In today's economy organizations collaborate across industry boundaries on technology marketing, innovation, research, supply chain and many other vital aspects to influence the performance of an organization. In such an environment, managers must be trained to learn about the dynamics of inter-organizational linkages and leverage the networks around them. There are specific components of B-school, which focus on developing, inter-organizational management skills through a curriculum for a collaborative mindset that is essential for working in a network environment. Case studies with real-life situations, group projects and components like international and rural immersion exercises as part of their curriculum allows students to develop a collaborative mindset in a broader context.
Among top B-schools including IIMs, uphold a culture of vibrant community life outside the classroom that allows students a spectrum of experience. IIM Udaipur is a student-run institution and has multiple clubs and committees that encourages students to develop a collaborative mind that is among the top five skills in demand. The changing recruitment scenario calls for trained managers who have the skills and capabilities to manage inter-organizational networks. This article discusses the various ways in which B-schools are developing relevant skills and abilities to enable better decision-making capacities of management professionals.
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