SHILLONG: IIM Shillong inaugurated the Post Graduate programme for executives with a focus on Managing Business in Emerging Economies (PGPEx-MBEE) on Wednesday. The 8th edition of the programme started with an invocation by Prof A Mukhopadhyay and a programme overview by chairperson of PGPEx-MBEE, Prof Rohit Joshi. The current batch has an average work experience of 6.5 years and a rich academic and gender diversity.
The focus of the programme is on the emerging economies of the world primarily China, Indonesia and Bangladesh. The mission of the MBEE programme is to enable the students to have an edge in managing transnational business in emerging economies with superior education and enriching cross culture experience.
Highlighting the funnel approach introduced in the course that starts with a bird’s eye view and converges into a worm’s eye view, ensuring holistic development of the participants, Prof Joshi added that the core courses focus is on analytics, data design and operations research while the advanced courses pan on value chain management, growth strategy, innovation and business leadership. The elective courses will ensure the application of the knowledge acquired in the core and advanced courses to precision. Prof DP Goyal, Director of IIM Shillong while welcoming the new batch emphasized, “There is the need to transform you, the already experienced managers into value based and responsible leaders through a learner centric and diversified pedagogy, and your transitioning journey commences from here on.”
The chief guest for the event, Jayajyoti Sengupta, Head APJ, India and Middle East, Board Member of Cognizant Asia Pacific Geographies, Singapore, started with a quote by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, “Dream is not what you see in your sleep, dream is something which doesn’t let you sleep”. He delivered a well-received speech on hyper individualization of businesses, increasing advent of hybridization of skills and the impact of technology and digitization in today’s world. “The world has changed and what has changed is also driven by the full advent of new form of business,” he remarked while also touching upon the sea change that companies and platforms such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google, otherwise known as the FAANG Network have brought to human lives. Talking about how businesses are transforming and sustainable development is fast becoming a board room topic, Sengupta encouraged the new participants for the journey ahead on returning to the next course of formal education, while remaining sensitive to the subject of sustainability in all spheres.
“It is only when we put all the three things together, that is learning, technology and sustainability, will we be able to make the limited human being limitless,” he concluded.
The event concluded with oath taking by the 27 new entrants and presentation of memento by Prof DP Goyal to the chief guest.