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Chanchal Balachandran


PhD Candidate in Management, Faculty of Economics, University of Lugano, Switzerland (Ongoing).

Master in Business Economics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India (2007).

Bachelor of Science in Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India (2004).


My scholarly interest lies mainly in the intersection of individual and firm actions, specifically to understand the human component in the strategic choices made by firms and their performance consequences. In this respect, I focus my research on top management team composition, strategic decision making and organizational consequences.

My thesis is composed of three chapters and framed around the concept of impersonal social structures and its role in addressing the specific challenges associated with diversity in top management teams. The study starts (chapter 1) with the assertion that Max Weber’s (1978) rational bureaucratic type of organizations with their impersonal social structures, are a powerful tool to sustain diversity in TMTs despite the strong natural tendency to homogenize. The strength of bureaucratic resilience towards diversity is however, revealed only at times of necessity, such as periods of high firm growth. While the first chapter explains the conditions under which we observe demographic diversity in TMTs despite the strong homogenizing tendency, the second chapter takes this issue further and examine the performance consequences for rational bureaucracies that maintain a demographically diverse TMT. Results show that TMT demographic diversity translate to enhanced survival chances, the more rational bureaucratic an organization is. Finally, the third chapter studies the impact TMT diversity has on rational bureaucracies in supplying entrepreneurs and new ventures to the industry. Using the population of the Dutch accounting firms from 1940 until 1982, the thesis analyses accounting firms in terms of the degree of orientation towards rational bureaucratic features and how this specific population of organizations responded to the challenges associated with increasing TMT demographic diversity and the consequences thereof.