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Dr. T.C.Thomas


Dr. T C Thomas is Professor, Rajalakshmi School of Business, Chennai. Obtained MBA from MEASI  Institute of Management, M.Phil degree from Alagappa University and Ph.D from College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. His area of research is Behavioural Finance, FinTech, AI and Blockchain applications in the Financial sector.

 He started his academic career as a faculty member in Management studies.  With great passion towards the teaching profession, he has been mentoring and educating hundreds of future managers over the last 20 years at PG level. Of the numerous academic courses handled, Economics, Financial Management, Security Analysis & Portfolio Management, Financial Derivatives and FinTech & Block Chain Applications in Finance are his forte.  He has been constantly motivating students to further their knowledge beyond text books and to find solutions to needs of the society through innovative projects in Business Studies. He has guided several student projects leading to conference presentations. He has presented his works at several National and International Seminars & Conferences and published several research papers in reputed International Journals.

Aiming to create financial awareness among youth, he has developed two board games on  Stock Market & Investments  and obtained copyrights for the same. He is a resource person for Tamilnadu Investor Association’s,  Investor Education Programs.  He has been a  regular  subject matter expert in panel discussions on topics related to  Economics, GST and Budgets on various TV Channels.

Dr. Badri Toppur


Dr. Badri Toppur came back to India after his PhD from University of Massachusetts in 2002 to take up teaching and research assignments, and has been teaching at some leading business schools in the country before joining RSB as an Associate Professor and Head of the Centre of Excellence – Business Analytics. His areas of interest are Quantitative Techniques, Decision Analysis, Operations Research, Business Analytics and Computer Simulation. He has jointly conducted Executive Development Programs for leading companies like HP and Oracle.

Dr. Toppur’s bachelor degree was in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and his M.S. was in Computational Mathematics and Operations Research, from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. In the year 2002 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operational Research, on the area of heuristics for network design. He has also done his MBA in Global Energy from Bauer College, University of Houston, USA.

