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Sharda Kirti

Name Sharda Kirti
Area Organizational Behaviour (OB)
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Educational Qualifications

 Fellow Programme in Management, Behavioural Sciences - IIM Calcutta
Chosen "Highly Commended Award Winner" by 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 

M.A., Industrial Psychology - M.S. University, Baroda
Awarded T.K.N Menon Gold Medal  

B.A., Psychology, Economics, Geography - Punjabi University, Patiala
Awarded University Gold Medal 

B.A. (Hons.), Psychology - Punjabi University, Patiala

Academic Affiliation

 Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 

Professional Affiliation

Worked on research/consulting projects and training programmes with organizations such as Larsen & Toubro, State Bank of India (SBI), Hewitt Associates, Taj Bengal, British Oxygen Corporation, Indal, Asea Brown Boveri, Gujarat Communication & Electronics Limited (GCEL), Parag Prints Ltd., Amul Dairy, Vodafone, IBM, Ambuja Cements, Cairn India Limited, ONGC, Ayush, and others. 

Area Of Research



         Sensemaking and institutionalization

         Interorganizational relations and networks

         Career issues and work-life balance in organizations



Current Research


·         Organizational design, strategic orientation and interorganizational relationships of outsourcing firms

·         Sensemaking and institutionalization in armed conflict

·         Talent management in pharmaceutical industry

·         Stigma in organizations


Publications/ Articles/ Cases


peer-reviewed journalS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

K. 2012. Managing Talent at Lupin Limited. Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers. Jul-Sep2012, Vol. 37 (3).

Sharda, K. & Chatterjee, L. 2011. Configurations of outsourcing firms and organizational performance: A study of outsourcing industry in India, Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, Vol. 4 (2).

Daftuar, C. N., & Sharda, K. 2000. Business Strategy and Business Maturity. In C. N Daftuar (Ed.) Behavioural Quotient. Vadodara: Council of Behavioural Research, pp: 138-143.



Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2013. From 'needing help' to 'seeking help' in organizations - An exploration in the software industry. 2013 Southern Management Association Meeting, New Orleans, USA.

Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2012.
Help Seeking at Workplace: Exploring Perceptions and Inhibitions. Academy of International Business, Southeast USA Chapter 2012 Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2012. Culture and help seeking: a comparison of Indian and American help seekers in the software industry. International Academy of Cross Cultural Psychology Conference 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Anand, T., Bhatnagar, D., Vohra, N. & Sharda, K. 2012. Why Wouldn’t You Seek Help at Work? An Exploration of Avoidance Factors of Help Seeking at Workplace. Accepted at International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values Conference 2012, Goa, India.

Anand T., Bhatnagar, D., Sharda, K., & Vohra, N. 2011. Interpersonal help seeking in software industry: A cross-cultural study. Presented at International Academy of Management and Business Conference 2011, San Francisco, USA.

Sharda, K. 2009. Sensemaking and institutionalization: From concepts to practice.Accepted at Indian Academy of Management Conference, XLRI, Jamshedpur, India. 

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2009. Configurations of outsourcing firms and performance: Exploring organizational gestalts. Presented at 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. 

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2009. Back to the drawing board: Exploring gestalts of work designs in outsourcing firms. Accepted at 24th Cardiff ERU Annual Conference, Cardiff.

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2007. Configurations of business process outsourcing firms and organizational performance - A conceptual framework. Presented at 7th Hawaii International Conference on Business, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Chatterjee, L., & Sharda, K. 2006. Walking the tightrope: Gender and career issues in new age employment. Presented in seminar organized by Prudential Process Management Services, U.K. and Loughborough University, U.K. 

Selected for International Winter Institute on Bounded Rationality in Management and Psychology organized by Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany in 2005.

Represented India in panel discussions on Core issues in the peace process between India and Pakistan and Branding Pakistan organized by Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan in 2004. 



Sharda, K. 2011. Back to the drawing board: Exploring gestalts of work design in BPO firms. W.P. No. 2011-02-04, IIM Ahmedabad.


Sharda, K. 2009. Strategic orientation of outsourcing firms: Demystifying key differentiators. W.P. No. 2009-12-03, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sharda, K., & Chatterjee, L. 2009. Configurations of business process outsourcing firms and organizational performance. W. P. No. 2009-12-02, IIM Ahmedabad.

Desai, T. A., & Sharda, K. 2009. Understanding the business type.: A comparitive analysis of management students and business executives. W. P. No. 2009-11-03, IIM Ahmedabad.