Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Associate professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.32
Sudhanshu Rai

Sudhanshu Rai is currently an Associate Professor of innovation in emerging economies, Copenhagen Business School. He is working on two aligned but separate projects, the Nature of Indian innovation which seeks to understand innovation in India from a non-industrial production systems perspective. In this project he explores how traditional industries have continued to innovate to survive in the world, how they have adopted new technology and managed to improve and enhance their traditional skill base. Non-Industrial production systems are thriving and well according to Sudhanshu. His second research project is the Mind science in society for innovation, which seeks to understand the role of meditation and contemplation on innovation, a neurological perspective. He takes a neuro phenomenological approach. Sudhanshu aims to explore the link between meditative and contemplative techniques and innovative intent, for more information on these projects go to his blog, He also organizes the Mind, Meditation and Innovation conference to disseminate the research findings from this field. In the past his research projects were the co-creation of Innovation project, co-creation of social entrepreneurship project, He is an entrepreneur in his own right and the founder of iVATION Consulting. In the past he has worked with Institutional logics, Indian reasoning, and Knowledge management. He has several research publications and contributions to chapters in several books.

He teaches several Masters Courses. He has taught, Knowledge Management, IT as a resource, ICT in developing countries, Project management, Co-creating experience based innovation, etc. Currently he is responsible for three Master level courses, a) Innovation in flux, an emerging economy perspective on innovation. b) Shoes for the cobblers children, how to build business models, c) Landscape of the visionary, using contemplative techniques for innovative thinking.

Sudhanshu sits on several academic boards. His appointment to the board of the Lauria University for applied science, Finland; has acknowledged his international stature in the fields of co-creation of innovation. He has a place on the academic advisory board of the National Institute of Medium and small scale industry, a Government of India institution where his responsibility is to monitor and advice on academic quality. He is also on the advisory board of GoodWings a start up in Denmark.

Sudhanshu has led several large EU funded projects, for instance he coordinated the Euro-India project which mapped India’s innovative potential and collaborative capacity. This project provided a robust and basic understanding of where Indian firms stand on technology innovation and the role of consultants during the innovative process. Today his work is used as a base line for Indian related policy making at a micro level. He also coordinated the EU-Asia project that sought to raise the livelihood of entrepreneurs in China, Vietnam, and Philippians

Primary research areas
  • Neuro-Phenomenology of Silence, Meditation and innovation,
  • Innovation in emerging economies
  • Entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship  
  • Business models
  • Co-creation of innovation
  • Knowledge Management
Administrative tasks
  • Principle Investigator of EU-India knowledge mapping project
  • Principle Investigator of the Mind Sciences in society for innovation project
  • Principle investigator of the Non-Industrial innovation systems in India project
Curriculum Vitae
Social media
Link to this homepage


New Frontiers or More of the Same Understanding Innovation in Asian Emerging Markets

Elective courses

Shoes for the Cobblers Children; Designing imaginative Business


I supervise students in the areas of

  • Innovation, innovation in emerging economies 
  • Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship
  • Mind sciences, meditation, silence mindfulness and its implication to innovation
  • Knowledge management
  • Institution logics
Other teaching activities

Executive courses

  • Executive course in course management
  • Executive course in IT Management
  • Executive course in Reflective and contemplative management
  • Executive course in Entrepreneurship
Selected publications

Edgard Barki,Graziella Comini,Ann Cunliffe, Stuart Hart, Sudhanshu Rai (2015), RAE-Revista de Administração de Empresas Volume 55, Issue 4.

Sudhanshu Rai, G Harindranath Jonathan Liebenau (November, 2013), Editorial: Journal of Information technology; Special issue on IT Innovation in emerging economies. NO 28, Issue 4 p, 261-263

Sudhanshu Rai, Sutirtha Chatterjee, and Suprateek Sarker; (2011) ICT Innovation in Contemporary India: Three Emerging Narratives, ASCI Journal of Management 41(1): 53–64

Chakraborty S., Sarker S. Sarker S, and Rai S. (2011) “Offshore vendors’ software development team configurations: An exploratory study”. Journal of Global Information Management, July-September Vol 19 No 3

Rai Sudhanshu and Morten Thanning Vendeloe. (2010) Knowledge Transfer in Cross Functional Context, a case for further investigation, International Journal of Business and Systems Research (IJBSR#3468).

