Prof. Sitangshu Kumar Chakraborty

Prof. Sitangshu Kumar Chakraborty (born 20 January 1941) passed away in Kolkata on 13 September 2018 after a brief illness. He had a long association with IIM Calcutta for thirty two years where he served first as a faculty member in the Finance and Control Group and subsequently as the founder-convener of Management Centre for Human Values (MCHV) till his superannuation in 2003. After his superannuation, he was also instrumental in setting up Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Values at Kolkata under the aegis of Ambuja Neotia Group.

Prof. Chakraborty had been a pioneer in the field of Human Values and Ethics. At a time when theory and practice of management in India was steeped in Western academic canons and protocols, Prof. Chakraborty through his voluminous work opened up an entire vista of Indian philosophical traditions for meticulous scholarly enquiry. His continuing engagement with multiple knowledge systems transcending the old binary of the East and the West got reflected in dozens of books and numerous research papers that he published over a professional career spanning nearly five decades. For him, values and ethics were an integral part of management education and training, and not to be considered as add-ons to other supposedly more important aspects of management practice. He was the founder-editor of the Journal of Human Values which is currently in 24th year of its publication. Some of his books such as Management by Values – Towards Cultural Integration (Oxford, 1991), Managerial Transformation by Values: A Corporate Pilgrimage (Sage, 1993), Ethics in Management (Oxford, 1995), The Management and Ethics Omnibus (Oxford, 2001), Leadership and Power: Ethical Explorations (Oxford, 2001), Against the Tide (Oxford, 2003), are invaluable resources in the field of values and ethics in management.

IIM Calcutta and the Management Centre for Human Values deeply mourn the sad demise of Prof. Chakraborty.