Through my education, I spent a decade exploring disciplines in management academia. My undergraduate degree at SFC, Osmania University was in commerce, with a focus on accountancy, finance, and international business. While number-crunching came easy to me, meta-questions of 'how' (the world works) and 'why' always captivated me. This led me to leave home and move countries to pursue an MSc. in International Management at the University of Bath. Retrospectively, my post-graduate degree served as a catalyst which began to change my view of the world. It also shaped my academic career and kick-started my PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.
I am an inter-disciplinary qualitative researcher drawing on the fields of management, psychology and sociology. My research interests include women's careers, organisational behaviour and policy efficacy, and gender relations in India. I believe that understanding careers - which are at the intersection of life, love, and work - necessitates a holistic approach. My academic research critiques the mainstream (and arguably malestream) view of careers and success characterised by the accumulation of wealth and hierarchical advancement. In view of the increasingly volatile and uncertain world, my research highlights the need for sustainable careers which integrate personal needs and values and professional aspirations. My everyday conversations with women about their career echo the findings of my academic research. Through my website and blog, I aspire to make the insights of my academic research more accessible to women in India and beyond, in a bid to validate their experiences and help them navigate their careers.
I have a love-hate relationship with teaching and higher education. I thoroughly enjoy making complex management theory accessible to students, enabling and equipping them to think critically about the world they inhabit. My teaching philosophy is built upon Carl Rogers' principle of demonstrating 'unconditional positive regard' towards students. I believe this to be essential to enable learning and development. However, the rapid marketisation of education - increasing workloads, large student numbers, and excessive administrative demands - has taken a toll on me. I taught about 800 postgraduate and undergraduate students over three years at the School of Business and Management, QMUL. My teaching included the following modules: Fundamental of Management, Employment Relations, and Entrepreneurship. Currently, I am on a hiatus from teaching and am open to ad hoc opportunities in the industry, outside the UK Higher education context. If you are passionate about enhancing access to education, please do reach out for a chat!
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