U Forum - IIMU's Webinar Series

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U Forum - IIMU's Webinar Series

U Forum - IIMU's Webinar Series

U Forum is a series of live webinars that aims to tap into the extensive knowledge of IIM Udaipur’s distinguished faculty and facilitates learning through their perspectives and experiences. Moderated by our esteemed alumni, these sessions involve enriching discussions on a multitude of topics relevant to management professionals and students.

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Past Webinars

Overview:

U Forum is a series of live webinars that aims to tap into the extensive knowledge of IIM Udaipur’s distinguished faculty and facilitate learning through their perspectives and experiences. Moderated by our esteemed alumni, these sessions involve enriching discussions on a multitude of topics relevant to management professionals and students.

Psychology of rumour: Management Implications
February 12th, 2022Panelists:

Prof. Prashant Bordia Professor of Management at the Australian National University.
Mr Girija Shankar Giri (PGP, Batch 2017-19) currently working as the HR Manager at FARE Labs Pvt. Ltd., will moderate the session.

Shared insights on how rumours arise and spread within organisations and its management implications.

Reengineering Marketing using Behavioural Economics
January 16th, 2022Panelists:

Prof. Raghunath Singh Rao Associate Professor in Business affiliated with McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas
Mr Chandan Sagar (PGP, Batch 2015-17) currently working as a Lead - Customer Success at Worxogo

Shared insights on the restructuring of marketing per individual’s decisions based on various factors.

What caused Global Stock Market Meltdown during Covid Pandemic: Lockdown Stringency or Investor Panic?
December 19th, 2021Panelists:

Prof. Shobhit Aggarwal, Faculty of Finance and Accounting at IIM Udaipur

Another session of U Forum witnessed the discussion on a financial topic - What caused Global Stock Market Meltdown during Covid Pandemic: Lockdown Stringency or Investor Panic? by one of the faculty members of IIMU. The session was moderated by Mr. Anurag Gupta - Senior Manager, Investment Management, HDFC Bank (PGP 2015-17, IIM Udaipur) and Mr. Himanshu Goyal - Senior Analyst, Portfolio Management, CPB, NatWest Group (MBA 2018-20, IIM Udaipur). Watch the recording here.

Digital Transformation - Keeping up with the Changing World
November 21st, 2021Panelists:

Prof. Srinivas Pingali, Faculty of Practice in Business Policy and Strategy at IIM Udaipur
Prof. Shankar Prakash, Faculty of Practice in Operations Management, Quantitative Methods, and Information Systems

The panelists in the other session of U Forum discussed how digital transformation is pacing up in the present world. A topic that was introduced a decade ago has now become the “new normal” with the pandemic continuing for another consecutive year. This interesting session was moderated by Ms. Radhika Gupta, a DEM student batch 2020-21 (the first batch) and now working as a Consultant with Accenture. You can watch the complete session here.

Battle Ready - Crafting Strategy to Beat Competition
October 24th, 2021Panelists:

Prof. Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur
Prof. Sai Prakash Iyer, Adjunct Faculty in Business Policy and Strategy
Mr. Jaspal Singh (Lead Product Manager at Capgemini Dubai)
Mr. Thangaraju GnanaJothi (Consultant at KPMG India)

Another session of UForum - IIMU’s Webinar Series witnessed the book launch ceremony “Battle Ready - Crafting Strategy to Beat Competition” written by Prof. Sai Prakash Iyer. The panelists discussed how this book is a must-read for corporate warriors, business leaders, or CEOs. You can see the full video here.

Climate Change Mitigation - What Each of Us Must Understand
September 25th, 2021Panelists:

Prof. D.V.R. Seshadri, Professor of Practice in the Marketing Area, Executive Director, ISB-CBM

In another interesting episode of the UForum - IIMU’s webinar series on Climate Change Mitigation, the session distinctively discussed the climate changes in each part of the world having terrible impacts on human life. The session was moderated by Rohit Mishra, Group Manager, HCL Technologies (2013-15 Batch), an alum of IIM Udaipur. You can view the complete session here.

Reimagine Operations and Supply Chain with Digital
February 28th, 2021Panelists:

Prof. Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur
Prof. Sai Prakash R. Iyer, Faculty, Business Policy, and Strategy, IIM Udaipur

Another fascinating session of U Forum witnessed the discussion on reimagining supply chain and its operations with digital. The speakers discussed how COVID-19, the global pandemic, has impacted supply chain and its operations and how digital at the forefront is helping organizations to deal with the crises.

The session was moderated by Rohit Mishra, Group Manager, HCL Technologies (2013-15 Batch) and Venkatesh Thouti, Chief Executive Officer, Ajara Hospital (2012-14 Batch) the alumni of IIM Udaipur. You can find the full video here.

Creativity: Challenges, Opportunities & Responsibilities
January 17th, 2021Panelists:

Prof. Srini Venugopal, Assistant Professor, Marketing, University of Vermont
Prof. Vijayta Doshi, Faculty, OBHRM, IIM Udaipur

The session held the discussion on the importance of an intriguing topic - 'Creativity: Challenges, Opportunities & Responsibilities'. The speakers shed light on how creativity works in context with MBA students and managers. They also helped the participants to understand the various roadblocks of creativity and how an individual can work towards enhancing the same.

