Dr. Ajith K Thomas ( B.H.M, MBA, Ph.D )

Designation
:

Associate Professor (Senior)

Area
:

Marketing

Education
:

B.H.M, MBA, Ph.D

Professional Experience
:

Industry: 10 years; Academic: 9.5 years


Duties & responsibilities
:

Teaching, Research, Mentoring and Developing resources.

Overview

An M.B.A in Marketing and Ph. D. in Management Sciences (Anna University Chennai), Dr. Thomas’s first professional degree is in Hotel Management (Christ College Bangalore). He had held senior positions in corporate marketing, with the service sector for about 10 years and has been in post graduate management teaching for 8 years. Some of his successful stints include Pepsico, Le Meridien, Park Inn hotels and K. Raheja Group of Hotels. An Accredited Management Teacher (AMT) in Services Marketing and UGC NET (Management) qualified teacher, he coordinates various foreign university academic programs, apart from his regular teaching assignments in Management and Marketing. He is also a visiting academic to Duquesne University, USA.  An author (with Pearson/FT Press, USA) and a publisher of articles in refereed International & National journals, he has royalty earning case studies in repositories of IVEY Publishing, USA, GlobaLens, USA and The Case Centre (ECCH), UK to his credit. He is also an empaneled trainer for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Kochi, Kerala Police - Janamytri, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, State Bank of Travancore - RSETI [Rural Self Employment Training Institute], Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC) and Kerala Industrial and Technological Consultancy Organization Ltd. (KITCO). Having undergone trainings in case writing and teaching methods from IIMA, Harvard Business Publishing and UMICH, USA, he is a proponent of teaching with cases. He conducts management development programs titled ‘Jumpstarting startups’, ‘Dining Etiquettes’, ‘Discover the leader in you’, ‘Case writing and teaching’, and ‘Business & Social Protocol’ which are well commended by stakeholders. His has also taken flight instruction at Charlottesville flight center, USA and was a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, USA.

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph. D. (Management Sciences) 2009-2014, ANNA University, Chennai.
  • Thesis title: The role of in-house travel arrangers on purchase of star hotel rooms: A study with reference to Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala.
  • MBA (Marketing & Finance) – 1996-1998, Mahatma Gandhi University.
  • B. H. M. (Hotel Management) – 1992 – 1995, Bangalore University.

Work Experience

Industry 

  • Account Director – Sales & Marketing, Le Meridien Cochin, Resort and Convention Centre, Cochin, Kerala, May 2004 till Dec 2007
  • Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Gokulam Park Inn, Kochi, Kerala, July 2003 to April 2004
  • Manager - Sales and Marketing, The Renaissance, Cochin, Kerala, 2001 July to June 2003
  • Assistant Sales Manager, K. Raheja Group of Hotels, Bangalore, Karnataka, 1999 April – June 2001
  • Assistant Manager, Elite group of companies, Trichur, Kerala, Feb 1998 – March 1999.
  • Team Member, Pepsi Co Restaurants International India Ltd., Bangalore, Karnataka, 1995 July to 1995 December.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor, Saintgits Institute of Management, Kottayam, Kerala & Visiting Academic to Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA, USA , April 2010 till date
  • Assistant Professor, SJCET School of Management, Palai, Kerala Dec 2007 till April 2010

Research       

  • Part time External Research Scholar - Doctoral Program 2009 - 2014.
  • Research publication experience – 2010 till date

Areas of Interest

  • Principles of Management,
  • Services marketing,
  • Rural Marketing,
  • Consumer Behaviour.

