M.V. Shyam Kumar

Associate Professor, Director of the MBA Program (Troy, N.Y.), Lally School of Management

Professor Kumar studies firms’ strategic choices using both organizational economic and behavioral lenses. Within the broad domain of strategy he has published research on a variety of topics including corporate diversification, alliances, acquisitions, corporate social responsibility, and the financing of innovation. His current research explores themes such as the interplay between financial markets and strategy, corporate venture capital, and models of entrepreneurial firms. Professor Kumar’s work has appeared in various leading journals including Academy of Management Proceedings, Business and Society, Computational and Mathematical Organizational Theory, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Cultural Economics, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Managerial and Decision Economics. He has also published book chapters in leading volumes, including Advances in Strategic Management, and Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions.

 

 

Professor Kumar’s industry experience is in the steel industry where he worked in the area of strategy and international business with the Tata Iron and Steel Co., India’s blue chip corporate. He has also consulted with the New York Press Association, which has given him first had insight experience into the dynamics of disruption in a highly competitive industry.  

 

 

Professor Kumar has won wide recognition for his teaching, including being selected as the Outstanding Professor by the Master’s graduating class at Rensselaer in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  He has previously been nominated the Zicklin fellow, and his dissertation research was sponsored by the prestigious Richard Irwin award. He currently serves as an editorial review board member at the Strategic Management Journal. 

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Research Focus
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Technology Strategy
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Acquisitions and Alliances
  • Managing Multi-Business Firms
Contact kumarm2@rpi.edu
Select Works
  • Choi, B-C., Kumar, M.V.S., and Zambuto, F. Capital Structure and Innovation Trajectory: The Role of Debt in Balancing Exploration and Exploitation. Forthcoming, Organization Science.
  • Francis, B., Harper, P., and Kumar, M.V.S. The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Bank Loans. Forthcoming, Business and Society.
  • Kumar, M.V.S., Dixit, J., and Francis B. 2015. The Impact of Prior Market Reactions on Risk Taking in Acquisitions. Strategic Management Journal, 36: 2111-2121.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. 2013. The Costs of Related Diversification: The Effect of the Core Business on the Productivity of Related Segments. Organization Science, 24: 1827-1846.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. 2011. Are Joint Ventures Positive Sum Games? The Relative Effects of Cooperative and Non Cooperative Behavior. Strategic Management Journal, 32: 32-54.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. 2010. Differential Gains Between Partners in Joint Ventures: The Role of Resource Appropriation and Private Benefits. Organization Science, 21: 232-248.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. 2009. The Relationship Between Product and International Diversification: The Effects of Short Run Constraints and Endogeneity. Strategic Management Journal, 30: 99-116.
  • Kumar, M.V.S. 2005. The Value from Acquiring and Divesting a Joint Venture: A Real Options Approach. Strategic Management Journal, 26: 321-331.