Unique IITB Program on Innovation and MoT

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Goodbye 2015: A Memorable Year in Many Respects

The year 2015 was memorable in many respects. The most important may perhaps be the efforts and achievements of young members of the Group on Competitiveness (GoC). Also Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay completed 2 decades—quite a remarkable journey of childhood to start emerging as a leading research-based management school of India. We have started a major experiment of Executive MBA (EMBA) in cooperation with Washington University in St. Louis in 2015.

The Group on Competitiveness (GoC) completed half a decade at IIT Bombay.  It is quite a short time, but thanks to its energetic members, the group has started contributing to differentiation of SJMSOM, IITB.  Here is just a glimpse of some achievements to celebrate and build on:

  • 2nd course on competitiveness was launched and benefited more than 70 students; 2 competitiveness courses were offered in a calendar year, perhaps 1st time for any IIT or even IIM or any institution in India
  • GoC Alumni (from IITB) have started landing in Japan
  • Sundar represented us at major conference and paper development workshops (PDWs) of AIB, the leading academy of international business (IB) that came first time to India in more than 5 decades:

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  • Sujata presented her work at conference of Strategic Management Forum (SMF), leading strategy focused society of India
  • Beginner GoC associates are getting trained at basics of knowledge-creation and sharing (KCS); Rahul, Deepa and Lalit cooperated to publish their first journal paper
  • Enduro associates are climbing steps; e.g. Pranusha’s first journal paper got > 200 reads; her next knowledge artefact may compete at a C-level competitiveness journal
  • Thanks to all associates, we crossed 600 citations since 2010 (as compared to less than 200 in earlier 12 years; a kind of a 5X) (Source: Scholar, 25 Dec. 2015).
  • New associates have started getting on track early on: e.g. Sneha completed her first biathlon and a conference paper in the first sem.
  • With quantity part being taken care of by younger associates, mature associates will start focusing on quality

We are excited about 2016. We hope to see papers reaching many more people; more energetic engineers exploring competitiveness course and even industry leaders getting taste of knowledge emerging from India’s leading group on competitiveness. Due to hard work done by us to lay foundations in the first half of the decade, we feel confident of taking the group forward to next heights in the second half.

We plan to build-on systematically to take SJMSOM, IITB in to top ranks in MoT and competitiveness,  and related areas such as Strategy, Internation Business,…

GoC members wish you a healthy, more energetic and challenging year 2016. Let’s cooperate on shared values such as hard work, diligence and commitment to quality. I urge you to at least have a glimpse of a beautiful book by the great former president of India late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari—Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences…—from which I borrow a quote:

            The most powerful force on this planet is human cooperation

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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.

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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.

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 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.

Presentation

Leveraging technology for competitiveness by Dr. Kamal Sharma