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Dr Ajit Nayak BSc, PGCHE, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Strategy

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Dr Nayak is an Associate Professor in Strategy at the Southampton Business School.

Dr Nayak’s primary area of interest is processual approach to understanding human agency. He is committed to engaging with philosophical ideas and developing new ways of thinking about organizations. Previously, he has examined issues relating to strategy practice, decision making, creativity, consumption, theory and entrepreneurship. Dr Nayak has published in Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Business History, Long Range Planning, Organization and Marketing Theory.

Dr Nayak welcomes applications from PhD students interested in process and practice approaches to strategy and organizations. In particular, Dr Nayak welcomes applications from students interested in researching the Indian business context, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and inclusive innovation.


Research interests

Primary research group
Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Research interests
My research interests revolve around strategy process, practice and decision making in changing environments. Theoretically, I focus on strategy-as-practice to inform how firms and individuals engage with strategy. I draw on process and practice philosophers such as Henri Bergson, Martin Heidegger, William James, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Paul Ricoeur to theorise organizational lives. Empirically, I am interested in the process of decision-making and how innovation happens. I am currently researching how companies are developing ‘inclusive innovation’ strategies and the involvement of CEOs in championing Sustainable Development Goals. 

Research Projects

  • Organizing NGO Data in India: Accelerating social impact capabilities in India (ESRC IAA funded project). Non-academic partner – Saathi Re and Women on Wings
  • Accelerating social impact capabilities in India (ESRC IAA funded project). Non-academic partner – Saathi Re
  • Innovation for and from the base of the pyramid (internal funding). Non-academic partner – IBM Research Kenya
  • Dynamic Capabilities in emerging economies (internal funding). Non-academic partner – IBM Reserach New Delhi

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Dr Ajit Nayak
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/6047

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