Profile of Prof. Ranjan Das


Prof. Ranjan Das,
Chairman & Dean – Academics
Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership
The Strategy Academy Centre for Advanced Studies

Professor of Strategic Management,
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Chairman -The Next Ideation

Phone [Mobile]: +919830052722
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Prof Ranjan Das, Professor of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, is a pioneer in India in developing an alternative solution for design and delivery of Academic and Professional Education Programs and Vocational Skill Development Programs. This alternative solution, a convergence of traditional brick and mortar education system and Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs] system, is named as Smart Learning and Transformation Solution [SLTS], The Complete Transformation Solution that includes a technology enabled Integrated Dual Learning Process [IDLP]. SLTS, registered with Patent, Designs and Trademark Office of India, comprises several systems including a 100% LIVE and 2 Way Interactive Communication Platform that enables streaming video and audio services and which is accessible from anywhere in India and the world on real time and Direct2Participant basis. Prof Das developed this content, location and device neutral scalable solution as an Academic Entrepreneur  after completing  his entrepreneurial venture of single-handedly leading Indian Institute of Management Calcutta [IIMC]’s extremely successful journey in long duration executive education space during 1999-2007 [IIMC is currently the largest provider of satellite-based long duration executive education in India].


For doing research on design and development of Smart Learning and Transformation Solution [SLTS], The Complete Transformation, Prof Das set up – in early 2008 – an entrepreneurial research vehicle named The Strategy Academy Centre for Advanced Studies. Set up as a Society under Societies Act 1961, this Academy perfected the design and delivery processes of SLTS through rolling out a series of academic, executive education and a variety of custom-built capability building programs for different segments of organizations and Individuals. Among the many programs the Academy offers, the most prominent one is the Post Graduate Diploma Program in Management and Entrepreneurship jointly certified with very well-known University in India. Prof Das is the current Chairman and Dean – Academics of The Strategy Academy Centre for Advanced Studies.


Prof Das also leads the future focused strategy, innovation and leadership practice at The Next Ideation, a professional services organization – also set up by Prof Das – for offering advisory services in the areas of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.


Prof Ranjan Das has been associated with several business schools since 1994: IIM Calcutta [1994 onwards], The Strategy Academy [2008 onwards], IIM Ranchi [ Visiting: 2014-15], IIM Trichy [ Visiting: 2015-17], UPH University, Jakarta [Visiting 2015-17] Indian School of Business, Hyderabad [Visiting: 2008-09], and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong [Visiting: 2005-06]Prof Das did the Doctoral [Fellow] Program in Management with specialization in Strategic Management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA). He holds a Master of Science [Applied Mathematics] from Calcutta University


As at 2023, Prof Ranjan Das has 49 years of experience comprising

    • 20 years in industryduring which Prof Das had held such senior positions as General Manager of an MNC and Managing Director of a Joint Sector Company in India
    • 29 years in teaching, training, research and consulting as a Professor of Strategic Management atIIM Calcutta [Full time: 1994-2014 I Visiting: 2014 onwards]
    • 15years[beginning January 2008 and overlapping with the assignment with IIM Calcutta] as an Academic and Social Entrepreneur for developing Smart Learning and Transformation Solution [SLTS] that required Prof Das to set up India’s FIRST and only one 100% LIVE & 2 Way Interactive Digital Academy named The Strategy Academy Centre for Advanced Studies [TSACAS]


Prof Das had written 6 books and many articles and case studies. He also presented papers in International conferencesProf Das served as an independent director in several companies in India and advises many companies in India and overseas in the areas of Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and LeadershipProf Das is the current Chairman of both The Strategy Academy Centre for Advanced Studies and The Next Ideation.  He also continues to teach at IIMs and other business schools.