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Professor M. N. Ravishankar B.Eng, Bangalore University, India; PhD, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Professor of Globalisation and Technology

Associate Dean (Research)

Globalisation and India; social innovations; digital entrepreneurship

Ravishankar is Professor of Globalisation and Emerging Markets and the School’s Director of Internationalisation. He served as Head of the School’s International Business, Strategy and Innovation (IBSI) Discipline group from 2015-2018. He is an experienced leader in business school environments and has a track record of successfully designing and implementing complex strategies, without compromising on detail. Ravi has provided leadership to many of the School’s initiatives around building internationally competitive and inclusive research teams, setting up research centres and international partnerships, new programme development and student recruitment from emerging markets. Before moving to the UK, Ravi lived and worked in three countries – India, Singapore and Australia.

Ravi is an experienced field researcher and has studied and worked with a range of start-ups, multinational companies and public sector organisations globally. He mainly conducts interdisciplinary research on the digital economy of emerging markets, and their social and economic impacts. He has published refereed journal articles on globalisation and emerging markets, management of digital technologies, social innovations and global sourcing. He has completed a number of externally funded research and industry-commissioned projects. The Newton Fund, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK Trade and Industry have funded his most recent work. Ravi has extensive teaching experience and his teaching has been well-received by all student groups. He has taught research-led courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA levels on the strategic management of multinational enterprises, strategies for emerging markets and technology management. He has also designed and delivered workshops on qualitative research methods for PhD students in several universities worldwide.

Ravi has been active in the Academy of Management (AOM) and Association of Information Systems (AIS) for many years. He has convened research symposia and organised professional development workshops at the annual meetings of the AOM. He has served as Track Chair, Associate Editor and Convener of panel sessions for major annual AIS conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems, European Conference on Information Systems and Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems.

Ravi regularly contributes to international conferences and has published articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals such as Information Systems Research, Journal of World Business, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Information Technology, Omega and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

PhD students

Recent graduates:

Name of student: Ian Herbert
Year of graduation: 2019
Current role: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management
Employer: Loughborough University, UK

Name of student: Jade Brooks
Year of graduation: 2018
Current role: Lecturer in Innovation and International Management
Employer: Loughborough University, UK

Name of student: Gongtao Zhang
Year of graduation: 2017
Current role: Assistant Professor in Information Systems
Employer: Nottingham University Business School, UK

Name of student: Andrei Gurca
Year of graduation: 2016
Current role: Assistant Professor in Strategy
Employer: NEOMA Business School, France

Name of student: Joe Vella Bonnici
Year of graduation: 2016
Current role: Executive Chairman, Identity Malta
Employer: Government of Malta, Malta

Name of student: Michelle Richey
Year of graduation: 2016
Current role: Lecturer in Technology and Entrepreneurship
Employer: Loughborough University, UK

Name of student: Sandeep Mysore
Year of graduation: 2016
Current role: Lecturer in Information Systems
Employer: University of New South Wales, Australia

Current students:

Name of student: Mette Von Deden
Working title of thesis: Hopeful lives in uncertain spaces: Exploring information practices of migrants living on the margins of society

  • Senior Editor: Information Systems Journal
  • Associate Editor: Information and Management
  • Associate Editor: International Journal of Information Management
  • Member of editorial board: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • Member of social sciences’ peer-review panel: Newton Fund programme
  • Recent external examiner appointments (PhD dissertations): Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (2019); University of Cape Town, South Africa (2019); University of New South Wales, Australia (2018); King’s College London, UK (2018); ESSEC Business School, France (2016); National University of Singapore, Singapore (2016)
  • Recent external examiner appointments (taught programmes): BSc (IT Management for Business), Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 2015-2019
  • Subject advisor: Faculty of Business Administration, Economics & Political Science, British University of Egypt, 2011 - 2017
  • Best qualitative paper in international business award: Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, 2012 and 2014