  1. Badri Toppur (2024). Solving a real world non-convex Quadratic Assignment Problem, RAIRO-Operations Research.URL: https://doi.org/10.1051/ro/2024018
  2. Badri Toppur and T. C. Thomas. (2023) Forecasting commercial vehicle production using quantitative techniques. Contemporary Economics, 17(1):10–23
  3. Shipping patterns may be altered according to available refining capacities, Maritime Technology and Research, Volume 4, Number 1. (CrossRef, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus International). 2022, January-March. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33175/mtr.2022.253244
  4. Determining the best set of Molecular Descriptors for a Toxicity Classification Problem, RAIRO-Operations Research, 55(5), 2769-2783. With K. J. Jaims. (Scopus).
  5. Toppur, Badri, C. Swaminathan, (2021), Production Scheduling for an Automotive Firm given Varying Demand and Capacity, Global Business & Economics Anthology, ISSN:1553–1392, Volume I, March 2021, pp 59-71.
  6. “Toppur Badri (2020), “Epidemic Modelling after Exploratory Data Analysis”, SEYBOLD Report Journal, Volume 15, Issue 9, September-2020. With P. Sudesh, Ahamed Basha, M. Rupesh, S. Sharmila, Karthik Kannan, R. Poornima, V. M. Shifana, V. Aiswarya, and A. Abishek. Indexed in Google Scholar
  7. “Toppur, Badri (2020), A Transshipment Model for Logistics Management at Indian Oil Company. RAIRO – Operations Research, 54(4), 1087—1102, EDP Sciences, France, Co-authored with Atanu Sanyal. DOI link: https://doi.org/10.1051/ro/2020005
  8. “Hybrid Agile Project Management Model For New Product Development in Aerospace”, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management. Volume 25, Number 1, March 2019. pp 1-15. With Parvez Alam. (IJOQM is Scopus Indexed and also a C rated journal in the ABDC list.)
  9. “Data Envelopment Analysis of Public Sector Undertaking Banks and Their Current Ranking”, International Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering Research and Development. Volume 8, Special Issue 4, pp. 241-247. (2018). With P. R. Ramakrishnan. (Scopus indexed)
  10. A Study of Banking Stocks in India and an Appropriate Model for Prudent Investment, Research Bulletin, Volume 42, No. II, (July 2016). With Ramakrishnam, P.R., Subhendu Dey, and Merlin Mythili,
  11. Selecting a Suitable B-School – Some Guidelines, Management Compass, Career Launcher, pp. 30-31. February 2015
  12. Abdullah Al-Jasser, Ibrahim, Sasidhar Bokkasam, and Badri Toppur, (June 2014),Cost Allocation of Operational Materials for an Alloy and Special Steel Plant using Excel Solver, International Review of Management and Business Research, Volume 3, Issue 2. (Indexed in International Scientific Indexing, Index Copernicus International)
  13. Kishan, Sanchit, Sri Sathyanarayanan, G. Anand Narayanamoorthy and Badri Toppur (July 2013), Business Process Optimization in Fuel Stations. International Journal of Management and Development, (ISSN:2321-1423), Volume 1, Number 2. 120–126
  14. A Brief History of Data Analysis, Mathematica, Mathematics Society Journal of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. 2009
  15. Ramakrishnan, Rajesh and Badri Toppur, (2007), Regression Analysis of Capacity Utilization for Estimating Competitor’s Payoff Matrix in Two-Player, Non-Zero Sum Games. ICFAI Journal of International Business, Vol. II, No. 2, 30-37. (CiteSeer X index)
  16. A Divide-and-Bridge Heuristic for Steiner Minimal Trees in the Euclidean Plane, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, Volume 20, Number 2, 101-114. June 2014 (ABDC Rating: C, SCOPUS indexed)
  17. A Sausage Heuristic for Steiner Minimal Trees in Three-Dimensional Euclidean Space. Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Algorithms, Springer Science+Business Media, BV, Vol 4(2), 199-217. (2005) With J. MacGregor Smith (SCOPUS indexed)
