Sai Yayavaram

Associate Professor | Strategy at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore


Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Professor Sai Yayavaram joined IIM Bangalore as an Associate Professor in the Strategy Area in July 2013. Prior to joining IIM Bangalore, he was with the National University of Singapore for nine years. He worked as a consultant in the Tata Strategic Management Group, Bombay from 1994-98.

His research focuses on technology management, complexity and strategic rents and has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science.

He is currently a Member of the Editorial Review Board of Strategic Management Journal.


Journal Articles:

  • Changes in firm knowledge couplings and firm innovation performance: The moderating role of technological complexity, with Chen, W., Strategic Management Journal, 36: 377–396, 2015
  • Explaining influence rents: The case for an Institutions-Based View of strategy, with Ahuja, G., Organization Science, 22: 1631-1652, 2011
  • Decomposability in knowledge structures and its impact on the usefulness of inventions and knowledge-base malleability, with Ahuja, G., Administrative Science Quarterly, 53: 333-362, 2008

Book Chapters:

  • Globalizing E-Business: The role of institutional environments, with Jarvenpaa, S., In E-Business Handbook, (Eds.) Lowry, P.B., Cherrington, O. and Watson, R.J. Boca Raton: St. Lucie Press, 2001

Working Papers:

  • Search for recombinant capabilities: Firm knowledge structure and alliance formation (with Manish Srivastava and M.B. Sarkar)
  • When does outside domain knowledge lead to breakthrough inventions? (with Yuan Shi)
  • Decomposability in decision making: Investigating the roles of interdependence and coupling
  • Manageable complexity and economic organization


Professor Yayavaram currently teaches Competition & Strategy to PGP students and Strategy Content to doctoral students. He also conducts executive education programmes on strategic management and management of innovation for senior managers.


  • Finalist at the 2002 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition
  • University of Texas Preemptive Fellowship in 1998
  • IDBI Scholarship (awarded for academic excellence), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 1993-1994
  • NTSE Scholarship (awarded by the Government of India), 1985-1994


  • PhD, Strategic Management, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • PGDM, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 1994
  • BTech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 1992


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