate governance and Indian business elites. International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 1(1/2), 6-27.

Chapters

Chia R, Nayak A (2017). Circumventing the logic and limits of representation: Otherness in East-West approaches to paradox. In Lewis MW, Smith WK, Jarzabkowski P, Langley A (Eds.) Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Nayak A (2016). Case study: Bharti Airtel acquires resources and companies. In Meyer K, Peng M (Eds.) International Business, Cengage.
Chia R, Nayak A (2016). University management education as cultivating the art of utilizing knowledge: Enhancing effective managerial decision-making through expanding horizons of comprehension. In Beyes T, Parker M, Steyaert C (Eds.) Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, London: Routledge. Abstract.
Nayak A (2015). Heraclitus. In Helin J, Hernes T, Hjorth D, Holt R (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies, Oxford: Oxford, 32-47.  Abstract.
Nayak A, Maclean M, Harvey C, Chia R (2010). Entrepreneurship, corporate governance and Indian business elites. In Singh P, Verma S (Eds.) Organizing and Managing in the Era of Globalization, New Delhi: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd, 232-258.  Abstract.
Nayak A (2009). Handbook of research on strategy and foresight. In Costanzo LA, MacKay RB (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Strategy and Foresight, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 66-81.
Nayak A (2008). Dictionary of Management Research. In Thrope R, Holt R (Eds.) Dictionary of Management Research, London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Nayak A (2005). Managing uncertainty. In Moran A, Watson S (Eds.) Trust, risk, and uncertainty, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 123-143.

Publications by year


2017

Chia R, Nayak A (2017). Circumventing the logic and limits of representation: Otherness in East-West approaches to paradox. In Lewis MW, Smith WK, Jarzabkowski P, Langley A (Eds.) Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016

Nayak A (2016). Case study: Bharti Airtel acquires resources and companies. In Meyer K, Peng M (Eds.) International Business, Cengage.
Chia R, Nayak A (2016). University management education as cultivating the art of utilizing knowledge: Enhancing effective managerial decision-making through expanding horizons of comprehension. In Beyes T, Parker M, Steyaert C (Eds.) Routledge Companion to the Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, London: Routledge. Abstract.
Nayak A (2016). Wisdom and the tragic question: Moral learning and emotional perception in leadership and organizations. Journal of Business Ethics Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Nayak A (2015). Heraclitus. In Helin J, Hernes T, Hjorth D, Holt R (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies, Oxford: Oxford, 32-47.  Abstract.

2013

Nayak A, Maclean M (2013). Co-evolution, opportunity seeking and institutional change: Entrepreneurship and the Indian telecommunications industry 1923-2009. Business History, 55(1), 29-52. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Nayak A, Chia RC (2012). Dramatic decisions or insensible incisions?: Towards a becoming theory of decision-making. Revue Française de Gestion, 38, 147-166.

2011

Nayak A, Chia R (2011). Thinking becoming and emergence: Process philosophy and organization studies. Research in the Sociology of Organization, 32(1), 281-309.

2010

Nayak A, Maclean M, Harvey C, Chia R (2010). Entrepreneurship, corporate governance and Indian business elites. In Singh P, Verma S (Eds.) Organizing and Managing in the Era of Globalization, New Delhi: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd, 232-258.  Abstract.

2009

Nayak A (2009). Handbook of research on strategy and foresight. In Costanzo LA, MacKay RB (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Strategy and Foresight, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 66-81.

2008

Nayak A (2008). Dictionary of Management Research. In Thrope R, Holt R (Eds.) Dictionary of Management Research, London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Nayak A (2008). Experiencing creativity in organisations: a practice approach. Long Range Planning, 41(4), 420-439. Abstract.
Nayak A, Beckett A (2008). Infantilized adults or confident consumers? Enterprise discourse in the UK retail banking industry. Organization, 15(3), 407-425. Abstract.
Nayak A (2008). On the way to theory: a processual approach. Organization Studies, 29(2), 173-190. Abstract.
Beckett A, Nayak A (2008). The reflexive consumer. Marketing Theory, 8(3), 299-317. Abstract.

2007

Nayak A, Maclean M, Harvey CE, Chia R (2007). Entrepreneurship, corporate governance and Indian business elites. International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 1(1/2), 6-27.

2005

Nayak A (2005). Managing uncertainty. In Moran A, Watson S (Eds.) Trust, risk, and uncertainty, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 123-143.

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.

Modules

2016/17