03 Jan 2020 16:41 IST

IIM Trichy hosts conference on management scholarship in the era of disruption

Over 600 research papers were submitted from management institutes across 14 countries

IIM Tiruchirappalli (IIM Trichy) inaugurated its sixth Biennial Indian Academy of Management (INDAM) conference on January 2. It is a three-day event. The theme is ‘Architecting Indian management scholarship in the era of disruption’. Over 600 research papers were submitted from several management institutes across scholars of 14 countries. Over the course of three days, 650 delegates including experts from the nation and abroad will be present.

Prof Upam Pushpak Makhecha, IIM Trichy, delivered the welcome note and highlighted the key aspects of the conference. She stated the significance of the conference in addressing the contributions of research and academia in coping with the changes due to newer technologies such as AI, IoT and robotics. This was followed by a video message from the Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder of Isha Foundation, who said that disruption should lead to new levels of order, function capability and well-being.

The Chief Guest Deepak Kumar Hota, Chairman and Managing Director - BEML Ltd, spoke about the advancements and the research work in the technological sector. He said that one must follow the heart and use disruptive forces as opportunities to learn and grow from it. He emphasised that everyone should take pride in bringing ‘Indian-ness’ into management education as the world is currently interested in the Indian market.

Prof Naresh Khatri, University of Missouri and President of the Indian Academy of Management, said that INDAM served as a platform where domestic and international knowledge merged.

A two-way opportunity

Dr Bhimaraya Metri, Director, IIM Trichy said that the conference is a two-way opportunity of giving the best of IIM Trichy to the world and the best of the world to IIM Trichy. He mentioned the importance of the development of higher education and business schools with fast-paced technological developments.

A paper development workshop by Prof Peter Bamberger, Editor-in-chief of Academy of Management Discoveries, was conducted. There was a discussion on “Future roles of B-schools and management education in India” where Prof Anju Seth (Director IIM Calcutta), Prof K Ramachandran (NUEPA), Prof Dheeraj Sharma (Director IIM Rohtak), Prof LS Murty (Director, IIM Nagpur), Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal (Director IIM Sambalpur), Dr Bhimaraya Metri (Director IIM Trichy), and Richard Rekhy (Ex-CEO KPMG) were the panellists.