Professor Ramnath Narayanswamy

Professor Ramnath Narayanswamy, faculty from the Economics & Social Sciences area, superannuated from the services of the institute on March 31st, 2021.

He has had a distinguished career as an academic and is a highly-rated teacher as well as mentor amongst his students at IIM Bangalore. He has a PhD in Economics & Sociology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, DEA in Sociology from the University of Vincennes Paris, France, and DHESS in Economics, from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.

Prof. Narayanswamy’s areas of interest include Creativity, Leadership Excellence, Spirituality and Self Development and investigating the interface between Business, Culture and Society. His current research projects include Management Insights from Indian Spirituality, Insights from the Epics for Managers, Managing the Nine Essential Steps of Worldly Existence, and Response to Amanda Huffer’s Dissertation on Mata Amritanandamayi: Negotiating the Secular through the Spiritual.

He has won several teaching awards and was one among four instructors selected from all over the world by BizEd, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools in Business, who have significantly contributed to innovation in management education. Some of his awards include Best Professor of the Economics and Social Sciences area in IIMB (batch of 2002-2003), and Most Innovative Professor in the School (batch of 1999-2000). His course, Tracking Creative Boundaries, was named Best Elective Course from the Economics and Social Sciences area, IIMB (Batches of 1999-2000; 2000-2001; 2001-2002).

Fluent in several languages, a frequent contributor to professional journals in India and abroad, Professor Ramnath Narayanswamy has published extensively in his domain. He has been the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships. He is the author of Gorbachev, Economic Reform and Eastern Europe (Himalaya Publishing House, Bombay,1988), The Soviet Economic System 1989 (translated from the French), The Global Mission of Sadguru Sri Sharavana Baba, Bangalore (2010) and Living From the Inside, Bangalore (2013).

He authors a bi-monthly column on spiritual matters for Deccan Herald. He is part of the editorial board of Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion (Edinburgh), International Journal on Vedic Foundations of Indian Management (New Delhi), International Journal on Spirituality and Organizational Leadership (New Delhi), and International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management.

Sharing thoughts of his association with Prof. Narayanswamy over the years, Professor J Ramachandran, from the Strategy area at IIMB, writes:

“What a journey it has been. 30 years.

From Being a young faculty in an IIM in 1991 to a veteran at IIMB, the top business school in India per QS World University rankings in 2021, it has been an awesome journey.

From Being a young faculty in an (effectively) single-program IIM to a veteran at an IIMB, offering a variety of programs (who can forget the passionate debates before the launch of PGSEM and PGPPM programs) and actively participating in them, it has been an exciting journey.

From Being a young faculty in IIM teaching BGS (making it more contemporary in terms of business and society and less government), to encouraging students discover their creative side via Tracking Creative Boundaries (that they remember to this day), to helping students at IIMB find “meaning” by exploring their spiritual side, it has been an unusual journey.

From Being a young faculty in the audacious team at IIM that pipped IIMA to the post by persuading Henry Mintzberg to have IIMB as the India partner for the IMPM program, to standing up to him for our fair share of revenues from the program, and steering the program as its global director, it has been an ambitious journey.

From Being a young disillusioned “Marxist” in IIM to a wise “Spiritualist” at IIMB coaching leaders from all over the world, it has been a fabulous journey.

Farewell, my friend. May the rest of the journey be as meaningful and exciting.”