13 October 2020 15:55:54 IST

SPJIMR prepares students to perform in virtual teams

The ‘PG Lab’ initiative helps students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and work as a team

The batch of two-year full-time PGDM at SPJIMR experienced one of the five non-classroom initiatives, the Personal Growth Lab (PG Lab) programme online. PG lab was conducted virtually during the lockdown by a team of SPJIMR organisational behaviour professors.

The purpose of PG Lab is “to provide students with a safe and protected environment so that they can experiment with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in order to assess, identify, and understand their areas of strengths and the areas of improvement,” says a press release from the B-school.

“We have been able to mirror an off-site experience of PG Lab in the online mode through social engineering, integrating psychology and technology, and using a design thinking perspective. The virtual PG Lab has facilitated 240 participants in not just understanding oneself but also learning to recognise and respect individual differences. The aim is to build high-performing virtual teams of skilled students.” said, Dr Lata Dhir, Behavioural Scientist and Professor of Leadership and Design Thinking, SPJIMR.

After multiple brainstorming sessions, the organising team and a team of professors decided to conduct the sessions online and made many changes to make the sessions more engaging and interactive for the virtual space while also keeping the core objective intact.

“We are very happy that the PG Lab, an integral part of the PGDM experience, was conceptualised and delivered effectively in the virtual mode. In spite of the constraints imposed due to the pandemic, it’s the creative thinking and teamwork of our faculty and students that the journey from “me to we” was made possible,” said, Prof Sajeev George, Chairperson, PGDM programme, SPJIMR.