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Dr. Ashok Natarajan


Dr. Ashok Natarajan joined RSB as a Professor in the Finance and Accounting Area in July 2018, after stints at the Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai, and earlier in the USA , at California State University, Pomona, the Anderson School at UCLA, and at the University of California at Irvine. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Management from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.S. in Accounting from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is also a PGDM from the IIM, Calcutta, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Madras Christian College, where he was also the holder of the National Science Talent Scholarship in Mathematics, awarded by the NCERT.

His primary research interests are in corporate governance, accounting and finance, and his research has been published in leading Accounting, Strategy, and Finance journals. He has two A* articles, as denoted by ABDC, to his credit, that were also published in journals on the FT50 list. His teaching portfolio is extensive, including courses at all levels in the U.S. and in India. Before entering academics, he worked as a management accountant at ITC Ltd., and as the Computer & Networks Services Manager at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. 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. 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. 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. Indexed in Scopus, ABDC B.

Book Chapters

  1. 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.