The other day I was going through a video that I received on Whatsapp from a friend. It claimed to be of a warehouse owned by Alibaba (the Chinese e-commerce giant) and you could see robots moving from aisle to aisle locating specific articles for orders, bringing them to a counter for packing and shipping. I was also given to understand that there were lesser number of people working in the warehouse than robots! While I was mightily impressed, it led me to ponder over the future of the workforce all over the world.
At an evolutionary level, the humans are at the top of the pyramid as we have the capacity to think. Over generations, as is natural, our thinking processes have matured substantially allowing us to do today that which was unthinkable in the past. With AI, IoT, Disruptive Thinking & Innovation, Blockchains and Bitcoins the last few years have raised the bar in terms of expectations, products and service. I truly wonder what awaits us at the end of this evolutionary spiral!
Brace yourselves, because this exciting way of life is here to stay. Revolutions will continue to occur at increasing frequency and we will have to cope. Trade and commerce, practices, associations and alliances will take on a different meaning and business and management will evolve to embrace the changes in the way we live our lives in the days to come. Education, therefore will no longer be a constant but something that will need periodic updating and overhauling. If you are looking to take up a management program after spending a few years in the industry, chances are that you have already felt the need to update/upgrade.
As an Institute of International repute, the Great Lakes DNA is wired to innovate and excel in anticipation of disruptive technology and business models. We don’t believe in stagnating and we subject our faculty members, courses and processes to a ruthless and thorough revision very frequently. 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). In fact, we recently engaged in a benchmarking exercise to further up the ante. 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. Our PGPM Flex program is thus a perfect blend of academic elegance and business relevance. Your class will typically comprise of people with an eclectic mix of work experience, cultural background, value systems and perspectives that the learning never ceases even outside the classroom.
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 demographic called ‘millennial’ you are adventurous and not satisfied with the normal. You have extraordinary capabilities and look for 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 opportunity! The doors of Great Lakes are open – all you need to do is enter!
Bala V Balachandran
J L 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