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Lecture on Strategic Leadership and Change Management by Mr. Uday Chaturvedi

IIM Kozhikode welcomed Mr. Uday Chaturvedi on campus on 11th of July 2012Mr. Uday Chaturvedi (Former Managing Director – Corus Strip Products, UK and Former Chief Technical Officer – Tata Steel Europe) is one of the most revered names in the global steel industry. The event was organized by Industry Interaction Cell (IIC) of IIM K as part of the celebrated “Leadership Lecture Series.”

Mr. Chaturvedi has served as the Director in many Tata Group companies and has held elite positions at Corus Strip Products and Tata Steel prior to becoming the Chief Technical Officer – Tata Steel Europe. He has a vast experience spanning across geographies like India, United Kingdom, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Japan and Sri Lanka. Having authored numerous technical papers published in International Conferences and being presented with honorable awards like Essar Gold Medal, OP Jindal Gold Medal; Mr. Chaturvedi is undoubtedly one of the most eminent personalities in the global steel industry.

He interacted with the students of IIM Kozhikode and shared his learning on “Strategic Leadership and Change Management”, drawn from his personal and professional experiences of successful leadership that he demonstrated over the years. Mr. Chaturvedi also interacted with Prof. Debashish Chatterjee, Director, IIM K and several other faculty members.

During his tenure as the Managing Director of Corus Strip Products, UK, in the midst of the global financial crisis, he demonstrated exemplary levels of Strategic Leadership and pioneered several Change Management Initiatives which turned the Corus Strip Products division into a profitable and self-sustainable enterprise and took it to greater heights of business excellence. Known for his Strategic Leadership and Change Management Initiatives, his colleagues at Corus rightly said “You Came, You Listened and You showed us How to WIN.”

Mr. Chaturvedi was extremely pleased with his visit to God’s Own Kampus and had kind words of praise reserved for the Institute, One of the late management Gurus whom I knew personally very well for many years had once told me that the smell of a place communicates a lot about it. I would say that I was very impressed from the moment I set foot my at the Calicut airport to the time I left the city. A wonderful manicured garden with attractive buildings, highly courteous and inquisitive student community supported by very knowledgeable teaching fraternity and finally, the Director make the presence felt in all walks of life at the Institute…All in all, I can say that it would be an honor to anyone to become a part of this establishment.

Workshop on Supply Chain Management by DHL Supply Chain Solutions

IIM Kozhikode hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop in Supply Chain Management on the 7th and 8th of July; conducted by Mr. Ali Hasnain Ghoghai, Senior Manager at DHL Supply Chain Solutions, a revered name in the global Operations-Supply Chain domain. The event was organized by Industry Interaction Cell (IIC) in collaboration with OMEGA (the operations interest group) of IIMK.

Mr. Ali Hasnain Ghoghai’s managerial experience spans across Solution Designing, Operations, Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Commercial Negotiations in Retail – Electronics, Food Products and Petrochemicals, E-commerce / E-retail Industries. He has extensive experience involving Global Freight management, India/GCC/UAE Land Transport management, Warehouse management, Inventory management and Strategic Supply Chain Planning. Mr. Ghoghai is an MBA Gold Medalist from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research with specialization in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The workshop was conducted over two days. Two lectures were scheduled on the 7th of July followed by the presentations of the top 5 teams who qualified for the DHL Supply Chain Case Challenge.

The first day (07.07.2012) saw a lecture-cum-interactive session on General Outline of Supply Chain Management like highlighting the key differences between SCM in theory and SCM in practice and the core skills required for SCM and basic market offered career paths for different SCM professional roles.  Mr. Ghogai also talked on the Emerging concepts in SCM in India like FTWZ (Free Trade and Warehousing Zones) and LLP (Lead Logistics Partner), GST (Goods & Services Tax) and its impact on the Supply Chain industry. A post dinner informal career counseling session followed when Mr. Ali dealt with questions on individual careers based on the individual’s past experience and skills.

