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Published on: Nov. 27, 2022, 6:47 p.m.
Revolutionising education
  • SPJIMR is a preferred learning partner for several large conglomerates as well as public sector and not-for-profit organisations

By Preeta George. The author is Associate Dean, Executive Education, at Bhavan’s S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR)

In today’s dynamic environment, executive education is not an option but a necessity for learning organisations. Knowledge and skills need to be updated quickly, especially in a digital world, where some skills become redundant and solicit newer ones. Employees play a role not only in the implementation of strategy, but in its evolution as well. Continuous learning then becomes the key to staying relevant, being resilient and prospering, for individuals as well as their organisations. Skill upgradation is a pre-requisite for the back-up of research and development for which organisations have limited bandwidth.

This is where management institutions can contribute. Intellectual contributions made by faculty, besides contributing to peer reviewed articles and cases can lend to professional practice. The best model then in executive training is for organisations and management institutions to partner toco create and design content. A partnership model helps curate programmes where learning outcomes are contextual and provide for the overall desired impact.

A mission driven priority for SPJIMR is to influence practice and promote value-based growth. Executive education is an important route through which this purpose is served. Participants are exposed to real-world business challenges through case-studies, capstone projects and simulations. Peer learning is encouraged through interactive class discussions and experience sharing.

The dominant premise across the modular Post Graduate Executive Management Programme (PGEMP), the alternate weekend Post Graduate Programme in General Management (PGPGM) and the short-term Management Development Programmes (MDPs) are experiential learning formats in which participants are encouraged to apply what they learn to their experience at the workplace.

This structure provides for relevance to their specific contexts. Application assignments and capstone projects based on real company problems help deviseinnovative solutions and facilitate instant and enhanced contribution to the organisation. It becomes possible then for participants to realise their career goals by taking on leadership positions which, in turn, help to build the leadership pipeline for organisations.

SPJIMR has over 25 years of experience designing and delivering world-class Executive Education programs to offer customised solutions. This ‘solutions design’ approach makes SPJIMR the preferred learning partner for leading conglomerates, public sector and not-for-profit organisations aspiring for strategic business growth. Executive Programs at SPJIMR help participants upskill and stay abreast with emerging business trends. 

The Executive Education programmes enable individuals and organisations to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing business world and lead with impact. Taught by members of a distinguished faculty, SPJIMR offers a broad portfolio of customised programmes for individuals and organisations growth and leadership development.

SPJIMR is a preferred learning partner for several large conglomerates as well as public sector and not-for-profit organisations. SPJIMR is also a knowledge partner for the Capacity Building Commission (CBC) of the government of India, which caters to the transformational learning journey of civil service professionals, who are striving to build a better future for the country. A ‘solutions design’ approach is used for all MDPs. Value delivered through these offerings is crafted based on a need analysis of participants and their organisations.

  • A partnership model helps curate programmes where learning outcomes are contextual and provide for the overall desired impact

Open MDPs are offered to individuals in diverse themes, such as leadership, strategy, self-development, spirituality, design thinking, product innovation, strategic marketing and digital transformation, to name a few. These learning experiences empower individuals to excel in the business landscape.

Most executive education providers have enduring relationships with organisations. Consequently, the goal should be to concentrate on industrial development. The focus of executive education shouldn’t be on executives or education. It should focus on reforming industries and sectors through the best possible research-based education.

This implies that enterprises, organisations, and individual leaders be developed into the best versions of themselves. That is why Executive Education at SPJIMR focusses on building responsible and agile leaders who become instrumental in transforming business as well as society.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, Executive Education providers need to assess what add values for their clients and which innovations are required. SPJIMR has focussed on integrating research, teaching, and Executive Education into a cohesive whole over the past few years. By blending physical and digital elements and combining fact-based learning with tangible industry developments, we are seeing the emergence of a new and more innovative market for executive education.

By focussing on the strategic challenges of our industry and our clients, and by combining new technological means and opportunities, we believe that we can revolutionise the Executive Education market in the next few years.

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