Sumita Datta

Adjunct Professor

Organisation & Leadership Studies (OLS)

Sumita Datta holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, with her doctoral research conceptualised on Talent Development Climate. She has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India.

She is an adjunct faculty in the area of People & Performance at SPJIMR. In her career spanning 30 years, she has led critical responsibilities in HR, Learning & Leadership Development, at leadership levels with prominent organizations in Automotive Manufacturing and Engineering Products companies for almost two decades.

Later, she pursued her passion in academics and joined management education. Her research interests cover topics including Innovation and HR practices, Diversity and Inclusion, and Careers Choices for Indian Women Managers. Her research contributions have been presented in leading journals and publications.

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EDUCATION

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay   

Ph.D., 2010
Focus: Talent Development Climate

XLRI, Jamshedpur

Post Graduate Diploma, 1992
Major: Personnel Management & Industrial Relations

Lucknow University   

B.Sc, 1989
Major: Physics, Statistics & Mathematics

  • RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Research interests are in the fields of Organization Behavior and Social Psychology including themes like Talent Development, Leadership Development, Innovative Work Behavior, Careers, and Diversity & Inclusion with special attention to:

    Role of leadership in creating a climate of inclusion and innovation

    Gender and Leadership

    Process view of learning and leadership development

  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Datta, S., Budhwar, P., Agarwal, U. & Bhargava, S. (2021). “Impact Of HRM Practices On Innovative Behavior: Mediating Role of Talent Development Climate In Indian Firms,” The International Journal of Human Resource Management. Manuscript DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2021.1973063. (SCOPUS OBHR Q1: 1.378, H-Index 114).

    Haldar, A., Datta, S. & Shah,S. (2019).“Tokenism or Realism? Gender Inclusion in Corporate Boards,” Equality, diversity, and inclusion: An international journal, https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-04-2019-0126. (SCOPUS CS Q1: SJR 423; H-Index 26).

    Datta,S. & Agarwal,U. (2017). “Factors effecting career advancement of Indian women managers,” South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 6 Issue: 3, pp.314-336, 2017. (SCOPUS CS Q2: SJR 0.423; H-Index 8).

    Aggarwal, U., Datta, S., Bhargava, S. & Blackbeard, S. (2012) “Linking Work Engagement and LMX to Innovative Work Behavior and Turnover Intentions”, Career Development International, 17, No. 3, 2012. (SCOPUS OBHR – Q1; SJR 0.425; H-Index 60).

    Aggarwal, U., Bhargava, S. & Datta,S. (2009), “Identifying employees’ perceptions of psychological contract: A comparison between IT and BPO employees in India,” New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 9 (1).

    Aggarwal, U., Bhargava, S. & Datta, S (2007).“The relationship between human resource practices, psychological contract and employee engagement – Implications for managing talent,” IIMB Management Review, 19, No. 3. (SCOPUS BMA – Q2; SJR 1.052: H-Index 20).

  • WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

    Agarwal, R., Datta, S., Gore, R. & Natrajan, M. (2021) Women entrepreneurship: Navigating the social paradoxes, A white paper published by FICCI-FLO & SPJIMR.

    Datta, S. & Shah, S., Case Study: ‘Driving D&I In Cummins India Through Inclusive Leadership’, under review in Emerald Emerging Market Cases

  • BOOKS/BOOK CHAPTERS

    Datta, S. & Shah, S. (2020). ‘Satisficing career choices of Indian women managers’ Book Chapter 6 in Book: Career Dynamics in a Global World Indian and Western Perspectives Edited by Premarajan Raman Kadiyil, Anneleen Forrier and Michael B. Arthur.

    Dhir, V. L., Bremner, N. M., Datta, S. (2016). An Examination of the Social-Institutional, Cultural, and Organizational Antecedents of Commitment in India. Handbook of Employee Commitment (pp. 403-417). Book: Handbook of Employee Commitment; Edward Elgar Publishing; Edited by John P. Meyer, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Oct 2016 576 pp; Part VI Commitment across Cultures-Chapter 29

  • CONFERENCES

    Datta, S. (Presenter), Shah, S., EURAM 2021 Online Conference, “A Journey Towards Developing An Inclusive Workplace: The Case of Cummins India.” (June 18, 2021).