The mainstay of the workshop is the “DHL Supply Chain Case Challenge”. The case was all about designing a warehousing and transportation solution for an e-commerce company. The top 5 teams were shortlisted by Mr. Ali Ghoghai himself. These teams presented on Sunday (08.07.2012) and were jointly evaluated by Mr. Ali Ghoghai and Prof Saji Gopinath – one of the revered names in the QM & OM department,IIMK. The session ended with a concluding speech by Prof. Saji Gopinath, and felicitation of Mr. Ghoghai by Prof Gopinath and declaration of results.

 Mr. Ali Ghoghai who was highly impressed with the presentations of the top 5 teams promised to revisit IIM Kozhikode often in the future.

saharsri subrata roy in IIM Kozhikode

Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara visits IIM Kozhikode


Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara was welcomed to the leadership speaker series at IIM Kozhikode on the 11th of February. A press conference was scheduled prior to the talk during which Mr Sahara spoke frankly and engagingly to the assembled reporters. He expressed his desire to enter the retail space in a large scale manner by creating what he termed as sophisticated and modern kirana stores to combat the sale of adulterated commodities in traditional kirana stores. He also intends to introduce new forms of technology in the entertainment and education sectors. He hopes to utilize the expertise of the best academic faculty for public education via television channels in a mode that will also permit certified courses. He promised not to let the supporters and players of Pune Warriors down by putting it up for sale. He also stated a desire to scale up operations in the state of Kerala.

Mr Sahara began his lecture by saying a few words about our understanding of ourselves in terms of the concept of “Adhyatma”. He spoke about life in terms of continual learning the love for those around us. He expressed the high expectations that the corporate world has from the students of the IIM fraternity as the managers of tomorrow who will fulfil the purpose of not only motivating ourselves but also those around us. The kind of motivation that is most purposeful and leads to satisfaction and happiness according to him is self motivation. He talked about the line dividing needs desire and greed which separates an individual’s pursuit of happiness from the pursuit of money.402707_10150602247129356_1508040460_n

The students got an opportunity to gain vital insights from one the giants of Indian Business and his journey through corporate India. Shri Subrata Roy also had a lengthy interactive session with the students of IIMK afterwards. Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK presided over the event.

Earlier, Shri Subrata Roy inaugrated the plaque on Arjuna’s statue in front of the Campus and planted a sapling in the Campus to nuture the commitment to education and growth.

Shri Subrata Roy later paid a detailed visit to the Museum of Indian Business detailing the growth story of Indian Business, which is getting ready at IIM Kozhikode for inauguration soon. The Sahara India Parivar Group is setting up their pavilion in the Museum.

IIMK Director Prof. Debashis Chatterjee says “IIMK is now an attractor for some of the brightest leadership talent of India and the World. The visit of Shri Subrata Roy heralds the beginning of high end academic – industry relationship. Our mission is to Globalize Indian Thought. We hope the visit of Shri Roy shall provide us more insights in this direction.”

Facilitated by the Industry Interaction Cell (IIC) of IIMK, the Leadership Series aims to facilitate student interaction with eminent personalities and industry leaders. It provides budding managers an opportunity to interact with personalities from diverse walks of life, learn from their experiences and get acquainted with contemporary issues of the society and concerns of the corporate world.

Shri Subrata Roy Sahara is the Chairman & Managing Director of Sahara Group of companies and has been a prime Sponsor of the Indian Cricket Team till recently. Shri Subrata Roy Sahara brings to Corporate India a vision that transcends all boundaries and defies all conventional business norms. 395682_10150602247004356_1017851829_n

He is named among the 25 Most Powerful People of India by India Today. Subrata Roy Sahara recently got “Indian Business Icon of the Year Award” at Powerbrands Hall of Fame Awards function at London for his entrepreneurship and achievements in various fields. He has also won the Academy Award in Indian Television Academy Awards for his contribution to Indian Television.

Leadership Series Session by Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Dr. Shashi Tharoor at IIM KozhikodeThe Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) played host to Dr. Shashi Tharoor who addressed the students as a part of the ‘Leadership Series on Globalising Indian Thought’. This session was organised by the Industry Interaction Cell of IIM Kozhikode, which spearheads the student’s relations with the industry.

