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Great Lakes HR Conclave


Great Lakes Institute of Management hosted the sixth Annual HR Conference at its Chennai campus. The conference was graced by Mr. Mohan Narayanaswamy, MD & COO, iNautix Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. P Dwarakanath, Advisor - Group Human Capital, Max India Ltd and Mr. Ashok Vasudevan, Chief Executive at Preferred Brands International. The guests of the occasion were received by Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management.


The HR Conference is an annual event, successfully continuing its legacy since the year 2008. The theme for the event this year, “Strategic HR - Impacting Business Results” was set up considering that the businesses are going through turbulent times, economy instability and markets remaining highly competitive. These factors are forcing organizations to evolve with aligned and agile strategic responses.


In his inaugural address Dr. Bala V. Balachandran, Founder & Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management said, “Every business functions with a common ideology of keeping its customers first, but in my opinion it is human capital that comes first because human capital enables the service to customers. India has tremendous human capital, if we nurture the human capital in a right direction, we can overcome any given crisis that we face today.”


“Are we learning as fast as the world is changing?” is the question Chief Guest Mr. Mohan Narayanaswamy, MD & COO, iNautix Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. started with. He also mentioned that, “The collective intelligence of people is very important, human resource management is transforming the physical structure into virtual environment and this aspect catalyzes the collective intelligence. A great work place is formed where employees trust their management, take pride in their job and share camaraderie with other employees. I would like to conclude that, whether you’re a HR professional or not, keep yourself abreast with the latest technology because that is the element which is going to make the difference.”


Delivering his key note address Mr. P Dwarakanath, Advisor - Group Human Capital, Max India Ltd. said, “We are in age where competitors’ intelligence is not just the factor to succeed in market but human capital plays the major role in driving the competitive advantage. For any organization people and talent development is the real asset. HR Plays the important role in aligning the core vision and mission of the organization.” He concluded his talk by quoting Peter Drucker’s famous line, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.


In his speech Mr. Ashok Vasudevan said, “If you find harmony in your work, harmony with your colleagues and harmony in your work environment, then you have the work and life balance. The biggest challenge is not to get anchored to anything and when you do that you are in harmony with work.”


Three panel discussions were also held in the conference and the panelists comprised of vice presidents and senior management from top companies such as Frost & Sullivan, Nokia, Citibank, Mphasis, Asian Paints, Ingersoll Rand and ICICI Bank. The panelists represented different sectors thereby giving the students a picture of how the different industries work.


Panel Discussion Topic - 1: HR's impact on Strategic Execution


By deploying appropriate talents and by creating aligned learning, HR ensures first-time right solutions to the customers. HR leaders shared their experiences of building and developing the talent pool, and deploying the talent effectively for best results for the customer.


Panel Discussion Topic - 2: HR: Fostering Innovation


Innovation across the organization needs to be encouraged and channeled towards building and leveraging new business opportunities. HR has a significant role in creating the right platforms for encouraging and leveraging innovation.


Panel Discussion Topic - 3: Role of HR in Organizational Transformation


Organizations realign to meet the business needs, by constantly evolving structure, people, processes and technology. This calls for an agile HR, which ensures minimal disruption and smooth change adoption across, with aligned mindset and skills.




Student Achievements

War of Bands – The Campus Maverick, Deloitte

Rahul Patankar, Animesh Saraf, Rahul Batta, Raghupati Jha, TanmoyMitra, Ashish Vashisth Students PGPM (2013 - 2014)


"Marketing: A Tool to refurbish the Education Sector", article published in Samvad, Official Student Magazine of WeSchool, Mumbai

Astha Pandey of PGPM (2013 - 2014)


Swati Kaul, PGPM, 2013-14 won the Article writing competition

Swati Kaul, PGPM, 2013-14 won the Article writing competition on the theme “GENDER EQUALITY-Are Mars and Venus treated equally in the corporate universe?” conducted at SWIM 2013, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai


‘The Changing Face of Finance Consultancy: Boutique Investment Banks’ has been published in the May, 2013 edition of IIM- Shillong Conquest Magazine (Consulting Club) as ‘featured article’

Ankur Baj of PGDM (2012 - 2014)


Best silent voice entry for the June, 2013 Edition of Markathon-The Marketing Magazine of IIM-Shillong

Pulkit Kohli and Ankur Baj of PGDM (2012 - 2014)


Winner of Ernst and Young Knowledge Quiz

Lathish Venugopal, Viral Patel. More than 2000 teams across India participated in this


Runners up at TATA Crucible Campus Quiz

Lathish Venugopal and Viral Patel.


Article published in March edition of Markathon – Marketing magazine of IIM- Shillong

Kriti Dua and Sankalp Parihar. The article was on Marketing Trends 2013


Winner at Hyundai Global Youth Marketing Camp

Shouvik Das. The event was held in S.Korea and the team comprising of 4 Korean students, 4 Indians and 1 Chinese student won the award for the Best BTL Strategy


Second Prize for Article writing in NMIMS Banking

Namratha and Mahesh. The article was on “Policy expectations for the Indian Economy” and was published in the BankAge Magazine of NMIMS.


First Place- The Clan,IFMR

Krishnan Chidambaram and Hariharan Subramaniyan. The event was Abhyudhaya, the flagship HR event of IFMR. They competed in the finals against teams from K.J. Somaiya, IIT Madras, BIM, Welinkar and LIBA


I Runner up at Goa Institute of Management

Gajendra Sisodia and Kriti Dua. This was a national level case study competition (Samiksha 2013). Total of 127 teams participated in the event


Article published in NITIE’s In-Fin-NITIE

Manshi Gandhi. The article was on “Quantitative Easing”


First prize in case study competition at SIMC

Harleen Wahi and Abhishek Jain. The case study was a real case of declining sales of next gen publishing magazines a unit of Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd. Great Lakes competed with 11 teams in the final campus round with the likes of SIMS,MICA, NITIE, Narsee Monjee,etc