  18. Properties of R-Sausages. Discrete and Computational Geometry, Springer Verlag, Vol 31(4), 587-611. (2004). With J. MacGregor Smith. (SCOPUS indexed)
  19. Euclidean Steiner Minimal Trees, Minimum Energy Configurations, and the embedding problem of Weighted Graphs in Euclidean Space. Discrete Applied Mathematics Vol 71(1-3), 187-215. (1996). With J. MacGregor Smith. (SCOPUS indexed)
  1. Toppur, Badri (2021), Solving a Real World Non-Convex Quadratic Assignment Problem. In proceedings of XLVIII International Symposium of Operational Research, September 20th-23rd, 2021, Banja-Koviljaca, Serbia. Forthcoming
  2. Toppur, Badri, K. J. Jaims, (2021), Predicting the best set of Molecular Descriptors for a Toxicity Classification Problem. Proceedings of 1st Business Analytics Conference, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management, March 27th, Best research paper award; 20 papers were submitted, out of which 15 papers were accepted for presentation.
  3. Toppur, Badri (2020), Facility location using a Quadratic Assignment Model. In proceedings of XLVII International Symposium of Operational Research, September 20th-23rd, Kraljevo, Serbia. With S. Bharadwaj.
  4. Toppur, Badri (2019) A Static Transshipment Model for Crude Oil Logistics Planning at a Petroleum Company, POMS conference held at K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai, between December 12th to 14th
  5. Toppur, Badri (2019) Statistical and Data Envelopment Analysis of Banks Operating in India, Annual Meeting, of INFORMS in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., held between October 20th-23rd, 2019
  6. Toppur, Badri (2019) A Static Transshipment Model for Crude Oil Logistics Planning at a Petroleum Company, Annual Meeting, of INFORMS in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., held between October 20th-23rd, 2019
  7. Toppur, Badri (2018), 30th Euro conference, June 23rd-26th, 2019, Dublin, Ireland, EU. Title of Presentation: Data Envelopment Analysis of Public-Sector-Undertaking Banks, and their current ranking. With Ramamurthy Ramakrishnan.
  8. Toppur, Badri (2018), INFORMS annual meeting, November 4th-7th, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Title of Presentation: Statistical analysis of efficiency and profitability of Foreign banks operating in India, and of Indian Banks.
  9. Toppur, Badri (2018), International Conference of Computing Sciences (ICCS) on “The Use of Trigonometric Ratios to Obtain Optimal Steiner Ratios for Tetrahedral Point Sets”, on November 16th-17th, 2018, at Loyola College, Chennai.
  10. Toppur, Badri (2018), “Statistical Efficiency and Profitability of Foreign Banks Operating in India, and of Indian Banks” at the Informs Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, U. S. A.
  11. Toppur, Badri (2018), Data Envelopment Analysis of Public Sector Banks and Ranking, VELS institute of science, technology & advanced studies (VISTAS), Pallavaram, Chennai, 26th and 27th April.
  12. Toppur, Badri (2017), Steiner Minimal Trees – Motivating Examples, Recent Trends in Operations Research and Statistics (RTORS), IIT Roorkee, December 29th.
  13. Toppur, Badri (2017), Applications of SPSS, Dr. MGR University- Educational and Research Institute, Maduravoyal, Chennai, 25th October.
  14. Toppur, Badri (2017), Emerging Trends in Analytics, Department of Commerce, Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Tiruchirappalli, 19th January.
  15. Network Simplex in the Design of Steiner Minimal Trees – Two Motivating Examples, Conference Proceedings of SIMSR Global Supply Chain Conference, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Research, Mumbai. December 2016
  16. Toppur, Badri, (2016), Network Simplex in the Design of Steiner Minimal Trees-Motivating Examples. Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, NCR(India), 12th-14th December.
  17. Toppur, Badri, (2014), A Divide and Conquer heuristic for Steiner Minimal Trees on the Plane, IFORS conference in Barcelona, Spain, July 13th to 18th.
