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Sucheta Nadkarni

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management
Head of the Strategy & International Business subject group
Professorial Fellow of Newnham College

PhD (University of Kansas)

Research interests

Sucheta's research interests lie in two broad areas:

Strategic leadership: She explores the "people side of strategy" by seeking to answer questions such as how do CEOs and top management teams shape key strategic behaviours such as innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic flexibility? Which industry and organisational factors determine the types of executive profiles needed to gain competitive superiority through innovation, flexibility and adaptation to environments?

Competitive dynamics: She investigates questions such as: how do firms outperform rivals? What are the sources of competitive advantage? What role does language play in intensifying competitive wars?

Sucheta has conducted research in large firms as well as small and medium sized enterprises in the United States, India, China and Ecuador. She has investigated strategies in hi-tech industries such as the aerospace and semiconductor as well as service industries such as airline and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Professional experience

Sucheta served as the associate editor of the Journal of Management from 2011-2016 and is currently the incoming associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal. She sat on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal (2011-2016) and Strategic Management Journal (2013-2016), and currently sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Management Inquiry (2004-present) and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies (2008-present).

Sucheta has received several research grants including the National Science Foundation EPSCOR grant in Nebraska. Sucheta has also worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management and BNY Mellon in the areas of strategic change and leadership. Her research has been featured in global media outlets including New York Times, ReutersForbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent, The ScotsmanEconomic Times, Times of India, Herald Tribune, Borsen, O Globo, The Times (Kuwait), Business Standard and Folha De Sao Paulo.

Sucheta is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Previous appointments

Prior to joining Cambridge Judge, Sucheta was an Associate Professor at Drexel University, and prior to that an Assistant then Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her PhD from the University of Kansas in 2001.

Awards & honours

  • Best Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2015
  • Highly Commended Award in the "Thought Leadership" category (for the research "The rise of women in society: enablers and inhibitors, a global study"), Investment Week Marketing & Innovation Awards, 2015
  • Best Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2014
  • Best Published Leadership Paper Award, Ivey School of Business, Institute of Leadership (for "Temporal diversity and team performance: the moderating role of temporal leadership", Academy of Management Journal), 2014
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2013 and 2014
  • Winner, Distinguished Paper Award (for Nadkarni, S., Chen, T., Ming-Jer Chen and Chen, J. "The clock is ticking! CEO temporal depth, environmental dynamism, and competitive action speed"), BPS Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2013 (published in AOM Best Paper Proceedings)
  • Best Reviewer Award, BPS Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2013
  • Distinguished Award for Outstanding Service, Managerial and Cognition Division, Academy of Management, 2006 and 2012
  • Best Reviewer Award, MOC Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2003 and 2009
  • Nominee, Best Paper Award (for Nadkarni, S. and Barr, P. "TMT beliefs and speed of strategic responses: a comparison of high and low velocity industries"), Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, 2005
  • Runner-up, Best Paper Award (for Nadkarni, S. and Gupta, R. "Perceived website complexity, telepresence, and user attitudes: the moderating role of online user goals"), OCIS Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2004 (published in AOM Best Paper Proceedings)
  • Nominee, Best Paper Award (for Nadkarni, S. and Narayanan, V.K. "Strategy frames, strategic flexibility, and firm performance: the moderating role of industry clockseed"), BPS Division, Academy of Management Meeting 2004 (published in AOM Best Paper Proceedings)
  • Nominee, McKinsey Best Paper Award (for Nadkarni, S. and Barr, P. "TMT beliefs of high-performing firms in high and low velocity industries"), Strategic Management Society Conference, 2004
  • Nominee, McKinsey Best Paper Award (for Perez, P.D., Nadkarni, S. and Beechler, S. "Nature or nurture: exploring the cognitive dynamics of global mindsets"), Strategic Management Society Conference, 2003
  • Best North American Faculty Submission (for Perez, P.D. and Nadkarni, S. "Prior conditions and degree of internationalization: the mediating role of strategy frames"), MOC Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 2001

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Sucheta Nadkarni's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Chen, J. and Nadkarni, S. (2016) "It's about time! CEOs' temporal dispositions, temporal leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship." Administrative Science Quarterly (DOI: 10.1177/0001839216663504) (published online Jul 2016; forthcoming in print)

Nadkarni, S., Chen, T. and Chen, J. (2016) "The clock is ticking! Executive temporal depth, industry velocity, and competitive aggressiveness." Strategic Management Journal, 37(6): 1132-1153 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2376)

