Vijay Aggarwal is Professor and Director in the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) at the Manav Rachna International University (MRIU). Very recently, he completed his tenure of over 13 years as Professor of Operations Management at MDI, Gurgaon. An engineering graduate of 1970 in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from IIT, Bombay, Vijay earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Computer Science in 1973 from the Case Western Reserve University (USA). He has joined MRIU bringing along a rich professional experience both in India and abroad in academia, research, consulting and institution building.
His professional life has been evenly divided between North America (1970-1990) and India (1990 onwards). While he held tenured professorial positions at the institutions such as University of New Brunswick, Washington State University, Indian Institute of Management (Lucknow) and made key contributions to research, he also took up leadership roles in institution building. As Founder faculty of IIML with Prof. Ishwar Dayal as its Director, Vijay played a key role in its nascent state. As Executive Dean of the innovative National Management Program (NMP) at MDI (Gurgaon) during its formative stage in early 90’s in his first stint at MDI, he brought the Kellogg’s at Northwestern University for an academic collaboration under an UNDP Project. At the Consultancy Development Center (an enterprise of the DST, Govt. of India) as its Director General, he galvanized the organization into an enhanced set of capacities and capabilities, and promoted cooperation among the ESCAP countries towards consultancy development. As the founder Director of Center for International Management, he launched an innovative academic program in business technology which attracted a few international collaborations from the US and the UK, and further facilitated incubation of a unique web-enabled B2B enterprise, Creatnet Services Ltd., in the apparel sector leading to the venture funding from ICICI. As a Consultant with a number of organizations in Canada, USA and India, he has undertaken several projects funded by NSERC, CIDA, USAID, UNDP, ESCAP and EU-Asia. He served on the boards of IIM, Lucknow and MTNL.
Vijay has several research publications covering different facets of management and decision sciences in various international journals. His interest includes applied operation research, systems modeling, business analytics, decision support systems, production and operations management, operations strategy, supply chain management, and project management, as well as some specific domains such as apparel supply chains, healthcare delivery systems, and higher education. Based on a major research project, he has also co-authored a book, Modernizing Organizations, with Prof. Ishwar Dayal. In 2012, he was invited as Visiting Professor of Management at the Marquette University in the US for a year. He has received a range of awards, honors and recognitions including editorial board roles on a few international journals.
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