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Shishir K. Jha

Professor, Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies


Shishir K Jha has over twenty-five years of teaching experience at different institutions, including IIT Bombay, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode and Ithaca College, New York. He is actively engaged in analyzing and theorizing various aspects of the data economy, particularly the structural dimensions of digitization on information flows. For instance, his interest ranges from political economy of data storage, data monetization, competitiveness of digital markets, venture capitalism and digital economy, digital identity, and governance, among others. He was the National Lead for the launch of the Creative Commons India chapter in 2007.

Research Areas

Topic A: Industry Structures, Institutions and Public Policy: Case of Information Economy
[For both PhD and MPP]

Research Area: Digital Society

Description: An internet-enabled digital economy, led by technology firms with a global footprint, have had historically unprecedented growth in the last 20-25 years. What really has enabled the very steep rise of such digital ‘tech’ or digital ‘platform’ economies? How in particular have the (digital/info econ) industry specific circumstances contributed to this growth – for instance, the rapid assembling and inter-operability of technology, both at the hardware and software aspects, the creation of the data centres, etc.

The institutional support (in terms of policy or funding) has arguably played a significant or decisive role in creating the broader context within which many such firms have spectacularly flourished. This is a historical political economic approach that will attempt to place more critical scrutiny at both international and Indian development of this sector.

Relevance to Policy: Often the public policy responses to a rapidly growing industry, does not examine the deeper set of institutional elements that have shaped the specific industry contours. By such an exercise (as stated in the description above), one hopes to critically examine the strategic choices made both by industry players (large firms) as well as by governing regimes. The relative successes and failures of initiatives by both the former and the latter, will arguably provide a better understanding how public policy should respond to emerging challenges.

Topic B: Tracing the Contours of both Personal and Non-personal Data Value Chain
[For both PhD and MPP]

Research Area: Digital Society

Description: A crucial element of the information economy is the immense flow of data from users at one end, through several intermediaries. Scarcity of literature exists regarding a critical examination of the precise nature of information flow of both personal data and non-personal data. Without the deeper structural understanding of the volume of flows, the various intermediaries, the economic value that perhaps gets added at each step, the level of data aggregation that occurs at data centres, the various revenue and business models involved, we will be unable to provide a more compelling argument regarding the policy and regulatory interventions that may be required, at various stages of the data-value chain. In some ways this is analogous to understanding the supply-chain of commodities. The research interest is to carve out a political economic perspective of this domain and ask pertinent questions of a rapidly growing field.

Relevance to Policy: Understanding data value chains is arguably a central aspect of uncovering the deeper set of shifts and changes occurring within the broader information economy. How are such forms of data extraction, aggregation & monetisation helping to re-shape the economy? What forms of policy intervention can be expected or even anticipated?

Academic Background

  • PhD in Political Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA (1998)
  • Masters in International Relations, Syracuse University (1994)
  • Masters in Business Administration, Syracuse University (1989)
  • Bachelors in Science (Honours), Hindu College, Delhi University (1985)


