Prof. Upendra Kachru
BE (Met.) NIT-Durgapur, MBA-Univ. of Illinois, USA
Experience: Over 39 Years
Background & Experience
He has 38 years of work experience in industry and academics. In industry he has had multi-disciplinary exposure to the top Private & Public Sector Enterprises in the country and rose to the top. He was the first CEO of Maruti Udyog Ltd. And was also Managing Director of HP Pelzer (India) Ltd.
He is also working in the field of sustainable development. As a scientist, he has attracted over Rs. 60 lakhs in grants for research work in energy and environment related areas. He was honored as the Environmental Fellow of “The Asia Foundation”, USA in 1994-95. He also was Member, Environmental Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment & Forests for new construction projects. He is on a short list of experts on Solar Passive Architecture, issued by the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy and Renewable Sources and has a number of patents to his credit in building design. He is the Chairperson of TAMS, a NGO working on sustainable development.
In academics, he was Senior Research fellow at the TVB School for Habitat Studies, and Professor, at IILM Institute for Higher Education.
Areas of Interest & Teaching
Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Strategy & Sustainable Development.
Papers & Publications
He has written around twenty books on topics related to Business and Management. His text books, “Strategic Management – Concepts and Cases”, “Operations and Production Management – Text and Cases”, and “Exploring the Supply Chain – Theory and Practice”, are used as standard text books in institutions all over the country. “Strategic Management – Concepts and Cases” also won a ISTD award in 2005. He has also written popular non-fiction. His book “Extreme Turbulence – India at the Crossroads”, Harper Collins, 2007, has been highly appreciated by critics. It was also listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for 2008.
In addition he writes Custom Books for a number of universities and institutions, e.g. Yashwantrao Chavan University; Bharati Vidhyapeeth University; Madurai Kamaraj University; IMT, Ghaziabad; and AIMA, etc. He has published around 20 learned articles and papers in international and Indian journals related to research work carried out by him.