This conference will focus on the future of executive education through the lens of India. We will look broadly at India as a rapidly developing economy (RDE) to understand how RDEs will transform the world economy and the global business landscape—and why we need to think about executive development on a much larger scale.

The reputation of India as an outsource haven for low-cost labor is being supplanted by the reality of a moderate-cost, high-quality workforce that is driving innovation in the global economy. For university-based executive education, the need for large cadres of seasoned business leaders is both a challenge to solve and an opportunity to leverage.

India, Inc.—the country's corporate and government sector—provides a fascinating laboratory for examining the contrasts in cultures, business practices, and future models for executive education and development:

  • What are the complementarities between Eastern and Western education models and philosophies?
  • Can we reconcile them into a global model for executive education?
  • What are the lessons from innovation in India that can be applied globally?
  • What can we learn from India's challenges and opportunities to help us rethink our approaches to executive development?

Immense business opportunities are emerging in the executive education industry. To help our clients succeed, we must understand the need for RDEs to develop next-generation leaders who are inspired to find solutions to mega challenges like income inequality, sustainability, and global security.

The design of the conference is to connect three related and equally important subthemes:

Day 1: Understanding India: A Laboratory of Global Challenges & Opportunities
Day 2: How India, Inc. Will Shape the Future of Executive Education
Day 3: India as a Global Innovation Engine

Session Descriptions

  • The Future of Executive Education: Framing the Challenges with Professor Das Narayandas

TUE 28 MAR: India "101"
  • Understanding India: A Laboratory of Global Challenges & Opportunities with Shekhar Gupta
  • Global Megatrends: A Fast-Forward View of What Lies Ahead with Shirish Sankhe

WED 29 MAR: How India, Inc. Will Shape the Future of Executive Education
  • Viewing the Future of Executive Education Through the Lens of India with Professor Ashish Nanda
  • A CEO Perspective: Conquering the Chaos with Ravi Venkatesan
  • Working Sessions with Senior HR Executives: "Future of Executive Development in India"

Thu 30 MAR: India as a Global Innovation Engine
  • India's Innovation Engine with Krishna Mahesh
  • Large Scale Executive Development: An India Innovation Imperative
  • Closing: Working Lunch
Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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