International Competitiveness

Take the challenge of life by learning @ competitiveness

 Since most of the learners do not know @ competitiveness, we receive lot of questions. This is true for even IIT Bombay, a leading institute of competitiveness research. So here you go; FAQ’s related to the course, we are proud about.

What’s the course?

The course is about an emerging concept ‘International Competitiveness’ that has high relevance for capable learners at IITB. Key objective of the course is to give sound basics and new perspectives to learners.  By effectively participating and contributing to the course, a conscientious learner should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding about the concept, importance and processes of competitiveness / excellence
  • Learn about the fundamentals of competitiveness using relevant resources: from articles, caselets to online learning resources, papers, books
  • Identify practical dimensions through discussion of cases and caselets
  • Give practical ideas and change agenda through challenging projects for competitiveness of ventures / firms

What’s unique @ the course?

IIT Bombay is among few institutions in the world (e.g. Harvard) to offer Competitiveness course.  IIT Bombay has been contributing significantly to competitiveness research (for example see at Google Scholar, ResearchGate,..).

The course is developed based on years of research, teaching and outreach to industry in Competitiveness.  The course was first offered at IITB in 2012 and has been upgraded  over the years.

The course has been designed to impart distinctive skills, knowledge and perspectives to committed learners. Following are the few elements of this holistic learning opportunity for IIT students.  Here is just a glimpse of  elements that make it a great learning opportunity for IITB students:

  • Opportunity to learn and compete in projects dealing in competitiveness of Industries and firms.
  • Interaction with past learners, professionals and executives from leading firms and ventures.
  • Challenge options to learn, practice, compete and excel on different fronts –Intellectual, Physical, Social,

Why shall we take it? Now?

Opportunities to take such challenge courses come once in lifetime. You can look at the challenges being taken by past learners and the heights some are aspiring to climb.

These are just a few of the learners of the course in different walks of LIFE:

Corporate: Aman Shah (Nomura Consulting),..Anuj Karkare (Enpro),…

Research: Pranusha, Karan Gupta

Entrepreneurship / Adventure:  Vivek Shivde, Ketan Bhokray

This year the course comes with newer contexts, concepts and case studies. The course is a once in 2 year opportunity.  The course on a distinct and significant subject like International Competitiveness is definitely not the one you want to miss this year!!!

When is it slotted?

The course is offered in Institute Elective slot (slot 6; Wed. & Fri., 11:00-12:30). Venue will class room 4 (CR4; 2nd Floor in SJMSOM building).

 What to plan?

Its an interesting yet demanding and challenging course, we suggest a systematic approach for swift adaptation, progress and learning. Here are key suggestions:

Since this is high intensity, challenging course, we suggest that you plan systematically to have higher match and learning that you can apply.  Here are key suggestions:

  • Must Complete the form to access material, information, etc.
  • Keep your updated CV & SoP ready to be shared any stage of selection (we prefer to have higher match of your learning interests & course)
  • Plan to have adequate time for this course during Jan.-May 2018; schedule your other high intensity courses/projects to minimize overlaps

For any additional questions, clarifications

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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.

IITB Republic Day Biathlon 2016

With an efficient government starting several path breaking initiatives, 2016 promises to be a memorable year. One very exciting initiative for learners of competitiveness focusing on venture competitiveness, may be the ‘Start-up India Summit’ where our PM and Team launched/declared an action plan having several measures to accelerate scale-up of start-ups.
Biathlon can be a good starting point for next level challenges such as Triathlon, which are getting popular in some Indian cities also. New organizing team of this Republic Day Biathlon lead by Group on Competitiveness (GoC) member Sneha Bhat has focused on quality measurements. Here are quick highlights of IITB Republic Day Biathlon 2016:
• Quality biathloners; more than 95 % participants successfully completed the biathlon, perhaps the highest percentage in IITB biathlons
• Increasing proportion of women, almost reaching 1/3
• Mayanka challenged men by competing in their category, which is much longer distance then women category
• Sustaining participants, some have started practicing
• Participation by several serious long distance players, who have already completed half marathons
• Better recording of time, thanks to efforts by Sneha & team
• Increasing contributions from SJMSOM on multiple dimensions
o Max. no. of staff participation (incl. first time entry by Dhaval and Pradeep)
o Repeat participation of ladies team
• Quick tips for beginners from accomplished achievers such as Sreenath and Anup Bali-a sports leader of SJMSOM who have already completed two Mumbai Full Marathons in less than two years of his stay on campus.

Table:   Leading participants in each category

Group behind Republic Day Biathlon 2016

Group behind Republic Day Biathlon 2016

Thank you volunteers for your contributions for improving quality in this event.

More pictures related to the R-Day Biathlon16 are shared  here.

We acknowledge cooperation from members of SJMSOM sports club SPIKE, led by Manmohan Singh. We thank Dr. Reddy Coach, in-charge Gymkhana, and IITB sports leaders Nihal, Sukhada and others for their help and sustained cooperation with IITB Biathlon. The event provided an opportunity for budding biathloners to meet, interact and learn from some accomplished enduros.

With signs of quality improvements, we are looking forward to an exciting 2016—the Olympic year—for friends who practice regularly.

Keep up on practice as more challenging events such as IITB Run (including Half Marathon), Swimming Gala and Swimathon await you on campus. Those very keen on next level challenges, feel free to talk to us at GoC, a unique greener group identifying potential champions of enduring competitiveness. Please do revisit this and other posts to know about opportunities for competing at conferences, journals and internship openings in specific areas: e.g.

  • Upcoming Conference:Technology Management and Competitiveness
  • Journal: International journal of Global Business and Competitiveness  (IJGBC)