Prof. (Dr.) Jitesh Mohnot

Assistant Professor

B.E. (University of Rajasthan); 

MBA (ICFAI Business School, Gurgaon); 

FPM candidate (IIM Trichy)

Prof. (Dr.) Jitesh’s research interests lies at intersection of strategy and cultural sociology, towards exploring strategizing practices of indigenous business communities, that are alien to tools and frameworks taught at business-schools. His dissertation explores the Marwaris, an ethnic entrepreneurial community from India, and illuminates their distinct, inherited and embodied practices not beholden to the institutionalized business education and its strategic tools but to the community itself. The community’s indigenous symbols and system of meanings, drawn from the nexus of bazaar norms, community values and religious faith, were found to be symptomatic of patterns and regularities of professionalization of a distinct kind. To explore them, methodology of a year-long ethnography was undertaken, given the strangeness of the phenomena as well as the context of industrial town of textiles, where the actors while staying alien to the master discourse of strategic management, have been able to perpetuate performance. The essays in dissertation illuminates the governance mechanisms within the business community and the value appropriation dynamics, employing Mignolo’s decolonial theory and Bourdieu’s practice theory to make sense of the indigenous strategizing practices. One of these essays is under review at Organization: The critical journal of organization, theory and society (Sage; A category in ABDC).


His dissertation proposal was recognized by Strategic Management Society, USA and was first runner-up for ‘M. B. Sarkar That’s Interesting Proposal’ award, 2018. He also got best paper award at XXI annual convention of Strategic Management Forum. Two book chapters based on his fieldwork are under review, one of them being part of the ‘World Encyclopedia on business storytelling’, edited by David Boje.  He has presented research papers at various international conferences, including European Group for Organizational studies (EGOS). He is a recipient of Director’s Merit Award for scholastic excellence in PGP-I/FPM programme at IIM Trichy. Prior to PhD, he qualified Junior Research Fellowship and NET exam, conducted by UGC. He has worked in industry and academia for around four years, starting his career with Shoppers Stop group in Mumbai after completing MBA.


  • Mohnot, J., & Pratap, S. (under review). Decolonizing governance through daily living: Re-existence as a matrix of praxis, interlocking commercial, religious and familial spheres. Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society. (ABDC classification: A category). First essay of thesis.

First Review and Resubmit Received (with the authors).

  • Vashisth, A., Prasad, M., Shenoy P., & Mohnot, J. (under review). Organizational theories in service quality: Taking stock and moving forward. Journal of Service Theory and Practice (A category).

Proposal accepted. Giving voice to the agency of homemakers within indigenous business communities: A microstoria, with a decolonial reading of feminism. [with Sankalp Pratap]

Book: Business Storytelling and Postcolonialism. Part of a multi-volume series on: ‘World Scientific Encyclopedia of Business Storytelling’, series editor – David Boje. Publisher: World Scientific Europe Ltd.


Proposal accepted. Decoloniality as dialectic, between joint-ness in the familial and commercial spheres of an indigenous business community [with Sankalp Pratap]. Book: Managing the post-colony (Springer), editors: Nimruji Jammulamadaka (IIM Calcutta) and Gavin Jack (Monash University).

  • Beyond commercial drivers of value-appropriation: Indigenous entrepreneurial class versus non-entrepreneurial classes. Won best paper award at INDAM 2020 [with Sankalp Pratap]. Targeted for Strategic Management Journal (FT50 & A* category in ABDC classification).
  • Towards an indigenous view of the agency theory. Accepted for presentation at PAN-IIM conference, 2019 [with Sankalp Pratap]. Targeted for Academy of Management Discoveries (A category).
  • The evolution of C-form of organization: Cloning of firms as a response to tax regulations [with Sankalp Pratap]. Targeted for Academy of Management Journal (FT 50 & A*).
  • Seamlessly shifting between market and hierarchy: A dynamic capabilities perspective to transaction cost economics [with Sankalp Pratap]. Targeted for Strategic Management Journal.
  • Towards conceptualizing Firm-as-Practice [with Sankalp Pratap]. Targeted for Organization Studies (FT 50 & A*).

Case Study writing:
Tata Motors: From trucks to cars [with Prof. Manikandan K S]. To be converted into a series of multiple cases, from Ratan Tata era to Chandrasekaran era.

