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Prof. Chander Velu


Chander Velu

Professor of Innovation and Economics

Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management

Research group: Strategy and Policy

Telephone: +44 1223 7 65879


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Research interests

Chander Velu is Professor of Innovation and Economics in the Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is also the Course Director for the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) IIA. He is a Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Prior to joining the Institute for Manufacturing, he was a member of the faculty at Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to his academic career, Chander worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers in London as a management consultant. He completed his MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Strategic themes

Manufacturing, design and materials

Chander heads the Business Model Innovation Research Group (BMI Group). 

Research projects

Chander holds an EPSRC Digital Economy Research Fellowship to study the implications of business model innovation on productivity resulting from the adoption of digital technologies. EPSRC Fellowship

Chander has an interest in innovation and technology management with a specific focus on exploring the antecedents and consequences of business model innovation. He has been examining issues related to business model innovation and implications for productivity, strategic decision making, leadership and management information. Chander also works on research related to transformation challenges to create and capture value from digital technologies.

Chander also conducts research on issues related to management and development economics. In this stream of research, Chander examines the role of new business models for economic development.