Abhishek Kumar earned his Ph.D. in Management from Pondicherry University. Prior to joining Anant National University, he was an Assistant Professor at Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu wherefrom he also completed his MBA. He is an economics graduate from the University of Calcutta. Before joining academia, he served in leadership positions across media (ABP), banking (Yes Bank) and telecom (Bharti Airtel Ltd) businesses for nearly a decade.
Abhishek’s current research work examines how theories of space, material imagination and design processes shape design discipline. He offers them as a course titled design dialectics. The other topics of his interest include phenomenology of design, product ontology; media brand personality, and leadership behaviour. His most recent oeuvre consists of a phenomenological conceptualization of product, cipher as the entity that resolves subject-object split, and construction of a scale to measure brand personality of business media brands. He spends much of his personal and professional time wondering about the sublime content in human endeavours and discover ways to theorize them for further study.
His work has appeared in several top management, economics and design journals such as Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), Vikalpa- The Journal for Decision makers (IIMA) and Management and Labour Studies (MLS), Journal of XLRI. He has presented papers at University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, American Marketing Association’s Summer Educators Conference, Chicago, USA and World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing China. His articles are published in newspapers like The Hindu and The Telegraph and he is often quoted on issues of leadership and managerial performance in The Economic Times.
His understanding is fashioned by a close reading of the works of Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michel Foucault. His method includes dwelling upon the aesthetic content of the matter at hand and is a heady mixture of the sensuality of D H Lawrence, iconoclasm of Bernard Shaw, tragic appeal of Thomas Hardy and delightful rigor of Thomas Mann.