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Safal Batra Faculty, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, Uttarakhand

Safal Batra is an associate professor in the area of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management Kashipur. He completed his masters from IIM Calcutta and doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad. His dissertation, exploring innovation in small businesses, was conferred the IFCI best thesis award at IIM Ahmedabad. Prof Batra teaches core courses in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management in the Full-time MBA, Executive-MBA program and PhD programs. He has designed and delivered many MDPs on Strategic Leadership and Management for working executives and entrepreneurs. He is also the managing director of the "Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development" - the entrepreneurship incubation centre at IIM Kashipur. His current research interests include entrepreneurial personality and cognition, performance of small businesses, and family business management. His research work has been published in some of the top journals of entrepreneurship and management - including International Small Business Journal, Small Business Economics, Journal of Knowledge Management, Australian Journal of Management, and Journal of Entrepreneurship, among others. He has been on the editorial board of New England Journal of Entrepreneurship. His research paper titled - “The seeds of legitimacy: Why some new ventures are more desirable than others”, presented at the Southwest Academy of Management, was awarded the McGrawHill Distinguished Paper Award. He has completed a faculty development program at the Wharton Business School, was a visiting Fellow at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in 2018, and was the Indian representative for the Global Representatives workshop at the Academy of Management conference held in Orlando in 2013.