Dr. Tharoor, Member of Parliament, had a highly interactive session with the students of IIM Kozhikode. As multifaceted personality with vast experience in international and national affairs, Mr. Tharoor had a very frank and thought-provoking discussion on a myriad of subjects such as corruption, red tapism, women empowerment, education and internet censorship. He expressed his passionate belief in ‘Educate the Women’ idea for social empowerment. He condemned the paradoxes that exist in India, where we have two extremes of everything, that hinders our development. He conveyed his sincere belief that steps were being taken in the right direction. He emphasized on the importance of education and vocational training for effective utilization of India’s demographic dividend, to eliminate naxalism and put human capital to better use.Dr. Shashi Tharoor at IIM Kozhikode 2

While addressing issues plaguing Kerala such as unemployment, suicides and alcoholism, Dr. Tharoor insisted that if Kerala does not embrace speedy growth, it would forever be associated only with beaches and ayurvedic massages. He believed the key remained in implementation, “We (India) are great at idea generation but poor at implementation”. A supporter of distributive justice, he encouraged the educated to care for the less privileged. He also advocated for increased accountability and performance orientation for politicians. Answering students’ questions with his unique brand of humour, Dr. Tharoor, insisted that Indian mentality towards politicians should change, and the masses must stop believing that only the dynastic elite and anti-social elements should foray into politics. He was confident a change in the political scenario is possible only with the involvement of the middle class and the youth.

The event closed with words of gratitude and appreciation from Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode.Dr. Shashi Tharoor IIC leadership series


Swami Tejomayananda visits Kampus

In times like these when people seek God more in status messages on facebook than in meditation or scriptures, IIMK played host to Swami Tejmayananda of the Chinmaya Mission on Sunday. The Swami, visiting the Kampus for the first time, had words of wisdom for the budding management gurus. Spirituality is in being. Being refers to having a system of values around that drives one’s actions. Quoting the Vishnu Sahasranamam, he defined the true leader and his qualities. A leader has three main qualities – has a clear vision of what is happening, meets the expectations of the followers, and knows the destination. As an example, even Gandhiji had trouble convincing his followers about Satyagraha, but he persisted. Answering students’ questions, he explained how spiritual organizations are run based on love and faith, with no strict rules and the followers being allowed to make mistakes. Talking about dealing with conflicts in the organization, he cited the Ramayan where Ram listens to Vibheeshana’s suggestion of praying to the Sea God to help cross the sea, in spite of Lakshman suggesting that drying up the ocean would be easier. The reason given by Ram was that such a move would help motivate Vibheeshana and increase his confidence. As a parting note, the Swami prescribed the Ramayana to help learn the different management concepts.

IIMs should publicise the market capitalizations of companies of its alums – Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani

Industry Interaction Cell at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode conducted an interactive session and talk with Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani on Nov 3, 2010.  Mr. Bikhchandani, an IIMA alumnus, is Co-founder & CEO of Info Edge (India) Ltd, which owns major internet portals like, &

Prior to the talk a workshop was conducted for the entrepreneurship enthusiasts at IIMK. During this workshop Mr. Bikhchandani shared his insight on e-commerce and online listing businesses. He also discussed about the present and future trends in this market. He emphasized that to be a leader in this market; one has to have power of differentiation, pricing power and later volumes in traffic and clients. According to Mr.Bikhchandani, ‘E-commerce is more about commerce than E’. He explained this giving various examples.

Mr Bikhchandani later addressed the students in the Auditorium. Director of IIMK, Dr. Debashis Chatterjee introduced him to the students as a person for whom making money was never the sole driver, it was a side effect.

