Vijay Govindarajan, popularly known as ‘VG’, is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. VG, who is also New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and the Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. He joins the SPJIMR SBAC 2017 conclave this year to exchange ideas on innovation with Indian academic and business leaders. VG will deliver a keynote that will set the theme for the conclave and the discussions for the afternoon and the evening.
- White Paper
Using a combination of survey methodology and academic input, the faculty of SPJIMR have identified a roadmap for innovation, avoiding the pitfalls and problems that have beset innovation programmes from yielding their full potential. The while paper will ask and seek to answer questions like:
- What are the biggest barriers to innovation in Indian organisations?
- Is there sufficient leadership support for creating new ideas?
- Is there too much focus on the current streams of business rather than future products and new customers?
- Do cross-functional teams within organisations work well?
- Why are Indian entrepreneurs so reluctant to forge collaborative networks across competitors?
The white paper will be presented by SPJIMR Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee and authored by him along with Dr. Snehal Shah, Chairperson of SPJIMR's Fellow Programme in Management. The white paper will combine academic inputs with a survey led by Thomas Puliyel, former President of the IMRB International, on innovation in Indian corporates.
- Panel Discussion
VG was joined by our panel of CEOs for a discussion on innovation in business. The discussion was moderated by R. Gopalakrishnan, author, corporate leader and Executive-in-Residence at SPJIMR. The panel comprised the CEO of HUL Sanjiv Mehta, CEO of TCS N. Chandrasekaran and CEO of PepsiCo India D Shivakaumar. The five leaders focussed on innovation in the Indian context. The discussion revolved around how Indian companies can innovate and grow to become leaders in their space.
- Beyond Business
In our special section on Innovation in sports, and the media & entertainment sector, Joy Bhattacharjya, Project Director, LOC of the U-17 FIFA World Cup. Joy was previously a part of the IPL starting from 2008, and served as team director of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. In 2014, Joy authored the book, 'The First XI: Junior Premier League'.