Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Sustainability
PhD fellow

Room: DH.Ø.2.52
E-mail: ahm.msc@cbs.dk
Ahaana Mahanti

Ahaana's primary research focus is partnerships for grand challenges where she specifically looks into Indo-Danish collaborations across water related issues in India. She investigates how different actors cooperate and collaborate at the grassroot level to form transformative partnerships. She is also interested in exploring intercultural dynamics between Indian and Danish stakeholders to figure out effective ways of managing tensions and conflicts if any. Ahaana has co-authored four sustainability-focused teaching case studies on Indian companies.

Prior to her PhD journey, she worked on two research projects investigating i) corporate climate action initiatives in India, and ii) investigating opportunities to scale climate technologies in India and the current Indian climate-tech investment landscape.

Primary research areas
  • Cross-sector partnerships for grand challenges
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Business Models
  • Stakeholder Networks
  • Tensions and Paradoxes in Multistakeholder Collaborations
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Bachelors and Masters Thesis supervision within topics including but not limited to:
- Cross-sector partnerships
- Circular Economy
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Global Value Chains
- Sustainability Communication
- Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
- Sustainable Business Models


Selected publications

M. V. Srikrishna, Ahaana Mahanti, Devidutta Mohanty, D.V.R. Seshadri. (2023). Malaka Spice: Revolutionizing Restaurant Ecosystems for a Sustainable Planet. Harvard Business Publishing Site (HBPS).

Mahanti, Ahaana, and Gorti, Sanjana. (2022). Shakti Plastics: Enabling a Circular Plastics Value Chain. Ivey Publishing.

Ahaana Mahanti, Raj Krishnan Shankar, and DVR Seshadri. (2022, January 27). The Anti-sustainability Black Friday Sales: Where are India's Patagonias? Forbes India.

Sanjana Gorti,  Ahaana Mahanti,  D.V.R. Seshadri,  Prachee Javadekar,  Ashwini Chhatre. (2022). Using Science for Climate Commitments: Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel. Harvard Business Publishing Site. (HBPS).

Sanjana Gorti, Ahaana Mahanti, DVR Seshadri, Prachee Javadekar and Sailesh Rao. (2022). Rural Prosperity in the Fac



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Ahaana Mahanti / Navigating Imposter Syndrome and Life in a Foreign Land as a First-year PhD Student
Copenhagen : PAND 16.12.2023
Net publication - Internet publication
Outside activities

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