    Haldar, A., Datta, S. & Shah,S. (2020) Double Glass Ceiling? Gender Diversity On Corporate Boards In India, Academy of Management Proceedings 2020

    Haldar, A., Datta, S. & Shah,S. (2019). Role of Human and Social Capital In Appointment of Women On Corporate Boards In India, Conference of Aston India Centre for Applied Research. Recognized as Best Paper for Innovative Research, AICAR 2019.

    Datta, S. (Author & Presenter), Shah, S. (Author), Srinivasan, V. (Author), Baral, R. (Author), 79th Academy of Management and Annual Meeting Programme, “Industry-Academic Collaboration: An inclusive agenda for growth,” Boston. (August 11, 2019).

    Datta, S. (Author & Presenter), Shah, S. (Author), Haldar, A. (Author), 79th Academy of Management and Annual Meeting Programme, “Tokenism or realism? Gender inclusion lens for corporate boards & ownership structure in India,” Boston. (August 11, 2019).

    Datta, S. (Author & Presenter), Haldar, A. (Author & Presenter), Shah, S. (Author & Presenter), EURAM 2019, “Does ownership structure drive women representation on corporate boards – evidence from India,” Lisbon. (June 26, 2019).

    Stacy, L. & Datta, S. (2019). “A Job Demand – Resources Approach To Women Entrepreneurship in Portugal, ” EURAM Conference Proceedings 2019”.

    Shah, S., Datta, S., Academy of Management Annual Conference, Illinois, Chicago, “Satisficing Career Chokes of Indian Women Managers,” USA. (August 10, 2018).

    Haldar, A. (Presenter), Shah, S. (Presenter), Datta, S. (Presenter), 26th Annual Conference of National Academy of Psychology, “Social Psychology of Corporate Governance in India: Implications for diversity,” IIT Madras, Chennai. (December 29, 2016).

    Datta, S., Agarwal, U., Gender Generate, Academy of Management, “Exploring the Antecedents of Women Leadership Pipeline in India,” Anaheim, USA. (August 6, 2016).

    Datta, S. & Bhargava, S. (2012) “Linking Human Resource Practices and Talent Development Climate with Innovative Work Behavior”, Academy of Management Proceedings 2012, No.1, 2012. Awarded Best Paper for the Academy of Management Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, 3rd – 6th August, 2012.

    Aggarwal,U.A., Datta, S., Bhargava, S. & Blackbeard, S. (2010).“Linking Work Engagement and LMX to Innovative Work Behavior and Turnover Intentions”, Academy of Management Proceedings, 2010 No. 1.

    Datta, S., Bhargava, S. & Aggarwal, U. (2008). “An examination of antecedent practices, correlates and outcomes of talent development in organizations,” Conference proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).

  • PERIODICALS

    Datta, S. (June 2020). ‘Do we have the vision and leadership intent to enhance gender diversity?’ Sierra Horizons, an internal magazine of Sonae Sierra

    Datta, S. (2017). To Have Or Not To Have A Career: A Woman’s Dilemma. Business World.

  • WORKING PAPERS

    Exploring Factors Affecting Gender Inequities In Managerial Careers Of Women In India using quantitative and qualitative methods

    Creating inclusive organizations through inclusive leadership: Case study approach

    Women entrepreneurship: Navigating the social paradoxes – mixed method approach

    Fostering self-awareness for personal development amongst MBA students: A case of pedagogical innovation

    Exploring a Physical Design Framework for Leadership Development: Creating A Community of Practice Approach

    Two-stage career re-integration process of returning female professionals

  • COURSES

    Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Personal Growth Labs, HRM Courses: Performance Management & Learning and Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion.

