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Dr Arun Kumar
Lecturer in International Management



Arun Kumar is a Lecturer in International Management.

Previously trained in architecture and development management, he worked for a number of years as an independent researcher and consultant/advisor with leading aid agencies, NGOs, independent research centres, policy think-tanks, and human rights activists in South Asia. Tired of travelling and writing reports, he returned to academia in 2012. After completing his PhD at the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University and working, briefly, in France, he joined the University of York in 2016. He is also involved with the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at York.

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

Departmental roles

Departmental Disability Rep.



Arun is interested in the histories and practices of international development and international management, and particularly in the role of organised philanthropy. Reflecting his interdisciplinary approach to research, he has published in field-leading journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Enterprise & Society, Development & Change, and Disability Studies Quarterly. Among other things, Arun is currently writing a research monograph, tentatively titled Making India Modern, on business elites’ philanthropy in the ‘long’ Indian 20th century.

His research has been funded by the Economic History Society, UK (2017-18), Rockefeller Archives Centre, USA (2015-16), and the International Development Research Centre, Canada (2006-08). In 2016, he was awarded the Best Critical Management Education Paper by the CMS Division at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, USA. Arun was also one of the five finalists for the All-Academy William H Newman Award in the same year. 


Selected publications

Selected Journal Articles

Cooke B and Kumar A* (forthcoming) US philanthropy’s shaping of management education in the 20th century: Towards a periodization of history. Academy of Management Learning & Education.

Kumar A (2019) From Henley to Harvard, at Hyderabad?: (Post- and neo-) colonialism in management education in India. Enterprise and Society 20(2): 366-400.

Kumar A (2018) Pragmatic and paradoxical philanthropy: Tatas’ gift-giving and scientific development in India. Development and Change 49(6): 1422-1446.

Frenzel F, Case P, Sedgwick M and Kumar A (2018) Managing international development: (Re)positioning critiques. Ephemera 18(3): 577-604.

Kumar A (2012) Educating the (neoliberal) citizen: Reflections from India. Development in Practice 22(3): 361-72.

Kumar A, Sonpal D and Hiranandani V (2012) Trapped between ableism and neoliberalism: Critical reflections on disability and employment in India. Disability Studies Quarterly 32(3)

Book Chapters

Kumar A and Kothiyal N (2018) Dis/ability at work?: Media representations, CSR, and diversity. In: Ghai A (ed) Disability in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage, pp. 359-79.

Kumar A (2013) Serv(ic)ing the country?: Critical reflections on youth development and citizenship education. In: Azzopardi A (ed) Youth: Responding to lives. Rotterdam: Brill, pp. 27-43.

Book Reviews

Kumar A (2015) Rosalind Eyben's International Aid and the Making of a Better World. Management Learning, 46(3): 363-366.

Kumar A (2013) Pushpa Sundar's Business and Community: The Story of Corporate Social Responsibility in India. Management Learning, 44(5): 563-566.


Kumar A (2016) ‘Making History: Archives, Historiography, and Their Silences’. Best Paper, CMS Division, Proceedings of Academy of Management.

 Arun Kumar

The York Management School
University of York
Freboys Lane
York YO10 5GD

Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 325306
Room: LMB/226

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