Papers presented

International conferences

  • Presented and published a paper on “Corporate Travel arrangers as a source of business for luxury hotels in Kerala” at the International conference on New Global Economic Order: Challenges and opportunities on Aug 19-20, 2009 at JK Business School, Gurgaon, New Delhi.
  • “Trends in Management Education: A Kerala perspective” at the International Conference on Recent Trends in Business Education on May 18 and 19, 2009 at St. Joseph's College, Irinjalakuda, Trissur.
  • Rural Marketing Practices: Replicable innovations from Kerala at the International conference on Innovations in Management practices on April 20-21, 2012 at Kristhu Jayanthi College, Bangalore.
  • Presented a paper titled “Marketing innovations observed in rural India” at International Conference on paradigm shift in innovative business management on Nov 16-17, 2012 at Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engineering, Kolenchery.
  • “Elusive surrogateness in purchase decision making: A conceptual model” at 4th biennial Indian academy of Management (IAM) conference on 11th to 13th Dec 2015 at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow – Noida Campus.
  • “Brand personality of landing pages: A case research” at Conference on Brand management (CBM 2016) jointly organized by IIT New Delhi and Curtin university, Perth on April 16th and 17th at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
  • “ATREE: A case of social entrepreneurship and not for profit branding at Conference on Brand management (CBM 2016) jointly organized by IIT New Delhi and Curtin university, Perth on April 16th and 17th at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

National conferences/seminars (Selected)

  • Thomas A. K. “Co-creating value with guests: a hospitality industry perspective” at the National Seminar on Creating and Delivering Value for Customers on March 27-28, 2009 at SMS, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin.
  • Thomas A. K. “The role of informal in house travel arrangers, on sales of star hotels: A study with reference to Kerala at ANVESH 2011, Doctoral research conference in Management held on 1st and 2nd April 2011, at the Institute of Management, NIRMA University, Ahmedabad.
  • Thomas A. K. “Sustainable rural best marketing practices” in the rural marketing summit on rural India in the new millennium on Feb 23-24, 2012 at Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi.

Publications / Chapters/ Cases/ Book Review

Cases

  • Five star hotels, are you losing good people? (ECCH, UK), Case and teaching note Reference no. 412-011-1 and Reference no. 412-011-8, 2011.
  • Social Entrepreneurship in the God's Own Country (ECCH, UK), Case & teaching note Reference no. 812-031-1 and Reference no. 812-031-8, 2012.
  • An Itch for Change: Challenges of Change Management for MamaBhasha Publications (GlobaLens, USA), Case and teaching note ID#: 1429310, 2013.
  • Small businesses, Big ideas - Global case studies in strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship (first edition) Edited by Holly J. Hitzemann, ISBN: 978-1-63487-547-9, USA 2016, Case titled: "Social entrepreneurship in the god’s own country" selected as an entry in strategic small business cases Asia (focus on India and China).p 199-214.
  • Case title: Blossominners: Designing non sensual communication, for lingerie marketing, (IVEY Publishing, Canada), 2017 Case and teaching note - Product id: 9B17A015 - available through Harvard Business Review cases.

Research Articles in Refereed /ISBN/ indexed journals

  • Thomas A. K., “Corporate Travel Arrangers as a Source of Room Business, for Luxury Hotels: An Exploratory Research at Kochi, Kerala”, International Journal of Economic and Management Strategy (JEMS), (ISSN 2278-3636), Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 23-28, 2011.
  • Thomas, A. K. and James, P. S. “Surrogate Buyers in Corporate Buying of Luxury Hotel Rooms”, European Journal of Business and Management, (ISSN 2222-1905), Vol. 4, No 13, pp. 20-24, 2012.
  • Thomas, A. K. and James, P. S. “Responsible & Sustainable Green Business Practices: An Empirical Case Study on Successful Luxury Resorts”, Asia Pacific Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship (APJMER), (ISSN 2277-8098), Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 328-348, 2012.
  • Thomas, A. K. and James, P. S. “Conceptual framework of value Co-creation”, KPR International journal of Management, (ISSN 2278-6104), Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-9, 2012.
  • Thomas, A. K., James, P. S. and Vivek, N. “Co-creating Luxury Hotel Services: A Framework development”, Life Sci. J. (ISSN: 1097-8135), Vol. 10, No.7s, pp.1005-1012, 2013.
  • Thomas A. K. and Sreelakshmi G.R. “Marketing Innovations Observed in Rural India: A Case Study Approach”, Gurukulam Journal of Management Research (GJMR), (ISSN 2320-2238), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 47-58, 2013.
  • “Strategies for Managing Services Delivery Gaps & Service Recovery, Case in Advances in Business, Operations, and Product Analytics: Cutting Edge Cases from Finance to Manufacturing to Healthcare”, Pearson FT Press, USA, 2015, Ch. 8, p. 83-94, ISBN 978-0-13-396370-0.
  • Thomas, A. K., “Trends in Management education: An Indian story”, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSN: 2249-7315), Vol. 6, No.4, pp. 431-439, 2016.
  • Thomas A. K., (2016), Service delivery and recovery issues at the Oakwood hotels worldwide, Journal of management and entrepreneurship, (ISSN: 2229-5348), Vol. 10, No 2, 2016 – In print.

