Dr. Ashok Natarajan - Research Information

Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine),
M.S. (Northwestern University),
P.G.D.M. (I.I.M., Calcutta)

Dr. Ashok Natarajan joined the Rajalakshmi School of Business as a Professor in the Finance and Accounting Area in July 2018. Prior to joining RSB, Dr. Natarajan taught at the Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai, and earlier, at California State University, Pomona, the Anderson School at UCLA, and at the University of California at Irvine.

Dr. Natarajan obtained a Ph.D. degree in Management from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.S. in Accounting from Northwestern University. He is also the holder of a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Madras University.

His primary research interests are in corporate governance, accounting transparency, real and cosmetic changes following corporate restructurings, assessing company- and industry-specific performance, financial analytics, corporate strategy, and management compensation, and his research has been published in leading Accounting and Finance journals, besides being included as part of a textbook for European MBA programs. Most recently, he presented a paper on corporate governance at the 15th Annual Congress of the Academy of Global Business Advancement in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Ashok Natarajan has taught courses in Financial Analytics and Modeling, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Financial Reporting Standards, Financial Statement Analysis, Strategic Games, and Research Seminars in Accounting at the undergraduate, MBA and MSA levels, at leading U.S. and Indian Business Schools. He has also conducted management development programs, both in the U.S. and in India. His professional experience includes industry experience as a management accountant in an FMCG company and as a Manager of Computer and Network Services at a large academic institution. In addition, he has also consulted on a number of Mergers and Acquisition projects, as well as on other Corporate Valuation services.


  1. Ramalingam, P. R., & Natarajan, A., (2009) Time-Cost Trade-Offs in Project Management, International Journal of Global Business and Economics, 2(3). Listed in Cabell’s Directory of Refereed Publications.

  2. Givoly, D., Hayn, C. K., & Natarajan, A. (2007) Measuring Reporting Conservatism, Accounting Review, 82(1), 65-106. https://doi.org/10.2308/accr.2007.82.1.65 Indexed in Scopus, FT 50, ABDC A*.

  3. Ofer, A. R., & Natarajan, A., (1987) Convertible Call Policies: An Empirical Analysis of an Informational Signaling Hypothesis, Journal of Financial Economics, 19(1), 91-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/0304-405X(87)90030-4 Indexed in Scopus, FT 50, ABDC A*.

  4. Johnson, W. B., Natarajan, A., & Rapaport, A., (1985) Shareholder Returns and Corporate Excellence, Journal of Business Strategy, 6(2), 52-62. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb039109 Indexed in Scopus, ABDC B.

Book Chapters

Lougee, B., Natarajan, A., & Wallace, J., (2006) EVA® Implementation, Market Reaction, and the Theory of Low-Hanging Fruit, In J. Rutterford, M. Upton, & D. Kodwani (Eds.) Financial Strategy, (2nd edition), New York, NY, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Conference Papers and Proceedings:

  1. Natarajan, A., & Chakraborty, T. (2018 July) Can Firms Commit Themselves to a Program of Sustainable Social Responsible Behavior? Evidence from India, Academy for Global Business Advancement, 15th Annual World Congress, Bangkok, Thailand.

  2. Natarajan, A. (2018 September) A Review of Sustainable Performance of Companies Voluntarily Committed to SDGs, International Conference on Sustainability Development - A Value Chain Perspective, SDVP-18, Management Development Institute, Murshidabad.

  3. Mishra, N., Natarajan, A., & Chakraborty, T., (2018 August) Boardroom Diversity Dynamics: An Organizational Perspective, Annual Conference On Organisation Development, Change And Leadership – 2018, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Centre for Social and Organisational Leadership, School of Management and Labour Studies, Mumbai.

  4. Chakraborty, T., Mishra, N., & Natarajan, A., (2018 November-December) Gender Balanced Board and Business: Exploring Women Leadership and Sustainable Firm Performance, SUS-CON 7, 2018, 7th Annual International Conference on Sustainability, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.