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Mihir Ajgaonkar

Associate Professor, Organisation and Leadership Studies

Mihir Ajgaonkar has obtained a Ph.D. from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, with a focus on Organisational Citizenship Behavior. He has completed Certification in Intervention for Strategic HRM & Change, from Ross Business School, University of Michigan.

He holds a professional experience of 36 years, with 28 years in the industry and 8 years in academics.  During his career in the industry, he led senior HR roles in eminent organizations within the hospitality, IT and Consulting, Construction Equipment, Financial Services, Heavy Engineering, Defense, and Power sectors.

Mihir has wide research interests ranging from Organisation Culture and Organisation Effectiveness to Human Resource Management. His research findings have been published in leading journals and periodicals. He is a certified professional and practitioner in Executive Coaching and other critical HR performance-building and assessment systems.

He also serves as the Associate Professor, Organisation & Leadership Studies at SPJIMR.

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Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

Ph.D., 2014
Focus: Organizational Citizenship Behavior

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, University of Poona

Masters in Personnel Management, 1986

University of Mumbai

BSc, 1984
Major: Physics


    Organisation Culture

    Organisation Effectiveness

    Human Resource Management


    Ajgaonkar, M. and Mankodi, T. (2023), “Lakhpati Kisan programme: boosting the income of marginal farmers through women empowerment”, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 13 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-10-2022-0368

    Ajgaonkar, M. (2022), “The “d’you” story: gearing the startup during the pandemic”, Vol. 12 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-06-2021-0198

    Ajgaonkar, M. (2022), “Student leadership programme: igniting the young minds”, Vol. 12 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-11-2020-0401

    Sinha, E., & Ajgaonkar, M. (2020). The Infosys Saga: An Indian IT giant faces a leadership crisis. Asian Case Research Journal24(01), 13-34. https://doi.org/10.1142/S0218927520500017

    Ajgaonkar, M., D’Souza, K. and Mukundan, K.P.A. (2020), “Resource cell for juvenile justice: challenges of motivation of social workers”, Vol. 10 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-11-2018-0256

    Ajgaonkar, M. and D’Souza, K. (2018), “The Muktangan story (Part A): an organizational study and The Muktangan story (Part B): winds of change”, Vol. 8 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-08-2017-0216

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    Ajgaonkar, M. (2017). Kshamata: Leveraging Training For Social Integration Of Victims Of Human Trafficking (pp. 12). Case Centre.

    Ajgaonkar, M. (2017). Performance Management at Progress Information Technologies. ET Cases.

    D’Souza, K., Ajgaonkar, M. (2016). Prospecta Engineering: The Dynamics of Industrial Relations. Case Centre, UK.


    Sadri, D. S., S Jayashree., Ajgaonkar, M. (2002). Geometry of HR (pp. 888). Mumbai: Himalaya Publishing House.


    Ajgaonkar M. (Author and Presenter), Mallik D. (Author), D’Souza K. C. (Author), Khosla S. (Author) POMS India International Conference on Building Resilience in Supply Chains and Communities, “Career Anchors and Motivational Expectancies of Diverse Prospective Indian Managers”, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research and Production and Operations Management Society, India Chapter (December 23, 2021)

    Ajgaonkar, M. (Author & Presenter), Mallik, D. (Author & Presenter), D’Souza, K. C. (Author & Presenter), Khosla, S. (Author), First virtual Global Conference on Innovation in Management and Business (GCIMB), “Career Anchors and motivational expectancies of Prospective Indian Managers,” Chapman University of California, Howard University of Washington, D.C. and National Institute of Technology Warangal of India. (July 28, 2021)


    Ajgaonkar, M. (2018). Pearl Harbour and the Learning Organization. People Matters Magazine.

    Ajgaonkar, M. (2018). Why succession planning and grooming effort for top leadership needs to be the responsibility of the board. Financial Express.


