Prof. Manikutty has specialized in Business Policy and Strategy in his doctorate and teaching. His areas of interest include strategic management and competitive strategy, leadership, global competitiveness of industries, corporate governance and strategies for family businesses. His paper (coauthored with another person) won the award for the best paper on family businesses for 2003 awarded by the Family Firm Institute, Boston, U.S.A. His paper (coauthored) also won an award for the best empirical paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Small Business Institute, Clearwater Beach, Florida, February 11-15, 2004. He was the Chief Editor of Vikalpa, the journal published from IIM, Ahmedabad, and is the Regional Editor, Asia and Pacific of European Journal of International Management (EJIM). He is a regular reviewer of papers for the Academy of Management Annual Conferences in the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS), International Management Division (IMD) and the Management Education Division (MED), and has served as a reviewer for the journals EJIM, Family Business Review and Vikalpa. His recent book on leadership based on literature, Essentials of Leadership: Explorations from Literature (Delhi: Macmillan), co-authored with Sampath P Singh, won the award for the best management book awarded by the Indian Society for Training and Development, in 2010, and is now getting ready for the release of its second edition, published by Bloomsbury India. His subsequent books are: Business Ethics: Ethics as the Foundation of Business and Strategic Management: A South Asian Perspective jointly with Michael Hitt, Robert Hoskisson and Duane Ireland.
He has done extensive work in telecom sector. Has been a consultant to the World Bank and ODA, U.K. in the field of social development programmes and has conducted training programmes for several organizations some of which are: Coca-Cola India, Ballarpur Industries, JSW Steel, Bharti Airtel, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, The Park Group of hotels and Tata Motors, and taught in the programmes for many companies, some of which are Pepsi India, GAIL, Sterlite Industries, Apollo Tyres, Idea Cellular, Vijaya Bank, Pfizer India and Zydus Pharmaceuticals.
Prof. Manikutty was a visiting scholar at the Cornell University in the year 2000. Has written a number of cases, mostly dealing with issues in strategy, and published 13 papers in national and international journals. He is a visiting faculty at ESSEC, France, where he taught a full course every year before retirement.
He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Prof. Manikutty figured in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World for the year 2012.
He retired from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad on December 31, 2010 and was on a contractual appointment as a full time faculty in the Business Policy Area, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad till March 31, 2012. Now he is a visiting faculty at IIM, Ahmedabad and an adjunct faculty at IIM, Bangalore. He is also associated with the GMR group, a group engaged in many infrastructure ventures, in setting up an institute for family businesses and helping themj to launch programmes for family business executives.