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IIMA to conduct top management program on ‘Transforming Business Organisations to Achieve Growth’


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Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) in collaboration with Institute of Certified Professional Managers (CPM) and Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) will be conducting a top management program on the topic ‘Transforming Business Organisations to Achieve Growth’ from 27 to 29 November.  

IIMA established in 1961 had as its partner Harvard Business School (HBS) the top Business School in USA and is the number one Business School in India and was the first Indian Business School to achieve International Recognition in 2002. One of the most valuable aspects of IIMA’s association with HBS was that of research in practice of Indian Business and more importantly the case study approach which will be used in the conduct of this program.

Organisations after a period of success get set in ways that can result in divergence between the demands of the environment and the processes and structures within. Organisations need to be adaptable, honing their organisation and processes to the environment. 

A strategic orientation wherein operations, boundaries, vendors and markets are understood as they change is an integral part of adaptability. Yet there are givens within an organisation –its values and the institutionalisation of what is functional. This implies that change has to be consciously managed. Therefore, top managers’ perspectives become important in transforming organisations. 

This program will bring insights from case studies of successful transformations covering various dimensions of strategy including operations, and how leaders can bring about the transformation of organisations for high performance.

Program highlights include: Perspectives on the key forces of change in the current economic and social environment; the idea of strategy and strategic change; organisational processes; orientation for growth and high performance; emerging economics and rapid growth; organisational leadership and change management.

This program is meant for leaders of public quoted, group, multinational, banking, finance, insurance, industry, services, retail, export, agricultural and plantation, State corporations, Government owned and private sector companies, managing directors, directors, CEOs, COOs, general managers, and senior corporate managers facing the challenge of growth and organisational transformation.

The pedagogy will be a mix of case studies and discussions. IIMA believes in interactive sessions. A typical day would involve intense classroom sessions, with much prior preparation and syndicate work.

The faculty includes Prof. Amit Karna, Fellow (IIM Ahmedabad) an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA); Prof. Morris Sebastian (Faculty Chair) Fellow (IIM, Calcutta); MSc (Int.) (Phys.), IIT, Bombay Professor, Member of the Economics, and Public Systems Areas; and Prof. Vohra Neharika Ph.D. (Manitoba), a psychologist who teaches organisational behavior at IIM Ahmedabad as a full time faculty.  

Prof. Amit Karna is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA). Prof Karna’s interests lie in the areas of strategic management, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship. He has advised government and private organisations (in India and abroad) on strategy and management related issues. Prof. Karna currently chairs the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) – one of the largest and most well regarded educational institute based business incubators in Asia. He is also involved with various disruptive startups in designing innovative business models.

Prior to IIMA, Prof. Karna was an Assistant Professor at EBS Business School in Germany between 2009 and 2014. He has been visiting scholar at University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 2011, and at University of Sydney Business School in 2015. He has been a visiting faculty at IESEG School of Management in France between 2012 and 2014. Prof. Karna completed his PhD in Strategic Management from IIMA. Prior to his doctorate, he worked with Aditya Birla Group between 1999 and 2003 in various managerial positions. 

Prof. Morris, Sebastian (Faculty Chair) Fellow (IIM, Calcutta); MSc (Int.) (Phys.), IIT, Bombay Professor. Member of the Economics, and Public Systems Areas. His interests include international trade and investment, industrial development, macroeconomics, economic history, public sector, infrastructure, small firms, electricity reforms, regulation, PPPs, land markets, and the Indian economy. Was recipient of the Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in International Economics. He won the EXIM Bank’s International Trade Research Award and earlier worked as Associate Professor at Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, and Senior Correspondent for Business India (magazine), visiting fellow at University of Pennsylvania, and ICCR Chair Professor at Copenhagen Business School (Asia Research Centre). He was co-chair of the IIMA-Harvard Kennedy School Phase V programs for senior government officials. Founding Chair of the PGP-PMP of IIMA, and the Centre for Infrastructure Policy and Regulation at IIMA. 

Prof. Vohra Neharika Ph.D. (Manitoba) is a psychologist who teaches organisational behavior at IIM Ahmedabad as a full time faculty. Her research interests are in the area leadership, gender, diversity and inclusion, employee behavior, CSR. She has guided several doctoral students. She has authored several papers in international and national journals and three books. She is currently on the editorial board of four national and international journals including a new journal, Evidence based Human Resource Management. She has been involved extensively in competency building of leaders across organisations. She is currently on the board of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Bizdivas, Women’s Leadership Forum of Asia, Vidyashilp, Centre for Innovation and Incubation of Enterprises, Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited and Indian Institute of Production Management and on the academic advisory board of XIM Bhubaneswar. 

The venue for the program will be Gregory Room, Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. 

IIM Ahmedabad with CPM and CMA will issue a certificate of participation. 

Those interested to participate please contact Dilshan mobile +94 714 775 125/+94 11 2 590 995 email: registration@cpmsrilanka.org or Shanthi mobile +94 714 705 536 email: registrations@cma-srilanka.org.


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