PhD, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Research School of Management,
College of Business and Economics
The Australian National University
Acton, ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6125 9191
Twitter: @chiragkasbekar





Awards and grants


Industry experience


I examine patterns of the evolution of organizations and industries, both over time and over geographic space, and the impact of this evolution on organizational outcomes such as founding, performance, competitive intensity and survival. I focus on the following questions in particular: (1) How changes to institutional and technological environments influence organizational and industrial evolution; (2) How organizational forms and market categories emerge, evolve and constrain the behaviour of individual organizations; (3) How the nature of competitive interactions within an industry affects organizational performance; and (4) Why industries come to be distributed over geographic space the way they are and how this affects organisational outcomes and processes.

Select papers:

Institutional Change and the Dual Impact of Competition on Organizational Mortality: Southern Firearms Firms after the American Civil War

(An earlier version of this paper received the BPS Distinguished Student Paper Award at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013)

Abstract: I examine the influence of competition with rival cohorts of varying degrees of obsolescence on organizational adaptation and mortality in the aftermath of institutional change. I undertake a natural experiment using the exogenous institutional shock of the American Civil War, during which the firearms industry of the American South underwent a period of government-led command-and-control centralization. This shock is used to assign firms from this industry to two sets of cohorts—those that were exposed to the War environment and those that were founded in the post-War market environment. The dual impact of contemporaneous competition and competitive experience with each of these sets of cohorts in the post-War period is then compared. While contemporaneous competition with the relatively obsolete War-exposed firms is found to be mortality-reducing, competitive experience with these firms is mortality-increasing. On the other hand, contemporaneous competition with post-War firms is mortality-increasing, but competitive experience with them is mortality-decreasing. These results are consistent with the Red Queen model of organizational evolution but suggest closer attention to discontinuities in institutional change.

Churn and Burn: Geographic Concentration and Organizational Relocation in the United States Firearms Industry, 1790–1914

Abstract: Greater geographic concentration of firms leads to greater mortality rates in many industries. In such industries, geographic relocation would be expected to provide an escape valve to ease mortality pressures and drive firms to geographically disperse. However, an analysis of organizational relocation in the United States firearms industry from 1790 to 1914 suggests that while heightened local competition triggered relocation, relocating firms were likely to prefer highly concentrated destinations despite higher mortality rates, thus reifying the existing distribution of production.

Geographic patterns of industry shakeout and regional histories of innovative activity: the US firearms industry, 1790-1914

I argue that studies examining the impact of geographic concentrations of organizations on innovation and survival need to account for the localization of the inter-temporal transfer of knowledge across organizations. It could be that regions with high contemporaneous density are also areas with a longer or richer history of innovative and successful organizations and thus have greater accumulated knowledge. Making use of a particular pattern of geographic evolution observed in the US firearms industry, this study attempts to examine the impact of geographic variation in historical experience on the survival and innovative performance of organizations during industry shakeout. It first studies whether organizations located in dense areas are more likely to be innovative and, therefore, more likely to survive during the shakeout. To account for the accumulation of knowledge, it then investigates whether greater concentration and innovation in an area during the shakeout was determined by the existence of innovative organizations in the past.


Select Conference Presentations

“Reconsidering Local Competition: Organizational Relocation and Geographic Concentration in the US Firearms Industry, 1790-1914”
  • Consortium for Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 14-15 April 2012
  • Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, forthcoming August 2012
“Geographic Concentration, Competition and Organizational Mortality: Postbellum Firearms Firms in the Southern United States”
  • Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), August 2013
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Perth, Australia, December 2012
“Going West: Relocation in the US Firearms Industry and the ‘American Frontier’, 1790-1920”, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2011


Teaching Interests

Strategic management, organization theory, entrepreneurship, international business, innovation, organizational change

Teaching Experience

The Australian National University:
Semester 1 2015: International Strategic Management (BUSI3020)
Summer 2015: Corporate Strategy (MGMT7102) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China as part of a joint Master of Management Program
Semester 2 2015: Corporate Strategy (MGMT7102), MBA course
Semester 1 2015: Tutor, Corporate Strategy (MGMT3015) and International Management (BUSI7033)

Emory University:
Summer 2012: Teaching Associate, Evening MBA 634P: Strategic Management (Richard Makadok)
Spring 2012: Teaching Associate, MBA 635/BBA 435/MBA 635PG: Multinational Firms and Strategy (Giacomo Negro)
Fall 2011: Teaching Assistant, MBA 331: Strategic Management (Rodney Lacey)



PhD, Organization and Management
Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA


Master of Arts, Economics
Department of Economics, University of Mumbai
Mumbai, India


Bachelor of Arts, Economics (with Honours) and Sociology
St. Xavier’s College
Mumbai, India


2012: AOM Business Policy and Strategy Division Dissertation Consortium, Boston, MA, USA
2012: Summer Seminar on Large Sample Empirical Textual Analysis Research, three-day course taught by Prof. Feng Li (University of Michigan, USA)

2012: Consortium for Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC) for Doctoral students
2013: In-class guidance on teaching of Entrepreneurship to MBA students by Charles Goetz
2011: Master Teaching Program, two-day course taught by Dr. Harvey Brightman, Emory University
2009: 3 day Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) Workshop, Emory University
2009-2012: Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) Program, Emory University


Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2013: BPS Distinguished Student Paper Award at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013
2012-2013: Goizueta Fellowship Award
2012: Laney Graduate School of Arts and Science Professional Development Grant
2012: Consortium for Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC) for Doctoral students
2012: AOM Business Policy and Strategy Division Dissertation Consortium
2011: Laney Graduate School of Arts and Science Dissertation Grant
2010: Goizueta Foundation Fellowship

2010: Sheth Research Fellowship

2008-Present: Doctoral Fellowship, Goizueta Business School



“Method and system for enhancing the relevance and usefulness of search results, such as those of web searches, through the application of user's judgment”, USPTO Applicaton number: 20100145927 - Class: 707710 (Awaiting USPTO decision)


Industry Experience

1999-2008: Senior Manager, The Information Company Pvt. Ltd.
Responsibilities included general management, project management, web design and development, software design, writing and content development, editorial services, marketing. Clients included: the Tata Group, the Aditya Birla Group, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, Godrej and ICICI. Software development projects included:
  • InformachineTM Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management System
  • Recruitment System for Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd (TACO)
2003-2008: Assistant Editor,, online business magazine

Sub-Editor,, online business magazine