  • Cultural subjects as economic agents and share-of-God: Governance mechanisms within an indigenous entrepreneurial community. Presented at 35th colloquium of European Group for Organizational studies (EGOS), Edinburgh, 2019. [with Sankalp Pratap]
  • Alien to the ‘master discourse’ of strategic management, yet prospering: Ethnography of the Marwari business community in an industrial town. Presented in Doctoral Workshop at Strategic Management Society (SMS) special conference, ISB Hyderabad, 2018. [with Sankalp Pratap]
  • Alien to discourse of corporate governance, yet thriving: Endogenous mechanisms within an indigenous entrepreneurial community. Accepted for presentation at the annual conference of Strategic Management Society (SMS) at Minneapolis, USA, October, 2019. [with Sankalp Pratap]
  • Obsessed with concentrated industries: Towards an inclusion of indigenous entrepreneurial communities thriving in tough-to-operate fragmented industries. XXI Presented at annual convention of Strategic Management Forum (SMF), India. [with Sankalp Pratap]
  • Organization theories in service quality: Taking stock and moving forward. 30th annual conference of Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Washington D.C. (May 2019) [with Vashishth A, Prasad M. and Shenoy P.] Accepted for presentation.
  • Beyond commercial drivers of value-appropriation: Indigenous entrepreneurial class versus non-entrepreneurial classes. To be presented at Indian Academy of Management conference, Jan 2020.
  • Organizationspecial issue paper development workshop: Decolonizing Managment and Organizational Knowledge, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (November, 2019)
  • PDW: Strategy-as-Practice community day at EGOS, Edinburgh, Scotland (July, 2019)
  • Administrative Science Quaterly-Academy of Management PDW, IIM Banagalore. April, 2019
  • Workshop on publishing in Academy of Management Journal (by Prof. Bala Vissa, INSEAD France & Assistant Editor, AMJ), IIM Bangalore (October, 2016)
  • Doctoral colloquium at IIM Ahmedabad (December, 2013)
  • Indian Academy of Management (INDAM) confernce at IIM Ahmedabad (December, 2013)
  • Strategy-as-Practice
  • Alternate organizational forms and corporate governance
  • Value Appropriation
  • Entrepreneurship-as-Practice
  • Indigenous Business Communities
  • Ethnographic research in strategy
  • Decolonial studies

Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programs

  • New Venture Planning
  • Doing Entrepreneurship in India (a new course under development, based on my research)
  • Strategic Management (foundation course for MBA and BBA)
  • Strategic Leadership/Corporate Strategy
  • Business, Governance and Society (foundation course for BBA)
  • Platform Business Models


Doctoral Programs

  • Qualitative Research Methodologies (for PhD coursework)
  • Doing Ethnography for Management research (for Ph. D. coursework)
  • Foundations of Strategy (for PhD coursework in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship)
  • Strategy as Process & Practice (for PhD coursework in Strategic Management)


  • First Runner up: B. Sarkar That’s Interesting Proposal Award. Given for best thesis proposal at Strategic Management Society (SMS) special conference, Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad (December 2018).
  • Best Paper Award: Indian Academy of Management (INDAM) conference, 2020.
  • Best Paper Award: Strategic Management Forum (SMF), XXI annual convention (December 2018).
  • Director’s Merit Award: for scholastic excellence in the first year of coursework (with PGP-I batch of 2016) at IIM Trichy (2014 – 15)
  • Highest Rated Faculty (2012-13): based on student feedback by the PGDM (class of 2014) at JIMS, Delhi (while serving as Assistant Professor) [Average rating: 4.8 on a scale of 5 in Strategic Management-I]
  • Awarded scholarship in second semester of MBA based on academic performance (top five percentile), 2007.
  • Best Research paper award at LBSIM, New Delhi (2007).
  • Awarded a project at Hypercity Retail Ltd, Mumbai on the basis of performance in probation period. Reported directly to the expat CEO (who later was the COO in Walmart India) with the objective of reducing damages and customer returns in furniture supply chain (2008).


  • Reviewer for Indian Academy of Management (INDAM) conference, 2020.
  • Member of organizing committee- XXI annual convention of Strategic Management Forum (2018)
  • Member of Library committee at JIMS, Delhi (2012-2014)
  • Head of organizing committee: Inter B-school quiz competition, JIMS (2011 and 2012)
  • Member of organizing committee: Inter B-school Business-plan competition, JIMS (2012 & 2013)

Future plan is to initiate conversations among policymakers as well as civil society around resurrecting indigenous bazaars, amid explosion of mall culture.