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SRINIVASAN R TATACHARI

PROFESSOR

Area:

HR, Organizational Behaviour & Communications

Edu:

Ph D, MBA, BE

Biography

  • I have a combined work experience of around 26 years in industry and academia. I am a BE (Electronics & Telecommunication Engg) top ranker from Bombay University. I have worked in various capacities in Wipro, starting from customer support roles in Mumbai to hands-on software development to software Project lead in Bengaluru working with multiple teams and clients. This part of my career gave me extensive exposure to interfacing with clients, managing people in service roles and project teams, and international managers. It also exposed me to global work ethics and cultural differences in global teams.
  • After a successful stint in the software and hardware domain, I completed my MBA (PGSEM) from IIM Bangalore, while at Wipro, and then moved on to the function of Knowledge Management. I was instrumental in bringing in fresh ideas to evangelise KM in the sector assigned to me. During this functional role the thirst of asking questions and building research ideas grew on me and I decided to take the biggest decision of my life – to leave a successful and well paying job in the industry and become a full-time PhD (Fellow) student in OB&HRM at IIM Bangalore. This part of my career instilled a great desire to ask the right questions, to understand problems and to try and solve them through research. “Why humans behave the way they do” became a large part of my research agenda
  • After earning my PhD, I took on an academic avatar with a passion to continue on my research dreams and teach future leaders on the way. I joined IIM Udaipur in the OB&HRM area and successfully conducted my research through a number of international collaborations with area experts such as Prof Alex Haslam, Prof Rolf van Dick, Prof Nik Steffens, Prof Prithviraj Chattopadhyay, and Prof Jing Zhu. I also taught courses on micro and macro organizational behaviour to multiple batches of the MBA there. I also contributed in the institution building activities for the fledgling school. My paper on Newcomer Identification got published in June, 2017 in the Academy of Management Journal, a highly respected and coveted management journal with very high rejection rates! It is estimated (not verified) that there would probably be only a handful (if at all) researchers based in India to claim a publication in this journal. Continuing with this research passion, I have multiple ongoing projects in the area of Social Identity, Leadership and Newcomer Exclusion.
  • Since April 2018, I am with TAPMI in the HR & OB area. My mandate here is to continue to build on my research pursuits, contribute to institution building and the PGDM (HRM) program, as well as continue to develop great future leaders and researchers. I was the first chairperson of TAPMI’s PGDM (HRM) program in 2018. The program was set up with collaboration with SHRM for their professional global certification.
  • My passion (other than asking questions and seeking answers) is photography – using just my phone – of various natural and architectural wonders of the world and sharing them on my various social media accounts. I am also keen on technology – always trying out new apps and gizmos, when possible. I also love to read books, and watch movies/series related to sci-fi, crime and mystery. I survive because of my wife and two sons!

Teaching

  • Core Organizational Behaviour; Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management; Social Identity Approach; HRM in the IT industry; Creativity; Women in Organizations

Research

    Research Projects (As on 2020)

  • “Exclusion origins in newcomers” with Prof Jing Zhu, NTU and Prof Kenneth Tai, SMU
  • “Exploring the Impact of Idle Time on Bench Employees” with Prof Soorjith K, IIM Udaipur
  • “Cross-cultural studies on identity-leadership” with Prof Rolf van Dick, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany and other colleagues from 20+ countries
  • “Shared workspace” with Prof Sumita Raghuram, SJSU
  • “Digitialization and HR” with Prof Mridul Maheshwari, IIMK
  • Projects with Prof Alexander Haslam and Niklas Steffens, University of Queensland, Australia on “Developing and Validating a Graphical Scale to Assess Identity Leadership”, “The Impact of Leadership on Employees’ Stress, Health, and Well-being” and “Meta-Identification: How Beliefs about Other Group Members’ Identification Influence the Identification–Health Relationship”
  • Leadership emergence – solo
  • Ostracism in newcomers – solo
  • Millennial leadership – with Prof Happy Paul, TAPMI
  • Projects with the Psychological Science Accelerator global team
  • Research Interests

  • Social Identities in Organizations; Group Dynamics; Organizational Learning & Knowledge Management; Leadership; Women Entrepreneurs.

