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The Global Leadership Conference 2019 was jointly organized by Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna and Southampton Business School, University of Southampton on 17 January 2019. The conference aimed to discuss the organisational, individual and ethical challenges that leaders face in complex and uncertain business environments. It marked the beginning of formal collaborations between the two academic institutions, with long term plans of student and faculty exchange programs and collaborative research and projects with possible policy implications for both India and UK.
About the event
The one day event was formally inaugurated by Prof. V. Mukunda Das, Director, CIMP, Prof. Sabu Padmadas, Prof. Martin Broad, Prof. Prasad Sunderarajan and Prof. Paul Bennett.
Prof. V. Mukunda Das, Director, CIMP and Patron of the conference delivered the welcome address. He said that this is the first conference in India where Global Leadership is being discussed and debated. He said that the importance of leadership is changing in context of corporation and leaders need to be dynamic. CCO (Confidence, Communication and Optimism) are the main characteristics of dynamic leaders. This conference, he hoped, will provide a fresh perspective of leadership qualities like unique confidence in terms of latest developments of international cooperation across the globe.
Prof. Vijaya Bandyopadhyaya provided a brief overview of the conference in the inaugural session.
The inaugural session was followed by two keynote addresses. The first keynote address was on “The Mystic Leader” and was delivered by Professor Prasad Sunderarajan, Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna. He said that a mystic is one who can know the truth of things intuitively and gave examples of mystic leaders like Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda, J Krishnamurthy and Gautama Buddha.
The second keynote address was on “Leading multi-generational organizations” by Professor Paul Bennett, Director of Enterprise, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton. He talked about the challenges leaders face in managing varied expectations of different generations working together in organizations.
Post lunch, a Panel Discussion was held on “In pursuit of responsible leadership” with panellists Mr. Amarjit Singh, CEO India Business Group, Professor Martin Broad, Head, Southampton Business School, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, Professor Sri Kandiah, Visiting Professor, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Mr. Aji Issac Mathew CEO of Indus Net Techshu, Professor Sudeep Ghosh, former Executive Director of the Indian Institute of Coal Management (IICM), Ranchi and Mr. Anand Madhab, Independent Media and Development Professional and Political Activist and an expert in Social Marketing. The discussion was moderated by Professor Prasad Sunderarajan, CIMP.
The other dignitaries present were Professor Martin Dyke, Head of Southampton Education School, Professor Paurav Shukla Professor of Marketing and the Head of the Management & Marketing Group at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK, Mr. Chris Bound, Senior Partner, Collas Crill LLP, and Ms. Song Pan Utz, Senior Manager, Faculty of International Office, University of Southampton.
In the valedictory session all distinguished guests, keynote speakers and panellists were presented mementos. Prof. Ranjit Tiwari proposed the Vote of Thanks.
Pre-conference events (16 January 2019)
Professor Martin Dyke, Head of Southampton Education School delivered a lecture on “ Use of Student Evaluation and Performance Data for Educational Improvement ” to the faculty of CIMP. Professor Paurav Shukla, Professor of Marketing and the Head of the Management & Marketing Group at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK delivered a lecture on “ Luxury Consumption and Marketing” and Dr. Pathik Pathak, Faculty Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Director, Social Impact Lab, University of Southampton delivered a lecture on “ Social Entrepreneurship” to students of CIMP.
Post-conference event (18 January 2019)
A case study workshop was conducted by Mr. Paul Bennett on “Columbia’s Final Mission: Leaders behaving badly- a forensic investigation of leadership behaviours and decision making processes in uncertain and ambiguous environments” using the innovative Harvard Business School multi-media case study: Columbia’s Final Mission. Sixty students were selected to participate in the workshop. The case study dealt with the mission management teams’ environment at NASA, at a critical point in its history, that of Columbia’s final mission. The participants, in syndicated groups, investigated and explored in detail the many factors affecting the decision making processes prevalent at NASA at the time. Sadly the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, post the tragedy concluded, that the astronauts could have been saved if the senior management team had acted differently during the mission. The case study explored if a more collaborative approach could have made a difference to the tragic outcome.