    Organisational Behavior

    Human Resources Management

    Employee Relations and Labor Legislation


    Organisation Behavior

    Human Resource Management


    S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (Nov 2014 – Now)

    Associate Professor, Organisation and Leadership Studies (OLS)

    Administrative Assignments

    Department Chair, Organisation, and Leadership Studies, SPJIMR (March 2022 – May 2023)

    Group Head, People and Performance and Communications, SPJIMR (May 2019 – March 2022)

    Reliance Power Limited (Jun 2014 – Oct 2014)

    Sr. VP (HR)

    Larsen & Toubro Limited (Aug 2003 – Jun 2014)

    Head HR (Various Independent Companies of L&T Group)

    Zensar Technologies (Jun 2001 – Aug 2003)

    Head – Organization Development, Principal Consultant

    N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research (Mar 2000 –  May 2001)

    Associate Professor

    Marico Industries Ltd. (Jan 1999 – Mar 2000)

    TQM Manager

    Taj Group of Hotels, The Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. (Jun 1986 – Jan 1999)

    Manager – Corporate HR


    Financial services, Manufacturing Corporates in ASEAN and Far East region. (August 2001 – July 2003).

    Services, Manufacturing, Family managed businesses. (August 2000 – April 2001).


    Management/Executive Development, Emerging Leaders Programme, 18 participants. (September 26, 2019 – September 28, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Voltas Limited, 19 participants. (September 18, 2019 – September 21, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Huntsman PU Division, 27 participants. (July 10, 2019 – July 11, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Emerging Leaders, 15 participants. (May 9, 2019 – May 11, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Bharti Axa General Insurance, 18 participants. (April 17, 2019 – April 18, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Bharti Axa General Insurance, 18 participants. (April 15, 2019 – April 16, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 31 participants. (September 6, 2018 – September 8, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, Kalpataru Ltd, 24 participants. (July 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 12 participants. (May 8, 2018 – May 10, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR and Times Group, 26 participants. (December 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 13 participants. (November 2, 2017 – November 4, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 22 participants. (September 10, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, TOTAL Oil Corporation, 14 participants. (September 6, 2017 – September 8, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, TOTAL Oil Corporation, 18 participants. (April 19, 2017 – April 21, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, TOTAL Oil Corporation, 12 participants. (April 11, 2017 – April 13, 2017).

    Leadership Development, PPG – Asian Paints ( FY 2015)


    Asian Paints for Leadership Development


    Editorial Review Board Member, Emerging Markets Case Studies Journal. (January 2022 – Present)


    Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies.


    Member, National HRD Network.

    Member, National Institute of Personnel Management


    Certification in Executive Coaching, Ericson Coaching. (September 2016 – Present).

    Certified executive coach, Coaching Federation of India. (2012 – Present).

    Accredited MBTI practitioner, CPP Asia Pacific, Australia. (2011 – Present).

    Certificate of Competence (level 1& 2) in Occupational Testing., NAOP, India. (2010 – Present)

    Licensed Practitioner for Belbin’s Team Roles, Belbin Associates, UK. (2004 – Present)

    Licensed Practitioner for Thomas Profile Analysis, Thomas International, UK. (2004 – Present)

    Licensed Practitioner for Hays Job Evaluation from, Hays Group, USA. (2002 – Present)

    Certified Assessor for Assessment Center methodology, SHL, UK. (2001 – Present)

    Certified Practitioner for Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ), SHL, UK. (2001 – Present)

    Certified Quality Management Examiner for IMC Ramakrishna Bajaj National Quality Award (Malcolm Baldrige Criteria), Indian Merchants’ Chamber. (2000 – Present)

    Certification for TPM facilitation, ECS Limited. (1999 – Present)

    Certified Lead Assessor, British Standards Institution, UK. (1995 – Present)

    Approved Grid Instructor for Grid Organization Development, Scientific Methods Inc. USA. (1994 – Present)

    Global Human Resource Professional, SHRM, USA. (2008 – 2011)

    Certified Human Resource Executive (1996 to 2001)., AH & MA, USA. (1996 – 2001)

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