Mr Bikhchandani at various stages of his life experienced an existential crisis. He from a very early stage in his life had an idea that he was going to be an entrepreneur. After School, he got through IIT joint entrance exam, but did not join, because he felt that he was not passionate for anything and hence did not wanted to waste 5 years. Instead he opted for St. Stephens College, Delhi. He went on to join IIMA after which he worked for a few years in one of leading MNCs. This was after he had already chucked am IIM convert to get some work experience. He once again faced an existential crisis and was not ready to be just another manager. Opines Mr.Bikhchandani, “Sometimes we start climbing the ladder and then we realize that it was leaning against the wrong wall”.

So, he started a company which would provide survey to different campuses about salaries of MBA graduates. He was also a visiting faculty at some B schools in Mumbai for 6 to 7 years. Mr Bikhchandani from his job experience had an idea about the importance the news regarding job vacancies. He thought of executing the idea of utilizing the worth of job information. This is how came up. The site attracted huge traffic and eventully started making good revenue for the company. During the 2000 economic crisis, Mr. Bikhchandani  retained his talented employees by providing a 45% ESOP.

He stressed on the fact that to sustain in any market especially an online one, its important that the entrepreneurs have deep customer insight. Anything that can solve unsolved problem for somebody will work. Entrepreneurs need not have big ideas; small ideas can help the business grow. He underlined the fact that execution is very important because the strategy or idea could be great but if the execution is not right, nothing would work. He made these points answering a query regarding having the reality check for your entrepreneurship idea.

Mr. Bikhchandani showed his concern towards the existing model of MBA education in India. He said that instead of laying stress on average salary packages obtained by students, institutes should market the total market capitalization and employment by firms’ started by their Students. IIMs can make a difference by selecting the people with right intend and providing an entrepreneurial outlook during the two years of education. When he raised questions over the changing pattern of CAT which favors more and more engineers (his batch in IIMA had 50% engineers against 93% in the present batch) he was greeted to a round of applause by the significant number of non engineering population at K, when he later said engineers are among the toppers during MBA, it was the turn of the engineers to applaud, and when he gave his example of marrying a batch mate, he seemed to enjoy the support of all the males in the batch. Mr. Bikhchandani highly praised the diversity visible in PGP 14 batch, and hoped the college will continue its endeavors to become an IIM with a difference. He was highly inspirational, and interesting, and the experience was truly enriching.

Rashmi Bansal inspires IIM K potential entrepreneurs

Rashmi Bansal was invited by ECell to visit the campus on 19/09/2010. She held an informal session with students talking about her books “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” and “Connect the Dots”. She also spoke about some interesting entrepreneurs she happened to meet in Kerala. She spoke about some entrepreneurs whose stories could not be published in the book “Connect the Dots” but were interesting stories. Examples included two alumni of IIMK who are into the business of Banana chips. She also gave a very interesting example of a young entrepreneur in the incubation centre, NIT Calicut. She used this example to convey how inspirations may be there everywhere around us, we need to have the tendency to look for them. Rashmi also guided students regarding the importance of having informal interactions with faculty members because they always have stories which can be enlightening to students.

On being asked about examples of “Failure in entrepreneurship”, she told that there is nothing called a permanent failure in entrepreneurship; it is like an addiction, you would seldom feel like closing down a business and going back to job. She told she has never met any person who has felt like a failure after being an entrepreneur. If you don’t succeed it is a lesson, if you do, you fulfil your dream.  A job is a safe option…. so one can rather seek the adventures and do something new than work in a job with limited exposure. Students were lucky to get some practical advice from her when she told them that every campus has around 10 percent students who are capable of making it big if they try something different, but every student should use the time in the college to discover if he or she belongs to that 10 percent. When asked about the difficulty in getting a book published in India, she said “ one should write for himself, and his satisfaction, publications and audience will follow”.

She spoke about

  • Her experience as a book writer
  • How she ended up being a writer?
  • What the life of a writer is like?
  • Journalism as a career option
  • Challenges that one faces in starting up and maintaining a magazine

She was full praise to the architecture of the buildings on campus and the beautiful natural landscape around the campus. She commented that the campus looked very different from the other IIM’s and it is the most beautiful of all the IIM’s that she has seen. She liked the concept of Contemplation Room and Meditation Centre in the campus.