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Sucheta Nadkarni

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Sucheta Nadkarni

Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management
Director of the Wo+Men's Leadership Centre

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).

Subject groups: Strategy & International Business and Organisational Behaviour

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.

Gupta, A., Nadkarni, S. and Mariam, M. (2019) "Dispositional sources of managerial discretion: CEO ideology, CEO personality, and firm strategies." Administrative Science Quarterly (DOI: 10.1177/0001839218793128) (published online Jul 2018)

Nadkarni, S., Pan, L. and Chen, T. (2019) "Only timeline will tell: temporal framing of competitive announcements and rivals' responses." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0304) (published online Jun 2018)

Nadkarni, S., Gruber, M., DeCelles, K., Connelly, B. and Baer, M. (2018) "New ways of seeing: radical theorizing." Academy of Management Journal, 61(2): 371-377 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2018.4002)

Chen, J. and Nadkarni, S. (2017) "It's about time! CEOs' temporal dispositions, temporal leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship." Administrative Science Quarterly, 62(1): 31-66 (DOI: 10.1177/0001839216663504)

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)

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. (2017) "It's about time! CEOs' temporal dispositions, temporal leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship." Administrative Science Quarterly, 62(1): 31-66 (DOI: 10.1177/0001839216663504)

Nadkarni, S., Gruber, M., DeCelles, K., Connelly, B. and Baer, M. (2018) "New ways of seeing: radical theorizing." Academy of Management Journal, 61(2): 371-377 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2018.4002)

Nadkarni, S., Pan, L. and Chen, T. (2019) "Only timeline will tell: temporal framing of competitive announcements and rivals' responses." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0304) (published online Jun 2018)

Gupta, A., Nadkarni, S. and Mariam, M. (2019) "Dispositional sources of managerial discretion: CEO ideology, CEO personality, and firm strategies." Administrative Science Quarterly (DOI: 10.1177/0001839218793128) (published online Jul 2018)

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).

Financial Times: Mind the gap: Business schools help women break the glass ceiling

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The London50

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BBC News: Breakfast show

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Striking benefits

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East Anglia Business Magazine: What is innovation

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East Anglia Business Magazine: Bringing diversity to the board table – and beyond

The “striking benefits” that gender-diverse boards bring to companies is the focus of an interview with Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Director of the …

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Women on executive teams

Gender diversity on top management teams improves company performance in times of adverse firm conditions, but matters less in favourable conditions, says …

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Financial Times: Business School: Cultivating polymaths, MBAs look east

Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management and Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge, is featured in this week’s …

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The European Business Review: Smile, smile and be a leader? Differences in male and female leaders’ use of humour

Being funny at work is good for business, but male and female leaders use humour differently, according to a paper co-authored by …

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Innovation (The Cambridge Judge Business Debate podcast series)

Just what is “innovation” – and is there a dark side to this wave of change that has transformed our lives through …

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Narcissism and downsizing

Narcissism can help liberal-leaning CEOs in pushing corporate social responsibility, but it doesn’t help conservative CEOs translate their ideology into downsizing, says …

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Women in private equity

New research commissioned by Level 20 finds that women now entering private equity usually come from banking and consulting, while more senior …

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Making the numbers count: supporting and engaging women at every career stage

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni and other researchers call for gender equality and career support for women in the workplace, and an end to …

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Financial Times: Being funny at work is good for business

Research co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business School, says humour is good for leaders as well as for staff but there are significant …

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Gender inequality in the workplace (The Cambridge Judge Business Debate podcast series)

Statistics show that gender inequality at the workplace is pervasive, with lower pay and under-representation at top levels for women. How does …

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Only timeline will tell

Rivals are lulled into retaliatory inaction through vague or distant timelines in company press releases, particularly if repeated frequently, finds new study …

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Wired: The gender pay gap data is useful but it’s just the first step

After the majority of all eligible public and private companies in the UK have reported their gender pay gap, we need to …

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The Guardian: Gender pay gap: what we learned and how to fix it

By midnight on 4 April all eligible public and private companies in the UK should have reported their gender pay gap. Sucheta …

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TEDx Newnham: Does gender diversity really matter?

In business, ‘gender diversity’ is often touted as the key to a more equal workplace. But does diversity alone actually mean that …

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The ‘business case’ for gender diversity

Gender diversity in top management teams can boost ‘psychological safety’ and help firms innovate, finds new study of Chinese hi-tech firms co-authored …

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Financial Times: Mind the gap: Business schools help women break the glass ceiling

The Executive Education programme, Cambridge Rising Women Leaders, seeks to help women overcome some of the obstacles they face when entering the …

Read more

The London50

Cambridge Judge Business School faculty attend this week’s inaugural conference of The London50 for strategy and entrepreneurship. Ten faculty members from Cambridge …

Read more

BBC News: Breakfast show

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on the gender pay gap and what …

Read more

Striking benefits

The advantages of gender diversity on company boards is the focus of an interview with Professor Sucheta Nadkarni of Cambridge Judge in …

Read more

East Anglia Business Magazine: What is innovation

Just what is “innovation” – and is there a dark side to this wave of change that has transformed our lives through …

Read more

East Anglia Business Magazine: Bringing diversity to the board table – and beyond

The “striking benefits” that gender-diverse boards bring to companies is the focus of an interview with Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, Director of the …

Read more

Women on executive teams

Gender diversity on top management teams improves company performance in times of adverse firm conditions, but matters less in favourable conditions, says …

Read more

Financial Times: Business School: Cultivating polymaths, MBAs look east

Sucheta Nadkarni, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management and Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at Cambridge Judge, is featured in this week’s …

Read more

The European Business Review: Smile, smile and be a leader? Differences in male and female leaders’ use of humour

Being funny at work is good for business, but male and female leaders use humour differently, according to a paper co-authored by …

Read more

Innovation (The Cambridge Judge Business Debate podcast series)

Just what is “innovation” – and is there a dark side to this wave of change that has transformed our lives through …

Read more

Narcissism and downsizing

Narcissism can help liberal-leaning CEOs in pushing corporate social responsibility, but it doesn’t help conservative CEOs translate their ideology into downsizing, says …

Read more

Women in private equity

New research commissioned by Level 20 finds that women now entering private equity usually come from banking and consulting, while more senior …

Read more

Making the numbers count: supporting and engaging women at every career stage

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni and other researchers call for gender equality and career support for women in the workplace, and an end to …

Read more

Financial Times: Being funny at work is good for business

Research co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business School, says humour is good for leaders as well as for staff but there are significant …

Read more

Gender inequality in the workplace (The Cambridge Judge Business Debate podcast series)

Statistics show that gender inequality at the workplace is pervasive, with lower pay and under-representation at top levels for women. How does …

Read more

Only timeline will tell

Rivals are lulled into retaliatory inaction through vague or distant timelines in company press releases, particularly if repeated frequently, finds new study …

Read more

Wired: The gender pay gap data is useful but it’s just the first step

After the majority of all eligible public and private companies in the UK have reported their gender pay gap, we need to …

Read more

The Guardian: Gender pay gap: what we learned and how to fix it

By midnight on 4 April all eligible public and private companies in the UK should have reported their gender pay gap. Sucheta …

Read more

TEDx Newnham: Does gender diversity really matter?

In business, ‘gender diversity’ is often touted as the key to a more equal workplace. But does diversity alone actually mean that …

Read more

The ‘business case’ for gender diversity

Gender diversity in top management teams can boost ‘psychological safety’ and help firms innovate, finds new study of Chinese hi-tech firms co-authored …

Read more

Contact details

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

s.nadkarni@jbs.cam.ac.uk