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Rajiv Agarwal

Family Business Consultant

Rajiv Agarwal is a Family Business Consultant advising various families on family and business issues. He consults on family business and strategy and has worked with various families on issues of succession, business strategy and business continuity. He also has over 20 year’s experience of working in his own family business which he was running when he also became interested in academics in 2013.

He has worked with 1500 families on various family and business issues during his tenure as an Associate Professor of Family Business at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, (SPJIMR) Mumbai, a top 5 MBA school in India. He heads the Owners Management Program & the Women’s Management Programs, and the SPJIMR Case Publishing House.  

His PhD. research is on the successors choices in joining family businesses in India. He teaches Family Business, Entrepreneurship and Strategy across programs including the full time MBA, Executive Education and part-time MBA programs.

He has done his B.Com. from Sydenham, MMS (Finance and Marketing) from SPJIMR, and is currently in the final stages of his PhD in Family Business from BITS Pilani. He has also done the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School and Fast Growth Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He has undergone training at the Harvard Business School, Indian School of Business, IIM Ahmedabad for Case Writing and Case teaching and has trained faculty at various institutions for case writing and Simulations. His eleven cases have been published at Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada, the second largest case Publishing House in the world. His cases are used by B-Schools extensively all over the world, including in China where his cases have been translated into Mandarin! He has also been recognized for having two of his cases amongst the top 20 cases sold annually, by Ivey for each of the last three years since 2014.

He is the first Indian to get dual certificates in both, Family Business Advising (CBFA) and Wealth Advising (CFWA), from the Family Firm Institute (FFI), Boston, USA, the most prestigious Association for Family Business professionals worldwide.

Besides SPJIMR, he is also a visiting Professor at Indian Institutes of Management at Kozhikode and Indore. He is an Expert Advisor on the Board of Academics, Department of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad.

He has published various articles on family business in The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Business Line and in Business Magazines like Forbes and Business Today. He has been called upon, as an authority on Family Businesses, to comment on various family issues in the media, including the Economic Times and Hindustan Times. He has spoken on various forums on family businesses and family issues.

He is currently providing consulting services to an USD 8.5 bill. organisation pioneering and knowledge management using cases.