Rajiv Nag, PhD

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Areas of Expertise

  • Change Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Organizational Knowledge and Identity
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Strategy Implementation

Selected Works


Lo, Jade, Nag, Rajiv, Lu, Xei, and Anak Agung Istri, Shanti Dewi, Organizational innovation efforts in multiple emerging market categories: Exploring the interplay of opportunity, ambiguity, and socio-cognitive contexts. Research Policy 49 (Apr 2020):

Nag, Rajiv, Neville, Francois, and Dimotakis, Nikolaos, CEO scanning behaviors, Self-efficacy, and SME innovation and performance: An examination within a declining industry. Journal of Small Business Management 58 (Year 2020): 164-199.

Russo, Angeloantonio, Vurro, Clodia, and Nag, Rajiv, To have or to be? The interplay between knowledge structure and market identity in knowledge-based alliance formation. Research Policy 48 (Apr 2019): 571-583.

Choo, Adrian S., Nag, Rajiv, and Xia, Yusen, The role of executive problem solving in knowledge accumulation and manufacturing improvements. Journal of Operations Management 36 (May 2015): 63-74.

Gioia, Dennis A., Nag, Rajiv, and Corley, Kevin G., Visionary ambiguity and strategic change: The virtue of vagueness in launching major organizational change. Journal of Management Inquiry 21 (Sep 2012): 364-375.

Nag, Rajiv, and Gioia, Dennis A., From common to uncommon knowledge: Foundations of firm-specific use of knowledge as a resource. Academy of Management Journal 55 (Apr 2012): 421-457.

Nag, Rajiv, Hambrick, Donald C., and Chen, Ming-Jer, What is strategic management, really? Inductive derivation of a consensus definition of the field. Strategic Management Journal 28 (Sep 2007): 935-955.

Nag, Rajiv, Corley, Kevin G., and Gioia, Dennis A., The intersection of organizational identity, knowledge, and practice: Attempting strategic change via knowledge grafting. Academy of Management Journal 50 (Aug 2007): 821-847.


Corley, Kevin G., Gioia, Dennis A., and Nag, Rajiv, “Subtle learning and organizational identity as enablers of strategic change.” Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, Ed. M. Easterby-Smith & M. Lyles. London: Blackwell, (2011): 349-365.

Nag, Rajiv, Corley, Kevin G., and Gioia, Dennis A., “Innovation tensions: Chaos, structure, and managed chaos.” The International Handbook on Innovation, Ed. Shavinina, L.. Netherlands: Elsevier, (2003): 607-618.

Presented Research

Srinivasan, Srini S., Patnaik, Sandeep, and Nag, Rajiv, Marketing Doctrine in Public Sector Undertakings in an Emerging Market,, AMA Summer Academic Conference:: Chicago, IL,

Nag, Rajiv, Seo, Donghwi, Bae, Jonghyuk, and Anandarajan, Murugan, Words’ Worth: Deceptive Impression Management as a Response to Performance Downturns, Academy of Management Conference: Chicago, IL, (Aug 2018):

Nag, Rajiv, Embracing adversity through purposive embedding: The historical evolution of Amul India, NJIT Research Seminar: Newark, NJ, (Apr 2018):

Nag, Rajiv, and Mantere, Saku, To reinvent the wheel or not? Expanding the replication perspective on knowledge transfer in organizations, Academy of Management Conference: Atlanta, GA, (Aug 2017):

Nag, Rajiv, and Neville, Francois, The Role of CEO Self-Efficacy in linking Scanning and Strategic Outcomes, Academy of Management Conference: Anaheim, CA, (Aug 2016):

Nag, Rajiv, Mantere, Saku, and Vaara, Eero, Toward a Syncretic Conception of Knowledge Transfer in Multinational Corporations, Academy of Management Conference: Anaheim, CA, (Aug 2016):

Narayanan, V.K., and Nag, Rajiv, Implementing Innovation Initiatives: A Senior Management Perspective, XX11 Organization Science Winter Conference: Park City, UT, (Feb 2016):

Lo, Jade, Anak Agung Istri, Shanti Dewi, and Nag, Rajiv, Organization Innovation in Emerging Spaces: Exploring the Interplay of Opportunity, Ambiguity, and Institutional Legitimacy, Academy of Management Conference: Vancouver, BC, (Aug 2015):

Narayanan, V.K., and Nag, Rajiv, Strategic initiatives as experimentation: Toward a praxis view of corporate strategy, Strategic Management Society: St. Gallen, Switzerland, (May 2015):

Russo, Angeloantonio, Nag, Rajiv, and Vurro, Clodia, A market identity perspective on the relationship between knowledge search and R&D alliance formation., Academy of Management Conference: Philadelphia, PA, (Aug 2014):

Garud, Raghu, Karnoe, Peter, and Nag, Rajiv, Micro-processes of agency in unfamiliar situations. Academy of Management Conference, Academy of Management Conference: Philadelphia, PA, (Aug 2014):

Neville, Francois, and Nag, Rajiv, Toward an Initial Conceptualization of Opportunity Creation Processes, Academy of Management Conference: Orlando, FL, (Aug 2013):

Xia, Yusen, and Nag, Rajiv, In the Eyes of the Investors: Unpacking the Differential Bases of Market Responses to Licensing, Academy of Management Conference: Orlando, FL, (Aug 2013):

Editorial Board Service

Academy of Management Review – Member (2019 – Present)
Academy of Management Journal – Member (2017 – Present)
South Asian Journal of Business – Member (2018 – 2018)


MBA - Management Development Institute India 1996
PhD Management - Pennsylvania State University USA 2006


2011 Best Conference Paper Nomination (Strategic Management Society)
2007 Best Dissertation Finalist (Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management)