ISB Updates

Thought Leaders’ Summit

The Thought Leaders’ Summit got off to a rousing start at ISB’s Hyderabad campus that saw a full house of more than 35 CEOs and CHROs from across industries. Focused on shaping the future of Human Capital strategies and identifying priorities for education, research and learning, the event was organized by ISB’s Human Capital and Leadership Initiative (HC&LI).

The event was organised in partnership with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Singapore Management University (SMU). The keynote speakers were D Shivakumar, Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Aditya Birla Management Corporation and Dr Richard Smith, Academic Director, Master of Human Capital Leadership, Singapore Management University.

Dean Rajendra Srivastava underscored the relevance and criticality of focusing on Human Capital and explained the role of ISB in establishing the centre of excellence that would contribute to the ecosystem. Professor Chandrashekar Sripada, Clinical Full Professor, Organizational Behavior and Strategic Human Capital Area, will lead the initiative of establishing the centre, he said.

Six breakout discussions on relevant topics such as Human Capital Strategies for the Digital Era; Building Global Organisations: Managing across Borders; Measuring Return on Human Capital; Architecting Leadership Development for the Future; Fostering Workforce Diversity and Inclusion; Building Organisational Agility; Scaling and Shrinking in Parallel, resulted in intense brainstorming.  The participants shared key challenges, best practices and expectations both from business and academia. Further discussions led to broad pointers to what is working and what is not working and suggestions on ways to integrate human capital into the core of the business strategy.

The panel discussion, towards the end of the day, had Rajeev Dubey, group HR head Mahindra and Mahindra, Gaurav Lahiri from Deloitte and Rajit Mehta from Max Healthcare summarising the key takeaways from the roundtables. The active involvement of the participants ensured it was a day of high level information exchange.

The school proposes to build on the deliberations of the day-long summit and incorporate the learnings as the foundation for the Centre for Strategic Human Capital is laid.