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Organizational Behaviour and HR

Sitanshu Sekhar Das

Chairperson-Executive PGP & Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur)

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Email : sitanshu@iimshillong.ac.in

Contact No.: +91 364 2308078

Research Interests/ Areas

Subjective well-being, Mental health, Leadership, Personality, Employee engagement, and Employer branding.


Individual and Group Dynamics, Leadership, Human Resource Management, Research Methodology, Quantitative Data Analysis


Dr. Sitanshu is working as an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behaviour and HR and holds a Ph.D. in Management from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He was a UGC Research Fellow (2013-2018) and has a M.Phil. degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (2013) and Master’s degrees in Sociology (2007) and Business Administration (2009).

Dr. Sitanshu has over six years of teaching experience and has been teaching Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Research Methodology courses at post-graduate levels. Before joining IIM Shillong, he has worked with Rajagiri Business School, Kochi and also as a Project Associate in a consultancy project for Coal India at IIT Kharagpur.

  • Assistant Professor (July 2019 to January 2022), Rajagiri Business School, Kochi, Kerala.
  • Project Associate (February 2019 to May 2019), Department of Humanities and Social Science, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal.
  • Assistant Professor (August 2010 to June 2013), Affinity Business School, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • Lecturer (July 2009 to July 2010), Kushagra Institute of Information and Management Science (KIIMS), Cuttack, Odisha.

My research areas include subjective well-being, mental health, leadership, personality, employee engagement, employer branding, and disaster trauma. I have several research publications in various international journals of repute. Currently, I am on the Editorial Board of the journal Data in Brief (Elsevier) and Experimental Results (Cambridge). I also regularly review articles for journals of repute such as Personality and Individual Difference, Journal of Public Affairs, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Social Behavior and Personality, Ecological Economics, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, and BMC Psychiatry.

Journal Articles

  • Das, S. S., & Pattanayak, S. (2022). Understanding the effect of leadership styles on employee well-being through leader-member exchange. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-022-03243-3, pp. 1-16. (SSCI, SCOPUS, IF: 4.297)
  • Das, S. S., & Kumar, V. (2021). Perceived severity, fear of retaliation, and suspect report intention of general public during COVID-19 pandemic: A moderated moderation analysis. Journal of Public Affairs. e2734, https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.2734, pp. 1-14. (ESCI, SCOPUS, ABDC-B)
  • Alat, P., Das, S. S., Arora, A., & Kumar, A. (2021). Mental health during COVID-19 lockdown in India: Role of psychological capital and internal locus of control. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01516-x, pp.1-13.  (SSCI, SCOPUS, IF: 4.297)

  • Das, S. S., & Tiwari, A. K. (2020). Understanding international and domestic travel intention of Indian travellers during COVID-19 using a Bayesian approach. Tourism Recreation Research, 46(2), 228-244. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508281.2020.1830341 (SSCI, SCOPUS, ABDC-A)
  • Suar, D., Jha, A. K., Das, S. S., Alat, P., & Patnaik, P. (2020). What do millennials think of their past, present, and future happiness, and where does their happiness reside? Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 34(3), 345-361. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10720537.2020.1805657 (SSCI, SCOPUS, ABDC-B)
  • Arora, A., Kumar, A., Alat, P., & Das, S. S. (2020). Understanding coronaphobia. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 54(9), 102384. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2020.102384 (SSCI, SCOPUS, IF: 3.543)
  • Suar, D., Jha, A. K., Das, S. S., & Alat, P. (2019). The structure and predictors of subjective well-being among millennials in India. Cogent Psychology, 6, 1584083. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2019.1584083 (ESCI, SCOPUS)
  • Suar, D., Das, S.S., Alat, P., & Kumar, R. (2017). Exposure, loss, and support predicting the dimensions of posttsunami trauma. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 22(5), 427-439. https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2017.1310499 (SSCI, SCOPUS, IF: 1.063)
  • Suar, D., Alat, P., & Das, S. S. (2017). Attachment styles predicting posttsunami trauma: The mediating effects of coping. Psychological Studies, 62(2), 160-167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-017-0399-5 (ESCI, SCOPUS)
  • Suar, D., Das, S. S., Alat, P., & Suar, J. (2016). Exposure, resource loss, and posttsunami trauma. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21(5), 421-432. https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2015.1110457 (SSCI, SCOPUS, IF: 1.063)
  • Suar, D., Das, S. S., & Alat, P. (2015). Bereavement, postdisaster trauma, and behavioral changes in tsunami survivors. Death Studies, 39(4), 226–233. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2014.979957 (SSCI, SCOPUS, IF: 2.245)

Book Chapters

I am actively engaged in conducting workshops for students and faculty members of many institutes and universities of repute across India on research methodologies, including Covariance-based-, Partial least square-, and Bayesian-structural equation modeling (SEM). I have conducted workshops at IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad, Pondicherry University, University of Allahabad, and the University of Rajasthan. I have also provided leadership and group building training to students.

I have also trained the employees of Coal India, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. Apart from the research and teaching experiences, I was a part of a consultancy project to assist South Eastern Coalfield Ltc. (SECL, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd.) in its manpower planning for 2019-2024.