Biography and Education
Kamalesh Kumar, Ph.D.,Professor of Business Strategy in the College of Business of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he has been teaching graduate courses in Business Strategy and Managing Strategic Innovation and Change since 1993. He is also a visiting faculty at the William Davidson Institute, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at the University of Padua, Italy and at CUOA-an industry sponsored Executive MBA program in Italy. Prior to joining academia he worked as a Human Resource Manager.
During the past few years, Professor Kumar has provided his expertise to HIBA, Syria—an organization aimed at developing executive expertise in business management, CIVEN, Italy—an industry sponsored program for finding market opportunities for nanotechnology based innovations, PlanMan, Delhi, India, and to the “Product Realization and Technology Commercialization” program funded by the United States government for entrepreneurial start-ups. He has also served on the advisory committees and board of companies/organizations.
Although Prof. Kumar's research interests are interdisciplinary, in recent years, his research activities have focused on stakeholder management and its implications for strategic performance of a company. His research works have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Sciences,Journal of Management, Journal of Health Care Marketing, and Health Care Management Review. Prof. Kumar has authored over 45 articles, has written chapters in four books, and has presented over 75 research papers at various national and international conferences. Prof. Kumar is also the recipient of various research awards and grants for his scholarly works. His research accomplishments have been acknowledged and quoted in the Fortune,Economist, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journals, besides numerous other publications. He has also been listed in the International Directory of Management Scholars, published by Harvard University.
Prof. Kumar is actively involved in management education and executive training programs, in the US and abroad. He interacts on a regular basis with numerous organizations in the Detroit area. He has worked as management consultant and has trained managers and executives of over 50 different organizations. His recent consulting assignments have been at Telefonica, AT&T, Durr, Nissan, Eaton, Yazaki, Oakwood Hospital and St John's Health System. As a professional speaker Prof. Kumar is well received by his audience, who find him to be an effective communicator with an engaging style.
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