SPJIMR’s Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL) looks to enhance conventional leadership development approaches currently deployed by corporate learning and development professionals, with wisdom traditions drawn from the east and west. The Centre is part of an emerging global network of leadership and wisdom centres, scholars, and practitioners. CWIL co-creates and disseminates new perspectives through blog articles, podcasts, training modules, retreats, and conferences.


  • Management Development Programmes

    The Second Winning

    The need for transition is often felt at a time when success, as defined this far, has been achieved, and one begins to sense a ‘What more?’ or ‘Is this it?’ kind of stirring within. CWIL’s ‘The Second Winning’ (TSW), is a programme designed as a potent pause to address this inner rustle. It is an opportunity to put aside racing to-do lists, rest our overworked will, shift lens and gear, and inquire into certain essential questions – What is unaddressed within? What is seeking fulfilment? What needs closure? What is life asking of me? ‘The Second Winning’ is an intervention to make a conscious transition from a notable career to a meaningful life. The design and structure of TSW draw upon eastern wisdom traditions, advances in western Psychology and Neuroscience research, and the wisdom of contemporary thought leaders. TSW can be seen as a rite of passage (doorway) to fully participate and contribute to crafting a memorable and meaningful life which we cherish and others remember.

    The Second Winning is part residential (in Vana, Dehradun) and part online programme, scheduled for launch in 2023.

    Leadership Lessons from Gita and Mahabharata

    Designed for mid-level managers and senior executives to impart leadership insights and practices from the most popular Indian spiritual texts. This MDP will cover the lives of chosen characters as they navigate through life by demonstrating values, decision-making ability, integrity and principles. It will be conducted in Rishikesh for three days in 2023. The MDP will include contemplative practices, chanting, reflective and experiential learning.

  • Course for SPJIMR FPM

    The course discusses concepts, ideas, and questions pertinent to the idea of wisdom as understood through the lens of Eastern philosophy (especially Indian culture), Western philosophy, and leadership.  It also draws upon history to provide leadership perspectives through the understanding of historical methodology, historiography, and genres like a biography.  The course focuses on methodological issues in measuring and studying wisdom while exploring specific extant literature.  It aims to help students foray into researching the construct of ‘wisdom’ in leadership and organisation studies.  This course will enable participants to unravel the past, present, and future of wisdom literature delineating the implications of ‘wisdom’ for managers, organisations, and society.

    The course will be covered in 30 hours, ten sessions of 3 hours each.


22 Sep 2022

Book by Swami Dayananda Saraswati-Bhagavad Gita: Cours d'Étude de la Bhagavad Gita - Volume 3; translated from Sanskrit and English in French by Dr. Surya Tahora

Dr. Surya Tahora Know More
1 Jun 2022

Power and Philanthropy: The Imperial Dimensions of Parsi Amelioration of the Iranian Zoroastrians

Dr. Dinyar Patel Know More
1 Apr 2022

Robert Kennedy’s politics was almost Ambedkarite. The world needs leaders like him today

Dr. Dinyar Patel Know More
16 Jan 2022

Heavy lies the head that wears the crown

Dr. Tanvi Mankodi Know More
12 Jan 2022

Students Leadership Programme: Igniting the Young Minds

Dr. Mihir Ajgaonkar
23 Dec 2021

Why Students Should Be Taught Differently: Learner Characteristics, Learning Styles and Simulation Performance

Prof. Bindu Kulkarni, Ranjan Banerjee and Rajasekaran Raghunathan Know More
16 Nov 2021

Actions in phygital space: Work solidarity and collective action among app-based cab drivers in India

Prof. Shalini, Dharma Raju Bathini, George Kandathil Know More
22 Oct 2021

Danone: Leading Change by Rejigging Purpose?

Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar and Dr. Surya Tahora Know More
28 Sep 2021

Stereotyping & unconscious bias in organizations

Dr. Ashita Aggarwal Know More
27 Sep 2021

Impact of HRM practices on innovative behaviour: mediating role of talent development climate in Indian firms

Dr. Sumita Datta, Pawan Budhwar, Upasna A. Agarwal & Shivganesh Bhargava Know More
22 Jul 2021

Nurturing a healthy mentor-mentee relationship

Dr. Renuka Kamath Know More
23 Jun 2021

Executive education engine drives continuous learning

Dr. Preeta George Know More
19 Apr 2021

The Singing Satyagrahi: Khurshedben Naoroji and the Challenge of Indian Biography

Dr. Dinyar Patel Know More
11 Apr 2021

Moral hazards of RBI’s balance sheet approach

Dr. R K Pattnaik Know More
4 Dec 2020

Career Choices Of Indian Women Managers: Lens Of Bounded Rationality-

Dr. Sumita Datta & Dr. Snehal Shah
3 Dec 2020

Shaping Institutions: Breaking barriers and focus on stakeholders

Prof. R. Gopalakrishnan & Dr. Sushmita Srivastava Know More
6 Nov 2020

Shaping Institutions: Orbit shifting and cyclical thinking

Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan and Dr. Pallavi Mody Know More
20 Oct 2020

Board Seats for Women Successors: It is a matter of mindsets, not rights

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal Know More
8 Oct 2020

Shaping Institutions:The Art of critical thinking

Mr. R Gopalakrishna and Dr. Sushmita Srivastava Know More
29 Sep 2020

Indic Religiosity Scale: developing and validating an Indian religiosity scale

Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar & Dr. Anshul Verma Know More
3 Sep 2020

Ninety-six shades of emotion in today’s age of emojis

Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar Know More
2 Aug 2020

Creating safe workspaces at home

Dr. Vidyut Lata Dhir and Rishabh Kochhar (PGDM 2020) Know More
2 Aug 2020

Introverts Vs Extroverts in the digital workplace

Prof. Vineeta Dwivedi and Seema Khanvilkar Know More
13 Jul 2020

The narrative of beauty has to change

Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar Know More
20 Jun 2020

Are Marketers breaking or building gender stereotypes?

Dr Ashita Aggarwal & Rachna Wadhwa Know More
29 May 2020

Higher Learning, Upskilling And Reskilling In Times Of COVID-19

Dr. Jyoti Jagasia and FPM 2018 Scholar Alka Aggarwal Know More
24 Apr 2020

COVID-19: Importance of motivating language

Prof. Vineeta Dwivedi and Prof. Upasna A Agarwal Know More
24 Apr 2020

Opinion | When quarter-se-quarter-tak thinking is a letdown

Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar Know More
25 Feb 2020

MBA education: New Insights on Enablers of Managerial Performance

Dr. Debmallya Chatterjee and Dr. James Poovathingal
5 Dec 2019

MANAGEMENT LESSONS FROM THE MASTERS: Believe to Succeed like Azim Premji

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal Know More
11 Jul 2019

Vedanta Philosophy’s Contribution to Wisdom Development for Leadership: Grounding Indian Practical Wisdom in Higher Knowledge and Purpose

Dr. Surya Tahora and Dr. Snehal Shah
20 Jun 2019

Make Indian education future-ready

Dr. Ranjan Banerjee Know More
14 May 2019

Think, Lead and Strategize Like Kumar Mangalam Birla

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal Know More
29 Apr 2019

Opinion | Of hubristic leaders and obedient company boards

Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar Know More
15 Apr 2019

How business schools can change the world

Prof. Deepa Krishnan Know More

The significance of Thich Nhat Hanh

Prof. Jagdish Rattanani Know More

Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2020.

Dr Dinyar Patel Know More

Vivre la Vision de l'Un: explorer la réalité et grandir -French version of Dr. Surya Tahora's book 'Living the vision of oneness: exploring realities and growing as an individual'

Neema Majmudar (Author), Surya Tahora (Author, Translation) Know More

Management Lessons from the Masters: Persevere and Prevail like Mukesh Ambani.

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal Know More

Living in Lockdown

Dr. Saamdu Chetri & Prof. Jagdish Rattanani Know More

Embracing nature during pandemic: Building a positive attitude

Saamdu Chetri & Prof. Jagdish Rattanani Know More

Digital technology-enabled transformative consumer responsibilisation: a case study

Shalini Parth, Bhupesh Manoharan, Rishikesan Parthiban, Israr Qureshi, Babita Bhatt, Krishanu Rakshit Know More

Kena Upanishad (French Edition) (French) Paperback

Swami Dayananda Saraswati (Author), Surya Tahora (Translator) Know More

Bhagavad Gita: Cours d'Étude de la Bhagavad Gita - Volume 1 (Français) Broché – 20 janvier 2020

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Building a Backdoor to the iPhone: An ethical dilemma

Tulsi Jayakumar and Surya Tahora

Contemplative Practices in an MBA curriculum

Vinca Bigo, Kedge Business School; David Rooney, Macquarie Business School; Surya Tahora, SPJIMR

How is wisdom defined in Indian traditions

Dr Ajinkya Navare

How can wisdom be measured?