    A lead faculty of Organization Behavior (OB), 15 sessions of 70 minutes each, in full-time and part-time MBA programmes.
    Topics taught: OB-1 (Self) and OB- 2 (Team & leadership)
    Average no. of students taught these subjects in a year across different cohorts: 300

    Main faculty for the course on Gender Diversity & Inclusion (16 sessions of 70 minutes each) for PGDM students since 2019
    Topics taught: D&I in the workplace; Towards Inclusive leadership.
    Average no. of students taught per year: 50

    A lead faculty for teaching HRM specialization:
    Topics taught: Performance Management and Learning & Leadership Development to MBA students specializing in HRM.
    Average No. of students taught per year: 5

    A lead faculty for teaching leadership to participants of the Executive Management Programme
    Topics taught: Managing high-performing teams, leveraging emotional intelligence, situation leadership, conflict management

    Main faculty for teaching leadership development in the Family Businesses, a fast-growing MSME (Micro, Small and Medium size enterprises) sector in India during the period 2010 – 2015.
    Average No. of students taught per year: 300

    The main faculty for leadership development courses for women involved in family-managed business/ entrepreneurship
    Average no. of participants taught per year: 35.

  • PROGRAMME COORDINATION, AWARDS & HONOURS

    Mar 2016 – Aug 2017: Founder Chairperson – Post Graduate Management Programme for Women
    Designed and implemented a first-of-its-kind full-time accelerated MBA programme for qualified and experienced women who have taken a break to help them return to their corporate careers. In 2017, this programme got awarded by AACSB as ‘Innovations That Inspire’ under the category ‘Engaging a Diverse Community’ and more recently it got the AMBA Innovation Award 2019. The programme is still running with an average intake of 35 students per year.

    April 2011 – Mar 2015: Core member of the founding team for the design and delivery of the Women Management Programme at SPJIMR, Mumbai
    This programme ran for 5 batches with an average strength of 35 participants. This was a one-year-long programme targeted at women entrepreneurs and women in family businesses. In addition to the HR & OB course, I designed and facilitated courses for developing leader identity and Roles in Family Business.

    Oct 2010 – Nov 2014: Area Head (People & Performance) – Centre for Family Managed Business, SPJIMR, Mumbai.
    The students were scions of business families who came for an 18-month long MBA programme at SPJIMR Mumbai to prepare for joining their family business for continuity & growth. The average strength of students intake per year was 300. Designed HR&OB courses from the lens of general management in MSMEs. In addition, I designed and delivered specialized courses on organisation growth & development as well as intense experiential learning for leadership development to help them develop their role plan in the family business.

  • WORK EXPERIENCE

    ACADEMIC FACULTY

    Adjunct Professor, SPJIMR. (September 1, 2017 – Present)

    Associate Professor, SPJIMR. (November 1, 2014 – August 31, 2017)

    Adjunct Faculty, SPJIMR. (September 23, 2010 – October 31, 2014)

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIGNMENTS IN ACADEMICS

    Founding Chairperson – Post Graduate Management Programme for Women (March 15, 2016 – 2017)

    Area Coordinator (People & Performance) – Centre for Family Managed Business (Oct 2010 – 2014)

    Siemens Ltd. (July 2012 – September 2013)

    Head – Learning and Leadership Development

    Great Place to Work Institute, India and (erstwhile) Grow Talent. (2005 – 2011)

    Senior Associate

    Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. (July 2001 – June 2004)

    HR Head for Corporate Centre

    IMT Ghaziabad. (May 2000 – April 2001)

    Visiting faculty

    Eveready Industries India Ltd. (November 1992 – September 2000)

    HR Manager

  • CONSULTING

    Executive Coach: 2015 – Present

    Leadership & Organization Development Consultant: As an independent (2005 – Present).

  • MDPS/FDPS

    Topic: Inclusive Leadership (One session of 90 mins): Oct 2021

    Client organization: Price Water House Coopers: 500 participants in 16 batches

    Topic: Performance Management & Feedback (2 sessions of 70 mins each): Oct 2021

    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. India, 43 participants,

    Topic: Open Women Leadership Development Programme (10 sessions of 70 mins each): Sep 2021

    24 participants from 12 Companies

    Topic: Gender sensitization and Inclusive leadership: Mar-Apr, 2021

    Pidilite Industries, 30 participants from the top management team

    Topic: Knowing Self (6 sessions of 70 mins each): Dec 2020 – Fan 2021 & Dec 2021 – Feb 2022

