Sunday, March 2, 2008

3/4 th MBA

T-3 has ended and there was a much cherished break of 3 weeks before T-4 began, In between the placement event event happened for 1 week when GMPians camped for a week in Mumbai. Placement over we are witnessing rounds of celebration with many GMPians partying till the morning. There is no let up in T-4 classes though with some very interesting courses and great faculties. Best of luck for the GMP aspirants whose interviews have already started. All the Best folks.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dr Snyder Interacts with GMPians

Dr Snyder interacted with GMPians for an hour on 9th January before delivering the JRD Tata oration on Business Ethics. Dr Snyder explained the triple bottomline concept and then opened the class to a debate on a range of issues related to ethics in business. The debate drew active participation from GMPians and Dr Snyder explained the benefits the participants derive by getting exposure to divergent views on the subject. On a lighter note he added that he intended to use the debate do a Market Research and get a feel of what Indian MBA students think on business ethics and use the same in his speech scheduled in the evening.
Article on Dr Snyders Visit to XLRI (Published in PaGaLGuy)
Founder , Snyder Leadership Group to visit XLRIBy News ServicePublished: January 3, 2008 Print Email
Steven Snyder, Ph.D., founder of Orono-based Snyder Leadership Group, has been selected to deliver the prestigious JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics. Snyder will present his speech on January 9, 2008, at XLRI School of Business and Human Resources in Jamshedpur, India. The annual oration is one of the most sought-after events on the school’s calendar and is watched closely by business leaders in India and around the world as it provides fresh perspectives to relevant issues that have a global impact.
“Each year our esteemed guest lecturer is carefully selected from the world’s foremost leaders on business ethics,” said Fr E Abraham S.J., director of XLRI. “Dr. Snyder was chosen because he is an eminent leader known for his intelligence, enterprise, social and ethical concern.”As a distinguished guest lecturer and innovator of leadership competency development, Snyder will deliver a speech entitled, “Triple Bottom Line: Pathway to a 21st Century Business Paradigm.” Triple-bottom-line business accountability, which is also gaining global recognition as “sustainability reporting,” is the practice of expanding traditional business reporting to take into account environmental and social performance in addition to financial results.“It is truly an honor to present as part of the JRD Tata Oration,” said Steven Snyder. “Sustainability reporting, or triple-bottom-line business accountability, is an emerging concept in India. But with the country’s rapidly growing economy, it is important to make sure businesses are accountable for the long-term impact they are having economically, socially and environmentally to ensure a strong future for India and its people.” Past JRD Tata Oration lecturers include University of St. Thomas Business Ethics Professor Ken Goodpaster, and Peter Eileen, founder and chairman of Transparency International, the world’s leading organization fighting against corruption. Snyder began his acclaimed career at Microsoft where he secured the company’s relationship with IBM and helped shape the history of the personal computer industry. He introduced organizational and process innovations that have become hallmarks of Microsoft’s strategy. As co-founder and CEO of Net Perceptions, Snyder successfully commercialized the groundbreaking technology, “collaborative filtering,” to enable the real-time personalized recommendations that have become central to the online shopping experience with Through his business experience and innovative thinking, his consulting firm, Snyder Leadership Group, helps organizations assess executive candidates, coach executive team members, and successfully connect talent with business strategies. Snyder also teaches a master’s-level business ethics course as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.The JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics, which began in 1991, is supported by an endowment from Mr. JRD Tata of the Tata Group, India’s largest conglomerate company. The Tata Group, with more than 90 businesses operating in steel, oil and other industries, has a global reputation for innovation, research and professionalism.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

GMP Students Return from the International Exposure Module

Students of General Management Program (GMP) (2007-08) went to Graduate School of Business, RMIT Australia, for 3 weeks International exposure programme, launched in partnership with RMIT University, Australia.
The program involved two parts, the first being an overview of Australian business climate and industrial scenario.
The second part of the program involved internship in an Australian organization. The work placement was designed to enhance understanding of local business operations and provide Australian companies with an opportunity to gain valuable insights into doing business in India.
Renowned companies from a range of industry segments, like KPMG, Wackett Aerospace Center, CSIRO, Yoober and others participated in the process.
Commenting on the internship experience with XLRI students, Neil T Faulkner, Partner KPMG, said "The General Management Program students who spent time in our organisation in Melbourne were marvellous ambassadors for the program, XLRI, their previous employers, their Country and themselves. They demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment, knowledge, teamwork and global industry awareness."
Dr.Ron Harper, Director GSB, RMIT, who led this engagement with XLRI, said "The exercise is regarded by RMIT as an important grassroots engagement of Australian industry with the new economic superpower that is India."
The sponsored candidates from Tata Steel were sent for a similar stint to Corus, UK.
GMP is a one year full-time business management program for executives, who have had a prior work experience of five years or above.
PS: Reproduction of press release

