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A tribute to Professor Sucheta S. Nadkarni (1967-2019)


Sucheta Nadkarni

Cambridge Judge Business School is sad to announce that Professor Sucheta Nadkarni passed away last weekend after a short illness.

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni arrived at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2014 to take up the position of Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management. Sucheta was also Head of the Strategy & International Business subject group and a Professorial Fellow of Newnham College.

Sucheta achieved much in her sadly shortened life. She was a force of nature, with enormous energy and drive and a great love for her work, publishing consistently and regularly in the top journals in her field. Sucheta served as the Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal (2016-2019) and as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Management (2011-2016) in addition to serving on several editorial boards. Sucheta was active in projects with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management and BNY Mellon in the areas of strategic change and leadership.

Sucheta’s main research interests were in strategic leadership and competitive dynamics, as well as gender diversity. In addition, with great enthusiasm, Sucheta embraced the Women’s Leadership Initiative, initially as faculty lead, becoming the Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre in 2017. She established the consistently oversubscribed Executive Education Rising Women Leaders programme that focused on supporting women to aspire and achieve in their professional lives, with the goal of fostering the next generation of women leaders. In addition, Sucheta was Gender Equality Champion at the University of Cambridge (2016-2019). She was very generous in including PhD students and other colleagues in her research and mentoring her students.

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

Sucheta won many awards for her work and undertook pioneering work on gender diversity, including the representation of women on corporate boards and in senior executive positions.

Cambridge Judge and Newnham College are working together to plan a memorial service. Details will be made available at a later date, once arranged.