Rai Sudhanshu and Kühn Pedersen Mogens. (2010) Co-creation of IT Innovation, Implications for IT Innovation in India” Journal of Information Technology, Case and Applied Research, Special issue on IT Innovation in emerging economies, Vol. 12 No. 4

Rai Sudhanshu and Kühn Pedersen Mogens. (2010) Editorial to the special issue on IT Innovation in Emerging Economies. Journal of Information Technology, Case and Application Research, Vol. 12 No. 4.

Rai Sudhanshu, Kühn Pedersen Mogens, Agne Kazakeviciute (2010) A framework for the co-creation of ICT Innovation: empirical results from India. Journal of Information Technology, Case and Applied Research, Special issue on IT Innovation in emerging economies, Vol. 12 No. 4.

Publications sorted by:
Maria Luisa Granados; Sudhanshu Rai / Innovators Intent : Role of IT in Facilitating Innovative Knowledge Practices in Social Enterprises.
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, 2017
Paper > peer review
Edgard Barki; Graziella Comini; Ann L. Cunliffe; Stuart Hart; Sudhanshu Rai / Social Entrepreneurship and Social Business : Retrospective and Prospective Research.
In: RAE-Revista de Administração de Empresas, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2015, p. 380-384
Journal article > peer review
Sudhanshu Rai; Gopalakrishnan Harindranath; Jonathan M. Liebenau / Special Issue on IT Innovation in Emerging Economies
In: Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2013, p. 261-263
Editorial > peer review
Suranjan Chakraborty ; Saonee Sarker ; Sudhanshu Rai; Suprateek Sarker; Ranganadhan Nadadhur / Offshore Vendors’ Software Development Team Configurations : An Exploratory Study .
In: Global Diffusion and Adoption of Technologies for Knowledge and Information Sharing. ed. /Felix B. Tan. : Idea Group Publishing 2012, p. 176-204
Book chapter > peer review
Xiao Xiao; Saonee Sarker; Sudhanshu Rai / Antecedents of ICT Innovation in Emerging Economies : A Research Program.
Paper presented at The 4th Annual SIG GlobDev Workshop, 2011
Sudhanshu Rai; Sutirtha Chatterjee; Suprateek Sarker / ICT Innovation in Contemporary India : Three Emerging Narratives.
In: A S C I Journal of Management, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2011, p. 53-64
Journal article > peer review
Suranjan Chakraborty; Saonee Sarker; Sudhanshu Rai; Suprateek Sarker; Ranganadhan Nadadhur / Offshore Vendors' Software Development Team Configuration : An Explanatory Study.
In: Journal of Global Information Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2011, p. 1-29
Journal article > peer review
Xiao Xiao; Saonee Sarker; Sudhanshu Rai / Product Innovations in Emerging Economies : The Moderating role of Collaborative Capacity.
In: PACIS 2011 Proceedings. ed. /Peter B. Seddon; Shirley Gregor. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) 2011
Article in proceedings > peer review
Sudhanshu Rai; Mogens Kühn Pedersen / Co-creation of IT Innovation, Implications for IT Innovation in India
Frederiksberg : Department of Informatics INF, Copenhagen Business School 2010, 20 p. (Working Paper / Institut for Informatik. Handelshøjskolen i København, No. 2-2010)
Working paper
Sudhanshu Rai; Mogens Kühn Pedersen / Co-creation of IT Innovation, Implications for IT Innovation in India
In: Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2010, p. 13-36
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities

Name of contractual partner

Duration of activity

Type of activity

Danish Consortium for Academic craftsmanship

2017 - on going

Academic advisor to the  consortium

Laurea University of Applied sciences, Finland

2013 - on going

Member of the international advisory board


2019 - on going

Advising VP


2018 - on going

Faculty member of the Himalayan program

Ministry  of Small and Medium Scale Industries, Government of India

2019 - onwards

Member of the academic board of the National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium enterprise (NIMSME).

IMT Ghaziabad, UP, India 2019 - onwards Adjunct Professor