Books

  • “Emerging trends in Marketing”, Excel India Publication, New Delhi, 2013, ISBN: 978-93-82880-59-2 – Edited volume
  • “Theory of Marketing”, Saintgits Institute of Management, Kottayam, 2014, ISBN: ISBN 978-93-5174-191-6 – Author
  • “Training Manual on Theeranaipunya - A Capacity Building Training Programme - Equipping the Fisherwomen Youth for the Future”, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 2016, Ch. 44 and Ch. 46, p. 263-66, P. 273-78.
  • “Rural India in the New Millennium”, Paramount publishing house, New Delhi, 2012, Chapter 8, p. 75-95, ISBN: 978-81-921579-1-7.
  • “Agri-Business and Rural marketing”, Centre of Excellence, Kottayam, 2015, ISBN: 978-93-5235-068-1 - in print.

Research Articles in conference proceedings

  • “New Global Economic Order: Challenges and opportunities”, Research India Publication, New Delhi, 2009, p. 622-26, ISBN: 978-81-904362-9-8.

FDP/MDP/Workshop/Consultancy offered

Management Development Programmes

  • Business and social protocol, Annual event at Cochin, June – July from 2011 onwards.

Invited Talks

  • Management Education in India, St. Jude's Global School & Jr. College, Manrcaud, Kottayam, 2016
  • Inverted class rooms, Mar Baselios Public School, Kottayam, 2014
  • Hotel Management and You, St. Joseph’s Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Palai, 2013
  • Body Language, Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam, 2012

Consultancy

  • Sales and Marketing consultancy at Seiko Instruments Inc. Japan Sep – Dec 2010.
  • The feasibility of an Automatic power laundry and dry-cleaning facility in Kochi, Kerala. The work is awarded by a group of 5 NRIs based out of USA and UAE. (The company name is reserved). 6 months from September 2012.
  • Management consultancy for a food at Punya Foods, Cochin, (Moon-flake cookies) October 2015 – Feb 2016.

Conferences organized

  • Coordinator - Emerging Dimensions in Marketing – November, 2012, Saintgits Institute of Management.
  • Coordinator - Emerging Dimensions in Marketing – November, 2010, Saintgits Institute of Management

Professional membership

International

  • Member - North American Case Research Association, USA

National 

  • Member, All India Management Association, New Delhi
  • Member, Kerala Management Association, Cochin 

Other Achievements

  • Reviewer at Cornell Quarterly (CQ), USA - a Sage publication.
  • Reviewer at Journal of Services Marketing, UK.
  • Reviewer at Academy of Management (AOM) - Annual Meeting 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Reviewer at International Journal of Hospitality Management, USA.
  • Royalty earning case writer of GlobaLens, a case repository of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA.
  • Ph.D. from ANNA University, Chennai. (The thesis work is highly commended by both Indian and foreign examiners).
  • First certified AMT in Services Marketing in India by AIMA, New Delhi.
  • UGC Net Qualified, University Grant Commission (U G C), New Delhi.
  • Received the Faculty empowerment award 2011, instituted by Saintgits group of institutions, Kottayam.
  • Rashtriya Gaurav Award, instituted by India International Friendship Society for meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role.
  • Coordinator of Saintgits-Duquesne Academic program 2011, 2013 & 2014 in partnership with John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Coordinated leadership program of University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA for a select set of MBA students at SIM campus.
  • Guided two student teams for Saintgits - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA Product Design for the Developing World program, Fall 2010.
  • Guide to Regional champions – South zone NCMS 2011 and to first runners up National level NCMS 2011 conducted by AIMA, New Delhi.
  • Supported and mentored the winning team of Duquesne students for the internationally acclaimed Aspen case competition 2013.

