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Centre for Teaching & Learning conducts the five-day residential ‘Foundations of Management’ course from 17th to 21st April

The sessions designed to benefit students in their final year of undergraduate degree course were conducted by seven IIMB faculty members and 16 senior IIMB doctoral candidates

26 April, 2023, Bengaluru: The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at IIM Bangalore conducted the ‘Foundations of Management’ summer course, a five-day residential programme intended to help develop a foundational understanding of management. The sessions were delivered by IIMB faculty members and senior doctoral scholars from 17th to 21st April 2023. The course was attended by 48 undergraduate students from more than 35 colleges and institutes across India. 

The programme was designed to benefit students in their final year of undergraduate degree course of study, in any discipline or area, which would go on to add to their skill sets in the pursuit of academic as well as professional goals.

Altogether seven IIMB faculty members and 16 senior IIMB doctoral candidates led sessions on diverse topics, covering core areas of managerial studies. The faculty also delivered keynote speeches related to their respective areas, while the doctoral scholars conducted follow-up sessions on topics related to these areas.

The Programme Directors were Prof. Ananth Krishnamurthy, Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme (PhD) and faculty in the Decision Sciences area, and Prof. Sourav Mukherji, Dean, Alumni Relations & Development and faculty in the Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management area. 

Prof. Haritha Saranga, faculty from the Production and Operations Management area, led a session which covered the basic concepts associated with the area, such as operations control, quality maintenance, workflow management, etc. This was followed by a session on Applied Economics by doctoral scholar Pragati. Ashish Singh Bhandari, doctoral scholar from the POM area, discussed topics such as supply chain flow, economic order quantity, types of inventories and sources of uncertainty.

Prof. Sourav Mukherji in his talk discussed a case study focused on strategic thinking. Final year doctoral scholars Bibek Bhattacharya, Veethica Smriti and Gaurav G B discussed topics such as competitive advantage, cost differentiation, strategic decision-making, etc., that fall under the broad area of Strategy. Senior doctoral scholar Anupama Kondayya conducted a session on Achieving Organizational Goals, a topic relevant to the OBHRM area.

The keynote speaker for Marketing was Prof. Sreelata Jonnalagedda, Chairperson and faculty of the Marketing area, who introduced the students to the basic concepts associated with her field of study. Doctoral candidates Ravikanth Vazrapu and Jose Manu discussed market segmentation and consumer behavior. 

Prof. Jitamitra Desai, Chairperson and faculty of the Decision Sciences area, held a session on concepts including Big Data Optimization, Matrix Completion Problem, Business Analytics, the notion of structured data versus unstructured data, covariance and correlation, etc. The follow-up sessions on Decision Sciences were conducted by doctoral scholars Antra and Sidharth Rawat. While Antra delved into the concept of descriptive/predictive analytics and classification algorithms, Sidharth conducted an introductory session on probability.

There were four sessions on Public Policy which were conducted by doctoral scholars Gopi Shankar, Deepti Sharma, Tanieem Noor Darvesh and Soumya Pal. These sessions covered topics such as the interlinkage between society, government and business, business ethics, and public versus private partnerships.

Prof. Rahul Dé, Dean, Programmes and faculty of the Information Systems area, delivered a keynote speech touching upon the concepts of Moore’s Law, Gartner Hype Cycle, versioning, and network effects. Senior doctoral scholar Shubha Krishnamurthy conducted a follow-up session where she discussed the nuances of Information Security and Privacy. 

Prof. V Ravi Anshuman, Chairperson and faculty, Finance & Accounting, delivered a keynote speech covering aspects relevant to his area. Doctoral scholar Akshay Dhuria conducted a follow-up session on the valuation of financial assets. 

The final keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Suresh Bhagavatula of the Entrepreneurship area, on the different perceptions of Entrepreneurship. 

The event concluded with a research panel where all the doctoral candidates shared the details of their research work. 

Prof. Chetan Subramanian of the Economics area, who had helped in conceptualizing the programme during his tenure as the Chairperson of CTL, also addressed the participants, which was followed by the distribution of certificates by the Programme Directors and Prof. U Dinesh Kumar, Dean, Faculty, Chairperson, Data Centre & Analytics Lab and faculty of the Decision Sciences area.  

A feedback session was also held in order to capture the participants’ overall experience of learning and staying at IIM Bangalore.

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