Prof. Janat Shah
B.Tech., 1980, Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Janat Shah is the Director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Udaipur since 2011. He obtained his B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1980, and is a Fellow in Operations Management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (1989).

After graduating from IIT Bombay, Prof. Shah worked with Neeka Tubes Ltd., as Planning Manager from 1980-82 and with Jaydeep Engineering Pvt. Ltd. in Ahmedabad as Joint Managing Director from 1982-85, then did his Fellow programme in Operations Management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1989.

Before joining IIMB, Prof. Shah was Assistant Professor of Production and Operations Management with the Institute of Rural Management in Anand from 1989 to 1991.

Prof. Shah had joined Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) as Assistant Professor of Production and Operations Management in 1991. He was appointed as Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor in 2001. At IIMB, during 2007-09, he was the Chairperson, Centre for Supply Chain Management and Chairperson, Post Graduate Programme (PGP) during 1999-2002.

Under the leadership of Prof. Shah, IIM Udaipur has achieved multiple milestones in less than ten years including its position being listed on the QS 2020 Masters in Management (MIM) Rankings as well as the Financial Times (FT) MIM Ranking 2019, recognized globally as key indicators of excellence for a B-school. IIMU is the youngest B-school in the world on both these rankings.

In less than ten years since its establishment, IIM Udaipur has arrived on the global education scale by gaining accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). With this accreditation, the institute has joined the elite group of 5 percent of the world’s B-schools to gain this prestigious distinction. IIM Udaipur was first among the second generation IIMs to move to the new campus in 2016. The institute is consistently ranked in top 15 management schools in the country by NIRF and first among the second generation IIMs and ranked in the top 5 management schools in research in India, according to the methodology used by UT Dallas.

Prof. Shah has held international faculty positions including Honorary Professor, Nottingham Business School, UK (2007-present); Visiting Professor, The Logistics Institute, NUS, Singapore (2001); Visiting Researcher, The Sloan School, MIT, Boston, (1997), and professional leadership including Chairperson, CII SCM Certification Committee from 2011; CII National Logistics Council from 2010; President, Society of Operations Management ( 2007 – 10); Member, Society of Operations Management Executive Council (2005-07).

Prof. Shah has served as Chairman of AIB Management Studies, AICTE from 2017; Chai rper son of EADS-SMI Chair Advisory Council (2009-11); Member on Board of Governors, IIM Bangalore (2005-07); Department Chai r of Production & Operations Management, IIM Bangalore (2004-06); Member of Executive Education Committee, IIM Bangalore (2004-06); and Member of PGP Review Committee, IIM Bangalore (2004). He was also a member on the editorial board of International Journal of Procurement Management (2009-12).

As Chairman, AIB Management Studies, AICTE, Prof. Shah has been able to influence the board for creating the system of graded autonomy for management educational institutions. As an author, Prof. Shah has written Supply Chain Management: Text and Cases which was published by Pearson Education, India and as a researcher, he has contributed to multiple prestigious management journals which are recognized internationally. Some of these journals include: European Journal of Operations Research; International Journal of Production Economics; Journal of the Operational Research Society; and Operations Research Letters.

Since September 2018, Prof. Shah has been serving as the President of Seva Mandir’s board. Seva Mandir addresses the problems of resource management, livelihoods improvement and village-level governance in 700 rural villages in southern Rajasthan.

Prof. Shah has received Best Faculty-Overall: Student Award (1999); IBM Faculty Award (2008, 2005 and 2004); Prof. M.C. Puri Award, Operational Research Society of India (2017) and Change Maestro and Institution Builder of the Year Award by Industry Academia Conference (2018).

Special Memories

"IIT Bombay was considerably different from the sheltered life I had while growing up in Ahmedabad. My experience at IIT Bombay opened up the world to me. The outstanding faculty at the Institute influenced my thinking and helped me develop a broader perspective on a whole range of issues. I also have fond memories of hostel life at IIT Bombay. I got the opportunity to make lifetime friends at the Institute".