Nadkarni, S. and Chen, J. (2014) "Bridging yesterday, today, and tomorrow: CEO temporal focus, environmental dynamism, and rate of new product introductions." Academy of Management Journal, 57(6): 1810-1833 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0401)

Mohammed, S. and Nadkarni, S. (2014) "Are we all on the same temporal page? The moderating effects of temporal team cognition on the polychronicity diversity-team performance relationship." Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(3): 404-422 (DOI: 10.1037/a0035640)

Herrmann, P. and Nadkarni, S. (2014) "Managing strategic change: the duality of CEO personality." Strategic Management Journal, 35(9): 1318-1342 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2156)

Mohammed, S. and Nadkarni, S. (2011) "Temporal diversity and team performance: the moderating role of team temporal leadership." Academy of Management Journal, 54(3): 489-508 (DOI: 10.5465/AMJ.2011.61967991)

Journal articles

Nelson, K.M., Nadkarni, S., Narayanan, V.K. and Ghods, M. (2000) "Understanding software operations support expertise: a revealed causal mapping approach." MIS Quarterly, 24(3): 475-507

Nadkarni, S. and Perez, P.D. (2007) "Prior conditions and early international commitment: the mediating role of domestic mindset." Journal of International Business Studies, 38(1): 160-176 (DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400248)

Nadkarni, S. and Gupta, R. (2007) "A task-based model of perceived website complexity." MIS Quarterly, 31(3): 501-524

Nadkarni, S. and Narayanan, V.K. (2007) "The evolution of collective strategy frames in high- and low-velocity industries." Organization Science, 18(4): 688-710 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.1070.0268)

Nadkarni, S. and Narayanan, V.K. (2007) "Strategic schemas, strategic flexibility, and firm performance: the moderating role of industry clockspeed." Strategic Management Journal, 28(3): 243-270 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.576)

Nadkarni, S. and Barr, P.S. (2008) "Environmental context, managerial cognition, and strategic action: an integrated view." Strategic Management Journal, 29(13): 1395-1427 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.717)

Nadkarni, S. and Herrmann, P. (2010) "CEO personality, strategic flexibility, and firm performance: the case of the Indian business process outsourcing industry." Academy of Management Journal, 53(5): 1050-1073 (DOI: 10.5465/AMJ.2010.54533196)

Mohammed, S. and Nadkarni, S. (2011) "Temporal diversity and team performance: the moderating role of team temporal leadership." Academy of Management Journal, 54(3): 489-508 (DOI: 10.5465/AMJ.2011.61967991)

Nadkarni, S., Herrmann, P. and Perez, P.D. (2011) "Domestic mindsets and early international performance: the moderating effect of global industry conditions." Strategic Management Journal, 32(5): 510-531 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.888)

Nadkarni, S. and Chen, J. (2014) "Bridging yesterday, today, and tomorrow: CEO temporal focus, environmental dynamism, and rate of new product introductions." Academy of Management Journal, 57(6): 1810-1833 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2011.0401)

Mohammed, S. and Nadkarni, S. (2014) "Are we all on the same temporal page? The moderating effects of temporal team cognition on the polychronicity diversity-team performance relationship." Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(3): 404-422 (DOI: 10.1037/a0035640)

Herrmann, P. and Nadkarni, S. (2014) "Managing strategic change: the duality of CEO personality." Strategic Management Journal, 35(9): 1318-1342 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2156)

Nadkarni, S., Chen, T. and Chen, J. (2016) "The clock is ticking! Executive temporal depth, industry velocity, and competitive aggressiveness." Strategic Management Journal, 37(6): 1132-1153 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.2376)

Chen, J. and Nadkarni, S. (2016) "It's about time! CEOs' temporal dispositions, temporal leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship." Administrative Science Quarterly (DOI: 10.1177/0001839216663504) (published online Jul 2016; forthcoming in print)

Reports

Nadkarni, S. and Oon, E. (2015) The rise of women in society: enablers and inhibitors. A global study. Cambridge: Cambridge Judge Business School (commissioned by BNY Mellon and Newton).

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Are quotas a good way to boost those numbers, asks Susan Adams in Forbes. A new study commissioned by BNY Mellon and …

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Helena Morrissey, talks to CNBC World programme about women in boardroom and why legislative measures are not always effective. New research led …

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Contact details

Sucheta Nadkarni
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

s.nadkarni@jbs.cam.ac.uk