Saikat Chakraborty

Saikat Chakraborty


Assistant Professor
Academic Group: Human Resource Management


Phone No.: +91-33-24678300
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Academic Background:

Ph.D. (Organizational Behaviour), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 2021

MBA, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, 2010

B. Tech. (Manufacturing Engineering), National Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Ranchi (formerly National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology Ranchi), 2005


Courses Taught:

IIM Calcutta: Work and Employment Relations (Ph.D. elective), Research Methods in HR/ER (Ph.D. ; focusing on qualitative methods in work and employment research), Human Resource Management (MBA core), The Future of Work and Human Dignity (MBA elective)

XIM Bhubaneswar: Organization Structure and Design (MBA)

XLRI Jamshedpur (as visiting faculty): Organization Theory (Ph.D.)



Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) award for best thesis proposal at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 2019; Best paper award in Organizational Theory, Behaviour and HRM, Center for Business Research, St. Joseph’s Institute of Management Bangalore, 2017; First position award for developing a survey for the project ‘Cycle rickshaw: A tool for social entrepreneurship’ under Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT-Roorkee, 2009; Merit certificate from CBSE 1998; National Scholarship Scheme (NSS) 1998; Felicitated by Jain Samaj Ranchi, 1998;


Current Projects:

Dignity geography (self-funded)

The working lives of security guards in India (self-funded)

Narrative-and-realist approach to work and employment studies (self-funded)

Past Projects:

Child labour in western Indian cottonseed farms (funded by Prayas Centre for Labour Research and Action, India and Sudwind Institute, Germany)


Work Experience:

Assistant Professor, HRM group, IIM Calcutta. 2022 onwards 

Assistant Professor, School of HRM, Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) University Bhubaneswar. 2021-2022

Industry Experience of 7 years before PhD

Sr. Executive (HR), Electronics Division, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. 2010 – 2015 

Software Engineer, Infosys Technologies Ltd. 2006 – 2007 

Manufacturing Engineer, Mahindra Hinoday Industries Ltd. 2005 – 2006


Journal Publications:

Place Matters: (Dis)embeddedness and child labourers’ experiences of depersonalized bullying in Indian Bt cottonseed global production networks. 2022. Journal of Business Ethics, 176(2), 241-263 (with Premilla D’Cruz, Ernesto Noronha and Muneeb Ul Lateef Banday). 

‘Doing dignity work’: Indian security guards’ interface with precariousness. 2020. Journal of Business Ethics, 162(3), 553-575 (with Ernesto Noronha and Premilla D’Cruz). 

Embodying change at work: An autoethnography in the Indian public sector. 2020. The Qualitative Report, 25(5), 1341-1360. 

Employee retention through listening-centered communication. 2020. IUP Journal of Soft Skills, 14(1), 67-74 (with Sushmita Chakravarti). 

Teamwork of temporary employees: Multiple perspectives. 2019. Human Resource Management International Digest, 27(1), 11-14 (with Sushmita Chakravarti). 

The Teaching of Soft Communication Skills in Entrepreneurship Development Courses at the+ 2 Level in India. 2018. IUP Journal of Soft Skills, 12(4), 30-40 (with Sushmita Chakravarti). 

Using narratives in creativity research: Handling the subjective nature of creative process. 2017. The Qualitative Report, 22(11), 2959-2973. 

This place is not the same anymore; temps are coming in. 2017. Business Review India, 11(1), 3-18.  


Research Reports:

Development’s forgotten children: Child labour in Bt cottonseed production in north Gujarat and south Rajasthan. 2019. Centre for Labour Research and Action, Ahmedabad (In Association with Suedwind Institut, Germany (with Muneeb Ul Lateef Banday). Available here

'Flinke Finger' (German translation by Sabine Ferenschild, Sudwind Institut). 2018. Available here

Other Publications:

Book review: Tetty Havinga, Frans van Waarden and Donal Casey (Eds.). 2015. The Changing Landscape of Food Governance—Public and Private Encounters. 2016. Millennial Asia, 7(2), 238–242. 

2016. Manuscripts submitted for course material of Masters Programme in Labour and Development, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) (with Ernesto Noronha). Topics covered: 1. Changing Approaches in HRM; 2. Forms of Control; 3. HRM, Unions and Turnover


Working Papers:

Chathayam, V. K., & Chakraborty, S. (2024, Februrary). Between worlds of liminal spaces: A narrative of new career struggles. (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Working Paper Series WPS No. 907). 

Chakraborty, S., & Chakravarti, S. (2024, April). Dignifying Lifelong Learning: The Case of Internships. Qeios. doi:10.32388/HLXKV5. 



Chakraborty, S., Noronha, E., & D'Cruz, P. (2024). The quest for dignity: Indian security guards’ comparative experiences with clients and suppliers. Accepted for presentation at 20th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress, 26th to 30th June 2024, Manhattam, NY.

Chathayam, V. K., & Chakraborty, S. (2024). Navigating Liminal Spaces: A Journey of Transition as an Intergovernmental Organization Project Manager in India. Accepted for presentation at 42nd International Labour Process Conference: Coercion, Consent and Conflict in the Labour Process and Beyond, 3rd-5th April 2024, University of Göttingen, Germany.

Chakraborty, S., Noronha, E., D'Cruz, P., & Gupta, P. (2021). Redefining dignity: Indian security guards’ unionized response to precarity. Accepted and presented (vitually) at BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference: Connectedness, Activism and Dignity at work in a Precarious Era, 25th to 27th August 2021

Chakraborty, S., Noronha, E., D'Cruz, P., & Gupta, P. (2021). Contracting out to manage: Evidence from security service suppliers and clients in India. Accepted for presentation at 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 29th July to 4th August 2021.

Chakraborty, S., Noronha, E., D'Cruz, P., & Gupta, P. (2021). Dignity implications of client-supplier relationship: A study of Indian security guards and their employers. Accepted and presented (virtually) at 19th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress, 21st to 24th June 2021, Lund University, Sweden. 

Noronha, E., Chakraborty, S., & D'Cruz, P. (2018). Making the best of the deal: Security guards in India navigating their precariousness. Accepted and presented at International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress 2018, 23rd to 27th July 2018, Seoul, South Korea.

Chakraborty, S. (2017). Voices and concerns of the unorganized workers in India, and possibilities of addressing their issues. Accepted and presented at National Conference on Recent Trends in Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, 8th to 9th September 2017, Amity University, Ranchi, India.


Research Interests:

Workplace Dignity, Precarious work, Informality in work and employment, The future of work, Qualitative research methods


Books/Book Chapters:

“Drawing one's lifeworld: A methodological technique for researching bullied child workers”. 2022. In E. Bell and S. S. Sengupta (Eds.), Empowering Methodologies in Organisational and Social Research (pp. 75-95). Routledge, India (with Ernesto Noronha, Premilla D’Cruz and Muneeb Ul Lateef Banday).

“Abuse faced by child labourers: Novel territory in workplace bullying”. 2018. In P. D'Cruz, E. Noronha, A. Mendonca and N. Mishra (Eds.), Indian Perspectives on Workplace Bullying (pp. 173-204). Springer, Singapore (with Muneeb Ul Lateef Banday, Premilla D’Cruz and Ernesto Noronha).



Media Articles

Meaningful exit interviews: Building a positive employee experience alongside organizational brand. 2022, Jul 25. Economic Times ETHRWorld. 

Humanistic Management of the Gig Economy. 2022, Nov 6. Economic Times ETHRWorld. 

Media Mentions: Amazon India Layoffs: Phobia Grips Employees Amid Global Job Cuts, Says Report. Coverage by ET Now Digitial and SugerMint