Prof. Mahadevan was the founder Vice Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) from 2016–2018. Thereafter, he has continued as a member of the Board of Management, providing guidance and sharing his expertise in taking CVV forward.
Prof. B. Mahadevan is a professor of Operations Management at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he has been teaching since 1992. He has more than 27 years of wide-ranging experience in teaching, research, consulting, and academic administration at IIM Bangalore and other reputed institutions such as IIT Delhi and XLRI, Jamshedpur. A a visiting scholar at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1999–2000, Prof. Mahadevan was also a retainer consultant to Deloitte Consulting LLP, USA, in 2001–2002. He was earlier Chief Editor of the IIMB Management Review.
His research interests include researching the possibility of using ancient Indian wisdom to address contemporary concerns, spirituality in the workplace and management paradigms from the Bhagavad Gita. In the traditional areas of management, his research interests include the design of service systems in customer co-creation of value and order allocation issues in electronic markets.