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Surender Rao Komera

Surender Rao Komera Associate Professor
Finance, Accounting, and Control

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Curriculum vitae

Surender Rao Komera is a faculty member in the area of Finance, Accounting and Control at Indian Institute of Management Amritsar. The broad area of his research is Empirical Corporate Finance. His doctoral thesis was titled ‘Essays on Capital Structure Choice and Corporate Bankruptcy’. His research work has appeared in reputed peer reviewed journals such as Business & Politics, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, IIM Management Review, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and International Journal of Emerging Markets. Dr. Surender has also presented his research work at various national and international conferences such as annual meetings of Academy of Management, Money and Finance Conferences (conducted by IGIDR, Mumbai), India Finance Conference, World Finance Association, Midwest Finance Association, Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing and so on. He has received the best paper award (Advanced Finance track) at IIM Ahmedabad Doctorial Colloquium – 2013. 

Prior to joining IIM Amritsar in May 2019, he worked as a faculty member at Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR). He has experience of designing and conducting customized training programs for corporate participants (including very senior managers) working for Barclays Global Service Center Pvt Ltd, L&T Construction, Murugappa Group, GMMO Ltd, Sundram Fasteners Ltd, TAFE Ltd, Toshiba Machine Pvt Ltd, etc,. Dr. Surender also has experience of offering customized training sessions (modules of Financial Management and Financial Economics) for RBI new recruits (Grade – B officers) at Reserve Bank Staff College, Chennai.

For his continued teaching excellence, Dr. Surender has received 'Professor of the Year' award at IIM Amritsar (by InsideIIM.com) for the years 2020 and 2021.

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Research activities (broadly):

  • Empirical corporate finance
  • Corporate governance

These Days

Looking at:

  • Corporate decisions under uncertainty
  • Corporate political connections
  • Family firms

Internship Opportunities: 

Candidates who are comfortable with R, Python, and other programming tools to handle large unstructured datasets can apply!

  • Core courses: Foundations of Finance and Corporate Finance (also known as Financial Management I & II)
  • Elective courses: Corporate Valuation, Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management, Alternative Investments
  • PhD/FPM Level: Empirical Corporate Finance
  • EMBA: Financial Management, Security Analysis & Portfolio Management
  • "Firm-specific characteristics, political connections, and financial outcomes: Evidence from Indian firms", (with Santosh Kumar Tiwari), (2022), Business and Politics. https://www.doi.org/10.1017/bap.2021.23
  • "Does Business Group Affiliation Encourage R&D Activities? Evidence from India", (with Lukose, Jijo., and Subash, S), (2018), Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(4), 887-917.
  • "Executive Compensation and Firm Performance: Evidence from Indian Firms", (with Raithatha, Mehul), (2016), IIMB Management Review, 28 (3).
  • "Heterogeneity and Asymmetry in Speed of Adjustment: Evidence from India", (with Lukose, Jijo), (2016), Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, 19(3).
  • "Capital Structure Choice, Information Asymmetry, and Debt Capacity: Evidence from India", (with Lukose, Jijo), (2015), Journal of Economic and Finance, 39 (4), 807 – 823.
  • "Financing Constraints and Investments in R&D: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms", (with Lukose, Jijo., and Subash, S), (2015), Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 55, 29-39.

See the complete list of publications at Google Scholar