Contact details

Mobile : 09446354373

Email :ajith.thomas@saintgits.org

Overview

An M.B.A in Marketing and Ph. D. in Management Sciences (Anna University Chennai), Dr. Thomas’s first professional degree is in Hotel Management (Christ College Bangalore). He had held senior positions in corporate marketing, with the service sector for about 10 years and has been in post graduate management teaching for 8 years. Some of his successful stints include Pepsico, Le Meridien, Park Inn hotels and K. Raheja Group of Hotels. An Accredited Management Teacher (AMT) in Services Marketing and UGC NET (Management) qualified teacher, he coordinates various foreign university academic programs, apart from his regular teaching assignments in Management and Marketing. He is also a visiting academic to Duquesne University, USA.  An author (with Pearson/FT Press, USA) and a publisher of articles in refereed International & National journals, he has royalty earning case studies in repositories of IVEY Publishing, USA, GlobaLens, USA and The Case Centre (ECCH), UK to his credit. He is also an empaneled trainer for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Kochi, Kerala Police - Janamytri, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, State Bank of Travancore - RSETI [Rural Self Employment Training Institute], Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC) and Kerala Industrial and Technological Consultancy Organization Ltd. (KITCO). Having undergone trainings in case writing and teaching methods from IIMA, Harvard Business Publishing and UMICH, USA, he is a proponent of teaching with cases. He conducts management development programs titled ‘Jumpstarting startups’, ‘Dining Etiquettes’, ‘Discover the leader in you’, ‘Case writing and teaching’, and ‘Business & Social Protocol’ which are well commended by stakeholders. His has also taken flight instruction at Charlottesville flight center, USA and was a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, USA.

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph. D. (Management Sciences) 2009-2014, ANNA University, Chennai.
  • Thesis title: The role of in-house travel arrangers on purchase of star hotel rooms: A study with reference to Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala.
  • MBA (Marketing & Finance) – 1996-1998, Mahatma Gandhi University.
  • B. H. M. (Hotel Management) – 1992 – 1995, Bangalore University.

Work Experience

Industry 

  • Account Director – Sales & Marketing, Le Meridien Cochin, Resort and Convention Centre, Cochin, Kerala, May 2004 till Dec 2007
  • Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Gokulam Park Inn, Kochi, Kerala, July 2003 to April 2004
  • Manager - Sales and Marketing, The Renaissance, Cochin, Kerala, 2001 July to June 2003
  • Assistant Sales Manager, K. Raheja Group of Hotels, Bangalore, Karnataka, 1999 April – June 2001
  • Assistant Manager, Elite group of companies, Trichur, Kerala, Feb 1998 – March 1999.
  • Team Member, Pepsi Co Restaurants International India Ltd., Bangalore, Karnataka, 1995 July to 1995 December.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor, Saintgits Institute of Management, Kottayam, Kerala & Visiting Academic to Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA, USA , April 2010 till date
  • Assistant Professor, SJCET School of Management, Palai, Kerala Dec 2007 till April 2010

Research       

  • Part time External Research Scholar - Doctoral Program 2009 - 2014.
  • Research publication experience – 2010 till date

Areas of Interest

  • Principles of Management,
  • Services marketing,
  • Rural Marketing,
  • Consumer Behaviour.

Papers presented

International conferences

  • Presented and published a paper on “Corporate Travel arrangers as a source of business for luxury hotels in Kerala” at the International conference on New Global Economic Order: Challenges and opportunities on Aug 19-20, 2009 at JK Business School, Gurgaon, New Delhi.
  • “Trends in Management Education: A Kerala perspective” at the International Conference on Recent Trends in Business Education on May 18 and 19, 2009 at St. Joseph's College, Irinjalakuda, Trissur.
  • Rural Marketing Practices: Replicable innovations from Kerala at the International conference on Innovations in Management practices on April 20-21, 2012 at Kristhu Jayanthi College, Bangalore.
  • Presented a paper titled “Marketing innovations observed in rural India” at International Conference on paradigm shift in innovative business management on Nov 16-17, 2012 at Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engineering, Kolenchery.
  • “Elusive surrogateness in purchase decision making: A conceptual model” at 4th biennial Indian academy of Management (IAM) conference on 11th to 13th Dec 2015 at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow – Noida Campus.
  • “Brand personality of landing pages: A case research” at Conference on Brand management (CBM 2016) jointly organized by IIT New Delhi and Curtin university, Perth on April 16th and 17th at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
  • “ATREE: A case of social entrepreneurship and not for profit branding at Conference on Brand management (CBM 2016) jointly organized by IIT New Delhi and Curtin university, Perth on April 16th and 17th at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