  18. Toppur, Badri (2013), “GIS in the Energy Companies” at the seventh DSI conference at IMI Gurgaon, Delhi. December.
  19. Toppur, Badri (2012), Divide and Bridge heuristic for Computing Steiner Minimal Trees, Talk on September 7th, at the International Workshop on Decision Making and Optimization, organized by ORSI Chennai chapter, at IIT Madras.
  20. Toppur, Badri (2011), A Divide and Bridge heuristic for Computing Steiner Minimal Trees, at the 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP) in TU, Berlin, Germany, August 19th and 24th.
  21. Toppur, Badri, Shishir Kumar, and Sauneet Kumar (2011), “IT alignment of Service Oriented Enterprises”, proceedings of 10th ICOQM conference held between June 28th and 30th 2011 at Symbiosis Institute of Management, Nasik.
  22. Toppur, Badri (2009), O.R. technique for cost allocation of operational materials, at a steel plant at APORS 2009. Attended 42nd conference of the Operations Research Society of India at Jaipuria Institute of Technology, Jaipur between December 6th and 9th.
  23. Toppur, Badri (2009), Production planning at a steel mill using Multiple Arc Network formulation and variation on Ford-Fulkerson algorithm, 6th AIMS conference at IBA, Noida between 28th December 2008 and 2nd January.
  24. Toppur, Badri (2008), Production planning at a steel mill using Multiple Arc Network formulation and variation on Ford-Fulkerson algorithm, ORSI Chennai workshop at Anna University, Chennai on December 25th.
  25. Toppur, Badri (2007), in Computing an Equilibrium Pair for Two-Player Non-zero Sum Games using a spreadsheet, 39th convention of the Operations Research Society of India at Heritage Institute of Technology, Salt Lake, KolkatabetweenAugust 5th – 7th January.
  26. Toppur, Badri and A. R. Rajesh (2006), Interpolating the Competitor’s Payoff Matrix in TwoPlayer Non-Zero Sum Games Due to Lack of Information, 7th International Conference on Quantitative Management at Jaipuria Insitute of Management,betweenAugust 3rd.-5th. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
  27. Toppur, Badri (2006), “Computer Simulation of Accurate Estimation of Expected Pension Liability”, Third AIMS conference, 1st – 4th January 2006. IIM Ahmedabad.
  28. Toppur, Badri (2005), Excel Support for computing an equilibrium for two-player, non-zero sum games, 6th International Conference on Quantitative Management at IIM Indore between August 9th and 11th.
  29. Toppur, Badri (2005), Computer Simulation for Accurate Estimation of Expected Pension Liability, 37th ORSI conference, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 8th-11th January 2005.
  30. Toppur, Badri (2004), Application of Discriminant Analysis in Resort Management. Fifth international conference on Operations and Quantitative Management, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, 25-27th October 2004.
  31. Toppur, Badri (2000), An O(N2) Sausage Heuristic For Determining Steiner Minimal Trees in E3”10th Annual Workshop on Computational Geometry, Stony Brook, NY, 27th-28th October.
  32. Toppur, Badri (1994), A Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithm For Computing Steiner Minimal Trees” ORSA/TIMS Joint National Meeting, Boston MA, 24-27th April 1994.
  1. Toppur, Badri (2019) Maritime Inventory Routing and Crude Oil Logistics Planning at a Petroleum Company, Co-authored with M. Ramasubramaniam. Case registered as product 619-0047-1 with The Case Center, UK
  2. Toppur, Badri and Jatinder N.D. Gupta (2012), Enhancing Competitiveness using Decision Sciences, Proceedings of Fifth Conference of the Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute, Macmillan.
  3. Indian Adaptation of best-selling US textbook by Render, Barry, Ralph Stair, Michael Hanna (2009), Quantitative Analysis for Management, Pearson, 10th edition. Now available in its 12th edition.



