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Professor Sai Yayavaram joined IIM Bangalore as an Associate Professor in the Strategy Area in July 2013. Prior to joining IIM Bangalore, he was with the National University of Singapore for nine years. He worked as a consultant in the Tata Strategic Management Group, Bombay from 1994-98.

His research focuses on technology management, complexity and strategic rents and has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science.

He is currently a Member of the Editorial Review Boards of Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Global Strategy Journal. He is also a Deputy Editor of Management and Organization Review.

Journal Articles

  • Li, Shuping and Yayavaram, S. 2019. Attenuating the negative effects of network change on innovation: A whole network level analysis of Taiwanese business groups. Accepted for publication at Asia Pacific Journal of Management
  • Awasthi, K., Yayavaram, S., George, R., and Sastry, T. 2019. Classification for Regulated Industries: A New Index. IIMB Management Review, 31(3): 309-315.
  • Yayavaram, S., Srivastava, M.K. and Sarkar, M.B., 2018. Role of search for domain knowledge and architectural knowledge in alliance partner selection. Strategic Management Journal, 39: 2277-2302.
  • Yayavaram, S. and Chen, W. 2015. Changes in firm knowledge couplings and firm innovation performance: The moderating role of technological complexity. Strategic Management Journal, 36: 377–396.
  • Ahuja, G. and Yayavaram, S. 2011. Explaining influence rents: The case for an Institutions-Based View of strategy. Organization Science, 22: 1631–1652.
  • Yayavaram, S. and Ahuja, G. 2008. Decomposability in knowledge structures and its impact on the usefulness of inventions and knowledge-base malleability. Administrative Science Quarterly, 53: 333–362.

Book Chapters:

  • Globalizing E-Business: The role of institutional environments, with Jarvenpaa, S., In E-Business Handbook, (Eds.) Lowry, P.B., Cherrington, O. and Watson, R.J. Boca Raton: St. Lucie Press, 2001

Working Papers:

  • Market Value or Technological Impact? Contextual Determinants of the Effects of Nonlocal Search in Firm Patenting (with Yuan Shi)
  • Decision making under high complexity: A formal model for the science of Muddling Through (with Sasanka Sekhar Chanda)
  • Do Corporate Political Activities enable sustenance of rents? A study on political connections and profit persistence in India (with Kshitij Awasthi, Rejie George, and Trilochan Sastry)
  • Manageable complexity and economic organization

Professor Yayavaram currently teaches Corporate Strategy to MBA students and Strategy Content to doctoral students. He also conducts executive education programmes on strategic management and management of innovation for senior managers.


  • Finalist at the 2002 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition
  • University of Texas Preemptive Fellowship in 1998
  • IDBI Scholarship (awarded for academic excellence), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 1993-1994
  • NTSE Scholarship (awarded by the Government of India), 1985-1994

He is currently a Member of the Editorial Review Boards of Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Global Strategy Journal. He is also a Deputy Editor of Management and Organization Review.

  • PhD, Strategic Management, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • PGDM, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 1994
  • BTech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 1992