Dr. RRK Sharma was born on 12 Jan 1959 to mother Nalini and father Subbaraya Sharma. He belonged then to a lower middle class family. Mother taught him how to excel in mathematics and father taught him value of hard work. He did his BE (Mech) from VNIT NAGPUR in 1980. He worked in TATA MOTORS for 2 years as graduate engineer trainee. Later did his Ph D in management from IIM Ahmedabad in 1988. After a brief stint of 9 months with TVS Suzuki he shifted to the noble profession of teaching and research at IIT KANPUR (Dept of Industrial and management Engineering) where he is continuing for the last 25 years. He worked hard and freely distributed knowledge to anyone who came across. He has published profusely (and evenly) in both quantitative (OR & Production Planning and Control) and qualitative (manufacturing strategy; HR; Organization Behaviour; and management control systems) areas of management. He has published 2 books and more than 94 articles. He is happily married to Dr Sheela (Obste and Gynae) for the last 25 years and has two lovely children, namely Shriniwas (4 th year BITS PILANI; BE Mfg Engg) and Anjaneys (class XIII; now preparing for competitive exams).
Dr Sharma has had 26 years of career to date. Started as graduate engineer trainee with TELCO (PUNE) (now TATA MOTORS INDIA) during 1980-82, and later went on to do Ph.D. in management at I.I.M., Ahmedabad, INDIA. After Ph. D. in management, he worked with TVS Suzuki (for 9 months) as executive assistant to GM (marketing). Now he has 23 years of teaching and research experience at the department of Industrial and Management Engineering, I.I.T., Kanpur, 208 016 INDIA. He has taught over 22 different courses in management at IIT Kanpur INDIA (to B. Tech., M. Tech. and M.B.A. students) and is well versed with all the facets of management and has unique ability to integrate different areas of management. To date he has written over 92 papers in international/national journals and two books (one on MRP systems & one on control systems of organizations). He has developed over 8 software products. Till date he has guided 49 M TECH and 6 Ph D theses at IIT Kanpur. He has guided 101 Special Studies Projects for MBA II nd year students of IME, IIT Kanpur.
As a researcher Dr. RRK Sharma has made some important contributions to the field of management science and management. He has developed the fastest known algorithm for preparing PERT networks (that runs in O(n2 log(n)) time). He has written many papers (in international journals) in the field of warehouse location theory and transportation problems. Also he has written many papers in the field of manufacturing strategy, strategic management, entrepreneurship, portfolio selection problem and MRP (manufacturing resources planning systems) systems.
He has won several international awards : notable among them are the Archimedes Award, Life Fellow, Life Time Achievement Award given by the International Biographical Centre, St. Thomas Place, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7, 4GG, ENGLAND; Web : http://www.internationalbiographicalcentre.com/; and the American Medal of Honor (received medal number 9 out of 100) and the 2006 and the 2008 Man of the Year award given by the by American Biographical Institute, Inc., 5126 Bur Oak Circle, PO Box 31226, North Carolina, 27622, USA. Web: www.abiworldwide.com. Recently he was appointed to Research Council of International Biographical Centre. He was adjudged the OUTSTANDING EDITOR and OUTSTANDING MANAGEMENT RESEARCHER by the AIMS (All India Management Scholars) International Society. He was elected FELLOW of AIMS International in 2012.