The 4th International HR Conference

In the 21st century the world of business is virtually threatened by new technologies that are emerging almost from nowhere and are capturing significant market share of even secure and successful incumbents. Today’s disruptive innovations are in dire need of proactive leadership to drive the organizational change ahead.

But, are our future leaders prepared for the challenges of leading through disruption and uncertainty? Have they learnt the art to cope up with high-on-energy, the new social-media driven millennials?

When it comes to leading for disruption, recognizing the worth of people can make the difference between success and failure, new HR practices and leadership competencies are required to navigate disruption.

To put some light on this interesting topic, the HR Department of SIMSR, supported by HUMANIST- the HR Club of SIMSR, hosted its 4th International conference on the topic “Building Organizations of Tomorrow: Leadership Challenges of Human Capital in a Digital Workplace. The two day event, sponsored by BPCL and SAGE publication, was scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of February, 2017 in association with California State University, San Bernardino College of Business and Public Administration and Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).

Graced by the presence of Prof. Kristen Tardiff from the University of Arkansas, USA and Prof. Lakshman R.Watawala, President of AMDISA, the conference was an august gathering of dignitaries from across the world.


Day 1 comprised of an enlightening workshop on ‘Leading, communicating, and performing effectively as Virtual Teams, in the modern digital world during turbulent times’ by Prof. Tardiff. Post the workshop, a thought-provoking panel discussion on how to tackle leadership challenges of Human Capital in a Digital Workplace was witnessed. Giving the best of two worlds, one panel included professionals from corporate world (namely – Mr Arvind R Sharma, Mr Vaibhav Date, Mr Tariq Hassan Ahmad and Mr Shankha Bhowmick) and the other panel comprised of experienced consultants (namely-Ms. Sudha Moni Jayshanker, Mr. Vineet Sehgal and Mr. Saurabh Kaushik) who discussed the same topic from their point of view. The discussion moderated by Mr. Zubin Zack was very educative and informative for MBA grads.

Day 2 comprised of paper presentations by professors and students from institutes across India. The paper presentations were broadly distributed under four sub-themes: Digital Change (for example, HR Analytics, Gamification, etc.), Disruptive Change (Innovation, Creativity and Flexibility at workplace, etc.), Dispersed Change (Cross-cultural challenges, M&A restricting, etc.) and Demographic Change (Competencies of Millennials, Spirituality and change management, etc.). This was followed by a plenary session.

The conference concluded with award and certificate distribution followed by a closing speech by the faculties and guests present there.

The two day conference saw the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences on a large scale. Indeed, the 4th International HR Conference left an impactful learning experience for students of SIMSR.

Team Humanist

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