Dr. S. Gayathri is an Associate Professor and head of General Management stream in Rajalakshmi School of Business, Chennai.She was previously associated with Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Chennai. She holds a Ph.D in Corporate Governance from The University of  Madras. She has a Bachelors in Automobile Engineering and had obtained her Master’s in Business administration and Mphil in the same. She has cleared the UGC NET examination in Management.

She has fifteen years of experience with various Universities and colleges. She is an upcoming author in academics and had authored five books on Corporate governance, Strategic Management, Business Communication, Legal Aspects of Shipping and Group Cohesiveness. She has written 20 research papers and had authored eight book chapters in reputed publications like Springer. She specializes in writing case studies based on the contemporary Indian context and had authored 10 cases. Her teaching and research interests include Strategic Management, Corporate Governance, Sustainability and CSR.She is a certified trainer by AIMA, Bizlab.She has authored a motivational book in Tamil named “katrathu 1 GB” and a poetry book in English named “A canvas of cameos”


  1. “The Truck Driver’s Journey in India and its Aftermath” Taylors Business Review, Vol
  2. 10 Issue 2, February 2022,ISSN: 2232-0172,pp. 15-23
  3. “The mediating effect of customer satisfaction on the relationship between service
    quality and customer loyalty in Digital Banking” Journal of contemporary Issues in
    Business and Government, vol.28, No. 01, 2022 (WOSECI)
  4. “ The digital saga of Mailers” in the AIMS Journal of Management, January 2021,
    pp.240-251(UGC Care – I), Jan 2020
  5. “CSR in the Digital ERA – Access on the CSR Communication of Companies and
    Identification of Services for CSR” in the International Journal of Innovative
    Technology and Exploring Engineering (IJITEE),ISSN: 2278-3075, Volume-8, Issue11S, September 2019 (Scopus)
  6. Published a paper on “Impact of Merger & Acquisition on Employee Culture: A Case
    Study on DXC Technology” in Journal Of Mechanics Of Continua And Mathematical
    Sciences ISSN (Online) : 2454 -7190 Vol.-14, No.-5, September – October (2019) 832-
    837 ISSN (Print) 0973-8975, https://doi.org/10.26782/jmcms.2019.10.00066, (Web Of
  7. Published an article on “Electric Vehicles – An Introduction of the Tesla for Strategy
    and Leadership” in the International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
    (IJRTE),ISSN: 2277-3878, Volume-8 Issue-2S8, August 2019, pp.1522-1524 (Scopus)
  8. Published an article on “Effect of Technology in Sedentary Lifestyle and its Impact on
    the Overall Well Being of the IT Employees in Chennai” in the International Journal of
    Recent Technology and Engineering (IJRTE),ISSN: 2277-3878, Volume-8 Issue-2S8,
    August 2019, pp.1489-1494 (Scopus)
  9. Published an article on the topic “A study on Total Quality Management Process with
    reference to Switching Info technology, Gunther, Chennai” in the International Journal
    of Mechanical Engineering & Technology,Volume 9, Issue 7, July 2018 (Scopus)
  10. Published an article on the topic “A critical Analysis of the Punjab National Bank scam
    and its implications” in the International Journal of Pure & Apllied Mathematics,Vol
    119, No.12, 2018,pp. 14853-14866 (Scopus)
  1. “Valli Arunachalam’s battle for a board seat” in the book “Case Studies in Business
  2. Management – Indian prespective,pp.141-148, Vol.II, Himalaya Publishing House, ISBN
  3. : 978-93-5495-627-0, 2022
  4. “Byjus- creating value in education” in Case Studies in Business Management – Indian
    prespective, pp. 78-84,Vol.II, Himalaya Publishing House, ISBN : 978-93-5495-627-0,
  5. ” Pandemic measures for the covid19 outbreak in Malaysia: A correlative comparison with
    China” in Towards Intelligent Systems Modeling and Simulation, Springer Publications,
    pp.25 – 37, Sep 2021
  6. “Transition Within the Teaching Pedagogy: A Stochastic Opportunity to Engage Problem
    Solving Skill Through CODE” in the book “Engineering and Sciences Teaching and
    Learning Activities:, pp.19-31, August 2021, Springer Publications
  7. “The Jugaad Innovation in India- The case study of Ampere vehicles” in the book named
    “Value Creation 4.0” by Gabor Rekettye.(ISBN-10: 1912997215),2020,Transnational
    Press, London

Dr.V.Sasikala, MBA.,M.Sc(Psy)., M.Phil.,Ph.D.,


Dr.V.Sasikala has been an Associate Professor at  Rajalakshmi School of Business in Chennai since July 2022 and she has 20 years of academic and research experience. She excelled in teaching Accounting and Finance vertical papers such as Security Analysis & Portfolio Management, Financial Derivatives, International Financial Management, Behavioural Finance and Financial Modelling & Valuation. She received a doctorate in Management Studies (Behavioural Finance) from Anna University, Chennai in 2015. She has successfully completed the Faculty Development Programme (FDP) at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad in 2009.

Dr.V.Sasikala received the “Innovative researcher and dedicated Academician Award- (ISRPM)” from the Singapore-Malaysia Convention award ceremony in 2018, as well as the “Best Teacher Award for Academic Excellence” from Rajalakshmi School of Business, Chennai for the academic year 2022-23. She has published a countable number of research papers and attended over 40 programs, including National and International conferences, seminars, FDPs, and workshops.

Dr.Meenakshi Sundaram


He is an eminent academician. He holds Ph.D (Management Studies), Ph.D (Agricultural Extension), M.B.A(Marketing Management), M.B.A.(Personnel Management), M.Sc. (Agricultural Extension), B.Sc. (Agriculture), Post graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass communication, Post graduate Diploma in Training and Development Training & Development, Diploma in Software Technology Software Technology, Post graduate Diploma in Business Management. Successfully Completed more than 25 number of courses in HR,Marketing in Coursera . Currently pursuing D.litt in HR .