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Service Science, Management and Engineering

Dr. Guruduth Banavar, Associate Director, IBM India Research Laboratory, Bangalore talked to GMPians regarding IBM's initiative called Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME), which aims to create an ecosystem for developing the knowledge base and train the labor force and to make significant advances in service research and innovation. This is what he had to say "We clearly need to develop a more systematic approach to services innovation if we are to sustain this vital new sector in the economy".
The goal of the SSME discipline is to drive productivity, quality, and sustainability of services, while making the learning rates and innovation rates more predictable across the service sector, especially in complex organization to organization services including business to business, nation to nation and government to population. This new academic discipline brings together ongoing work in fields of computer science, management science, and social science to develop skills required in a services-led economy.
Many leading universities across the world have begun exploring and investing in the field of service science (SSME) to develop exactly these cross-disciplinary skills. University of California, Berkeley, Arizona State University and North Carolina State University are among a handful of universities in the United States which have established programs in service science. Universities in Europe and Asia are also creating programs in this area.


Friday, November 9, 2007

Dr John Papatheohari, Partner IBM addresses GMPians

Dr John Papatheohari, Partner and Global Delivery Leader (Strategy & Change) - IBM India, addressed the students and faculty of XLRI as part of the Institute’s CEO interaction forum. The forum is a regular platform for XLers to interact with Industry leaders. Dr John elaborated on the importance of Strategic Transformation and Change in the current Business context and also highlighted the structure, operations and growth of IBM’s Strategy and Change group in India. The forum culminated with a Q&A session wherein queries on Strategy and Change in general and IBM’s operation in particular were addressed. Subsequently, Dr John also took time to interact with the GMP students (GMP is XLRI’s one year full time executive Management program for professionals with more than 5 years of experience) and highlighted the varied scope of opportunities available in the Strategy and Change group for management students with work experience.


Monday, September 17, 2007

All Quiet on the GMP Front?

Yes but only for 5 days when Term 1 ended and most of the GMPians took off for a brief term break. However before they could enjoy the glory of being 1/4 th MBA Term 2 arrived in right earnest. The usual schedule (of assignments , presentations , quizzes and projects) is keeping GMPians occupied full time ( 29*8*40 as one Prof said). Apart from academics there are other things to look forward to - the festive season coming up and the international immersion segment following that.
On the XL front quite a few activities have started. The admissions process of GMP 2009 has been initiated. Details of the same have been posted in the URLs mentioned in the Links section. The eligibility criteria remain the same - minimum 5 years full time work experience after graduation. The qualifying examination is XAT/GMAT. Aspiring candidates may please note the dates mentioned in the related sections in the websites ( and ). All the Best!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ethics and Leadership

Mr Deepak Mullick (Executive Director, Avesthagen) delivered a lecture on ‘Creative & Ethical Leadership’ to the GMP class of 2008. Mr Mullick had held senior management positions in Shaw Wallace, ICI and was the CEO of Advanta India Limited before founding Avesthagen.

Mr Mullick held the GMPians in rapt attention as he narrated his personal account of how he had turned around his life by seeking answers to questions about himself which had been bothering him. Mr Mullick asserted that the key to developing oneself as a leader is to strive to be part of the solution rather than the problem. Mr Mullick narrated experiences from his personal life when he had to face enormous challenges by taking ethical stands and showed how he overcame those obstacles.

Mr Mullick shared an experience where in he took the risk of jeopardizing his career by sticking to his decision of not to pay a bribe. However he asserted that when someone follows absolute standards the other parties realize his/her commitment towards principles and he/she is able to achieve his purpose without using unethical means.

Mr Mullick illustrated how ethics is the heart of leadership and why it is becoming increasingly important in the present scenario to be able to stand by your principles no matter what. In essence it was an inspiring experience for the aspiring leaders to realize that in even today’s world let alone being a deterrent , ethics in fact is most essential ingredient for an enduring success
Abhishek Mishra