In 2007, we took the first tentative step towards the formation of this body by organizing a caucus at the Academy of Management (AOM) meeting in Philadelphia. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and we had an outstanding exchange of ideas on making the dream of INDAM a reality.
A few of us were charged with working towards this, and at the follow-up caucus at the 2008 Annual AOM meetings in Anaheim, we reported the progress, and agreed to keep moving towards the goal of creation of the INDAM.
The affiliation of INDAM with AOM led to big strides in the activities of INDAM at 2009 and 2010 Academy of Management Meetings, where representatives of INDAM met with Past and incoming Presidents and other senior leaders of the Academy of Management that resulted in formally recognizing INDAM as an affiliate of the Indian Academy of Management.
The cofounders, Professor Pawan Budhwar and Professor Arup Varma, deserve all the credit for establishing INDAM. Further, they have been instrumental in hosting four very well-received research conferences that have spawned much interest and activity in Indian management research. The four conferences were organized in various parts of the country: XLRI Jamshedpur in 2009, IIM Bangalore in 20011, IIM Ahmedabad 2013, and IIM Lucknow in 2015. A fifth INDAM Conference will be hosted by IIM Indore from December 18-20, 2017.
In 2016, INDAM launched the Palgrave Studies in Indian Management book series. The first book in the series edited by Naresh Khatri and Abhoy Ojha ‘Crony Capitalism in India: Establishing Robust Counteractive Institutional Frameworks’ was published in February 2016.
In January 2017, INDAM in collaboration with IIM Ahmedabad conducted its first research workshop for doctoral students and junior faculty. The workshop was organized by Naresh Khatri (INDAM) and Vishal Gupta (IIM Ahmedabad). The response for the workshop was overwhelming and 92 participants for the workshop came from all over India.
गते शोको न कर्तव्यो भविष्यं नैव चिन्तयेत् । वर्तमानेन कालेन वर्तयन्ति विचक्षणाः॥
बीते हुए समय का शोक नहीं करना चाहिए और भविष्य के लिए परेशान नहीं होना चाहिए, बुद्धिमान तो वर्तमान में ही कार्य करते हैं ।
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri, United States
Professor Naresh Khatri KhatriN@health.missouri.edu