FLAME University


Learning from some of the best minds in education and in the industry
Prof. Niraj Mankad
Associate Professor - Operations
Email: niraj.mankad@flame.edu.in
PhD in Strategy from IIT - Bombay, Mumbai ; MBA in Leeds University Business School, UK; B.E in Construction Engineering from Mumbai University, Mumbai

Dr. Niraj Mankad is an academician, researcher and corporate trainer. He is the Assistant Dean (Programs) and an Associate Professor of Strategy and Operations at FLAME University, India’s premier Liberal Education University.

As a ‘Practicing Academic’, Niraj blends his academic and research knowledge with a sound understanding of multiple industries, functions and business practices. Niraj’s area of expertise lies in Strategic Thinking, Planning and Implementation, Strategic Management of Technology, Innovation and Analytics for Decision Making. He has conducted in-house programs for clients like National HRD Network, Tata Motors, Siemens, HPCL, and IBM. Senior executives from companies like Reliance, Amazon, TCS, Erricson, Angel Broking and Gabriel India have participated in his open programmes.

Niraj is adept in teaching using digital tools and platforms having worked on blended learning models. He trains University and School educators on effective online teaching and creating strategies for blended learning. He also consults and mentors several start-ups on strategy and capability development.

Niraj has been awarded his Ph.D. from Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay and his Master’s in Business Administration from the Leeds University Business School, UK. As an Engineer, in his corporate avatar, he has worked across diverse industries like petrochemicals and plastics, software product, services and consulting with companies like Reliance Industries and Mind Technologies.

He has published and lectured on technology, strategy and digital capabilities in several industry and academic forums including Hitotshubashi University, Tokyo and IIT Madras. Apart from speaking engagements, in conferences, Niraj is also an avid writer having edited a book, written several articles and conference papers. A part of his work was published as a chapter in ‘The Indian Media Economy’, an edited volume by Oxford University Press in 2017. He was part of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research’s Technology Management course design team.


Prof.Mankad’s research areas lie at the intersection of Technology, Innovation and Strategy under the domain of Management of Technology. Currently, his research focuses on the emerging digital technologies and its impact on the changing global business and Intellectual Property. He teaches courses on Management of Technology, Innovation Management, Operations Strategy and International Operations Management.

He has presented papers in international conferences like PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology, USA) and national conferences held in IIT. Kharagpur and IIT Bombay.