Rajiv Agarwal


Chairperson – Strategy & Innovation

Rajiv Agarwal holds a Ph.D. from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, with a focus on Family Managed Businesses in India. He holds a master’s degree in management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR), and has pursued ‘The Owner / President Management Programme’ from Harvard Business School.

His research and teaching expertise is in Strategy, Family Business, and Entrepreneurship. His research enthusiasm is reflected through a series of intellectual contributions in journal publications, authoring books and book chapters, periodicals, simulations, and media publications.

In his career spanning 30 years, he has held senior executive roles with organisations in the electronics industry, simultaneously pursuing his passion for teaching management education. He is a professor and chair of Strategy and Innovation at SPJIMR.

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Ph.D., 2017
Focus: Career choices of successors in Family Managed Businesses in Indian Context


Owner/ President Management Programme (OPM), 2001


MMS, 1991
Major: Marketing and Finance


ICWAI (Intermediate), 1990


BCom, 1989
Major: Financial Accounting


    Strategy (Business Policy & Strategy, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Corporate Alliances)


    Family Business



    Professor, SPJIMR. (Jul 2017 – Present)

    Associate Professor, SPJIMR. (Feb 2012 – Oct 2017)


    Group Head, Strategy, SPJIMR (May 2019 – Present).

    Various Professional Positions

    Director, Ma and Pa Pvt Ltd. (2021 – Present).

    Director, Aftab Electronics Pvt Ltd. (2019 – Present).

    Director, Multispark Electronics Pvt Ltd. (2019 – Present).

    Independent Director, Polson Limited. (2019 – Present).

    Director, Rajes Art Printers Pvt Ltd. (2019 – Present).

    Director, KRCD India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai. (1994 – Present)

    Director, Rajes Art Printers Pvt. Ltd. (1992 – 1999).

    DBS Business Centres Pvt Ltd. (1992)

    Management Trainee

    Grasim Industries. (1992)

    Management Trainee


    Various assignments in Family Business Advising and Strategy


    Management/Executive Development, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd (Suppliers programme), 23 participants. (January 11, 2020 – January 25, 2020).

    Management/Executive Development, Huntsman PU Division, 27 participants. (November 4, 2019 – November 5, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Sony Pictures, 30 participants. (October 17, 2019 – October 18, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, MDP-CAPSTONE FOR PIDILITE. (September 16, 2019 – September 21, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Pidilite, 29 participants. (July 1, 2019 – September 21, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, MDP CAPSTONE PIDILITE. (July 1, 2019 – August 10, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 4 participants. (May 5, 2018 – April 7, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, SPJIMR, 7 participants. (April 23, 2018 – March 14, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Pidilite, 27 participants. (February 19, 2019).

    Management/Executive Development, Pidilite, 27 participants. (October 21, 2018 – October 27, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, Pidilite, 27 participants. (August 20, 2018 – August 26, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, Delhi Centre. (July 14, 2018 – July 15, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, Pidilite, 27 participants. (June 18, 2018 – June 24, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, 20 participants. (January 2, 2018 – January 3, 2018).

    Management/Executive Development, Public Programme, 20 participants. (October 25, 2017 – October 27, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, CGI, India, 29 participants. (July 12, 2017 – October 13, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, 30 participants. (August 1, 2017 – August 2, 2017).

    Management/Executive Development, Mazgaon Dock Ltd., 26 participants. (May 8, 2017).


    Agarwal, R., Datta, S., Gore, R. (2021). SPJIMR & FICCI-FLO Mumbai release white paper on ‘Women Entrepreneurship in India’. The Economic Times.

    Agarwal, R. (2020). Tough road ahead for Intel?. Forbes India. https://www.forbesindia.com/article/bharatiya-vidya-bhavan039s-spjimr/tough-road-ahead-for- intel/61367/1

    Agarwal, R. (2020). Is Covid-19 Lockdown leading to Emotional Exhaustion? BW Wellbeing World. http://bwwellbeingworld.businessworld.in/article/Is-Covid-19-Lockdown-leading-to- Emotional-Exhaustion-/28-05-2020-193469/

    Agarwal, R. (2020). Covid-19 crisis: A golden opportunity for family businesses. Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/covid-19-crisis-a-golden-opportunity-for-family- businesses/104574

    Agarwal, R. (2020). Family business: Strengthening relationships in the time of Covid-19. Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/family-business-strengthening- relationships-in-the-time-of-covid-19/104566

    Agarwal, R. (2020). Family business: Leadership in the time of Covid-19. Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/family-business-leadership-in-the-time-of-covid- 19/104378

    Agarwal, R. (2020). Why Modis Cannot Afford Another Family Dispute…. BW Business World. http://www.businessworld.in/article/Why-Modis-Cannot-Afford-Another-Family-Dispute-/09- 03-2020-185821/

    Agarwal, R. (2020). The role of sons-in law in family businesses. Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/the-role-of-sons-in-law-in-family-businesses/104226

    Agarwal, R. (2020). The role of daughters in Indian family businesses. Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/the-role-of-daughters-in-indian-family- businesses/104150

    Agarwal, R. (2019). Succession in family businesses: Right, responsibility, or a privilege?.

    Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/succession-in-family-businesses-right- responsibility-or-a-privilege/103901

    Agarwal, R. (2019). Why Forever 21 heralds what is wrong with family businesses. Forbes India. http://www.forbesindia.com/article/bhartiya-vidya-bhavan%EF%BF%BDs-spjimr/why-forever- 21-heralds-what-is-wrong-with-family-businesses/56429/1

    Agarwal, R. (2019). Family Business Simulation: Honey Heritage (7130-HTM-ENG ed.). Harvard Business Publishing. https://hbsp.harvard.edu/product/7130-HTM-ENG

    Agarwal, R. (2018). Free and superior service: New rules of competition. Fortune India.

    Agarwal, R., Aggarwal, A. (2018). BALAJI WAFERS: TAKING THE PEPSI CHALLENGE. Ivey Publications.

    Agarwal, R. (2018). Should families stay together? Fortune India. https://www.fortuneindia.com/opinion/should-families-stay-together/102171 SPJIMR Reference Code: 1819-08-01

    Agarwal, R. (2018). The case for setting up family offices. Fortune India.

    Agarwal, R. (2018). The need for family offices. Fortune India.

    Agarwal, R. (2018). Decoding Family Office. Business Today.

    Agarwal, R. (2018). The evolution of family offices. Forbes India, May 28, 2018.

    Agarwal, R. (2018). Successor’s dilemma: To or not to take over an unethical family business. Forbes India.

    Agarwal, R. (2018). In defence of the silver spoon kids: Family-run businesses.

    Agarwal, R. (2017). 7 considerations when hiring professionals for a family business. Inc.com USA.

    Agarwal, R. (2017). Less is More (pp. 77-78). Indian Management Magazine.

    Agarwal, R. (2017). Leadership lessons for leaders: What would they look like?. Forbes India.

    Agarwal, R. (2017). The Need for family businesses to stay relevant. Forbes India. http://www.forbesindia.com/article/spjimr/the-need-for-family-businesses-to-stay- relevant/47363/1

    Agarwal, R. (2017). Asian Paints’ Jalaj Dani Resigns After 18 Years. Business World.

    Agarwal, R. (2017). How To Grow Kids In Midst Of Wealth. Business World. http://businessworld.in/article/How-To-Grow-Kids-In-Midst-Of-Wealth/11-06-2017-119873/

    Agarwal, R. (2017). The Need For Family Businesses To Stay Relevant. http://businessworld.in/article/The-Need-For-Family-Businesses-To-Stay-Relevant/11-06- 2017-119878/

    Agarwal, R. (2017). When good companies make disastrous moves. Forbes India. http://www.forbesindia.com/article/spjimr/when-good-companies-make-disastrous- moves/46231/1

    Agarwal, R. (2017). Legacies redefined. Business India.

    Agarwal, R. (2016). CSR Strategic to the educational needs of the children in the community. SPJIMR.

    Agarwal, R. (2016). Livelihood generation: A Dilemma of everyday life. SPJIMR.

    Agarwal, R. (2016). Why Ananya Birla’s singing debut is applaudable. Business Today.

    Agarwal, R. (2016). The Cyrus Mistry-Tata imbroglio: A common family business issue? (45101/1 ed.). Forbes India. http://www.forbesindia.com/article/spjimr/the-cyrus-mistrytata- imbroglio-a-common-family-business-issue/45101/1

    Agarwal, R. (2014). The Airline Industry in India: 2012. The Casecentre.org.

    D’Souza, K., Agarwal, R. (2014). AGV: Crisis on the Top. Ivey Publishing.

    Agarwal, R. (2014). The case of the increasing Topline. The Casecentre.org.

    Agarwal, R., Dalal, S. (2014). Indian Steel Ltd: Tri-Party Negotiation – The Buyer. Ivey Publishing.

    Agarwal, R., Dalal, S. (2013). When There Is No Will, Is There a Way? Ivey Publishing.

    Agarwal, R. (2013). Pramanik Containers and The Bottleneck Challenge (A). Richard Ivey School Of Business.

    Agarwal, R. (2013). Pramanik Containers and The Bottleneck Challenge (B). Richard Ivey School of Business.

    Agarwal, R., Dalal, S. (2012). The Cinnamon Case: Sales Negotiation (Role Play) – (A) The Seller. Ivey Publishing, Richard Ivey School of Business.

    Agarwal, R. (2012). The Cinnamon Case: Sales Negotiation (Role Play) – (B) The Buyer. Ivey Publishing, Richard Ivey School of Business.


    Editorial board of SAGE Journal


    Reviewed cases and articles for Emerald and Journal of Family Business Management


    Family Business




    Board of Academics, Nirma University, Department of Management. (2016 – 2019)


    Member, Family Firm Institute, Boston, USA.


    Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising (ACFBA), Family Firm Institute, Boston. (October 28, 2020 – Present).

    Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (ACFWA), Family Firm Institute Boston. (October 28, 2020 – Present).

    G. Certified Strategist, Prof. G of NYU Stern School. (July 31, 2020 – Present).

    Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Firm Institute, Boston. (2016 – Present).

    Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), Family Firm Institute, Boston. (2016 – Present).

    Executive Certificate programme for Fast growing businesses, Stanford Business School. (2006 – Present).

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