Dr Lalit Johri is a Senior Fellow in International Business and the Director of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His areas of expertise include strategy and leadership in international businesses, alliances including public private partnerships, public policy and institutional reforms and emerging markets.
Lalit’s recent research focuses on building and sustaining sources of competitiveness in industries including agro and processed food, automotive, aerospace and defence, apparel, financial services, insurance, and education in the context of emerging markets. His work examines the impact of social, political, economic and technological shifts, strategy choices, leadership and strategy execution practices on organisation performance.
Lalit has extensive expertise in emerging markets, consulting with leading businesses and Governments in these markets that wish to engage with the west, and assisting western business leaders in developing strategies for tapping into these markets. As an advisor to the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, he conducted extensive field research in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and Thailand and designed the international strategy for increasing market share of Thai agricultural and processed food products. The research focused on policy reforms and adopting strategies for enhancing competitiveness of the end-to-end agro-industry value chain. The practical implications of the research were used to train officials, producers and exporters in seminars conducted in United Kingdom and Thailand.
He recently completed a research, training and consulting project for the Government of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Public Education. He developed and implemented specialised training programs for policy-makers and senior education administrators based on research he conducted on public education system reforms in South Korea, Singapore, Finland, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. His recent work also includes training and development projects for global organisations including MAN Germany, Veolia Environment, Ansell, EADS (Airbus), Unido, Telephone Organisation of Thailand, Aspen France, ADB and ILO, SAGIA, BIPA, EFMD and Stephenson Harwood.
Lalit was invited to join Saïd Business School in 2006 to reshape and expand the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (OAMLP) to address the new dynamics presented by the contemporary challenges of leading organisations. Prior to joining the faculty at the School, Lalit served as a Professor of International Business at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) School of Management in Thailand, where he was a founding director of the School’s Executive MBA programme. He was also a tenured Professor at the University of Delhi in India.
In addition to his work at the School, Lalit has played important roles in the creation and development of business schools in China, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, India and UK. Currently he is member of the International Advisory Council of the Board of Governors for Indian Institute of Management Rohtak and is a member of the Validation Panel for Open University Validation Services in the UK. He has also served on the International Board of EADA Barcelona and as Chairman of the AIT’s Reforms Committee in Thailand.
He has taught at leading business schools and academies in Europe and Asia including London Business School, China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, SDA Bocconi in Milan, ESCP-EAP Graduate School of Management in Paris, EADS Corporate Academy in France and Germany, FHS Hochschule fur Technik, Wirtschaft und Soziale Arbeit in St Gallen, Switzerland and Asia Research Centre and Copenhagen Business School. He has supervised thirteen doctoral students.
Lalit is a member of the International Editorial Board for the International Journal of Emerging Markets and is a member of the Academy of Management. He has also served as Vice President (Australasia) of the Production and Operations Society, the Director and a member of the International Board of Building Partnerships for Development and a member of the Editorial Board of POMS Chronicle.
Lalit earned a BSc and MSc in Physics, an MBA in Marketing and Finance and a PhD in Business Policy and Strategic Management from the University of Delhi in India. He also holds an International Teachers Programme diploma in management research and teaching from Manchester Business School, a diploma in management consulting from APO, Tokyo and completed the Japan Programme on business and industry at IIST in Fujinomiya. He also attended the Aspen Seminar on leadership, values and the good society and considers this one of the critical influences on his professional values and practices. He was awarded the Aspen Scholar of the Year in 1998 by the Aspen Institute, Washington, USA, for his outstanding professional accomplishments and public contributions. He is also the recipient of multiple fellowships from organisations in the United States, Europe, Japan and India.
His recent research focuses on building and sustaining sources of competitiveness in industries including agro and processed food, automotive, aerospace and defence, apparel, financial services, insurance, information technology and education in the context of emerging markets. His work also examines leadership paradigms in emerging markets and materialism and consumption of luxury and green products.
The Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives commissioned Lalit and his research team to design an international strategy for increasing market share of Thai agro and processed food products in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. Through this two-year research project Lalit analysed and determined the most effective strategies for raising awareness and consumption of the Thai products, which led to a significant increase in the quantity of Thai food sold into these target markets.