Dr Ajinkya Navare

Eastern Wisdom Traditions and its linkage with leadership

Dr Snehal Shah

Theories of self: A comparative study of Western and Indian Perspectives

Dr Shalini Parth

Can wisdom be a deterrent to destructive/dark leadership behaviour?

Dr Tanvi Mankodi.

Is stoicism in leaders valued by their followers?

Dr Tanvi Mankodi

White Paper on “Establishing wise practices as a basis for Leadership Development”

Dr Tanvi Mankodi, Dr Sumita Datta, Prof Anant Talaulicar, Dr Snehal Shah, Dr Surya Tahora

The Liberals and the Making of Modern India

Dr Dinyar Patel

Long-term biographical project on Allan Octavian Hume

Dr Dinyar Patel

Long-term edited volume projects on the selected papers of Dadabhai Naoroji and Allan Octavian Hume

Dr Dinyar Patel

PRJ article on the historical antecedents of professional management education

Dr Dinyar Patel

PRJ article on the history of swadeshi

Dr Dinyar Patel

Co-editor for special edition of Iranian Studies on Parsis and Modern Iran

Dr Dinyar Patel

This space would feature several blogs penned by our affiliates on engaging topics such as the wise self, being a great experiencer, stoicism, history of wisdom, contemporary issues in wisdom, wisdom in the digital age, wise innovations, hubris in leaders, and many more. We intend to present a brief look at the insights we gather from our research and consulting experience in this area. We hope to stimulate interesting conversations with all those inclined to learn more about the Centre and the area of wisdom in leadership.


  • Series - “Past Imperfect: Indian Histories of Business, Politics and Leadership”

    CWIL Webinar: In Conversation with Author Mircea Raianu - 3rd September 2021

    An exciting conversation with Mircea Raianu, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism (Harvard University Press, 2021). This is the first book to extensively engage with the Tata’s archival records, thereby providing a sweeping narrative of a corporation which has played an outsized role in the making of modern India. Raianu was in conversation with R. Gopalakrishnan and Dinyar Patel.

    CWIL Webinar: In Conversation with Vinay Sitapati – 17th September 2021

    A conversation with Vinay Sitapati, Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University and author of Half-Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India. Half-Lion chronicles the life of one of India’s most consequential prime ministers. It explores how, against seemingly insurmountable opposition, Rao was able to implement reforms which put India on the path toward economic liberalisation. Sitapati was in conversation with Dinyar Patel.

    CWIL Webinar: In Conversation with Danish Khan and Ruhi Khan – 8th October 2021

    An exciting conversation with Danish Khan (journalist and historian) and Ruhi Khan (independent journalist), authors of Escaped: True Stories of Indian Fugitives in London. Escaped examines the lives of several high-profile Indian fugitives abroad, from Vijay Mallya to Iqbal Mirchi, and asks an important question: why do they all flee to London? They were in conversation with Dinyar Patel and Mihir Ajgaonkar of SPJIMR.

    CWIL Webinar: In Conversation with Ross Bassett, author of ‘The Technological Indian’ – 22nd October 2021

    A conversation with Ross Bassett, author of The Technological Indian (Harvard University Press, 2016). The book examines the very roots of India’s IT economy, demonstrating how Indians from B.G. Tilak to Mahatma Gandhi played a role in fostering technological education in India – and, in particular, how the model of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) inspired Indians. He was in conversation with Dinyar Patel.

  • Series - “Flourishing in the New Era”

    CWIL Webinar 1: Sustainable Futures: Well-Being in the Anthropocene - 15th January 2021

    In the first webinar in the series “Flourishing in the New Era”, Dr. Paul Shrivastava, Chief Sustainability Officer of Penn State University, is in conversation with Prof. Jagdish Rattanani and Dr. Surya Tahora. 

    CWIL Webinar 2: Progressive Business Models and Resilience - 22nd January 2021.

