Faculty Profile: Prasad Kaipa

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Prasad Kaipa

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

  • I make about 5-10 presentations each quarter. Here are some for the April - June, 2004 period.
  • April 2, 9, 15: Gita and Leadership—Lessons from spiritual traditions; 7-9 pm 268 E. Hamilton Avenue, Suite D, Campbell, CA. Open for public. RSVP required Sangeethasampath@yahoo.com
  • April 4: What brings Success: A motivational workshop for Teenagers; 3-5 pm in Sunnyvale, CA. Open for public. To register, email: hyf@hssworld.org
  • April 16: Yoga and Leadership – Inauguration of Yoga Instructors Camp, 7-9 pm Union City. Organized by Yoga Bharati. For more information contact venkat@yogabharati.org
  • April 23: How to be an Effective CEO: Lessons from Hindu Traditions; 2-5 pm in Orlando, Florida for CEOs and board members -- by Invitation only. For Information, contact Dr. K. C. Gupta, President, Hindu University of America (gupta@hindu-university.edu).
  • April 26-28: Executives in (inter)action: Dynamics of Org. DNA and Culture: in Brussels, Belgium. Organized by Leader Academy. For more information, contact Domien Van Gool (dvangool@leaderacademy.com).
  • May 14: Developing Entrepreneurs in Your Region, TIECON-2004 -- Annual international conference of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Santa Clara, CA. For more information, go to http://tiesv.org/site/Events/TiEcon_2004/view.
  • June 20-24: Transforming Mindsets and Developing Leaders: A course on Igniting natural Genius – in Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India. For more information, contact Prasad Deshpande (prasad_deshpande@isb.edu).

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution


Current Projects and Professional Activities

 Currently, I am splitting my time in three areas: 1. Research and teaching (more about it in research interests) 2. Contribution in the areas of a) entrepreneurial education -- set up entrepreneur Institute for Indian business leaders group in the Silicon valley that had over 2000 participants in past 18 months. b) organizational learning -- as a trustee, helping to redesign Society for Organizational Learning. c) Recontextualization of Hindu spiritual texts for 21st century application – giving over 20 talks a year on practical application of Bhagavadgita, Upanishads, Yoga and Puranas. 3. Consulting and coaching CEOs, board members and senior executives – I am working with half a dozen executives and entrepreneurs to be effective, innovative and successful. In addition, I am sitting on the boards of Ankhen, inc, Intertec Communications, Spirit of India.com and Hindu University of America.

Current Publications

Kaipa, Prasad, Milus, Tom and Dannemiller, Kathleen; “Mapping the Organizational DNA: A Living System Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions” in William Rothwell (ed)











Significant Publications

Kaipa, Prasad, Milus, Tom and Dannemiller, Kathleen; “Mapping the Organizational DNA: A Living System Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions” in William Rothwell (ed), Roland Sullivan(Ed) and Gary N. McLean in Practicing Organizational Development: A Guide for Consultants 2nd Edition ( in print 2004)


Kaipa, Prasad Discontinuous Learning: Reflections on Aligning Self and Work Vinayaka Media, Palo Alto (to be published in 2004)


Botkin, Jim and Kaipa, Prasad “Putting it All Together: A Business Perspective on Web-based Learning” in Thomas M. Duffy & Jamie R. Kirkley (Eds) Learner Centered Theory and Practice in Distance Education Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. (2003)









Important Conference Presentations

  • Inaugural address at the Army Knowledge Symposium, Valley Forge -- Aug. 13, 2003 -- Learning Organization and Knowledge Architecture for the 21st Century
  • A presentation at the Bridging the Gap between Spirituality and Business – Conference, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University on March 9, 2001 -- Strategic Decision Making and Discernment
  • A presentation at the Best in The West Conference on April 26, 2002. -- Igniting Your Natural Genius
  • A presentation at Network for Academic Renewal Conference - Spirituality And Learning: Redefining Meaning, Value, and Inclusion in Higher Education on April 19, 2002 -- Spirituality and Management Education
  • A presentation at the Society for Organizational Learning Annual Meeting June 21, 2001 – Mapping the Organizational DNA
  • A keynote to Annual Conference of National Institute of Personnel Management, Mumbai, India Feb. 2, 2000 – Leveraging Human Capital for Industrial Growth

Research Interests

I have been focusing on the areas of discontinuous or transformational learning and thinking; spirituality and leadership; and innovation. All of them are ultimately connected – it is about transformation of human beings in the current context. To expand, when there is a discontinuity like a near-death experience, a major unexpected success or a failure occurs, for many people mindsets are altered. Such experiences could lead to transformed way of learning and living. Is it possible to design experiences that allow for truly changed mindsets? How do we help people to transform if it truly is an inside-out process? How do we design environments for people to observe their current mindsets and choose? Similarly, I am convinced after 15 years of research that we rarely think even though we have millions of thoughts. What provokes true and original thinking? Is it possible to jar people to get into thinking and not just get caught up with their thoughts? What do spiritual traditions really teach us? How valid are principles and guidelines designed thousands of years ago? How do they help us to lead ourselves and others? What is the role of technology? – You can see where I am going with these questions…

Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Helping Students to think and clarify their areas of interest, passion and focus. Make connections and think holistically and systemically. Tap into their expertise and genius

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling