Dr Rajesh K Pillania is a leading researcher on happiness in India. He is rated and awarded the Top Professor of Strategy in India by ASSOCHAM and Education Post. He is ranked jointly number one in average research productivity among management faculty (including IIMs/IITs) in India for research output from 1968 to 2014. He was ranked globally number three for number of research publications on India in area of business management for 1960-2010 in ISI Web of Science databases (the global leading impact factor based journal database) by a research study in an international journal of repute. In MDI he has been awarded best research professor multiple times. His work is endorsed by leading global thinkers and industry stalwarts. He is on the advisory board of many esteemed international research journals¸ professional bodies and conferences consisting of leading international academicians¸ industry leaders and policy makers. He is passionate about happiness, strategy, innovation and strategic humour. He makes happiness, strategy and innovation simple, humorous, and applicable and writes in popular media besides books and research papers. His book “Happiness Strategy: Happiness and Strategy for Everyone” is a best-selling book. His elective course Happiness Strategy is a popular course in MDI. He is a prolific writer, a popular teacher, and a sought after trainer on happiness, strategy and innovation. His research and academic experience include Indian Institute of Management, Kozikode; Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Harvard University; MCI Management Centre (Innsbruck, Austria) among others.
His teaching and training interests and expertise are in happiness, strategy, innovation and strategic humour. His teaching and training focuses on adding value to participants by explaining concepts in an innovative simple and fun way focusing on application of concepts using experiential learning.
His research and consultancy interests and expertise are in happiness, strategy, innovation and strategic humour. He has written many books and research papers. His research is focused on two broad areas. First one is on the frontiers of happiness, strategy and innovation and second one is on democratizing happiness, strategy and innovation. For frontiers of happiness, strategy and innovation, he is involved with a number of esteemed international research journals and have written research papers and books. For democratizing happiness, strategy and innovation, he has published innovative humourous books which are available on Amazon, offers workshops, and writes in popular media such as Times of India, The Economic Times, India Today etc.