    The second webinar in the series, with Prof. Laszlo Zsolnai on the topic, ‘Progressive Business Models and Resilience’. Mr. László Zsolnai, Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Center at the Corvinus University of Budapest and the President of European SPES Institute in Leuven, Belgium, is in conversation with Prof. Jagdish Rattanani and Dr. Surya Tahora. 

    CWIL Webinar 3: Exploring Ideas and Models on Responsible Business. 29th January 2021.

    The third webinar in the series, with Dr. Eleanor Higgins on ‘Exploring ideas and models on responsible businesses’. Eleanor O’Higgins, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Business at University College Dublin and an Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, was in conversation with Prof. Jagdish Rattanani and Dr. Surya Tahora. 

    CWIL Webinar 4: Spiritual based leadership in business with Mr. Peter Pruzan - 5th February 2021

    The fourth webinar on the topic, ‘Leading with Wisdom: Spiritual-based leadership in business, was held on Friday, February 5th, with Dr Peter Pruzan, Professor Emeritus at Department of Management, Philosophy & Politics, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark & Honorary Guest Professor at Sri Sathya Sai University in India. He was in conversation with Prof. Jagdish Rattanani and Dr. Surya Tahora.


  • Past Imperfect: Episode 1

    In a new SPJIMR podcast series, ‘Past Imperfect’ our Faculty member Dr Dinyar Patel is in conversation with Historian Dr Ramachandra Guha.

  • Past Imperfect Episode 2: Thinking about Constitutions with Linda Colley

    Linda Colley’s ‘The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen’ is a wide-ranging exploration of the development of constitutions, a book which demonstrates how increasingly violent warfare led to the worldwide spread of these documents between the 18th and early 20th centuries. In this episode, Colley discusses global influences on Indian constitutional thought, the relevance of constitutions today, and why historians need to write accessible books.

    “Past Imperfect,” explores leadership from a historical perspective while bridging the past and present. The series is brought to you by SPJIMR’s Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL) and features conversations with authors of recent works of global and Indian history and explores political and economic leadership in unusual or unconventional situations.

  • Past Imperfect Episode 3: A Man and a (Five-Year) Plan with Nikhil Menon

    “In ‘Planning Democracy’ Nikhil Menon takes us to the summit of Nehruvian planning in the 1950s and 1960s—and what we find there might surprise us. The story of India’s first Five-Year Plans involved a genius professor, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis; deft Cold War diplomacy; and the introduction of India’s first computers. But it was also about so much more: an attempt to make planning ‘democratic,’ a project which involved rural volunteers, Bollywood talent, and even sadhus.”

  • Past Imperfect Episode 4: The Global Business World of the Sassoons with Joseph Sassoon

    Joseph Sassoon’s ‘The Global Merchants’ charts the meteoric rise and calamitous collapse of the Sassoon family, Jewish refugees from Baghdad who built a world-spanning business empire out of Bombay, London, and Shanghai. Sassoon’s book is full of fascinating characters: opium traders, horse racing aficionados who rubbed shoulders with British royalty, and perhaps the first woman to lead a global commercial enterprise.

  • Past Imperfect Episode 5: Bombay Imagined with Robert Stephens

    The architect Charles Correa once described Bombay/Mumbai as a great city but a terrible place. In ‘Bombay Imagined,’ Robert Stephens, an American-born architect at RMA Architects, chronicles several centuries of unfulfilled plans to make the city both greater and less terrible. ‘Bombay Imagined’ demonstrates that smelly sewage, awful infrastructure, paltry open space, and inadequate housing are not simply modern problems: Bombay citizens have established a long tradition of devising plans to mediate these perennial headaches, unfortunately with limited success.

  • Past Imperfect Episode 6: Priya Atwal on Women Power in the Sikh Empire

    Women’s voices are absent from so much of South Asian history. In “Royals and Rebels,” Priya Atwal recovers the remarkable roles that royal women played in the affairs of the Sikh Empire (1799-1849). Ranjit Singh might have been the Sher-e-Punjab, but Atwal demonstrates that his empire owed much of its success to female power.

  • Sapience Episode 1: Developing Leaders to Perform in Uncertainty; The Mindfulness Solution

    In our new podcast series, ‘Sapience’, Faculty member Dr Surya Tahora is in conversation with leadership Development Advisor Dr Elizabeth King

    They dive into the many aspects of mindfulness; does the evidence match the hype, and can we distinguish between mindfulness’s peripheral and deeper side? They discuss the implications for organisations, what goes on in senior leadership rooms, and do those decisions serve the greater good.

