Thank you all for making 2016 a challenging and rewarding year

2016 was a challenging year in many respects. Leadership in politics introduced several pioneering initiatives such as “Startup India” and “Standup India” and to promote entrepreneurship and to  enhance “Ease of Doing Business”. Leading industry association, CII explicitely selected theme for 2016-17 “Building National Competitiveness”.  Such initiatives are helping bring awareness about competitiveness.

Group on competitiveness (GoC) has been steadily working on competitiveness research for knowledge creation and sharing to create awareness and has been striving hard to build on journey of more than 2 decade. We worked enormously on administrative fronts (e.g. Admissions), still we tried to advance on research as well as outreach. Achievements on research front are more remarkable due to some quality journals we competed. Here is just a glimpse of events, initiatives and achievements by members of GoC:
•       We matched 2013 peak (in terms of no. of papers), but with better quality and competed in newer arenas.
•       Years of hard work on research on internationalization, driven by Sundar had major break-outs. Comparative case studies of two competitive tyre firms of Indian origin (FIOs) has reached a relevant journal.
•       Sneha and Pranusha played at IIM Indore IB conference.  Sneha’s contribution  on IP was presented at 4th International Conference on IP and Strategy ( MIPS16). Findings of micro-studies have started reaching audiences as book chapter through platforms such as RG.
•        With 3 papers, Dharmesh is competing at an international journal from
his work on innovation management
•  Lalit’s contribution on technological innovation reached an international strategy and management journal.
•       No. of associates learning Japanese is growing and we had visit of the
Ambassador of Japan to IITB campus, perhaps first time in 2010s.
•       We had quite energetic participants from build to last firms (e.g. > 6
decades of journey), who endured grueling program (see photo) Management of Technology
and Innovation for Competitiveness at IITB campus.

Alert learners keen to know @ IITB Research Park even @ 22:00

Alert learners keen to know @ IITB Research Park even @ 22:00

•     We have started selection processes for selecting energetic participants (e.g.
triathloners/biathloners, if not swimmathoners) for the unique IITB 2017
program. Interested learners can complete the form.

•       Last, but not the least, thanks to hard work of members and associates
of GoC over years, we crossed the target of 1000 citations much ahead of
time (2018).

Triathlon / swimathon friendly members of GoC are excited to welcome new
challenges of 2017, as our balanced and efficient operation help us intensify our contributions to IITB (in its new strategic plan) and in arenas of internationalization and MoT for international competitiveness.

With steps towards better quality and knowledge sharing with industry in 2016, learners of competitiveness will take next level challenges in 2017 and beyond to achieve our contributions targets for Vision 2020.

Professionals of MoT for Competitiveness

New opportunities open up for firms, organizations or units that discern paradigm shifts early on and orient their leaders (particularly energetic leaders of tomorrow) to new ideas.  Such shift is evolving, as some leaders in India start understanding the basics of MoT and competitiveness to grow economically.

An experiment by SJM School of Management (SJMSOM), IITB provided an interesting opportunity to several experienced practitioners and learners of management of technology (MoT).  The program “Management of Technology and Innovation for Competitiveness” attracted  leaders from all over India.  The unique program was designed to provide skills and concepts at interface of MoT and competitiveness.


Glimpse of experienced, yet enthusiastic learners from across India

 They also got opportunities to get perspectives from veteran leaders who have successfully leveraged MoT for differentiation, such as Dr. Kamal Sharma, Vice-Chairman of Lupin—one of the largest and fastest growing specialty pharmaceutical companies globally.  With massive spending of more than 8 % of revenues and about 1500 scientists in R&D at the facility in Pune, Lupin has growing revenues from challenging markets such as Japan.  The learners also visited some of the most innovative labs on IITB campus.


 Dr. Kamal Sharma, Vice Chairman of Lupin, sharing insights

      Learners also tried hands-on, in groups, to structure a problem of their interest.  The need for change to face competition was identified by several groups.  The urge to be competitive was appreciated by most professionals. They worked hard in evenings to characterize problems and think about causes.  The awareness programme provided a direction, and concepts. The concepts need to be understood by application, adapted and used judiciously, to diagnose competitiveness challenges and role of MoT. They are provided with post program material such as paper on “Strategic_Technology_Management,” and access to journals such as International Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness (IJGBC).

Being a first programme on MoT & Competitiveness in Mumbai, there has been lot of learning for young members of the Group on Competitiveness (GoC) (for more details on the unique group, click on the hyperlinks).   The members worked very hard to give a lot of inputs to learners.  We are reviewing the feedback received and hope to make improvements in the next programme.  We thank all the participants for their active participation, feedback and kind words they have expressed in emails.

If competitive waters are to be faced, let us learn to swim sooner and think MoT to differentiate.  Let us strengthen our skills, knowledge and perspectives to provide new views to our groups about competing for future. Lot of hard work for mind and body, but some of the learners have aspirations to change themselves and their groups rapidly, at least to compete locally.  We at SJMSOM hope to inspire such enduring professionals, as SJMSOM enters thirties.


Leveraging technology for competitiveness by Dr. Kamal Sharma