"Samavesh" when translated to English is "Assimilation”. Assimilation is the act or process of absorbing information and experiences. This is precisely the intention behind the annual industry-academia conclave – Samavesh – organised by the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) students at SPJIMR, Mumbai. In this summit, virtuosos from industry and academia get together to discuss contemporary business issues and answer some of the momentous questions prevailing in today’s business world. Business leaders from various domains share their experiences with the academicians and students on various trends and future of the business landscape. Such knowledge sharing provides food for thought to the students who are the future leaders of our country.

Over the years, this summit has witnessed distinguished business leaders, spanning various domains, share their insights into real world business problems, their solutions and most importantly what it takes to run businesses successfully. This year, Samavesh was held on 13th and 14th of May, 2016 at the SPJIMR campus in Mumbai.

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Operations Conclave

Analytics & emerging technologies for transforming Supply Chain

It is said that the amount of information created between the dawn of civilization and the turn of the second millennium stood at five exabytes. Today, this is the amount of data created every two days. We are living in the age of “big data”. Hiding in this vast ocean is intelligence that can improve lives, drive efficiencies and deliver growth. To tap into these opportunities, businesses can no longer rely on traditional operations and supply chain execution systems. The bold new world of big data demands advanced analytics that can turn this information into a strategic asset and enable meaningful decision-making.

It is estimated that a mere 10% increase in data accessibility can increase the bottom-line by $65 million for a typical Fortune 1000 company. How are businesses, particularly in India, geared to tap into this intelligence and turn it into an opportunity?

While advanced analytics is clearly the way ahead, emerging technologies that can track tens of billions of items lying around fulfillment centres across the globe can make a real difference in making businesses more agile. From cutting costs to reducing production errors and enhancing customer service, technology is providing a spate of supply chain benefits to companies across all industries. The integration of new technologies and analytics will define the new age of Supply-Chain Transformation.

The Operations Conclave aims to bring out how companies are reorganising themselves to align with the emerging technologies and leverage the never-ending flow of data in order to maintain competitive advantage.

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Marketing Conclave

Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing

The world is changing rapidly, and at the heart of this change is the digital revolution that connects people across continents and cultures. This revolution has unleashed a dynamism that has opened up new opportunities for companies but equally enabled competitors to challenge traditional and long held bastions. Consumers today have more choice but their preferences are changing equally fast. No more do consumers follow a discrete linear purchase path that companies can track. What we have instead is a pace and direction that varies as much as there are choices of products, services and channels. The challenge for companies is to engage consumers in this dynamic environment and adapt to the emerging trends in digital marketing.

With the growth in digital marketing and its integration with the business ecosystem, the conclave aims to discuss the challenges faced by the marketers in the digital marketplace and the skills they need to integrate traditional media with digital media.The conclave would also discuss the current digital marketing trends that can impact businesses and consumers.

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Startup Conclave

Phenomenon of Indian Startups – Their Sustainability and Disruptive Potential

The year 2015 saw venture capital investment exceeding $9 billion for more than 4000 startups in India. Consequently, attention is being focused on the survivability of startups beyond the initial funding. After initial investments, investors have started abandoning ventures in the next round. The spurt in venture capital does not seem to have affected the success rate from start up to sustainability. The new yardstick for funding is the “cockroach index” of the founding team replacing the splurge to achieving “unicorn” status. In this VUCA environment, what is missing is the key role played by talent, experience and attitude of personnel in ensuring the success of a venture. MBA graduates with the right mix of these attributes can make a significant difference in combining innovative action with thrift - the goal being to bring in a sustainable business model that respects scale as much as profit.

“What is the reality of high valuations in the light of high burn rates?”

“What is the secret sauce for survival and growth of a startup in India today?”

“What is the desired profile of an Executive that a VC funded venture should look for while recruiting?”

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Consulting Conclave

Dealing with change - realigning consulting practices for a rapidly changing business environment

Macroeconomic conditions, political turmoil, regulatory hurdles, fast-changing consumer preferences and technological advances have resulted in organisations operating in disruptive times. Consulting firms are helping clients deal with this uncertainty - but are they adapting their own organisation rapidly enough to provide such services? 

How can consulting firms reorganise themselves to align with the changing requirements of clients so as to provide them superior service? Can such changes help consulting firms acquire new avenues of growth?

 The consulting conclave aims to discuss and dissect the role of consulting firms as change agents in the business world and deliberate on changes the consulting firms need to make internally to become more successful.

“How are consulting firms helping their clients respond to business disruptions and stay ahead of the competition?”

“How can consulting firms reorganise themselves to align with the changing requirements of clients?”

“How are the internal reorganisations helping consulting firms acquire new avenues of growth?”


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Information Management Conclave 

Reimagining Businesses – The Information Technology Way

With the ever changing technology landscape, businesses can no longer afford to grow traditionally. The speed of innovation has outpaced transition and businesses are forced to either reinvent, or perish. The spotlight is back on IT, with the Disruptive Technologies elevating IT from an enabler to a core business strategy. Machine Learning, Robotics, Cognitive Computing, Device Mesh, SMAC and Internet of Everything have redefined the business paradigm and they present us with opportunities as well as challenges. While there is endless potential for these technologies to transform our lives, their impact on businesses can only be imagined. Businesses have to continuously evolve in line with these emerging trends in technologies that call for high investments and a short turnaround time. It’s time to think agile! It’s time for transformation.

“How will Internet of Everything impact Logistics and Supply chain?”

“How will Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning affect the Service Industry?”

“How will Digital Technologies evolve User Customisation?”

“Will the businesses reimagine their strategy, the Information Technology way?”


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Finance Conclave

Evolving role of CFO as a strategic partner

Scott Davis of UPS, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Joe Kaeser of Siemens AG, and Gregory Hayes of United Technologies, CEOs of some of the best organisations in the world, have one thing in common - they were all CFOs before they became CEOs. The role of the CFO has been evolving over the years: from that of a support function to one where she is a strategic partner to the CEO and a potential future CEO. In a VUCA world, organisations are becoming more complex, creating new managerial challenges. The traditional role of the CFO, as a score-keeper and analyst of historical information has given way to one that’s more concerned with the future and is focused on recommending actions. The CFO cannot remain isolated from the business environment of her organization and must develop a customer orientation to serve both external and internal customers. A recent Accenture report, based on a US survey, reported that among other changes in the CFO’s role, she is increasingly being seen as a transformation agent driving change within organizations. This new role would require close cooperation between the CFO and the eco-system of her organization. The interplay between CFO and other functions will have to become increasingly collaborative to help organizations become more competitive and sustainable. For example, a CFO’s understanding of an innovation’s risk-return profile can help in mitigation of risks to improve the ROI of an innovation that would have otherwise been abandoned.

"What does it take for the CFO to make this transition?"

"Are Indian CFOs adequately equipped for managing these new responsibilities?"

"Are other stakeholders and organisations in India ready for this change?"


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Speakers at Samavesh 2016

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