Dr Swetketu Patnaik

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , International Business

Swetketu’s research and practitioner expertise revolves around management of inter-organisational relationships (strategic alliances) and management of organisational change and adaptation.



Swetketu received his PhD in Corporate Strategy and Policy from University of Liverpool with a work that analysed change and evolution of inter-organisational relationships (strategic alliances). Previously Swetketu worked as a Research Assistant of the Advance Institute of Management Research (AIM) at the University of Liverpool Management School and involved with an international research project studying evolution and change of organisational practices in various industries.

Swetketu has taught a range of Corporate Strategy and International Business based subjects at different levels (Executive; Post Graduate and Undergraduate) in different universities in India, UK, USA and Germany.

Research interests

  • Institutional and Organisational Change
  • Managing inter-organisational relationships (strategic alliances)
  • Management of innovation in collaborative settings
  • Development of alliance and acquisition capabilities in emerging country organisations

Broadly Swetketu's research interests revolve around dynamic evolution (change) and management of social systems. He adopts institutional based approaches to study processes of change and adaptation in organisations. In particular, he is interested in exploring structural conditions that trigger institutional and organisational changes and how practitioners, individually and collectively, experience and cope with such structural changes. He is also interested in examining how practitioners experience and cope with challenges that result from alliancing (inter-organisational) activities of their organisations.

He generally employs qualitative methods (e.g. field observations, interviews) and make use of social (practice theories) and institutional theories.

Areas of research supervision

Exploring institutional change in the domain of neglected tropical disease category – Leenkesh Neerish Kumar Ramlagun


  • Contemporary Issues in International Management - Module number MOD004016
  • Global Business Environment - Module Number MOD004222


  • PhD Corporate Strategy and Policy, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • MA in Organisation Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • MBA in International Business and Marketing, IILM, New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor in Commerce (Hons) in Business Management, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India

Memberships, editorial boards

  • European Group on Organisation Studies (EGOS)
  • Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • British Academy of Management
  • Association of Business Historians

Selected recent publications

Ghosh, S. and Patnaik, S. (2013): “The independent banking commission (Vickers) report – Squaring the circle?” International Journal of Law and Management, 54 (2).

Recent presentations and conferences

Patnaik, S. 2015. Devon and Cornwall Police Force: Organisational challenges in managing inter-organisational partnerships (Invited Presentation)

Patnaik, S. 2014. Integrating history in alliance research. 30th EGOS Colloquium

Patnaik, S., Ferdinand, J., and Kramarski, H. 2013. Does intra-organizational dynamics within partner firm influence inter-organizational relationships in inter organizational collaborations? 27th British Academy of Management Conference

Patnaik, S. and Kramarski, H. 2013. Exploring the influence of institutional embeddedness of partner firms on partner dynamics in international inter-organizational collaborations. Paper presented at the 29th EGOS Colloquium.

Patnaik, S. 2013. Unraveling the processes of alliance capability development in an Indian (Bio) Pharmaceutical Firm. 4th Reading UNCTAD International Business Conference.

Patnaik, S. 2012. Exploring the influence of institutional embeddedness of partner firms on inter-partner dynamics in international R&D collaborations. 2012 AIB Annual Conference.

Patnaik, S and Ferdinand, J. 2012. Does institutional embeddedness of partner firms matter in international R&D collaborations? 39th AIB – UKI Conference.

Patnaik, S. 2012. Unraveling the processes of alliance capability development in an Indian (Bio) Pharmaceutical Firm. 39th AIB-UKI Conference.

Patnaik, S. 2012. Exploring joint decision making in the context of co-evolution of an inter-organizational collaboration. 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians.

Patnaik, S. and Geiger, D. 2011. Development of alliance capability: Insights from an Indian Bio-Pharmaceutical Firm. 2nd Indian Academy of Management (IAM) conference.

Patnaik, S., Ferdinand, J. and Ghosh, S. 2010. Studying the influence of organizational practices in shaping alliance dynamics: Emerging insights from an international collaboration. 26th EGOS Colloquium.