TERM ZERO

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the second wave in 2021, like most educational institutions, we, at Great Lakes Institute of Management, were forced to temporarily move all our classes online. The pandemic presented us with the unusual challenge of using digital methods to impart learning, motivate and prepare our students in the new academic year. Our solution to this was ‘Term Zero’, an online learning series designed to provide current and incoming students insights and perspectives from prominent educators, scholars and thought-leaders.

What we aim to achieve through Term Zero is – that we go beyond the usual offering, offer meaningful avenues for our students to engage with our faculty and each other, prepare them for the upcoming recruitment season and appreciate a variety of perspectives about how ‘management’ works in the real world through insights from industry stalwarts and academic luminaries. Term Zero is a four part series comprising SWIM (Successful Women in Management), Global Thought Leaders, CXO Interactions and going 'Beyond Business'.

SWIM Webinar Series

Every year, Great Lakes conducts the Successful Women In Management (SWIM) symposium on campus, inviting world renowned women who have been inspirational leaders in business and management to share their journey and learnings with the students. This year, the symposium was conducted as an online interaction with 3 women who have touched billions of lives worldwide through their contributions:

Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Executive Chairperson, Biocon Limited

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Dr Preetha Reddy

Dr Preetha Reddy

Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited

Global Thought Leader Series

The Global Thought Leader Series enabled Great Lakers to interact with some of the most prominent thought leaders – people who have left a lasting impression on the society with their immense contribution towards industrial developments, teaching and research around the world. Following are the 14 stalwarts who have inspired and taught Great Lakers this year:

Dr Sunil Chopra

Dr Sunil Chopra

IBM Professor of Operations Management, Kellogg School of Management

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Dr Srikant Datar

Dr Srikant Datar

Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration, Faculty chair of the Harvard Innovation Labs and Dean, Harvard Business School

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Dr Madhav Rajan

Dr Madhav Rajan

Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

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Dr Hayagreeva Rao

Dr Hayagreeva Rao

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Stanford GSB

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Dr Dipak Chand Jain

Dr Dipak Chand Jain

Co-President at CEIBS and Former Dean at INSEAD & Kellogg School of Management

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Dr Aswath Damodaran

Dr Aswath Damodaran

Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business, Stern NYU

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Dr V. G. Narayanan

Dr V. G. Narayanan

Thomas D. Casserly Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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Dr Shyam Sunder

Dr Shyam Sunder

James L. Frank Professor of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, Yale School of Management

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Dr John F. O. Bilson

Dr John F. O. Bilson

Dean and Endowed Chair Professor of Finance, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology

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Dr V. “Seenu” Srinivasan

Dr V. “Seenu” Srinivasan

Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus, Stanford GSB

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Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan

Coxe Distinguished Professor,
Tuck School of Business &
NY Times Bestselling Author

Dr Sam Pitroda

Dr Sam Pitroda

Chairman, The Pitroda Group LLC and Pioneer of the Telecom Revolution in India

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Dr Sudhakar Balachandran

Dr Sudhakar Balachandran

Director, MBA Program – University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr Wayne Winston

Dr Wayne Winston

Professor Emeritus of Decision Sciences,
Kelley School of Business,
Indiana University

CXO Interaction Series

Interacting with the who’s who of the industry is a vital and inseparable part of an MBA program. In addition to its rigorous schedule of industry lectures throughout the academic year, Great Lakes invited these 7 top-notch CXOs to share their experiences and wisdom with Great Lakers during Term Zero, setting the context for the MBA life ahead:

Seshasayee R

Former Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, and Former Chairman, Infosys

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Suresh Narayanan

Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India

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Mohan Nair

Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

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Ananth Krishnan

Chief Technology Officer, Tata Consulting Services

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Shrijeet Mishra

Chief Innovation Officer, Aditya Birla Group

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Ganesan Ramachandran

Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

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N. Srinivasan

N. Srinivasan

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, India Cements

Beyond Business

Achievers are made of hard work, perseverance and determination. These achievers then become a beacon of inspiration to people all around. This year, Great Lakes was proud to host two stalwarts who have proved their mettle in their areas of expertise and inspired millions.

R. Madhavan

R. Madhavan

Actor, Writer and Film Producer

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

Former Indian Cricketer &
Captain of the Indian National Team

Associations

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