Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Indian B-schools should review curriculum to develop globally competent managers and leaders


Chennai, Tamil Nadu, October 19, 2011 / -- The Chennai chapter of IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Association and Anna University, today announced that they will jointly host a Management Education Conference in Chennai, delving on the need for Indian B-schools to shift the current curriculum focus from'knowing' to 'doing' and 'being', thus developing globally competent leaders, well equipped to manage across cultures and who can act decisively and with integrity. The conference titled - 'Rethinking Management Education with Innovation and Creativityis spearheaded by renowned Harvard professor Srikant Datar and is inspired by his best-selling book on the same topic, 'Rethinking the MBA; Management Education at a crossroad',written post the global recession of 2008, when the competence of managers from established B-schools was being questioned.
Body: To be held on the 29th of October, the conference will bring together eminent academia including Professor Srikant Datar and professors from some of India's leading B-schools including IIMA, IIMB and IIMC. IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta are the Knowledge Partners for the Conference with the Directors of both these institutions confirming their presence in Chennai. Accomplished business leaders such as Lakshmi Narayanan of Cognizant Technologies, Bhaskar Bhat of Titan Industries to name a few have been invited to speak at the event. The event has attracted participation from business schools and Innovation executives across the country.
Prof.Dr.P.Mannar Jawahar, Vice Chancellor of Anna University , the joint organizers of the conference, who is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee welcomed the press and stated that he was happy to associate with this very important and topical conference when the management education in the country needs lot of innovation and creativity. He also said that this conference will be useful in designing the curriculum for the 500 odd engineering colleges which have come under the control of Anna University recently
Speaking at a press briefing today, Muralidharan, President, IIM-AAA Chennai chapter said, world, ". There are a lot of changes happening around us. The recession in the US and Europe and economic resurgence of China and India, the emergence of newer products/systems calls for skill sets in the management graduates that are relevant to today's' environment. We need to rethink and align the pedagogy to current economic and business requirements.
This warrants for an innovative and creative approach in management education. Dr.Srikant Datar's research in this context is a path breaking one and offers a golden opportunity for business schools to understand his ideas and that of other research scholars who have done work in the Indian context. I am sure that the progressive schools will gain immensely by participating in this conference".
Kandaswamy Bharathan, Visiting Professor at IIM-A and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the conference said, "The global economic meltdown in 2008 made the world critical of business managers and the Business Schools from where they graduated. Around the time, Harvard University Professor, Srikant Datar was working on his latest book 'Rethinking the MBA; Management education at a crossroad'. Datar's book suggests a curriculum review and stresses on 'doing' (skills) rather than just "Knowing" (knowledge). The book became the inspiration for the conference series on curriculum review organized jointly by IIM-A and IIM-C. The first conference called Management Education -- The Road Ahead was organized at IIMA followed by two other recent conferences at Mumbai and Calcutta on the theme of Leadership and Globalisation respectively.
Creativity and Innovation have become essential ingredients for success in business. MBA graduates need to be able to drive innovation in the companies that employ them. The main objectives of this Conference are to understand the current coverage and scope of innovation in the MBA programmes, to provide insights as to how creativity leads to innovation and how creativity skills can be taught to business management students and last but not the least, to share best practices on teaching creativity and innovation management. The IIM A Alumni Association Chennai Chapter is very proud to organize the fourth of this prestigious and highly relevant conference series at Chennai along with Anna University."
Anna University has a long and successful history of promoting business education in its numerous affiliated colleges and institutions of higher learning in the state of Tamil Nadu. The students who have graduated from these colleges have made a significant contribution in their respective spheres. The university has always encouraged a spirit of Innovation and creative thinking through its various programmes.
About the IIM AAA Chennai Chapter:"The Chennai chapter has been in existence for more than four decades. We have a rich pool of executives who are serving in the corporate/Govt/NGOs as Chairman/MD/CEO and in other senior positions. Many of our alumni have spent more than two decades in the corporate world and have acquired exemplary skill sets in their chosen domain. We have been harnessing this resource purposefully for betterment of management education in South India by conducting many relevant events. To name a few,
a. Two day "Faculty Development programmes" at five Business Schools in Chennai which have made a good impact.
b. "One day course on Hospital Management for Doctors".
cAn inter business school Management Quiz Contest for the 'IIMAAA Rolling Cup" where students from more than 50 Bus. Schools participate.
d. Leadership lectures and "Power breakfast" with illustrious personalities in the country.

About Anna University:
Anna University was established on 4th September 1978 as a unitary type of University. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained there from, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities. The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well-known technical institutions in the city of Madra

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