Select Publications

  • Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani, Shishir K. Jha, et. al., “Towards a circular economy for packaging waste by using new technologies: The case of large multinationals in emerging economies,” in Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 281, 25 January 2021, doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125139.
  • Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani, Shishir K. Jha, et al., “Enhancing the circular and modified linear economy: The importance of blockchain for developing economies,” in Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol. 168, May 2021, doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105468.
  • Anu Ann Alexander, Shishir Jha and Ashish Pandey, “Understanding how hybrid organisations tackle social challenges: An institutional logics approach,” South Asian Journal of Business Studies, 2019. DOI 10.1108/SAJBS-02-2019-0031.
  • Disha Bhanot, Manav Khaire, Arti D. Kalro and Shishir Jha, “Affordable Housing Finance Companies in India: How do they differently served the underserved?” Housing Studies, 2019, Vol. 35 (15).
  • Jaithirth Rao and Shishir K. Jha, “Light on a less acknowledged source of Gandhi’s ideas of trusteeship,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 37, 15 September, 2018.
  • Namita R. Shah and Shishir K. Jha, “Exploring Organisational Understanding of Foundational Pillars of Social Media: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Social Media Policies of Technology Companies,” Journal of Management Research, Vol. 18, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2018, p. 226-245.
  • Sundar Parthasarathy, Kirankumar S. Momaya and Shishir K. Jha, “EMNEs venturing into advanced economies: Findings from comparative cases of two Indian MNEs”, in Thunderbird International Business Review, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/tie.21890
  • Sundar Parthasarathy, Kirankumar S. Momaya, and Shishir K. Jha, “Internationalization of Indian Firms: An Exploratory Study of Two Firms from the Tyre Industry” in Journal of East-West Business 2016, Vol. 22, No. 4, 324–350, DOI:10.1080/10669868.2016.1215670
  • Sheetal M and Jha, Shishir K. “National biosafety system for regulating agricultural biotechnology in India,” International Journal of Biotechnology, 2016, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 151-169. DOI: 10.1504/IJBT.2016.077941
  • Sheetal M, Shishir Jha and Karuna Jain, “Patent Landscape Analysis of Crop
    Biotechnology in India,” International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2015 Vol. 8 No. ¾. DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2015.076543
  • Rojers P. Joseph and Shishir K. Jha, “Digitization, Internet publishing and the revival of scholarly monographs: An empirical study in India,” First Monday, Vol. 20 1: [2015].
  • Mukundan R, Karuna Jain and Shishir K. Jha, “Technology and Intellectual Property Strategy of a Firm: A view through the commons theory lens,” IIMB Management Review, Volume 25, No. 4, 2013.
  • Shishir K. Jha, R Mukundan and Karuna Jain, “Linking Innovation Process to the Provisioning of Public Goods: Case of Neglected Diseases,” The Journal Of Innovation: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 15(2), 2010.
  • Praveen Bhasa and Shishir K. Jha, “Abetting Misgovernance in India: Historical Precedents,” in Corporate Governance Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 3., pp. 313-350, 2007.
  • Shishir K. Jha, “Copyrights and Copyduties – Importance of the public domain for developing countries,” Review of Business Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2004.
  • Courses Taught

    • Public Policy in India: History, Institutions and Practice
    • Information Economy, Data and Governance
    • Management of International Business
    • Technology, Design and End to End Innovation
    • Managing with New Business Models in the Knowledge Economy
    • Research Methods
    • Managing International Business and Policy
    • Managing Intellectual Property
    • WTO and Indian Business
    • Indian Business in Transition
    • Indian Society

    PhD Supervision

  • Anu Ann Alexander, “Social Entrepreneurship for Social Change: Understanding the Entrepreneurial Processes and Outcomes” [Defended, 2023].
  • Manav Khaire, PhD, “Examining ‘affordability’ as an intent within the Indian Urban housing policy” [Defended, 2023].
  • Namita Shah, PhD, ‘Dynamic Capabilities and User Influencers in the Process of Sourcing and Applying User-Generated Content’ [Defended, 2019].
  • Jaithirth Rao, PhD, ‘The Political Economy of Mahatma Gandhi: Its Roots and its Relevance’ [Defended, 2019].
  • Sheetal Menon, PhD, ‘Study of Firm-level Approach to Technological Change in Indian Seed Industry’ [Defended: 2018] Guide.
  • Sundar Parthasarathy, PhD, ‘Strategic Orientations and the Inter-nationalization of firms of Indian origin: A qualitative study of select firms’ [Defended: 2018] Guide.
  • Rashmi Dyondi, PhD, ‘A study of Risk Behavior of Film Distributors in the Bollywood Film Industry’ [Defended: 2016] Guide.
  • Niraj Mankad, PhD, ‘Strategic Evolution of Firm’s Digital Capabilities within the Entertainment Industry’ [Defended: 2016] Guide.
  • Ashish Hattangadi, PhD, ‘Assessing Effectiveness of Information and Communication Technology Enabled Higher Education’ [Defended: 2015] Co-Guide.
  • Rojers Joseph, PhD, ‘Higher Education Books Publishing in India, Book Prices and the Impact of Digitization: An Empirical Study’ [Defended: 2014] Guide.
  • R Mukundan, PhD, ‘Study of Linkages between Innovation and Intellectual Property’ [Defended: 2013] Co-Guide.
  • Babu Paul, PhD, ‘Intellectual Property Rights And Accessibility Of Medicines – A Study with Reference To India’ [Defended: 2010] Co-Guide.