A multi-faceted seasoned professional having over 42 years of rich & dynamic experience in Teaching, General Management / Personnel Administration/ Training & Development / HRM and Faculties Management across industry verticals. Hands on experience in general administrative activities, personnel management, corporate policy implementation and facilities management across assignments. Result oriented, dynamic, timely accurate reporter. Served as an Expert Member in Cauvery Technical cell – water dispute .External Examiner, Vellore Institute of Technology for Department of Management Studies. Member Board of Selection for SCSVMV University Kancheepuram, Sathyabama University. Member Doctoral committee in Anna University, Chennai. Member Doctoral committee in Dr. M.G.R. University Chennai. External Examiner for M.Phil for Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore. External Examiner for SRM University. Member Doctoral Committee Saveetha University. External Examiner, Bharath University, Annamalai University . Associated with 135 journals in the capacity of Member Editorial board. Published, more than 35 papers in the international journals and more than 12 papers in National journals. Besides presented several papers in the National and International conferences and guided several PhD scholars in Management.




With nearing 10 years of Rich experience in both Teaching and Industry moving ahead to Aspire for a challenging position where my acquired proficiency and familiarity in the field of my career at a highly reputed and eminent educational institute and to gain exceptional career move ahead through long efforts and performance regularity.

  • Published Two book chapters in International Publication.
  • Published Two patents
  • Articles published in UGC CARE LISTED- 7
  • Articles published in SCOPUS -5
  • Paper published in International Conference -3
  • Paper published in National Conference

Prof Dr. A Mohammed Faisal

B.E. (Production), Ph. D (Operations)

Dr. A Mohammed Faisal is an Assistant Professor (Senior) of Operations and Analytics at the Rajalakshmi School of Business. He has more than 9 years of academic and corporate experience. He began his career with B.E (Production) from Madras University. He earns a PhD (Operations) in the Department of Management Studies at Indian Institute Technology (IIT) Madras. His research interests lie in on Total Quality Management (TQM), Lean Manufacturing, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Case Research Method, Discrete-Event Simulation and Business Analytics.

  1. Faisal, A. M. (2022). Prescriptive Analytics for finding the optimal manufacturing practice based on the simulation models of Lean Manufacturing and Total Quality Management. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer, Power and Communications (ICCPC).
  • Moyeenudin H.M., Chandrachud S., Mohammed Faisal A. (2022). ICT Enabled Cloud Cafeteria of Corporate Companies with a Customized App for Employee’s Expediency. In: Fong S., Dey N., Joshi A. (eds) ICT Analysis and Applications. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 314, pp 639-648. Springer, Singapore.
  • Faisal, A. M. (2021). Data Analytics based Prescriptive Analytics for Selection of Lean Manufacturing System. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Inventive Computation Technologies, ICICT, pp. 464–466.
  • Faisal, A. M. (2018).  Predictive Simulation Modeling and Analytics of Value Stream Mapping for the implementation of lean manufacturing: A case study of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Control Systems.
  • Faisal, A. M. and Ravi, A. G.  (2018). Simulation Modeling and Analysis for the implementation of Total Quality Management using Value Stream Mapping in Labour- intensive Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Trends in Electronics and Informatics, 1442-1444.
  • Faisal, A. M. and Khannan, K. (2017). Implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) in Labour-Intensive Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs): A Case Study of Footwear Manufacturing Company. International Journal of Applied Business and Economic Research, Vol. 15, No. 21, pp.171-182. 
  • Faisal, A.M. (2016). Case studies on the implementation of TQM in the Indian Leather SMEs. International Journal of Quality and Innovation, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 17-29.
  • Faisal, A. M. (2016). Simulation Modeling and Analysis of Labour-intensive Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for choosing the best alternative production system, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Electrical, Electronics, and Optimization Techniques, 3564-3566.
  • Faisal, A. M. (2016). Simulation Modeling and Analysis of Value Stream Mapping for the implementation of lean manufacturing in Labour-intensive Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Electrical, Electronics, and Optimization Techniques, Chennai 3567-3569.

Dr. Pavithra .M. R

Assistant Professor

A seasoned expert who successfully shifted from the corporate kingdom to embrace a role in academics as a committed researcher and practitioner in the fields of Statistics and Analytics. She has honed her skills in various analytical software’s empowering her to proficiently dissect and make sense of data. Her areas of expertise comprehend Advanced Statistics, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Pavithra’s academic background is solid and diverse. She holds her Ph.D. in Statistics and prior to that earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from SSN School of Advanced Career Education in Chennai. With both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Statistics, her educational journey lays the groundwork for her extensive knowledge and proficiency in the realms of statistics and business analytics.

