Abhishek Nirzar


Dr. Abhishek is the Director of IFIM Business School, Bangalore. Prior to this he was Chair Professor of Strategy and Dean of Executive Education and International Linkages at IMI Delhi. He did his doctorate in strategy and innovation management from Sheffield University, United Kingdom. He had earlier worked at the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Management Development Institute Gurgaon, FORE School of Management, New Delhi and Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur. In all he has spent more than two decades in academics. At IIM Lucknow he was the Chairman of the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group and Chairman of Management Development Programmes.

Abhishek’s teaching and research interests are in strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He conducts senior management training programmes both in India and overseas. Abhishek has conducted a large numbers of training programmes and workshops on themes related to strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and general management. He also provides consultancy services to small, medium and large-scale firms.

Abhishek was awarded the ‘Career Award for Young Teachers’ (research grant) instituted by the All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. He has written one book on Entrepreneurship Development, one edited book on Entrepreneurship and has an invited chapter in the book titled ‘Advances in Information Resources Management Volume 6’ published by Idea group, Pennsylvania. He regularly publishes in Indian and International Journals. He is an active member of the Strategic Management Society and the International Council for Small Business.

He actively engages with start-ups in an advisory/ consultative role on a regular basis. He believes that entrepreneurship is the way forward for young management graduates both as start-ups and in established ventures.