National conferences/seminars (Selected)

  • Thomas A. K. “Co-creating value with guests: a hospitality industry perspective” at the National Seminar on Creating and Delivering Value for Customers on March 27-28, 2009 at SMS, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin.
  • Thomas A. K. “The role of informal in house travel arrangers, on sales of star hotels: A study with reference to Kerala at ANVESH 2011, Doctoral research conference in Management held on 1st and 2nd April 2011, at the Institute of Management, NIRMA University, Ahmedabad.
  • Thomas A. K. “Sustainable rural best marketing practices” in the rural marketing summit on rural India in the new millennium on Feb 23-24, 2012 at Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi.

Publications / Chapters/ Cases/ Book Review

Cases

  • Five star hotels, are you losing good people? (ECCH, UK), Case and teaching note Reference no. 412-011-1 and Reference no. 412-011-8, 2011.
  • Social Entrepreneurship in the God's Own Country (ECCH, UK), Case & teaching note Reference no. 812-031-1 and Reference no. 812-031-8, 2012.
  • An Itch for Change: Challenges of Change Management for MamaBhasha Publications (GlobaLens, USA), Case and teaching note ID#: 1429310, 2013.
  • Small businesses, Big ideas - Global case studies in strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship (first edition) Edited by Holly J. Hitzemann, ISBN: 978-1-63487-547-9, USA 2016, Case titled: "Social entrepreneurship in the god’s own country" selected as an entry in strategic small business cases Asia (focus on India and China).p 199-214.
  • Case title: Blossominners: Designing non sensual communication, for lingerie marketing, (IVEY Publishing, Canada), 2017 Case and teaching note - Product id: 9B17A015 - available through Harvard Business Review cases.

Research Articles in Refereed /ISBN/ indexed journals

  • Thomas A. K., “Corporate Travel Arrangers as a Source of Room Business, for Luxury Hotels: An Exploratory Research at Kochi, Kerala”, International Journal of Economic and Management Strategy (JEMS), (ISSN 2278-3636), Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 23-28, 2011.
  • Thomas, A. K. and James, P. S. “Surrogate Buyers in Corporate Buying of Luxury Hotel Rooms”, European Journal of Business and Management, (ISSN 2222-1905), Vol. 4, No 13, pp. 20-24, 2012.
  • Thomas, A. K. and James, P. S. “Responsible & Sustainable Green Business Practices: An Empirical Case Study on Successful Luxury Resorts”, Asia Pacific Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship (APJMER), (ISSN 2277-8098), Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 328-348, 2012.
  • Thomas, A. K. and James, P. S. “Conceptual framework of value Co-creation”, KPR International journal of Management, (ISSN 2278-6104), Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-9, 2012.
  • Thomas, A. K., James, P. S. and Vivek, N. “Co-creating Luxury Hotel Services: A Framework development”, Life Sci. J. (ISSN: 1097-8135), Vol. 10, No.7s, pp.1005-1012, 2013.
  • Thomas A. K. and Sreelakshmi G.R. “Marketing Innovations Observed in Rural India: A Case Study Approach”, Gurukulam Journal of Management Research (GJMR), (ISSN 2320-2238), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 47-58, 2013.
  • “Strategies for Managing Services Delivery Gaps & Service Recovery, Case in Advances in Business, Operations, and Product Analytics: Cutting Edge Cases from Finance to Manufacturing to Healthcare”, Pearson FT Press, USA, 2015, Ch. 8, p. 83-94, ISBN 978-0-13-396370-0.
  • Thomas, A. K., “Trends in Management education: An Indian story”, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSN: 2249-7315), Vol. 6, No.4, pp. 431-439, 2016.
  • Thomas A. K., (2016), Service delivery and recovery issues at the Oakwood hotels worldwide, Journal of management and entrepreneurship, (ISSN: 2229-5348), Vol. 10, No 2, 2016 – In print.