With a rich and varied professional background, Dr. Pavithra holds the position of Assistant Professor at Rajalakshmi School of Business. Prior to this, she is the alumnus of Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai (December 2015 to November 2023) garnered consistently high feedback ratings for teaching and involved crucial responsibilities in diverse rankings and accreditation. Further contributions come from roles such as Deputy Manager at SPi Global, where she effectively led a team of 12 members and as a Management Representative at CECCPL, driving the implementation of ISO 9001. Additional experiences encompass Senior Analyst at Highpoints Learning and Lecturer at Alpha Arts and Science College where she made substantial contributions to projects and academic advancement.

Dr. Pavithra has made significant contributions to the field of research, evident in a series of publications that span various aspects of sustainable project-driven supply chains, public-private partnership issues in agriculture, resilience of healthcare infrastructure during pandemic, sustainability in the context of electric vehicles and the key drivers of purchase intent in Omni-Channel shopping. These publications are featured in reputable journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, PLoS ONE, Corporate Governance and Sustainability Review and the Indian Journal of Marketing. Additionally, Pavithra has co-authored works with other researchers, showcasing a diverse range of expertise and a commitment to advancing knowledge in their respective fields.

Research Papers Under Review
  • Artificial Intelligence Techniques in the Agricultural Supply Chain for Sustainable Transformation: A Bibliometric Analysis    
    Business Strategy and the Environment
    Submission ID: BSE-23-2117 | Submitted on: 7 August 2023 | With editor for review
    ISSN NO: 0964-4733 | Cite Score – 17.8 | SCOPUS (99%) | ABDC Journal List (A)
  • Developing a Six Sigma Fuzzy Mean control chart Using Standard Deviation under Moderate Distribution to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
    Phygital International Conference on “Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM 2023)” – LIBA
    Springer conference proceedings—SCOPUS

Research Papers : Revise & Resubmit
  • Artificial Intelligence-based reverse logistics for improving circular economy performance: A developing country perspective
    International Journal of Logistics Management
    Submission ID: IJLM-03-2023-0102.R2 | R&R 2 Status – Revision submitted on 10th January 2024
    ISSN NO: 0957-4093 | Cite Score – 8.5 | SCOPUS (87%) | ABDC Journal List (A)

Prof. Er. Ganesh Balakrishnan


Prof. Ganesh Balakrishnan is the Co-Founder and CBO at Flatheads, India’s first all-day work sneaker brand. He founded the company with his Co-Founder and CEO, Utkarsh Biradar, in 2018, after identifying a gap in the casual footwear market in India. Ganesh was also a founding member and the CMO at Momoe Technologies, a fintech startup based out of Bangalore. Momoe raised VC funding and expanded to 3 cities, and was then acquired by ShopClues.com – the e-commerce marketplace. He then became a part of the ShopClues leadership team as AVP – Merchant Ecosystem and expanded the seller base from 1 lakh to 5 lakh+ merchants. Ganesh has an engineering and business background;

He graduated from IIT Bombay and IIM Bangalore. He also has 7 years of entrepreneurial experience and 10 years of corporate experience at Honeywell, Bain & Company and Ingersoll Rand. With Flatheads, Ganesh aims to create a homegrown Indian brand with a personality that appeals to the discerning audience. There is a dearth of world-class Indian brands in the affordable premium casual footwear category, and Ganesh sees a clear opportunity to build an enduring urban lifestyle brand. Outside of Flatheads, Ganesh likes to spend his time with his wife, and nine-year old daughter. He also teaches entrepreneurship and runs start-up workshops at NID Ahmedabad, NID Bangalore and IIM Trichy.

