Jagdeep Chhokar

Jagdeep S. CHHOKAR


Jagdeep S. CHHOKAR is a teacher/trainer, researcher, and advisor in management, a lawyer, a citizen activist, and a bird-watcher and naturalist.

A Ph.D. in management and organisational behaviour from Louisiana State University (USA), an MBA from Delhi University, Graduate Engineer from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London) and the Institution of Production Engineers (London), and LL.B. from Gujarat University, he taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for 22 years from 1985 to 2006. He was also Dirctor In-charge and Dean at this Institute. Before that he worked with the Indian Railways in a number of engineering and mangerial postions for 12 years; and as an international marketing manager in a public sector company for for years.

He has earlier taught at the Louisiana State University in the US from 1981 to 1984. He has also taught at the Murdoch University and the Curtin University of Technology in Australia for the academic year 1993, and at the Loyola Marymount University in the US during the summer of 1996. He was a visiting professor at the University of New Orleans, USA during the academic year 1997-98. During the summer of 2001, he was visiting professor at the Group Ecole Superieure de Commerce Et de Management (ESCEM) (Campus de Tours), France; and at the International University of Japan (Graduate School of International Management).

His professional interests are eclectic, covering all aspects of organisational functioing including management and organisational behaviour, organisational structure, design, and development; management and development of human resources; in addition to cross-cultural management, international marketing and management, and strategic management. He is also intersted in mangement in government, in public sector/systems, and industrial and occupational safety. His broader interests include electoral and political reforms, informed choice(Right to and freedom of information), bird watching (ornithology), and world affairs. His research has appeared in several national and international journals. He has also contributed chapters to seveal edited books and written several cases for teaching. His writing has also appeared in the business and popular press such as The Economic Times, The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Financial Express, The Tribune, The Pioneer.

Actively involved in cross-cultural research for the last few years, he is a Charter Member of the GLOBE Network of Cross Cultural Scholars set up in 1994 as part of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Research Program (GLOBE), and is a member of the GLOBE Coordination Team. He is the lead editor of a volume titled Culture and Leadership across the world: The GLOBE book of in-depth studies of 25 societies  published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (USA) in 2007, comprising chapters on the societal culture and leadership of these countries, written by researchers in these countries who participated in the GLOBE Research Programme.This book has been awarded the (http://www.apa.org/international/ursula-award-09.html). This award is given every year by the 2008 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award by the International Psychology Division (52) of the American Psychological Association to the authors of the book that makes the most significant contribution to psychology as a global disciplline.

On electoral and political reforms and informed choice (freedom of information), he is one of the founding members of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The stated objective of this group is to improve democracy and governance in India. It has worked for electoral reforms through the judicial system by filing Public Interest Litigations in the High Court and the Supreme Court to get relevant laws improved, and on the ground by providing information to voters about the background of candidates contesting elections so that the voters can make informed choices while voting. It is now taking up deeper political process reforms such as internal democracy and financial transparency in political parties. He has also spoken about political and electoral reforms in several forums, and has also published articles on it in newspapers and journals including the Economic and Political Weekly, and Seminar (click here for the article).

ADR was given the Social Impact Award by the Times of India Group in January 2013, the Indian of the Year Award for Public Service by CNN-IBN in December 2013, and the Indian of the Year Award for Public Service by NDTV in April 2014. ADR and Jagdeep Chhokar were prominently featured on the fifth and final episode of Aamir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate on Criminalisation of Politics on March 30, 2014. The complete episode can be seen at http://www.satyamevjayate.in/Criminalization-Of-Politics/EPISODE-5Watchvideo.aspx?uid=E5-EV-V1&lang=hindi.

He is also the founding Chairperson of Aajeevika Bureau (http://www.aajeevika.org/) a not-for-profit organisation based in Udaipur that works on migrant labour issues. 

On bird watching (Ornithology), he is a life member of the Bombay Natural History Society and a member of the Indian Bird Conservation Network. A regular bird watcher, he has also written on bird related issues. One of his articles has been published in the National Geographic Birdwatcher.

Email:           jchhokar@gmail.com

Blog:          http://jagdeepchhokar.wordpress.com