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K. Thomas Chandy
Professor of Practice in Management
Dr. K. Thomas Chandy brings to the table a unique combination of industrial and scholarly experience. Trained as a chemical engineer at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering, Dr. Chandy also received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. He spent 30 years in industry, primarily in manufacturing and R&D, but also managing the design and construction of large chemical plants, and the development and marketing of miniaturized sensors and electronic process control systems. He has held management positions at large multinationals, such as Hindustan Lever Ltd. (a subsidiary of Unilever), Monstanto, and Allied-Signal (now known as Honeywell), as well as at a couple of small start-ups.
Returning to UCLA, he earned his Ph.D. in Management, and has been on the faculty at several universities in the United States, most recently at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), where he was an adjunct professor for strategic management at the School of Hotel Administration, the world leader in the field of hospitality and service management studies.
Dr. Chandy's research explores issues in technology and innovation management, business strategy, management cognition, and business history. He has presented his research at leading academic conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Costa Rica. He teaches courses in strategic management, international business, technology management, organizational theory, and entrepreneurship. He has also served as a consultant to firms in the chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics, and banking industries.