Dean's Message

Dear friends,

A couple of decades ago, the PC was just starting to become popular and we, in India, were using GPRS at 64kbps speeds to commence our dalliance with the Internet, little realizing how deep and permanent it was to become. With the turn of the century, there was the Dotcom revolution, a little later it was the subprime crisis, followed by the spotlight on the BRICS economies, the Arab Spring, and then, Brexit. A couple of years ago began the 4th Industrial revolution spearheaded by Disruptive Technologies, IoT, Analytics, Bots and Innovative Best Practices. Today it is the turn of AI, Machine Learning and Blockchains. The world is facing the onslaught of technology in its myriad ways, such that politics, government, alliances, trade & commerce and even day to day life as we know it have all changed beyond recognition.

You may wonder why I am talking about IT and AI when what you are interested in is getting a Great Management education from Great Lakes! The reason is that Technology has come a long way from being a measly, pain-in-the-back enabler, and now occupies an iconic status in the strategic core as that single critical variable that can make or break businesses. Which is why companies worldwide are looking to hire smart and responsible managers who are in the know of how to use Technology to enhance Profitability and grow Sustainably. This is why, as a B-school that prides itself on customer delight, we have pioneered a complete overhaul of our syllabus in order to include the newest and cutting-edge management concepts, subjects and pedagogy, while incorporating a healthy dose of relevant ‘best-practices’ from benchmarking the industry and the global top ranked executive MBA programs, and the ‘next-practices’ that our top faculties and curriculum bring.

Our objective is to wow the students (as world-class education providers) and the corporate community (as a place where they can find peerless talent). We believe in the power of ‘you’ and provide you with the experience and grooming that you need to achieve your personal and professional goals, from where you stand in your present middle/senior management role.

Our PGXPM cohort is such an eclectic mix of professionals with diverse work experience, cultural background, value systems and perspectives that the learning truly never ceases even outside the classroom. The teachers, mentors and luminaries that you will see at Great Lakes are ‘gurus’ in their chosen fields and interactions with them will inspire and motivate you to achieve great things. This year, the spotlight is on setting up of the AIMLAB (Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Machine Learning, Algorithmic Analysis & Block Chain) centered Incubator partnering with the Atal Innovation Mission of the NITI AAYOG, Government of India, where various Labs, Consultants Clinic, Mentor Clinic, a new Studio for Blended Learning, etc., have been envisioned. The point is, Great Lakes not only believes in providing world-class management education for you to ‘Know’, but has now moved ahead to provide a platform and ecosystem for you all to ‘Do’!

The ‘Gurukulam’ ambience that we have strived to create in our LEED Platinum rated campus at Chennai, with its pristine surroundings and liberal faculty-student interactions is aimed at maximizing these learnings. Overall, your stay at Great Lakes will provide you with skillsets, education and progress as well as provide a moral and value-based learning experience that will hold you in good stead in the years to come – personally and professionally. How you choose to build on this and leap into the higher orbit of accomplishment is totally up to you.

As a part of the new demographic straddling the millennium, you are enterprising, focused and not satisfied with the normal. You have extraordinary potential and look for learning experiences that are new and challenging. Great Lakes celebrates this spirit of the millennial and we look forward to being able to give you the wings you need to fly into the world of Senior and General management that awaits! The doors of Great Lakes are open – all you need to do is enter!

Prof.Bala V Balachandran,
JL Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Information Management, Northwestern University, USA
Founder, Dean & Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, India
Founder & Chancellor, Great Lakes International University, AP, India

Associations

  • IIT Stuart School of Business
  • Babson
  • Bauer
  • Universite De Bordeaux
  • Hkust
  • UMKC
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