Prof. Indira Parikh's name is a formidable name in the area of organizational management. In 2004, she became the first woman dean of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, country's best business school thereby also having the distinction of being the first woman dean amongst all IIM's in the country.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Studies in 1969, she pursued Master's in Education from University of Rochester, USA and thereafter completed Doctorate in Education from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in 1979. In her professional career spanning more than three decades, she has held 21 positions at different management positions and held multiple responsibilities in diversified sectors, which is remarkable and unparalleled in the industry.
For all her achievements and contributions to the world of management, Prof. Indira Parikh is conferred with several awards and recognitions - Most important of them all is the Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Teacher in Management at the World HRD Congress. She also has many publications to her credit - Books, research papers, monographs, articles, working papers, etc.
Prof. Indira Parikh is the Founder President of Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, Pune. During her professional stint at Management level, she was Dean of IIM, Ahmedabad from 2002 to 2005 and also a Professor in Organizational Behaviour Area at the Institute. She has held the positions of the Chairperson of Organizational Behaviour Area, Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), Postgraduate Diploma in Management Program (PGP), Placement Committee and Alumni Relations and Activity Committee. She is the Founder Member of Sumedhas: The Academy for Human Context. She is on the Board of Indian Oil Corporation Limited and several other organizational and academic boards.
The current focus of work is on transformation of organizations and corporate boards. She has designed management development programs in institution building, Leadership effectiveness, issues of role and identity, and Organizational renewal. She has conducted programs on issues related to women, primarily managerial and leadership roles, in various countries in Africa, South East Asia, Dubai, Netherlands and USA.
She is involved in Organization Design and Development studies as well as assessment of individuals and organizations. Prof. Parikh has taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and Texas A & M University, USA. She has done consulting at national and international settings with many donor agencies.