Ashutosh Khanna  

Strategy & General Management
Associate Professor

Ashutosh Khanna  

PhD - London School of Economics & Political Science

MSc - London School of Economics & Political Science

Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) - University of Mumbai [1998]
Schooling – Sherwood College (Nainital, India) [1991] 

Ashutosh Khanna  


Associate Professor (Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship) International Management Institute, New Delhi (IMI-Delhi) June 2011 - Current

  • Research Project
  • Principal Investigator - Innovations in large Indian firms – AICTE funded 3 year Project (sanctioned on 14th March 2013)
  • Research Collaborations
    • Syndicate Bank Entrepreneurship & Training Center (SBERTC) at IIT-Kanpur
      • Research Project – Designing & Developing Business Simulation Game (SIG)
    • o SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Center (SIIC) at IIT-Kanpur
      • Advisor to ALL past and present companies incubated by SIIC
  • Publications: Books, Conference papers presented & Documentary
    • 1. “Promoting Innovation in a Cluster: A Guidebook for Promoting Innovation in MSME Clusters”, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (April 2, 2013); ISBN-10: 1482710684; ISBN-13: 978-1482710687
    • 2. Audio-Visual Documentary - “Promoting Innovation in Clusters: Pictures of Change”, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, March 2013
    • 3. Conference papers presented:
      • 1 paper - “Visioning the Future of Higher Education” at the 2nd National Conference Excellence in Higher Education – IIT-Delhi 28-30 June, 2012
      • 3 papers at 3rd Annual Global Conference for Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation (AGCETI 2012) – IIT-Kanpur 7-9 December 2012 [co-authored with Prof. Abhishek Nirjar]
        • 1. Elements of an Ideas Factory
        • 2. ‘Learning’ to Innovate
        • 3. Spilling Innovations into the Eco-system
  • Other Research related activities
    • 1. Conference Chair (with Prof. B.V. Phani – IIT-Kanpur) 3rd Annual Global Conference on Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation – 7th to 9th December 2012 venue IIT-Kanpur organized by IIT-Kanpur, IMI, Resslner Polytechnic USA & NEN
    • 2. Chair - Panel Discussion – AGCETI 2012- IIT-Kanpur 8th December 2012 – “Executing on Opportunities a Global Perspective”
    • 3. Panel Discussion – AGCETI 2012 –IIT-Kanpur 7th December 2012 – Innovations @ BHEL
    • 4. International Advisory Committee AGCETI
    • 5. Editorial Committee for AGCETI 2012
    • 6. Faculty advisor and mentor IMI E-Cell
  • Teaching:
    • 1. Strategic Management (Exec-PGDM) - core
    • 2. Strategic Innovation (Exec-PGDM) - elective
    • 3. Business Modeling (Exec-PGDM) - elective
    • 4. Entrepreneurship / New Venture Creation (PGDM) - elective
    • 5. Business Strategy & Competitive Advantage (PGDM) - core
    • 6. Corporate Strategy (PGDM) - core
    • 7. Advance course on Strategy (FPM) – core
    • 8. Basic course on Strategy (FPM) – core
    • 9. Strategic Alliances (FPM) – elective
  • Projects supervision (Exec-PGDM / PT-PGDM):
    • 1. Over 20 (10 currently) final projects on Strategy and Business Modeling of Exec-PGDM from PSU, PSB and private sector including: BHEL, HAL, NTPC, IOB, ONGC, Maruti, CMC
  • Outreach:
    • 1. TiE (U.P) – The Young Entrepreneurs Program (TYE) developing entrepreneurial capability at the K-12 level – teach basics of entrepreneurship to school children from Kanpur at IIT-Kanpur (2012 – ongoing)
    • 2. Advisor: Vustr; Brandwidth Communications Pvt. Ltd.; DS Techworks Solutions Pvt.Ltd. (2012 – ongoing)
  • Training:
    • 1. Open MDP – Managing Creativity & Innovation for Growth Program director with Prof. Abhishek Nirjar
    • 2. Multiple sessions for MDPs on Innovation for Competitive Edge Both Independent and jointly with Prof. Abhishek Nirjar for Senior Executives [included organizations like BHEL, NTPC, IOCL, IFFCO, EIL, SJVM, Dena Bank, RBI and other Public Sector Banks]

Associate Professor (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) GD Goenka World Institute, Lancaster University
July 2010 – May 2011

  • Re-designed PGDBM specialization Family Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (includes 6 new modules)
  • Key achievements:
    • 87 students certified by SIIC at IIT – Kanpur and RPI (USA) for Entrepreneurial Decision making using the simulation Strategic Innovation Game

Associate Director (Education) January 2009 – May 2010
NEN, Wadhwani Foundation

  • Responsible for entrepreneurship capacity building for 500+ member institutes (Led designing, sourcing and recruiting for Faculty Development, Teaching Materials & E-leaders Programs)
  • Designed developed and led implementation of activity based impact assessment across 500+ member institutes
  • Key achievements:
    • 1000+ faculty and 1300+ e-leaders trained from over 400+ higher education institutes across the country (1 year)
    • Summit for Designing NEN Phase 2 – October 2009: Knowledge Matrix for Developing Entrepreneurship Programs on campuses across the country


