Dr Arun Kumar
Lecturer in International Management and Programme Leader in MSc Management

Profile

Biography

Before joining the University of York as a Lecturer in International Management in 2016, I completed my PhD at the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University. Previously trained in architecture and development management, I had worked as an independent researcher and development consultant/advisor with leading aid agencies, NGOs, independent research centres, policy think-tanks, among others for over seven years, which has had a formative influence on my academic research.

I am involved as an Academic Lead with the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York and am a Member of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy at Newcastle University.

 

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

Departmental roles

Equality and Diversity Champion

Departmental Disability Rep.

Research

Overview

I am interested in the histories and practices of international development and international management. As part of which, I am currently working on three broad but related areas:

  1. History of organised philanthropy in development
  2. Role of philanthropic foundations in management education
  3. Management of international development, particularly M&E.

I am pleased to have been awarded the Carnevali Small Grant from the Economic History Society (2017-18) for my research on the history of Indian elites’ philanthropy and their contribution to development in long Indian twentieth century. Based on which, I am currently working on a research monograph “Re/Imagining Development.” In 2015, I won a competitive research grant-in-aid from the Rockefeller Archives Centre to conduct archival research on the history of management education in India (1950-1990).

In 2016, I was awarded the Best Critical Management Education Paper by the CMS Division at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. I was also a Finalist for the All-Academy William H Newman Award in the same year.

In addition to a doctoral studentship from the Lancaster University Management School, I have also received a number of travel grants from various scholarly associations, including the Business History Conference and Association of Business Historians, among others. In my professional life, I have worked on a number of research projects in the areas of gender and governance, disability, and social accountability funded, among others, by the International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Research Grants & Awards
  1. 2015-16: Researcher, “Management, Modernity, and Nation-Building: The Contested Histories of Management in India”, a competitive research grant-in-aid funded by Rockefeller Archives Centre, US $4,000.
  2. 2012-15: Doctoral Studentship, Lancaster University Management School Award, United Kingdom; included full fee waiver and living stipend (approximately £77,000)
  3. 2015: LUMS Conference Grant Scheme to present at the International CMS Conference, Leicester, UK.
  4. 2014, 2015: Francesca Carnevali Travel Grant awarded by the Association of Business Historians to present at its Annual Meeting.
  5. 2014: Alfred D Chandler Travel Grant awarded by the Business History Conference (BHC) to attend its Annual Meeting at Frankfurt, Germany; awarded an additional stipend to attend the Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History, US$700.
  6. 2010-12: Principal Researcher, w/ Vanmala Hiranandani and Deepa Sonpal,“Realising UNCRPD: Inclusion in Education and Employment in India.” Awarded by Cordaid, The Netherlands, INR1,600,000.
  7. 2008: Co-Investigator, w/ Binoy Acharya, “Social Audits.” Published in Alagh, Y. K. et al (Eds.) The State of Panchayats: 2007-08, An Independent Assessment, pp. 327-338. Institute of Rural Management, Anand and Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, INR200,000.
  8. 2006-08: Co-Investigator, w/ Alice Morris and Geeta Sharma, “Making Space: Women’s Participation in Local Politics in Rajasthan, India.” International Development Research Centre, Canada Research on Gender and Decentralization in South Asia Research Competition, CA$99,960.

Publications

Selected publications

Kumar A (accepted) From Henley to Harvard, at Hyderabad?: (Post- and neo-) colonialism in management education in India. Enterprise and Society.
 
Kumar A (forthcoming) Pragmatic and paradoxical philanthropy: Tatas’ gift-giving and scientific development in India. Development and Changehttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/dech.12409
 
Kumar A and Kothiyal N (forthcoming, 2018) Dis/ability at work?: Media representations, CSR, and diversity. In: Anita Ghai (ed) Disability in South Asia: Knowledge and Experience. New Delhi: Sage.

‘Making History: Archives, Historiography, and Their Silences’. Best Paper, CMS Division, Proceedings of Academy of Management. ISSN: 2151-6561.*^
* Finalist, All-Academy William H Newman Award.
^ Best Critical Management Education Paper.

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

‘Making Community Inclusion Work for Persons with Disabilities: Drawing Lessons from the Field.’ Community Development, 45(2): 150-164 (with V Hiranandani and D Sonpal).

‘Ableing Work, Disableing Workers?’ Development in Practice, 24(1): 81-90 (with N Kothiyal, V Hiranandani, & D Sonpal).

Kumar, A. 2013. ‘Serv(ic)ing the Country?: Critical Reflections on Youth Development and Citizenship Education’. In: Azzopardi, A. (Ed.) Youth: Responding to Lives. Studies in Inclusive Education, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 27-43. 

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

‘Educating the (Neoliberal) Citizen: Reflections from India.’ Development in Practice, 22(3): 361-372.

'Trapped between Ableism and Neoliberalism: Critical Reflections on Disability and Employment in India'. Disability Studies Quarterly, 32(3) (with D Sonpal & V Hiranandani). 

‘“Whose Reality Counts?”: Disability, Development and Participation.’ Indian Anthropologist, 41(1): 71-90 (with D Sonpal).

‘Expanding People’s Might – Putting Social Infrastructure into the Hands of the Community: Investigation into a Village Community.’ International Journal of Rural Management, 4(1,2): 129-152.

 Arun Kumar

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 325306
Email: arun.kumar@york.ac.uk
Room: LMB/226