Publications

    REFEREED PAPERS

  • Van Dick, R., Kerschreiter, R., Steffens, N., Akfirat, S.A., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Gießner, S., Gonzales, R., Kark, R., Lemoine, J., Lipponen, J., Markovits, Y., Monzani, L., Orosz, G., Pandey, D., Roland-Lévy, C., Schuh, S., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Zhang, X.-a. & Haslam, S.A. (2018). Identity leadership going global: Results from an international validation study of the Identity Leadership Inventory. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91(4), 697-728.
  • Zhu, J., Tatachari, S., & Chattopadhyay, P. (2017). Newcomer Identification: Trends, antecedents, and consequences. (Shared first-authorship). Academy of Management Journal, 60(3), 855-879.
  • TEACHING CASE

  • Tatachari S. Amisha Gupta’s First Year at Work (2014). Ivey Publishing, Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation. (https://www.iveycases.com/ProductView.aspx?id=62128)
  • “Group dynamics” with Prof Happy Paul, TAPMI – under review
  • BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Tatachari, S. (forthcoming). Use of Social Media in Indian MBA Classes: Facebook Groups in a course on Organizational Behaviour. In S. Allen, K.Gower, and D. K. Allen (Eds.) Handbook of Teaching with Technology in Management, Leadership, and Business. Edward Elgar, MA.
  • Tatachari, S., Manikandan, K. S., & Gunta, S. (2014). A Synthesis of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management Literatures. In M. Chilton, & J. Bloodgood (Eds.) Knowledge Management and Competitive Advantage: Issues and Potential Solutions (pp. 122-147). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Conferences and Workshops

  • Karthikeyan, S.I., Tatachari, S. Exploring Uncertainty and its Consequences for Employees on Bench in Project-based Organization. Accepted for presentation at the British Academy of Management 2019 Conference. Aston University, September 3-5, 2019.
  • Van Dick, R., Kerschreiter, R., Steffens, N., Akfirat, S.A., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Gießner, S., González, R., Kark, R., Lemoine, J., Lipponen, J., Markovits, Y., Monzani, L., Orosz, G., Pandey, D., Roland-Lévy, C., Schuh, S., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Zhang, X.-a. & Haslam, S.A. (2018). The Identity Leadership Inventory: A validation study in 20 countries. International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2018), Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 26 – 30.
  • Van Dick, R., Kerschreiter, R., Steffens, N., Akfirat, S.A., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Gießner, S., Gonzales, R., Kark, R., Lemoine, J., Lipponen, J., Markovits, Y., Monzani, L., Orosz, G., Pandey, D., Roland-Lévy, C., Schuh, S., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Zhang, X.-a. & Haslam, S.A. Identity leadership going global: Results from an international validation study of the Identity Leadership Inventory. Accepted for presentation at 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology. Granada, July 4-8, 2017.
  • Tatachari, S. Ostracism in Newcomers Leading to Turnover Intentions: A Multiple Serial Mediation Model to Unravel What Lies In-between. Accepted for presentation at British Academy of Management 2017 Conference. Warwick, September 5-7, 2017
  • Tatachari, S. Ostracism and Turnover Intentions: A Multiple Mediation Model to Unravel What Lies In-between. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA, 2016.
  • Tatachari, S., Steffens, N., Haslam, A. Validating a Pictorial Identity Leadership Scale (PILS). Presented at the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2016.
  • Zhu, J., Tatachari, S, & Chattopadhyay, P. Newcomer identification: Trends, antecedents, and consequences. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 2015.
  • Tatachari, S. Ostracism and turnover intentions in neophyte newcomers: Preliminary findings from a multiple mediation model based on group socialization. Presented at the 31st EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 2015.
  • Tatachari, S. and Ojha, A. Changes in Organizational and Professional Identifications during Socialization of Newcomers. Accepted for presentation at EURAM, 13th Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2013.
  • Maheshwari, M. and Tatachari, S. Building an Institution of the Future – A case study. Presented at the 1st Pan-IIM World Management Conference, May 2013, Goa, India.
  • Tatachari, S. The Devil’s Workshop? A look at the Impact of Idle Time on Newcomers’ Perceptions. Presented at the 12th IHRM conference, Dec 2012, MDI Gurgaon, India.
  • Tatachari, S. The Impact of Idle Time on Organizational Identification of Newcomers during Early Socialization. Accepted for presentation at EURAM, 12th Annual Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 2012.

Awards

  • Not Applicable

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