  • Researcher at Information Systems & Innovation Group, Department of Management
  • Pioneering Courses Developed for Department of Management
    • Post-graduate (MSc) (Module Designer and Lecturer)
      • Business Innovation: A Techno-Legal Perspective [IS486b]
    • Executive Program (Joint Course Designer and Lecturer)
      • Collaborative Innovation: Managing Networks of Human Capital
      • Adaptive “Business Organisms”: Managing Information Flow


Information Systems & Innovation Group – Post-graduate [core & elective]

1. Information Systems Management [IS472]
2. Management & Economics of e-business [IS477/485]
3. Business Innovation: A techno-legal perspective[IS486b]
4. Designing Information Services [IS414/480]
5. Innovating Systems Development [IS471]
6. Information Technology: Issues & Skills[IS490]

Undergraduate elective
7. Information Technology & Society[IS143]

Summer School Program
8. E-Business in the Digital Age[MG150]

Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), Singapore (University of London- External Program)
9. Software Engineering


Supervised 25 Masters Thesis / Projects in the areas of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: for students in the Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics.


SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Center (SIIC) at IIT-KanpurJuly 2011 - ongoing
MSME Foundation (India) Promoting Innovation in ClustersJuly 2010 – March 2013
Creative Commons (England & Wales) October 2006 – January 2009
Emerging Business Models
Industry Governance Institute (U.K) January 2006 – August 2008
Making the organisation ‘Transparent’ to itself: Mapping Structures with Activities,
for effective controls and hence governance.
Ministry of Culture (U.K.) July 2007 - October 2007
Financing Intellectual Property for the creative industries.
European Union (Twinning Project) September 2006 - December 2007
IPR Enforcement (in Lithuania).


IIT-Delhi Higher Education: Envisioning the futureJuly 2012
India at 100, India Habitat Centre, New DelhiApril 2011
Panellist: Growth drivers for SMEs: Cluster based approach to IT & ITeS MSMEs
Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur, India(AGCETI-2010) January 2010
Session Chair Moderator: Entrepreneurship Education Panel’ “Vote of Thanks”
i-Commons Summit, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJune 2006
“Emerging Business Models: Commercial Commons?”
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, IndiaDecember 2005
“IPR Management & Strategy”
Indian Law School, Pune, IndiaDecember 2005
“Innovation in Legal Services”
Asia Pacific Network, London, U.K.December 2005
“P2P Systems and New Commercial Architectures”

Ashutosh Khanna  

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, IPR, Growth, Corporate Strategy

Dr. Khanna holds a PhD in Innovation and Information Systems from the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, U.K. He further has an MSc in Analysis Design & Management of Information Systems from the LSE, U.K. and holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University.

He has over 15 years of rich experience in consulting, academia and entrepreneurship in U.K., Europe and India including Business Start-Ups, Innovation Strategy, Intellectual Property & Rights Management, and Corporate Web 2.0.

Currently he is working with large Central Public Sector Enterprises of India, exploring their Innovation Capacities with the intent of redefining and hence developing their Innovation Strategy to enhance their competitiveness and grow sustainably.

He is passionate about promoting Entrepreneurship; use of mobile phones as a service delivery platform for its potential reach and providing a possible solution to the problem of "access" in the digital divide debate; and issue of privacy in this the digital age.

He has a voracious curiosity in current affairs, history and financial / credit / currency crisis still unfolding in the western economies (unintended consequences of "financial innovations"). He holds keen interest in videos and lectures available on the web and tracking the "commoditization" of high quality educational content and thus its impact on education delivery systems.

Ashutosh Khanna  

ACADEMIC PAPERS / DOCUMENTS (WORKING PAPERS)                                                                                   

  •  Increasing BHEL’s market share in the “supercritical” power equipment and power plant business, globally (working document)
  • Exploring the R&M global market size in the power equipment and power-plant business (working document)
  • Locating “innovations” in the making (working document)
  • The relevance of quantifying “use value”: Time, Modularity & Granularity as critical parameters (working document)
  • “Knowledge Matrix for developing Entrepreneurship Programs on Campuses (working document)
  • Global Innovations Networks and IPR Management in the Digital Age (working document)
  • The Network World-view (working document)
  • The Co-evolution of Networks and Communication: P2P (working document)
  • “Dynamism of Networks: A case study of the peer-to-peer Gnutella Network”, PhD Thesis (2007)
  • "E-Government Initiatives and Social Exclusion: The Use of Actor Network Theory to Analyse the Digital Divide." in European Conference on e-Government, Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, (2001) [with S. Smithson & P. Tsiavos]
  • “Virtuality and Organisations: An emerging trend or an evolutionary trajectory”, Masters dissertation (2000)

Ashutosh Khanna  


  • Chair 3rd Annual Global Conference for Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation – 2012 @ IIT- Kanpur, December 7-9th
  • TiE (U.P) Young Entrepreneurs Program (TYE)
  • Advising and conducting workshops for NITEE – part of their Founders Leadership Development Program
  • International Editorial Committee for 1st Annual Global Conference on Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation (AGCETI) January 2010 @ IIT – Kanpur
  • Executive Committee for 1st Annual Global Conference on Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation (AGCETI) January 2010 @ IIT – Kanpur
  • Program / Technical Committee for 2nd Annual Global Conference on Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation (AGCETI) March 2011 @ IIT – Mumbai