Orientation Lecture 2020

Invited talk by Prof. Morris Altman

‘Being a professional, it requires ethical behaviour that drives interactions with other employees, customers, and leadership. Ethics extends beyond issues of right or wrong; it maintains the integrity of a workplace’ thus opined the Executive Dean of University of Dundee School of Business, Prof. Morris Altman. In the webinar scheduled on August 14, 2020, for the PGDM 2020-2022 Batch, organized as a part of the Orientation Program, Prof. Morris Altman opined that since economic activities are among the engines of economic growth, it may be concluded that business ethics may impact on the growth performances of economies. 

Invited talk by IIMB Mentor

Mr Sukumar Rangachari, Mentor at IIMB; was invited to deliver webinar to the PGDM 2020-2022 Batch on August 14, 2020. Mr Sukumar discussed in the session with the agenda - How MBA will help the entrepreneurs?: How MBA broadens the horizon? And, how to have a clear vision of what you want to do, how to approach and have our value system. The Q&A session was very interactive and focused on the roadmap for the 2- Years Management Education journey at SDMIMD. 

Invited talk by ABB Global Head

Mr Allan Mitchell, Global Head ABB / EL Academy, was invited to deliver the invited talk on August 13, 2020, during the Orientation Program 2020 organized for the PGDM 2020-2022. Mr Allan Mitchell introduced ABB to the young managers and shared how ABB is driving the digital transformation of industries. Further, with the research, development, and innovations in ABB the speaker explained how the organization has taken initiatives as Innovation Hub, right start-up partnerships, and focused on establishing the platform in India to drive next level growth.

Orientation talk on ‘Three Values’ and ‘Four Qualities’

‘VUCA represents a variety of challenging business situations, including volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity; combination of qualities that, taken together, characterize the nature of some difficult conditions and situations’ thus said Mr Vishal Krishnam, Associate Director – Deals PwC Pvt Ltd., during the webinar scheduled on August 12, 2020, to the new batch of the PGDM Program. Further, the speaker Mr Vishal discussed on the 3 Values – Foundation Values, Formation Values, Future Values; and, the 4 Qualities – Ethics, Respect, Passion for Excellence, Trust; which are core for the young manager. 

Inspirational Talk during Orientation Program

Mr Ganesh Krishnamurthy, Director, Tax and Regulatory Services, PwC & Co LLP, was the speaker for the invited talk scheduled on August 12, 2020, for the PGDM 2020-2022. Mr Ganesh said, ‘a world of immense possibilities; it is important to have a possibility mindset which will help us to get what we want’. Further the speaker said that the world is full of possibilities and we need to step out of our comfort zone and challenge the resistance within ourselves. Mr Ganesh asked the new batch to read newspapers and business papers to stay updated and alert.

Orientation talk by Talent Management Expert

Mr David Watkins, Senior VP, Group Talent, Transformation & Engagement, OC Oerlikon Management AG, Switzerla, was the invited speaker for the talk ‘Talent Management’ scheduled on August 11, 2020 for the PGDM 2020-2022. Speaker Mr Watkins discussed on - how technology works and how it continues to disrupt almost every business sector with constant advancements; no industry is completely immune from the impact of technology; and, how the need of the hour is to focus on building different skill sets and what are the types of jobs which will be demand and will be recruited in 2030. The Q&A session focused on the future of careers and Global Orientation; employment skills and workforce strategy for industry 4.O.

Prof. Pinnington delivers Orientation Talk to New Batch

Prof. Ashly H. Pinnington, Dean of Research, The British University in Dubai, was invited to deliver the orientation talk to the new batch of PGDM Program on August 11, 2020. Prof. Pinnington focused the talk on the optimal self-development by using the abundant resources available to us. With relevant examples, the speaker introduced the Big Five Factor Model and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to the young managers. During the interaction, Prof. Pinnington helped the new batch understand the resources with Individual - self-knowledge; Team – knowing others; Organization – Belonging; Industry – Contribution; National – leveraging; and, Global – Universal Being.

Invited talk by Mr Rajanarayanan

Mr N Rajanarayanan, VP, Marketing and Investor Relations, The Federal Bank, was the speaker for the Day 2, August 11, 2020, of the orientation program for the PGDM 2020-2022. Mr Rajanarayanan said, ‘Change is the Only Constant’. To effectively handle constant change, the business needs an effective change management process so that it can meet the changes head on. Further, he said ‘high time for companies to realize the need for innovation which is one of the critical factors for succeeding’.