2019

Motivational Talk by SDMites Toastmasters' Club

Toastmasters' Club of SDMIMD organized a motivational talk for PGDM 2018-20 Batch on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Mr. Pranab Singh – Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker and Business Mentor was the invited speaker for the talk. 
 
The talk started with the journey of the speaker as an entrepreneur, his experiences, the failures and opportunities to prosper. Mr. Singh emphasized that good is never great, and opined that continuous development is essential for the growth of both the enterprise and the entrepreneur. He also highlighted the value of communication in today’s dynamic business scenario. 
 
Mr. Singh reiterated the importance of mind over matter and stated that it is essential to put our minds in things that matter to be successful in both personal and professional front. Elucidating the difference between vision and sight, he shared anecdotes demonstrating the importance of leadership qualities in an entrepreneur. Mr. Singh concluded his talk stating the importance of devotion and commitment in every endeavour of life. The talk concluded with an interesting interactive question and answer session.

Prerana Alumni Lecture Series 2019

 
On 19th January 2019, SDMites organized Technical Session by Prerana – SDMIMD Alumni Association, for the first year PGDM students. SDMIMD Alumnus Mr. Niranjan Naik, National Sales Head, Bosch, and Secretary, Prerana, delivered talk on ‘Strategic Management’ and Mr. Abhijith M.K., VP, Reliceli Bangalore, delivered the session on ‘Sales and Marketing as a career - with relevance to Industry 4.0’.
 
Mr. Niranjan Naik, in his speech gave a brief about Bosch’s energy and building solutions. Mr. Naik emphasised on the market oriented strategic planning which is a significant managerial process of developing and maintaining a viable fit between an organisational objective or skills, resources, and its changing market opportunities. He also focused on the strategic planning action areas which includes managing companies or businesses as an investment portfolio; assessing each business activity by considering market’s growth rate and company’s position and fit in that market; developing a strategy (game plan) to achieve long run objectives. He also highlighted that four levels in a strategic planning viz. the corporate level, division level, business level and product service level. He then elucidated the difference between a strategic plan and a business plan in terms of their respective objectives, tenure and focal points. Further, he enunciated the different components of a strategic plan and a business plan.
 
Mr. Abhijith M K in his speech, shared his experiences in the field of sales and marketing, He narrated the challenges he had faced at the threshold of his career in the field of sales. Mr. Abhijith stated that, the students should be ready to face challenges and mange it well when they take up a career in the field of sales and marketing. He opined that, different industries and markets follow the same concepts but adopt different methodologies. He also requested students to have a firm conviction and never give up during turbulent times. He further added that, in order to be successful in this career, it is essential to do things differently and tap every opportunity that comes by. Mr. Abhijith concluded his speech by enlightening the students about the business with relevance to the industry 4.0
 
The session was concluded with a question and answer forum wherein the students took an active part.

Annual Leadership Talk 2019

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SDMIMD organized the 11th edition of Annual Leadership Talk (ALT) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The event is known as a platform for eminent leaders to share their success stories, this year the talk will be delivered by Mr. Krishnakumar Natarajan, Executive Chairman, Mindtree, delivered the talk on the topic 'Future of Work-Creating Possibilities - Using Workplace Digitization'.

 
In his speech, Mr. Krishna Kumar Natarajan opined that big data and artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the way our body and mind work. He emphasized on the three pillars of organizing digital workplace, which included engaging employees, making physical workplace effective and considering health, safety and wellness for a better workplace. He also highlighted that beyond these three pillars, an organization needs to see how to manage the diverse workforce. 
 
Mr. Krishna Kumar Natarajan also emphasized on BOTs and its relevance in the era of digitization. He also expressed his views on creating a personalised experience for customers as a crucial factor for the success of the business. He stated that before a company goes for digitization, certain important factors need to be analysed, significant among them being deploying of artificial intelligence reviewer, architect BOT and which are the requirements that can be automated. The session was concluded with an interesting question and answer forum.
 
Earlier Prof. Rajendra Todalbagi, Associate Professor – Operations, welcomed the gathering and gave a brief note on the significance and value addition created by the Annual Leadership Talks held year after year for both the academicians as well as the student community.
 
Director of the institute Dr. N.R. Parasurman, faculty members, invites from corporate, students and alumni present. 

International Symposium 2019

 
On January 7, 2019, SDMIMD organized an International Symposium for the faculty and students from the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. The symposium inaugural talk was delivered by Dr. Julian Gaspar, Clinical Professor and the Head of the Centre for International Business Studies at the Texas A & M University as the distinguished Chief Guest. In his opening remarks, Dr. Julian Gaspar expressed his views on the changing face of international business which is an aftermath of Brexit and the political risks which potentially every nation has been facing. 
 
The program commenced with Dr. Neetu Ganapathy, Associate Professor, SDMIMD, Mysuru, providing an overview of the program. Dr. N. R. Parasuraman, Director SDMIMD, Mysuru delivered the welcome address and spoke about the changes around the world which are impacting international business.
 
The second session saw the knowledge of students from Mays Business School being put to test with a business quiz. This was followed by a series of games aimed at team building. In the afternoon session, Kalanubhav, the cultural wing of SDMIMD, showcased the best of Indian culture to the visiting team. The students of Texas University also used this platform to exhibit their talent. The program concluded with a ceremony to felicitate the visitors. 

MDP on Interpersonal Communication

A one day MDP on Effective Interpersonal Communication was held on January 4, 2019 at SDMIMD. The MDP focused on barriers to interpersonal communication and the concept of communication with the self as being vital for effective interpersonal communication. Emotional Intelligence, verbal and non-verbal communication, empathy, perception, listening and giving and receiving feedback were some of the topics that were emphasised. Sixteen participants from Automotive Axles Pvt. Ltd. and Meritor HVS India Ltd. attended the MDP. Dr. Neetu Ganapathy, Faculty, SDMIMD, was the resource person.