Sankalp works as Associate Professor in the Strategy area at IIM Tiruchirappalli. He brings with him around a decade of varied experience in the corporate world. Having gained his engineering degree from MERI Kolkata (erstwhile DMET Calcutta), his career began as engineer officer on board merchant ships of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Singapore (1997-99). This stint afforded him the experience of working in high pressure engine room conditions alongside professionals of multiple nationalities. He subsequently worked at Infosys Technologies during the Y2K phase (1999-2001), on projects serving global financial majors. Next, he pursued his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (2001-2003) with a focus on Strategy and Marketing, securing multiple awards for academic excellence. His post-MBA experience at the Tata Group spread over seven years (2003-2010) gave him a functional grounding in Strategic Management, Marketing, Human Resources and Post-Merger Integration, apart from affording a year-long exposure to the domain of management consulting practice.
Sankalp’s work experience exposed him to the micro-practices of managers across hierarchical levels and various functional domains. At the same time, involvement in transnational projects gave him a ringside view of how geo-political issues as also social dynamics and competitive concerns informed the seemingly mundane daily work. The linkages between the micro and macro which he experienced during his corporate career found academic resonance in the ‘practice turn’ of social sciences which informs his thesis work. His thesis is located in the Strategy as Practice (SAP) sensibility wherein he investigates the daily doings, particularly the embodied and materialized aspects of strategy work, and how the collective of such effort connects with broader social phenomena. Sankalp is also fascinated with the energy with which the youth of India is expressing its entrepreneurial spirit in the new millennium, and has located his recent research endeavors in this area.
- Pratap, S., Gupta, A., Mateen, A. and Mahto, K. (2016), “Playing Games, Receiving Gifts, Creating Experiences and Building Brands”. Marketing Intelligence and Planning 34(4), 486 – 503
- Pratap, S. (2014), “Towards a framework for performing outsourcing capability”. Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, 7(3), 226–252.
Cases and Articles
- Pratap, S and Saha, B. (2016), “From chaos of steel cycles to the promise of “Joy of Building”: Tata Tiscon eyeing the next big leap", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, 6 (1), 1-39