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Shyam Kumar

Shyam Kumar

Associate Professor


  • Corporate Strategy
  • Technology Strategy
  • International Management and Business

Areas of Instruction

  • Corporate Strategy


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Academic Positions

  • Lally School of Management, 2007-Present
  • Baruch College, The City Univ. of New York, 2002- 2007

Research and Publications

Professor Kumar’s research is in strategic management. His work focuses on two fundamental areas: (1) the scope of the firm and its boundaries, and (2) the organization and performance of alliances and acquisitions. Within these areas he has looked at issues such as how firms manage their product and geographic scope to maximize value, what factors affect the distribution of gains between partners in alliances, and why inter firm collaborations tend to be unstable. His recent work examines the impact of strategy on innovation, and adopts a behavioral approach to explaining corporate strategic decisions.

Selected Publications

  • Kumar, M.V.S. (Forthcoming). The Costs of Related Diversification: The Effect of the Core Business on the Productivity of Related Segments. Organization Science.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. (2011). Are Joint Ventures Positive Sum Games? The Relative Effects of Cooperative and Non Cooperative Behavior. Stemtegic Management Journal, 32: 32-54.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. (2010). Differential Gains Between Partners in Joint Ventures:  The Role of Resource Appropriation and Private Benefits. Organization Science, 21: 232-248.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. (2009). The Relationship Between Product and International Diversification: The Effects of Short Run Constraints and Endogeneity. Strategic Management Journal, 30: 99-116.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. (2005). The Value from Acquiring and Divesting a Joint Venture: A Real Options Approach. Strategic Management Journal, 26: 321-331.

Teaching Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Professor, MBA Class of 2013, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Outstanding Professor, MBA Class of 2012, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Outstanding Professor, MBA Class of 2011, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Curriculum Design and Delivery, 2008, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dean’s Recognition for Teaching Excellence 2003, 2004, and 2007, Baruch College, The City University of New York 

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board member, Strategic Management Journal
  • Ad-hoc reviewer, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science
  • Management International Review, Journal of International Management
  • Member, Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, INFORMS

Non-Academic Experience

Manager, International Trade, The Tata Iron and Steel Co., India.           

View Prof. Kumar’s CV

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