2014 was a remarkable year in many respects. On the macro front, the masses in India tried to overcome limitations of the democratic system in India to give a clear mandate for a stable and energetic government at the center. With initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, India will break-out of decades of stagnation in industries (such as manufacturing) to create jobs for capable youth and start addressing imbalances (e.g. on trade; for a glimpse of competitiveness impact of such balances, please refer to the Chapter in International Competitiveness).
At the local level, we had an enjoyable year preparing for next level challenges. We could try some experiments, and capable learners of competitiveness started testing heights. Here is just a glimpse of events at IITB, experiments, initiatives and achievements of members.
- IITB hosted the 50th Inter-IIT sports meet and also secured top ranks in women (student as well as staff) and men (staff). The achievements are built on years of efforts, and initiatives in last few months
- SJMSOM hosted first program on “MOT and Competitiveness”
- Alumni of the competitiveness course have achieved new heights: e.g.
- Pranusha won Dewang Mehta Award & cash prize of Rs. 1.25 lakhs & many other competitions (see other part of blog)
- Two alumni have secured placement in leading Japanese firms such as NTT and Nomura; plan to land in Japan in 2015
- Our SJMSOM Ph.D. students have started working in Japan
- An associate represented SJMSOM, IITB at leading MoT conference, PICMET 2014 in Japan. Glimpse of work can be seen at scopus.
- I was invited to give keynote as “Doctoral Consortia” at an international conference at IIT Roorkee. Could address more than 100 researchers.
- Participated in paper development workshop at IIMB
- Member of our “Strategy and Competitiveness Lab” defended Ph.D. on critical topic of “Technological Competitiveness”. Another student defended thesis on IPR; altogether 15 students have already completed projects and defended Ph.D. thesis. Most of them are contributing to competitiveness of their firms/institutes in dynamic positions such as VP.
- Work by members of “Group on Competitiveness” is getting shared and cited on researchgate, scopus, scholar
- + + many more, such as increasing number of our students participating in marathon, swimmathon and higher levels
We have plans for some exciting projects in 2015. Illustrative ones are:
- Encouraged by achievements of competitiveness learners (highlighted at different places in blogs or scholar) new course “MGT679 Competitiveness for Sustainable Enterprises” (available as institute elective in slot 6; Wed. & Fri. – 11:00-12:30; Venue: LT303) will be piloted for the first time at IITB. Burning issues of competitiveness, sustainability and climate change will be addressed in this interesting course. Small group interactive course will provide opportunities for capable and innovative groups to compete at different levels to learn. Examples of levels where they can participate & learn are:
- Local levels in IITB/ Mumbai:
- Regional level: in Western India such as IIMA/Pune
- 15th Global Conference that may come to India
- It is ideal for learners who have done some course in competitiveness, but we may consider capable and healthy students keen on learning and challenges
- Unique workshop on “Internationalization and Competitiveness” for professionals keen on climbing heights
- Members and groups will practice to participate in local events incl. Half Marathons
- + + more as the year evolves
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