Prof. Dr. M J Xavier


Prof. M J Xavier obtained his B.Tech. from CIT Coimbatore (1976), M.Tech. from REC Warangal (1979) and the Fellow title from IIM Calcutta (1984). He served as a research Executive with Mode Research, Calcutta (presently acquired by GFK Global) during 1982-84. He also served in SPIC Limited during 1985 to 1990. Then he moved to academics and taught at IIM Bangalore during 1990 to 1996. After that he held leadership positions in Karunya Institute of technology, IFMR, SRM University, Great Lakes Institute of Management, VIT University and IIM Ranchi.

Currently he is serving as a Professor of Marketing & Business Analytics and Chairperson of MDC at LIBA Chennai. In between, he also has taught for two years in CalPoly University in the USA, and for a semester each in Buckingham University UK, Texas Christian University, USA and the American University of Armenia in Yeravan, Armenia. He has also taught courses on marketing at PIM Colombo, SP Jain Singapore and Dubai campuses. He has authored 3 books, including the award-winning book titled, Marketing in the New Millennium. He has authored more than 100 research papers and has contributed extensively to business dailies and magazines. He has won several awards that include, Most Motivating Faculty at IIM Bangalore, Chanakya award for Innovative leadership, Amity Academic excellence award, AIMS award for Outstanding B-school Director, ET Now award for Academic leadership and so on.

Prof. Gaurav Sundararaman


Prof. Gaurav Sundararaman is a cricket fanatic. He holds degrees in computer science and business administration and has used his skills and strengths from these fields to carve a unique niche in the cricket world. He spent four years helping international teams (countries and franchises) use advanced analytics to create a winning edge. Among his highlights was playing a small but significant part of the WorldT20 winning West Indies team in 2016 and co-authoring a paper at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference at Boston. Over the last 5 years he has worked with the magicians at ESPN Cricinfo to provide compelling and intelligent insight into how teams and players really win.

Dr.Latha Vijaybaskar


A professional and academic communication specialist, Dr Latha Vijaybaskar works at the intersection between employee engagement and organizational communication. Dr Latha Vijaybaskar has over a decade of academic experience teaching Organizational Behavior and Business Communication working as visiting faculty in both India and Dubai including Meenakshi Sunderrajan School of Management, ICFAI Dubai, S P Jain School of global management, Dubai campusand now at BIM Trichy

Currently Dr Latha Vijaybaskar is a leadership and communication coach, founder of Beyond Z Conversations and holds a PhD researching internal corporate communications.



Dr.J.Sathyakumar is a professor specializing in the area of Human Resources and Organizational Development. His work in Human Resources is backed by academic teaching of over 16 years and an equivalent time spent in corporate. He holds a Ph.D., from the University of Madras and had published research papers in the reputed International Journals like Taylor & Francis and in Japan. He had presented papers in several conferences in the area of Organizational Psychology. He has an international exposure of having attended a niche training program in the area of counseling intervention in Australia at Hobart, Tasmania.

Before he found his passion in academics, he spent over two decades at corporate like Enfield, MRF, Ashok Leyland, Spic group of companies etc. This experience coupled with academics lead to OD consulting at leading corporate and several MDPs for seniors management of TVS Tyres, Apollo hospitals, HPCL, Textile manufacturing units etc., He had conducted specialized training programs for School Head Masters and the India Post employees and work-shops on Managerial Counseling. His primary research interests are in the areas of Behavior Modification, Emotional Intelligence, Counseling and PTSD.

Prof. K.L. Bhaskaran


K L Bhaskaran has three degrees to his credit, B.Sc from Madras University, B.Tech from MIT Madras and MBA from IIM Calcutta.

In addition, he holds four American certifications .These certifications are CSCP, CFPIM, CTL and CPM, in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Production and Inventory Control Management, Logistics and Purchase Management.

K L Bhaskaran has over 36 years of managerial experience in the functional areas of Manufacturing, Materials Management, Supply Chain management and Project Management. He retired from TCS as General Manager.

He is a visiting faculty at IIM Kozhikode, NMIMS Mumbai, SIOM, Nasik, Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore, TSM Madurai and other Institutes.

He is also a Corporate Trainer and some of his clients include Cap Gemini Mumbai, Tata Motors Lucknow, Genpact Hyderabad, SAP Bengaluru and DuPont Delhi.