At Loyola, he has received several awards — for teaching (2003; 2012), research (2004, 2011, 2017) and service (2012; 2015). In 2017, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award (Academics) by his alma mater, XLRI.
He has been a visiting professor at Beijing International MBA (Peking University, China), Great Lakes Institute of Management (India), and XLRI (India), and Visiting Scholar at Aston University, Birmingham (U.K.), University of Gottingen (Germany), and University of Gdansk (Poland).
Dr. Varma’s research interests include performance appraisal, and expatriate issues. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management, etc. He is the co-editor of five books and serves on the Editorial Board of several journals.
He is currently in India on a Fulbright scholarship, and is based at IIM Lucknow.