    The series is brought to you by SPJIMR’s Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL).

  • Sapience Episode 2: Advancing the science of wise reasoning in management

  • Sapience Episode 3: Application of wisdom research to organisations, leadership, and qualitative research methods

  • Sapience Episode 4: The Science of Wisdom in a Polarized World: Knowns and Unknowns

    They discuss how, despite its long history, there is still much to learn about wisdom and how it can be applied in the real world. They also scrutinise how wisdom researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds can collaborate to identify commonalities in their theories and develop a more comprehensive understanding of wisdom. This understanding can then be used to assist people in making wiser decisions that consider the impact of their actions on others.

  • Sapience Episode 5: Linking Wise Organizations to Wise Leadership, Job Satisfaction and Well-Being

    In our latest episode of Sapience, Dr Monica Ardelt takes us on a journey into the heart of wise organisations. Drawing from her Three-Dimensional Wisdom model, she breaks down the components of a wise organisation, from leadership and decision-making to the sharing of profits. She also explains why wise organisations are the way of the future and how they can create a better, more sustainable world for future generations.

    The series is brought to you by SPJIMR’s Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL).


  • People

    • Executive Director

      • Surya Tahora

        Professor & Executive Director – Center for Wisdom in Leadership

    • Admin Key Staff

      • Gisha Crispin

      • Ranjani Arvind

      • Rachna Wadhwa

    • Research Affiliates

    • Others

    • Advisory Committee

      • Monika Ardelt

        Monika Ardelt is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. She is a Founding Faculty Member and Member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health. Monika Ardelt’s research focuses on successful human development across the life course, particularly emphasising the relations between wisdom, purpose and meaning in life, spirituality, ageing well, and dying well. 

      • Howard Nusbaum

        Howard C. Nusbaum is currently the Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom Director and Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He has recently returned from serving as the Division Director for the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation. His research is on the psychology, neurobiology, and comparative biology of language use, the role of sleep in learning, attention and working memory, and the neurobiology of economic decisions. 

      • David Rooney

        David Rooney is an Honorary Professor of Management and Organisation Studies at Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has researched, taught, and published widely in the areas of wisdom, leadership, the knowledge-based economy, and creative industries. Professor Rooney has published in major academic journals, including The Leadership Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Human Relations, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

      • Laurent Ledoux

        Laurent Ledoux is the founder, partner and Chairman of the Board of Phusis, a team of   experienced managers specialising in collaborative governance. Phusis Partners, who have typically implemented collaborative governance in the organisations they have managed, now share their experiences with and accompany organisations which also want to implement collaborative governance. He lectures on Business Ethics, CSR and Leadership at various universities. He has contributed articles on his spiritual path in various books on spirituality & management.

      • S Padmanabhan

        S Padmanabhan is the Executive Chairman of Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) and the Head of Tata Sustainability and Ethics. As Executive Chairman of TBExG, he is responsible for enabling the Business Excellence journey of Tata companies globally. This role is integral to Group initiatives in enhancing the performance of Tata companies through diagnostics, benchmarking and sharing of best practices. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a life member of CSI, Senior Member of IEEE. 

      • Nitin Seth

        Nitin Seth is a highly accomplished technology industry leader with a unique combination of experiences as a Global Manager, Innovative Entrepreneur, Management Consultant, and Best Selling Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Incedo Inc, a high-growth technology services firm focused on Digital, Data and Analytics. He recently authored the book “Winning In The Digital Age”. He is deeply influenced by India’s spiritual philosophy and traditions and believes they can inspire a social and cultural renaissance in India and the world. 

      • Snehal Shah

        Snehal Shah has 18 years of work experience in Organisation Behavior and Strategic HR across three domains – Teaching, Research and Consulting. After spending 17 years in academia and corporate America, she returned to India, continued her teaching and consulting career at the School of Inspired Leadership, Gurgaon, and led the HR Specialisation for MBA students. Under her leadership, the HR Leadership Programme won the Gamechanger & Most Innovative award presented by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Subsequently, she joined the SPJIMR in Mumbai. Currently, she is the Associate Dean, Academics and Research, Chairperson of the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), Head Research Initiatives and Professor of Organisation Behavior.

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