Books

  • “Emerging trends in Marketing”, Excel India Publication, New Delhi, 2013, ISBN: 978-93-82880-59-2 – Edited volume
  • “Theory of Marketing”, Saintgits Institute of Management, Kottayam, 2014, ISBN: ISBN 978-93-5174-191-6 – Author
  • “Training Manual on Theeranaipunya - A Capacity Building Training Programme - Equipping the Fisherwomen Youth for the Future”, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 2016, Ch. 44 and Ch. 46, p. 263-66, P. 273-78.
  • “Rural India in the New Millennium”, Paramount publishing house, New Delhi, 2012, Chapter 8, p. 75-95, ISBN: 978-81-921579-1-7.
  • “Agri-Business and Rural marketing”, Centre of Excellence, Kottayam, 2015, ISBN: 978-93-5235-068-1 - in print.

Research Articles in conference proceedings

  • “New Global Economic Order: Challenges and opportunities”, Research India Publication, New Delhi, 2009, p. 622-26, ISBN: 978-81-904362-9-8.

FDP/MDP/Workshop/Consultancy offered

Management Development Programmes

  • Business and social protocol, Annual event at Cochin, June – July from 2011 onwards.

Invited Talks

  • Management Education in India, St. Jude's Global School & Jr. College, Manrcaud, Kottayam, 2016
  • Inverted class rooms, Mar Baselios Public School, Kottayam, 2014
  • Hotel Management and You, St. Joseph’s Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Palai, 2013
  • Body Language, Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam, 2012

Consultancy

  • Sales and Marketing consultancy at Seiko Instruments Inc. Japan Sep – Dec 2010.
  • The feasibility of an Automatic power laundry and dry-cleaning facility in Kochi, Kerala. The work is awarded by a group of 5 NRIs based out of USA and UAE. (The company name is reserved). 6 months from September 2012.
  • Management consultancy for a food at Punya Foods, Cochin, (Moon-flake cookies) October 2015 – Feb 2016.

Conferences organized

  • Coordinator - Emerging Dimensions in Marketing – November, 2012, Saintgits Institute of Management.
  • Coordinator - Emerging Dimensions in Marketing – November, 2010, Saintgits Institute of Management

Professional membership

International

  • Member - North American Case Research Association, USA

National 

  • Member, All India Management Association, New Delhi
  • Member, Kerala Management Association, Cochin 

Other Achievements

  • Reviewer at Cornell Quarterly (CQ), USA - a Sage publication.
  • Reviewer at Journal of Services Marketing, UK.
  • Reviewer at Academy of Management (AOM) - Annual Meeting 2017, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Reviewer at International Journal of Hospitality Management, USA.
  • Royalty earning case writer of GlobaLens, a case repository of Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA.
  • Ph.D. from ANNA University, Chennai. (The thesis work is highly commended by both Indian and foreign examiners).
  • First certified AMT in Services Marketing in India by AIMA, New Delhi.
  • UGC Net Qualified, University Grant Commission (U G C), New Delhi.
  • Received the Faculty empowerment award 2011, instituted by Saintgits group of institutions, Kottayam.
  • Rashtriya Gaurav Award, instituted by India International Friendship Society for meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role.
  • Coordinator of Saintgits-Duquesne Academic program 2011, 2013 & 2014 in partnership with John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Coordinated leadership program of University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA for a select set of MBA students at SIM campus.
  • Guided two student teams for Saintgits - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA Product Design for the Developing World program, Fall 2010.
  • Guide to Regional champions – South zone NCMS 2011 and to first runners up National level NCMS 2011 conducted by AIMA, New Delhi.
  • Supported and mentored the winning team of Duquesne students for the internationally acclaimed Aspen case competition 2013.

Contact details

Mobile : 09446354373

Email :ajith.thomas@saintgits.org