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Dalhia Mani

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Associate Professor
Chairperson, Entrepreneurship

My research has focused on family businesses and entrepreneurship. I primarily use an organizational theory lens, and specifically a network theory and method lens. My prior research has been published in American Journal of Sociology, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Management. I teach entrepreneurship at the MBA and executive education level, and I also coordinate our 6-month long certificate program for family businesses. At the doctoral level, I teach a course on Network theory and analysis, and I also teach a classical sociological theory course, which covers Weber, Marx, Durkheim, Mead, Foucault, Bourdieu, Goffman, Fanon etc. I did my PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota (2010), and then worked in HEC Paris France as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track from 2010-2016, before moving to IIMB, India. Prior to doing my PhD, I worked in ICICI Ltd.

Her research has been supported by numerous grants at the department, university and international levels including a National Science Foundation grant, and an Anna Welsch Bright Fellowship grant. She serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, and Social Network Analysis and Mining Journal. Before pursuing a doctorate, she worked in ICICI Ltd., and has been involved in several start-ups in an advisory role.

Areas of Specialization

Organizational Theory, Interorganizational and Interpersonal Networks


  • Bibek Bhattacharya, Ipsu Khadka, and Dalhia Mani, “Shaking up (and keeping Intact) the Old Boy’s Network: The Impact of the Gender Quota on Board of Directors in India”, Journal of Business Ethics, 177.4 (2022): 763-778.
  • Mani Dalhia. 2021. “Who controls the Indian Economy: The Role of Families and Communities in the Indian Economy.” Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, 38, 21–149
  • Mani, Dalhia and Durand, Rodolphe. 2018. “Family Firms in the Ownership Network: Clustering, Bridging, and Embeddedness.” Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 43 (2), 330-351
  • Mani, Dalhia and James Moody. 2014. “Moving Beyond Stylized Network Structures: The Hybrid World of the Indian Ownership Network.” American Journal of Sociology 119 (6), 1629-1669
  • Ansari, Sana and Mani, Dalhia, “Social Ties and Network Structure”, Oxford Bibliographies, 2019
  • Mani, Dalhia and David Knoke. 2011. “On Intersecting Ground: The Changing Structure of U.S. Corporate Networks.” Social Network Analysis and Mining 1: 43-58
  • Mani, Dalhia and David Knoke. 2011. “Strategic Alliance Networks: A Review.” Encyclopedia of Social Networks.



  • Entrepreneurial Mindset and Action”, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, MBA Core Course, 2016 – Current.
  • “Global Perspectives: Understanding the West through its Classics”, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, MBA Elective Course, 2021 – Current.·     
  • Strategic Management Core Course”, HEC Paris, MBA and MSc Strategy Programs, 2010-2016
  • “Strategy & Business Policy Core Course”, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Undergraduate Course (2009)
  • Management Program for Entrepreneurs and Family Businesses (MPEFB), Long Duration Executive Education Certificate Program (2018 – Current)
  • “Leadership in Dynamic Times”, Executive EducationShort Duration Open Program, IIMB, India
  • “Ecosystem and Entrepreneurship Development”, Executive Education Open Program, IIMB, India


  • Network Theory and Analysis”, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, PhD Elective Course, 2016-Current.
  • With Saras Sarasvati, “Entrepreneurship Classics”, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, FPM Core Course, 2017-2018.
  • “Classical Sociology of Organizations”, HEC Paris, 2012-2016 & 2020-Current

  • Runner-up, Best Paper Award, HEC-ASQ Conference, Paris (2011).
  • Best Graduate Paper Award, Sociological Research Institute, University of Minnesota (2011).
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (2009).
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Graduate School Fellowship (2009).
  • Anna Welsch Bright Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2009).
  • Departmental Merit Fellowship, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota (2007 and 2009).


  •  Executive Committee Member, Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management, 2018-2021
  • Invited Speaker, India Research Forum, January 2021
  • Featured Speaker, Podcast, OMT Distinguished Scholar Series, Season 1 Episode 2 (May 2020)
  • Invited Speaker, “Family Feuds: A Harmony Perspective on Corporate Governance,” SNU Korea, August 2020
  • Co-Organizer, Job Market opportunities Around the World, Zoom Panel Session (June 2020)
  • Co-Organizer, OMT Global Paper Development Workshop, Academy of Management, Vancouver (August 2020)
  • Co-Organizer, OMT Global Paper Development Workshop, Academy of Management, Boston (August 2019)
  • Co-organizer, ASQ-IIMB 2-day Research Workshop, Bangalore, 2018
  • Invited Speaker, Network Science Conference, IIMA, 2019
  • Session Chair on Networks and Change, Academy of Management, Boston (August 2019)
  • Session Chair on Family Business in ICGS Conference, Shanghai (2018)
  • Invited Speaker, CGIO Conference, NUS, Singapore (2015)
  • Session Chair on Network Dynamics in Academy of Management (2013).
  • Senior Editor, Management and Organization Review
  • Reviewer, Administrative, Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management and Social Network and Mining Journal.
  • Speaker, Entrepreneurship Education Summit, Vizag Conclave of Educators, Policy Makers, Startups
  • Speaker, IIMB Podcast Series, “Entrepreneurship in the age of Covid”
  • 2016-2019: Professional Consultancy: GIZ and Totale
  • 2021: Government of Karnataka Project to identify and improve customer-facing and internal processes for Police stations, RTO, Sub-registrar’s office, Tahsildar Office, Revenue Inspector/Nada Kacheri


  • PhD, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota (2010).

  Committee: David Knoke (Advisor), Yanjie Bian, Michael Goldman and Harry Sapienza.

  • Master of Arts in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India (May 1998 to May 2000).
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College, Chennai, India (May 1995 – May 1998).