The Centre of Excellence provides a forum where knowledge and understanding of business can be exchanged between the academic and the corporate worlds. This constant exchange provides a theoretical, empirical, and practical foundation for an informed study of emerging markets. The knowledge generated provides insights to vital businesses with global ambitions.
The main objective is to provide a platform for the generation and exchange of knowledge in different business areas, with particular emphasis on emerging issues that may have a marked impact on management capacities in the near future.
The Centre permits professionals in the field of all the specializations to keep permanently abreast of trends by offering a platform for debate and knowledge through seminars, round tables, etc. It offers a balance between a conceptual, academic approach and the practical perspective brought by practicing professionals.
Various activities undertaken by the center are:
Our Institute has a transformative role to groom management leaders to lead global businesses on a sustainable path. This makes it important for us to engage with industry experts and multinational organizations on various subjects that we cover in theory during our curriculum.
SFIMAR initiated the Thought Leadership Programme for our students since last year. So far, it has been confined to faculty and students shortlisting topics of current economic and social interest, debating on them internally and getting graded for participation.
SFIMAR’s Speaker Series is an extension or second phase of SFIMAR’s Thought Leader Initiative. Through the Speaker Series, we are taking the discussions outside the classroom to the Corporate Board Room, to bring in perspectives from industry experts. Our Speaker Series invites senior management of companies and specialists in various business and academic fields. The objective is ‘SHARING EXPERIENCE, ENRICHING KNOWLEDGE’. It is meant to engage you in a spirit of inquiry, encourage creative thinking and foster a solution-oriented approach to business and society’s needs. I have heard many management gurus speaking, citing an example of a glass being half empty or half full. I must say that the glass is neither half empty nor half full. The fact is that the glass is refillable. Change is inevitable and change for good is most desirable.
Dear students, when we sit together in a room with our peers and industry experts, it sharpens our focus and reminds us of the larger framework in which we operate. We have distinguished speakers who would like to share their business experience with you. They know how businesses are run. They have witnessed and worked around different market cycles including phases of growth or recession. They have weathered ‘fear’ and ‘greed’, ‘under-reaction’ and ‘over-reaction’, all kinds of irrational exuberance. Most of all, our Speakers share our Institute’s vision of wanting excellent business leaders in our country, which is why they are motivated and willing to spend their valuable time and participate in this Series.
The natural progression or third step in our Thought Leader Programme will be inclusion of useful ideas arising out of such discussions, jointly with our faculty, into curriculum upgradation, research publications and educational literature. I therefore encourage all of you to imbibe as much as you can from these discussions so as to arm yourself with information that will help you succeed and make better management decisions for the organizations you will work with in future.
Mr Anand Bhatia- an Alumni of IIM-Lucknow and CEO of Ormax Money on ‘Net Promoter Score’
Mr U R Bhat speaking on ‘India and China: Crouching Tigers or Hidden Dragons’
Dr Mihai Ivanof speaking on ‘Leadership Styles in the Context of Globalization’ and on ‘Future of Higher Education’