    Pidilite Industries, 33 participants,

    Topic: Leading Self and teams (5 sessions of 70 mins each): Feb 2020

    Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, 30 participants (Women Leaders Programme)

    Topic: Knowing Self (6 sessions of 70 mins each): Jan 2020

    Pidilite Industries, 33 participants,

    Topic: Performance Management & Feedback (2 sessions of 70 mins each): Aug 2020

    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. India, 45 participants,

    Topic: Open Women Leadership Programme: Feb 2020

    16 participants from 7 Companies

    Topic: Leading teams (12 sessions of 70 mins each) : Feb 2018

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. 30 participants (Women Leaders Programme)

    Topic: Interpersonal relationships (12 sessions of 70 mins each): June 2017

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. 30 participants (Women Leaders Programme)

    Topic: Leading High-performing Teams (4 sessions of 70 mins each): Apr 2017

    TOTAL Oil Corporation, 18 participants.

    Topic: Leading High-performing Teams (4 sessions of 70 mins each): Apr 2017

    TOTAL Oil Corporation, 12 participants.

    Topic: Knowing Self and others (12 sessions of 70 mins each): Sep 2016

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. 30 participants (Women Leaders Programme)

    Topic: Inter-personal dynamics for Women board directors and senior women leaders: Sep 2016

    From various organizations, 30 participants

  • CORPORATE MENTORING

    Programme Director|: Mahindra & Mahindra – Women Leaders Programme, an 18-month long women leadership development programme for 60 mid/senior level women managers of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a large Indian conglomerate. In 2018 Mahindra Group won UN GCNI Award for Best Innovative Practices for Women at Workplace for successfully implementing a first-of-its-kind Women Leaders Programme (WLP) in collaboration with SPJIMR Received overall feedback of 4.5/5.

    Co-Program Director – Pidilite Industries, Leadership Development Programme (2020-21 & 2021-22)

    Programme Director – SUN Jewels, Leadership Development Programme (2015)

    Co-Programme Director – Bank of America, Leadership Development Programme (2019)

    Facilitator: NOVA Women in Business (Lisbon) 2017-18. Workshop: What’s your ‘value’ proposition?

    Facilitator: Connect to Success, Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), Lisbon. Workshop: How can I Network for my Growth?” 2018

    Coached more than 50 female corporate executives for leadership development (2015 – Present)

    Coached more than 100 women entrepreneurs and family business owners (2012 – Present)

    Coached more than 25 MBA participants (2017 – Present)

  • PRESS & MEDIA

  • REVIEWER EXPERIENCE

    Reviewed the Manuscript JOBR-D-20-04804 (2021) entitled: ‘Damned If She Does, Damned If She Doesn’t: The Interactive Effects of Gender and Agreeableness on Performance Evaluation’. For Journal of Business Research

    Reviewed the Manuscript JGBC-D-20-00029 (2020) entitled ‘The influence of entrepreneurial passion in the relationship between creativity and entrepreneurial intention’, For the International Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness

    Reviewed papers for EURAM Annual Meeting 2017, 2019, 2020, and for AOM Annual Meeting 2016, 2019

  • SOCIAL IMPACT

    Co-Founder and Vice President: Bhoomi-Portugal – Indian Cultural & Welfare Association, Lisbon

    Lead at CARUNA-CPLO Hunger Helpline for helping people in hunger distress and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in India

  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

    Member of Research Committee of International Coaching Federation, Portugal

  • PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    Member, Academy of Management (2008 – Present)

    Member, European Academy of Management (2017 – Present)

    Member, American Psychological Association (2015 – Present)

    Member, International Coaching Federation, Portugal (2018 – Present). PCC with ICF accreditation since 2015.

    Member, NHRDN, India. (2003 – Present).

  • LICENSURES AND CERTIFICATIONS

    Certified Integral Coach of New Ventures West, USA and ICF accredited Professional Certified Coach

    Certified MBTI, Saville, EQi 2.0, NLP, and Enneagram Practitioner

  • CONTRACTS, GRANTS AND SPONSORED RESEARCH

    Pursuing Post-doctoral research from CIEG, ISCSP, University of Lisbon

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