FLAME University


Story of the pioneer of Liberal Education in India

Prof. Dishan Kamdar is the Vice-Chancellor of FLAME University. Before FLAME, he was the Deputy Dean of Academic Programmes and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Indian School of Business (ISB). A leading researcher, senior faculty member, executive coach to CEOs of renowned corporates and family businesses in India, and a favourite professor to all his students, Prof. Kamdar handles these multifaceted roles with equal ease.

Under his leadership, ISB was successful in admitting the largest-ever student body, setting new benchmarks in student placements of its flagship programmes and strengthening its alumni engagement. He also played a vital role in integrating programme delivery and faculty recruitments across two campuses. Before being the Deputy Dean at ISB, Prof. Dishan served as the Senior Associate Dean (Programmes) for almost 8 years and during that stint, he was instrumental in leading a major curriculum revamp at the School.

Prior to ISB, Prof. Kamdar taught Organizational Behaviour at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He started his career as an entrepreneur in 1998 as the owner of a trading firm. He grew interested in the theory behind motivation, leadership and negotiation skills, and subsequently pursued his Master’s in Science and specialized in Organisational Behaviour. Over the years, Prof. Kamdar’s skills in negotiations and decision- making have helped him grow his business to achieve an annual turnover of over US$ 65 Million. He holds a Ph.D from the National University of Singapore, 2004, M.Sc (Management), National University of Singapore, 2001 and BBA (Hons), National University of Singapore, 1999.

Prof. Kamdar specializes in teaching Negotiation Analysis and Decision Making, to students of the various PG programmes, advanced management programmes and short duration executive education programmes. He was awarded ‘Professor of the Year’ five times in the last decade at ISB, for his hands-on teaching style and well-crafted course content. He is also a frequently sought-after faculty amongst the mid to senior-level industry professionals, who attend the executive education programmes.

Prof. Kamdar’s expertise encompasses the space of negotiations and workplace behaviour. Through structured practical and case-based programmes, he equips leaders to manage difficult conversations and dispute situations to emerge as better agents of influence. He also trains senior executives from PSUs and the Government. Some of the organizations where he has taught and consulted include Novartis Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Facebook, Ernst & Young, The Walt Disney Company, Cadbury, GE Healthcare, Infiniti Retail Ltd., Defence Ministry, Indian Police Service, LIC, ONGC, Nokia, Bajaj Alliance, Wockhardt Hospitals, Standard Chartered Bank, Axis Bank, American Express, Bank of Baroda, Airtel, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd., Star India Pvt., Ltd.

Prof. Kamdar is cited as one of India’s top researchers and among the leading ones globally. He has published papers in top-tier international journals and has been invited to present his studies at international conferences. His research interests include work-related performance and extra-role behaviours which are both ‘promotive’ and ‘prohibitive’, knowledge sharing, group performance, trust, a voice in the organisation, whistleblowing, creativity and leadership, work culture and more.