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A study of digital platform dynamics

  • Student Name: Renganathan K
    Subject/Area: Strategic Management
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Anish Sugathan, Rakesh Basant
    Members: Phanish Puranam
    Keywords: Digital platform, Platform governance, Netflix

This thesis examines the evolution of platform dynamics over time. The dissertation focuses on a long-standing gap in platform research as the lack of an understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of platform activities. The dissertation attempts to address this gap by studying the activities of two...(Read Full Abstract)

A team level examination of the creativity to innovation link

  • Student Name: Ananya Syal
    Subject/Area: Human Resources Management (HRM) & Organizational Behaviour (OB)
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Vishal Gupta
    Members: Pradyumana Khokle, Amit Nandkeolyar
    Keywords: Creativity, Idea championing, Innovation, Leader envy, Leader humility, Psychological safety, Political skill, Team level

A vast body of literature exists that acknowledges the role and impact of both creativity and innovation. However, reaching to innovation from a creative idea is not a guaranteed outcome. Leaders have been found to be a key factor impacting creativity and innovation. This study aims to explore the f...(Read Full Abstract)

An integrated pedagogical and curricular framework for the foundational stage: insights from enactment of child-centred early childhood education policies

  • Student Name: Rubaina Shrivastava
    Subject/Area: Ravi J. Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Vijaya Sherry Chand
    Members: Neharika Vohra, Rajnish Rai
    Keywords: Childhood education policies, National education policy, National curriculum framework

The National Education Policy (2020) and the National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage (2022) have introduced a new integrated pedagogical and curricular framework for children in the age group of 3-8 years, who are at present covered under pre-primary and primary schools. What does this ...(Read Full Abstract)

Collective action among communities for early adoption of top-down adaptation policies

  • Student Name: Anar Bhatt
    Subject/Area: Agriculture & Food Business
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Ranjan K. Ghosh
    Members: Rama Mohana Turaga, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
    Keywords: Climate adaptation, National adaptation fund for climate change, Adaptation policies

This thesis, through two essays, examines how policy interventions for climate adaptation cannfoster collective action for vulnerable communities as well as the configuration of conditionsnat the community level that leads to early adoption and collective action, respectively. Itnstudies the case of...(Read Full Abstract)

Development and validation of the menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) scale for adolescent girls and teachers: associating MHH needs, practices, beliefs and experiences of adolescent girls and teachers with student engagement

  • Student Name: Karan Babbar
    Subject/Area: Ravi J. Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Kathan Shukla
    Members: Neharika Vohra, Devasmita Chakraverty, Sivakami Muthusamy
    Keywords: Menstrual health and hygiene, Menstruation, Student engagement, Teachers, Adolescent girls

There is limited literature exploring the breadth of menstrual practices and how it affects student engagement levels in school among adolescent girls in India. This research tries to address this gap by (a) developing a new scale to understand menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) practices among stud...(Read Full Abstract)

Dynamics of funding women entrepreneurs - A gendered lens

  • Student Name: Kashika Sud
    Subject/Area: Human Resources Management (HRM) & Organizational Behaviour (OB)
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Neharika Vohra
    Members: Pradyumana Khokle, Amit Nandkeolyar, Supriya Sharma
    Keywords: Women entrepreneurs, Women start-up founders, Gender gap, Entrepreneurship

The start-up ecosystem in India is currently the third largest in the world, trailing only behind USA and China. However, women were founders of 11% of the Indian start-ups. Starkly, only 6% of the funding goes to companies with women as a founder or co-founder and for companies with only women foun...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on banking and fintech in India

  • Student Name: Varun Yadav
    Subject/Area: Economics
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Abhiman Das
    Members: Sanket Mohapatra, Samarjit Das
    Keywords: Banking, Fintech, Banking - India, Consumer behavior, Digital channels, COVID-19

India is amongst the fastest-growing major economies in the world today. Financing from the organized sector, particularly banking, remains the fulcrum for supporting and sustaining India’s growth. Three aspects, inter alia, in this bankingled development process, are important - a contributi...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on capacitated hub location problems

  • Student Name: Sneha Dhyani Bhatt
    Subject/Area: Production and Quantitative Methods
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Sachin Jayaswal, Ankur Sinha
    Members: Cornelia Schon
    Keywords: Hub location problems, Hub interdiction problems, Network operator

This thesis studies three essays based on hub location problems (HLPs) wherein hubs have limited capacities.nWe specifically look at two issues that can severely degrade the performance of a hub-and-spokennetwork: i) congestion at hubs, and ii) interdiction of hubs.nIn the first essay, we study an H...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on machine learning for enhanced decision support in e-Commerce

  • Student Name: Shanthan Kandula
    Subject/Area: Management Information Systems
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Srikumar Krishnamoorthy, Debjit Roy
    Members: Pankaj Setia
    Keywords: Machine learning, E-commerce, E-commerce platforms, E-commerce retail model

E-commerce is proliferating, consequently, the need to make informed decisions. Many ecommerce platforms have adopted data-driven solutions in various applications, such as product recommendation and fraud detection. This dissertation explores how platform decisions on review recommendation, packagi...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on managerial discretion

  • Student Name: Abhinav Sharma
    Subject/Area: Finance and Accounting
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Ajay Pandey
    Members: Joshy Jacob, Arnab K. Laha
    Keywords: Managerial discretion, Strategic management, Employeenstock options

This thesis examines discretionary managerial decisions and investigates their association with the behavioralnbiases of market participants. We study managerial discretion in the context of repricing employeenstock options (ESOs), audit opinion shopping, and misclassifying items in the financial st...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on shareholder voting