The session was moderated by Angad Abrol, Sr. Product Manager, FarEye - Enabling Digital Logistics, an alum of IIM Udaipur (Batch 2013-15). You can find the video here.

Careers That Makes a Difference - Non-profits
December 20th, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Prakash Satyavageeswaran, Faculty, Marketing, IIM Udaipur
Dr. Sanjana Brahmawar Mohan, Director(Nutrition), Basic Healthcare Services

The speakers discussed the answers to the questions such as what are the motivations and challenges in the line of nonprofit organizations. They also shared their insights on the different opportunities and the learnings from an MBA that can be applied to make a difference in this sector.

The session was moderated by Mithilesh Nichkaode, Sr. Consultant, IQVIA India, an alum of IIM Udaipur (Batch 2013-15). You can find the video here.

Rethinking Retailing in Post-COVID Era
November 22nd, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Srikant Gokhale, Faculty, IIM Udaipur (Ex Group CEO - Retail, Landmark Group, Dubai)
Prof. Kannan Dasaratharaman, Kannan Dasaratharaman, Visiting Faculty, IIM Udaipur (Management consultant and Leadership Coach)

The speakers shared their insights on the big transition in retail from COVID to a Post-COVID era. They further discussed Brick & Mortar versus Online Retail and the way forward for retail businesses in a post-COVID world.

The session was moderated by Bishal Ojah, Asst. Manager Supply Chain, Trent Ltd. (A Tata enterprise), an alum of IIM Udaipur (Batch 2017-18 Batch). Check out the video here.

Artificial Intelligence – An Analytical Approach to Creative Decision Making
October 11th, 2020Panelists:

Dr. Kingshuk Banerjee, Visiting Faculty, IIM Udaipur (Partner, Client Service Leader, IBM Services)
Prof. Debanjan Mitra, Faculty, Operations Management, Quantitative Methods & Information Systems, IIM Udaipur

The panelists shared their insights about the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in decision-making. Further, they also discussed how students can embark their professional journey in AI. The session was moderated by Bhargav Kundem, Manager – Automation, Centre of Excellence, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, an alum of IIM Udaipur (2013-15 Batch).

The recording of the session can be found here. here.

Responding to Unpredictability with Resilient Leadership
September 27th, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Dina Banerjee, Faculty of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, IIM Udaipur
Prof. Kirti Mishra, Faculty of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, IIM Udaipur

Prof. Kirti Mishra and Prof. Dina Banerjee discussed the meaning of resilience, its leadership association and ways to handle unpredictability. The interactive session was moderated by Pulakit Gupta, Senior Manager at WhiteHat Jr, an IIM Udaipur alumnus. (2016-18 Batch).

You can find the recording of the session here.

Decision - Making in Uncertain Times: Pointers from Behavioral Finance
August 30th, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Uday Damodaran, Faculty, Finance & Accounting, IIM Udaipur

Prof. Uday Damodaran shared his collective thinking and expertise on Behavioral Finance to help participants navigate decision-making in uncertain times. The engaging session was moderated by Animesh Choubey, Consultant at Alpha Valley Advisors an alum of IIM Udaipur (2015-16 Batch).

You can find the recording of the session here.

Looking beyond Big Data - Why companies also need Thick Data
August 2nd, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Julien M. Cayla, Faculty Area Advisor, Marketing
Prof. Rajesh Nanarpuzha, Faculty, Marketing
Prof. Tanvi Gupta, Faculty, Marketing

The panelists discussed the trending topic among new corporates, i.e.; “Looking beyond Big Data - Why companies also need Thick Data” and the relevance of big and thick data in the Indian context. The session was moderated by Rohit Mishra, Senior Manager, Digital & Analytics, HCL Technologies and an alum of IIM Udaipur (2013-2015 Batch).

The recording of the session is out here.

Digital Disruption in the New Normal
June 28th, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Kaushik Ghatak, Visiting Faculty, Oprations
Prof. Shrinivas Pingali, Professor of Practice, Business Policy and Strategy.

The panelists discussed how digital transformation can give a competitive advantage of learning online, and what kind of skills employers are seeking in the digital era to support the rapidly changing needs surrounding the new normal. The session was moderated by Shrividya Mahadevan, Analyst, Fidelity Management Research, and an alum of IIM Udaipur (2014-16 batch).

The recording of the session is out here.

Improving the Odds of Success For Startups
June 14th, 2020Panelists:

Prof. Rajesh Pandit, Visiting Faculty, Marketing
Prof. Sai Prakash, Adjunct Faculty, Business Policy & Strategy.

The panelists discussed how the startup ecosystem in India has evolved to a more considerable extent, and what more can be done to map a growth path for successful startups. The session was moderated by Ayush Jain, Investment Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs, and an alum of IIM Udaipur (2018-2020 batch).

You can watch the complete session here.

Access the answers to the questions asked during the session here.