Dean - SBM, NMIMS
Provost - Management Education, NMIMS
Dr. Ramesh Bhat is currently Provost, Management Education, and Dean, School of Business Management at NMIMS. Prior to joining NMIMS, he was Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he served from 1986 to 2009 and then, from 2014 to 2016. He was previously Dean, School of Business Management at NMIMS in 2008-2009, during which period he was conferred with the “Best Teacher in Management” award by Deccan Herald. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as Executive Chairman of WOne Management Systems, a company which he co-founded.
Dr. Bhat is an alumnus of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, and University of Delhi. He has more than 38 years of experience in academic research and teaching corporate and health finance at IIM Ahmedabad, University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill (India Programme), IIM Udaipur, IMI New Delhi, NMIMS Mumbai, Institute of Chartered Accounts of India and Shri Ram College of Commerce. Dr. Bhat has undertaken research in the areas of corporate finance and health finance and has published several papers, which have been widely cited in several reputed journals.
Dr. Bhat served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, and has been member of various committees of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Planning Commission. He has worked on long-term and short-term consulting assignments with Abt Associates India, DFID New Delhi, Royal Netherlands Embassy New Delhi and the World Health Organization, Geneva. He worked globally with bilateral and multilateral organizations and also served on several government committees on health care financing, public-private partnerships and health policy. He has been involved in consulting, research and management development programs for a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, services, healthcare and logistics. Dr. Bhat has worked on numerous consulting projects in India and abroad in areas such as corporate turnaround, health care financing, health insurance, implementation of EVA system, activity based costing, financial and management information control systems, and private equity finance.
He has also served on the boards of BEML, ITI Ltd, Corporation Bank, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange and various other companies. He is currently on the boards of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and Basic Health Services.
He has served as member of the editorial boards for the Health Policy and Planning, Journal of Insurance and Risk Management, Journal of Health and Population in Developing Countries and Journal of Health Management. The third edition of his book, Cases in Finance Management, co-authored with Prof I. M. Pandey, was published by McGraw Hill Education.
His research publications can be accessed on Google Scholar, Research Gate and Scopus database.
It is indeed my privilege to take over as the Provost and Dean of the School of Business Management, NMIMS. I have nearly a decade old relationship with the School, beginning in 2008 when I had joined in the position of Dean at the School. Over the years, from outside, I have witnessed major transformation in the School. The SBM of NMIMS has been and continues to be a significant contributor to the economy and the corporate sector in India through management education and research. At SBM, we are a proud family with accumulated expertise and insights, which help us create leadership capable of taking managerial excellence to the new heights.
We are on the cusp of major disruptions and technological advancements. Many companies are confronting new market realities, full of uncertainty, and they are looking for our leadership. Today, times are difficult for many business models. Ensuring that companies take maximum advantage of digital gains requires new strategies. Ensuring companies meet stakeholder expectations require new leadership insights, requiring a paradigm shift in thinking and out of the box interventions. Future times will demand that we learn a new language of taking bold steps.
This is an important time for all of us, for the SBM, for the management academia in India and the world and we at the SBM must lead it as a leader in the management education. I look forward to working together with our society members, faculty, students, staff, alumni, corporates and all well-wishers to harness the energy and dedication that drives every member of our NMIMS community. I am sure together we will move forward the SBM’s collective work to contribute to the managerial leadership and excellence in the world.