Lalit and his research team are examining the strategy and operations of global auto majors in South East Asia. The focus of this research is on localisation and adaptation of value chain functions and tasks. The goal of this work is to help international automobile companies optimise their strategy, operations and relation webs in South East Asia in order to improve their overall global competitiveness. A host of strategic choices and optimisation tools have been identified and refined for superior performance. The work also identifies the impact of international companies on the economy of South East Asia and programmes for the development of expatriate managers, local managers and suppliers.
Lalit and his co-researchers have been studying patterns of strategic responses of financial services and insurance companies in the wake of deregulation trends in the emerging markets. The goal of this research is to identify how the leaders and the followers manage information asymmetries and respond to the increasing competition and sophistication of markets.
In on-going research in the agro commodities and apparels sectors, Lalit and his research team are looking at ways to revive traditional industries such as rice, silk and apparels and are developing strategies for enhancing the competitiveness of these sectors and their firms in emerging
Lalit recently completed work with the Ministry of Public Education in Saudi Arabia to help policy-makers and administrators enhance the country’s public education system. Lalit and his colleague Sue Dopson conducted a year-long study of public education system reforms in South Korea, Singapore, Finland, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia and, based on their findings, designed and delivered specialised training programs for policy-makers and senior administrators in Saudi Arabia. The training interventions led to the development of seven reform programmes and major policy changes. He served as the director of the training programmes, spearheading their design and implementation and supervising the
Lalit and his research team are working with business leaders from numerous developed and emerging markets to understand their leadership approach. The goal of this research is to answer how these leaders inspire their employees and make a difference in the organisation and
The focus of this research is to understand the impact of status brand strategy - symbolic meaning, quality, and emotional appeal - on materialism amongst middle- and high-income customers and on the environment.
Lalit regularly advises international corporations and governments on issues ranging from building competitive advantages to strategies for entering emerging markets to public education reform.
Lalit served as an advisor to the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, designing the Ministry’s inteernational strategy for increasing market share of Thai agro and processed food products. His two-year research project and resulting recommendations led to a significant increase in the quantity of Thai food sold into target markets.
For the Government of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Public Education, Lalit developed and implemented bespoke training programmes to equip policy-makers and senior education administrators with the skills needed to transform the public educational system, from grades K to 12, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Lalit based the seven training programmes he developed on research he conducted on public education reforms in multiple countries.
In addition to his work consulting to governments, Lalit has advised numerous international businesses in a variety of sectors including agro-industry, automobile and apparels. He is currently conducting research on the Japanese automotive industry to determine how to best upgrade the skills of suppliers through training and development programmes to help create a more internationally competitive supply chain.
Through his work as Director of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (OAMLP), Lalit has made valuable contributions to the international business community, training thousands of business leaders from dozens of countries. In addition to his work at Saïd Business School, Lalit is on the board of governance of the newly created Indian Institute of Management and recently developed a vision document for the Institute, advising them on how to create evolutionary growth.
Lalit was awarded an Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence for his academic paper, ‘Developing local talent in international subsidiaries: the importance of trust and respect in Toyota’, with co-author Phallapa Petison. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the Production and Operations Management Society Chronicle and is also a member of the McKinsey Quarterly Online Executive Panel.
Lalit is the Director of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (OAMLP) and teaches a variety of courses for the OAMLP and the School’s custom and diploma programmes. Lalit was appointed OAMLP Director in 2007 to reshape and expand the programme to address the new dynamics presented by the economic crisis. Under his leadership, enrolment in the programme has tripled with students from more than 20 nationalities comprising each class.
Lalit serves as Academic Director of the Saudi Oxford Advanced Leadership and Management Programme, a joint initiative of Saïd Business School and Rakisa Education with the purpose of developing leaders from public and private sector organisations who will help increase the competitiveness of the economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also develops custom programmes for organizations, including recent programmes for IDFC, AirBus and Veolia Environnement.
Lalit’s teaching style is interactive and discussion-driven, encouraging participants to share their business experience and knowledge, and often presenting exercises in which students engage in constructive competition with each other. Lalit has written 40 case studies covering issues in the fields of marketing, international business, strategy and governance. He frequently uses these cases in his own classes, building discussion around the practices of corporations and looking at patterns in the world of practice, whilst also integrating multiple perspectives. Courses taught by Lalit consistently receive the highest evaluation ratings from students who cite his insightful comments, thoughtful presence, passion and dedication.
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