  • Student Name: Siddharth Mahendra Purohit
    Subject/Area: Finance and Accounting
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Naman Desai
    Members: Joshy Jacob, K. Raghunandan
    Keywords: Shareholder voting, Corporate governance, Institutional shareholders

Shareholder ratification of corporate actions is an important part of the corporate governance process. In this thesis, I examine the determinants of shareholder dissent in the context of three actions proposed for shareholder approval at the annual meeting of Indian companies, namely, adoption of a...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on strategic interactions in vertical supply chains: on the role of inventory and technology

  • Student Name: Ganesh Balasubramanian
    Subject/Area: Production and Quantitative Methods
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Sachin Jayaswal
    Members: Ankur Sinha, Benny Mantin
    Keywords: Strategic interactions, Vertical supply chains, 3D printing, Manufacturer-retailer interactions

The past two decades have witnessed a shift from centrally managed supply chains to decentralized supply chains (Netessine, 2004). In decentralized supply chains, interests of individual members may not be aligned with each other. This dissertation is an attempt to understand how the interactions am...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on the elements of consumer journeys in retailing

  • Student Name: Laxminarayana Yashaswy Akella
    Subject/Area: Marketing
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Sourav B. Borah
    Members: Praveen K. Kopalle, Anuj Kapoor
    Keywords: Consumer behaviour, Online consumer behaviour, Retailing, Offline consumer journey

In two essays, I examine how elements in online and offline consumer journeys can be used to study consumer behaviour.nIn the first essay, I bring in the network theory perspective as an element to study online consumer behaviour. Using the clickstream data, I show how consumer browsing can be inter...(Read Full Abstract)

Essays on the role of information in financial markets

  • Student Name: Pranjal Srivastava
    Subject/Area: Finance and Accounting
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Joshy Jacob
    Members: Arnab K. Laha, Ajay Pandey
    Keywords: Financial markets, Open market repurchases, Risk information, Information role

This Ph.D. dissertation comprises three essays on the role of information in financial markets.nThe first essay examines the impact of the introduction of a minimum buyback mandate innopen market repurchases. In line with our theoretical model, we find that the mandatenstrengthens the informational ...(Read Full Abstract)

Exact solution methods for non-convex optimization problems

  • Student Name: Arka Das
    Subject/Area: Production and Quantitative Methods
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Ankur Sinha
    Members: Sachin Jayaswal, Diptesh Ghosh
    Keywords: Non-convex problems, Operations and supply chains, Algorithms

The thesis focuses on the development of efficient algorithms for solving the non-convex problems arisingnin different application areas involving operations and supply chains.nIn the first essay, we propose an exact method for solving a general class of mixed integer concave minimizationnproblems. ...(Read Full Abstract)

Examining the impact of discretionary human resource practices on workplace loneliness implication during home-based telework

  • Student Name: Sudhanshu Maheshwari
    Subject/Area: Human Resources Management (HRM) & Organizational Behaviour (OB)
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Rajesh Chandwani
    Members: Rajat Sharma, Amit Karna
    Keywords: Counterproductive work behavior, Discretionary human resource practices, Home-based telework, Workplace loneliness

The advancement of information and communication technologies has revolutionized work–nlife balance in the 21st century by migrating work from traditional office spaces to remotenlocations. For many, employees, this means working from home, in what is called "homebasedntelework" (HbTW). Durin...(Read Full Abstract)

Gaining clarity on ambiguity': vague versus precise temporal framing in marketing communications

  • Student Name: Sukriti Sekhri
    Subject/Area: Marketing
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Arvind Sahay
    Members: Subhadip Roy, Kirti Sharda
    Keywords: Advertisement language, Temporal framing, Vague versus precise, Pre-launch advertisements, Construal level theory

Extant research based on temporal construal theory has employed only specifically defined time frames for near versus distant future but has not examined the case where a future event’s time of occurrence is stated in a vague manner (“coming soon”). Essay 1 focuses on how framing ...(Read Full Abstract)

Global versus local brand preference formation in food products

  • Student Name: Rupali
    Subject/Area: Agriculture & Food Business
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Vasant Gandhi, Anand K. Jaiswal
    Members: Arnab K. Laha
    Keywords: Local brand, Food products, Consumer decision-making

Brands have come to play a major role in consumer decision-making, and in this, the brand identity, which includes its perceived global and local nature, can play a very significant role. But there is inconsistent evidence in the literature about how consumers’ preferences for global and loca...(Read Full Abstract)

Investigating the 'private' in the educational technology field: imaginaries and precarity in educational provisioning in India

  • Student Name: Anurag Shukla
    Subject/Area: Ravi J. Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Vijaya Sherry Chand
    Members: Ernesto Noronha, Kathan Shukla
    Keywords: EdTech field, Critical discourse analysis, Precarity, Deprofessionalization

Globally, the rise of the Educational Technology (EdTech) field has been accompanied by the growth of the market in education. Working alongside the dispersed policy networks and the discourse of ‘disruption’, the interests driving EdTech have proposed an alternative form of educational...(Read Full Abstract)

Job satisfaction of frontline enforcement officers: a study of job demands, resources, stressors (JDRS) among officers of Indian Customs

  • Student Name: Ashok Kumar Pandey
    Subject/Area: Public Systems Group
    Year: 2023 | IIM Ahmedabad
    Chair Person: Biju Varkkey
    Members: Sebastian Morris, Anish Sugathan, Jatin Pandey
    Keywords: Public Service, Public policy, Customs, Frontline customs officers, Burnout, Job satisfaction, JDR, JDRS, Public service motivation, Job demands, Job resources,Job stressors, Resource adequacy.

The enforcement and regulatory public services, operating in a highly sensitive context with national security implications, display high job demands relative to resources. This study examines it through Frontline Customs Officers (FCO) serving as the first public interface at international airports...(Read Full Abstract)