The keynote speaker for the conference is Anshuman Prasad (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Professor of Management and University Research Scholar at the College of Business, University of New Haven, USA.
Anshuman brings an interdisciplinary orientation in his scholarship, which deals with such issues as globalization and postcoloniality, workplace diversity and multiculturalism, corporate legitimacy, resistance in organizations, and epistemology. His research has been published in some of the major scholarly journals of the field. He is the editor of Against the Grain: Advances in Postcolonial Organization Studies (2012), as well as Postcolonial Theory and Organizational Analysis: A Critical Engagement (2003), and a co-editor of Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity (1997). Professor Prasad has served in different capacities on the editorial boards of several academic journals: his current editorial board memberships include the boards of Human Relations, and Organization. He has served as Program/Track Chair at a number of scholarly conferences, including the Academy of Management Conference, the Eastern Academy of Management Conference, International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference, and the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference. Professor Prasad has been invited to present his research at various academic institutions, such as the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Calcutta), Saint Mary’s University, University of Toronto, University of Cambridge (U.K.), Rutgers University, and Lund University (Sweden). Currently, he is working on a book that explores the multidimensional implications of ongoing global transformations, and co-editing the reference volume, Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies. Before joining academe, he earned an MBA degree with concentration in finance, and worked as an executive in the commercial banking sector for several years.