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21st Nirma International Conference on Management – Day 2

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The first plenary session of Day 2 was presided by three speakers- Mr. Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary – DST, Govt of Gujarat; Ms. Rajal Chattopadhyay, VP & Global Head, Global Portfolio & Knowledge Management, Atos International and Dr. Abhishek Nayak, University of Amsterdam. The session chair was Prof. Sanjay Verma, Professor, Computer and Systems– IIM Ahmedabad.

Prof. Sanjay Verma, Professor, Computer and Systems – IIM Ahmedabad began the session by highlighting the fact that it is heartening to see an International Conference running since 21 years. He also said that the theme for the session, “Technology and Transformation” is appropriate as each one of us get influenced by technology in one way or another.

The first speaker for the session was Mr. Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary – DST, Govt. of Gujarat. He started his speech by sharing the government’s viewpoint on change in technology and how they have adapted to it. He also mentioned the fact that in the 18th century India contributed to 25% of the Global GDP, but due to lack of application of technology even after having the knowledge and expertise, the number has gone down to 0.7%. He proved the fact by stating that no one from India is in the top 20 billionaire list. He emphasized on the three streams of science, Material Science, Personalised Science and Artificial Intelligence. He concluded by quoting, “There is a fine line between what is desirable and what is doable”.

Next, we had Ms. Rajal Chattopadhyay, VP & Global Head, Global Portfolio & Knowledge Management, Atos International as our second speaker for the morning Plenary Session. She began the speech by quoting, “Now technology is driving business instead of business driving technology”. Emphasising on digital transformations she gave examples of companies like Facebook, Uber, Alibaba and Airbnb and how they are impacting our lives. She highlighted the fact that, “Digital transformation is not just about using technology, but a way of doing things”. She pointed the 5 dimensions of Digital Transformation – Product & Services, Marketing & Distribution Channels, Business Processes, Supply Chain and New Entrants Ecosystem. She concluded by stating, “We are moving from Intelligent Connected Ecosystem to Intelligent Connected Living”.

The last speaker of the session was Dr. Abhishek Nayak, University of Amsterdam. He talked about Social Media Monitoring and its Importance in today’s world. Social Media has given way to two-way communication process and it is no longer a one-way communication process. He said that Social Media Monitoring can be used to determine how many people are actively engaged, how many are passively engaged and how many people are talking about the brand. He was of the thought that negative sentiments travel faster than positive sentiments. “More devices mean more data and more data means more insights”, with this statement, he concluded his speech.

Session chair Mr. Sanjay Verma summarised the session by stating examples of some technological transformations in the field of education, internet of things, block chains and IBM Watson—an example of artificial intelligence, which is driving the changes in society through their interventions.

The second plenary session of the day was addressed by Prof. Dinesh Dave, John A. Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University; Mr. Hasit Kaji Vice President & Head – Special Initiatives, TCS and Mr. Deb Majumder, Partner and ED – Communication Sector, IBM. The session chair was Mr. Thyagrajan K– Founding Board Member, iCreate, Gujarat. The session chair started his address by focusing on the importance and the impact of the start-ups. He highlighted that the start-ups should focus on solving the problem and the methodology of solving them rather than looking for profits.

The first speaker Mr. Hasit Kaji addressed the need for innovation and its impact. “All start-ups have their purpose. We have chosen to have innovation to impact the lives of the people” he quoted. He pointed that if innovations have to impact human lives then they must humanize technology to address concerns the way Uber and Ola have done it. He acknowledged that the ideas we have must be linked to the opportunities to face the challenges ahead of us. He concluded his sessions by quoting “The world isn’t going to wait for us, so we must be agile to keep up with it”. The second speaker was Mr. Dinesh Dave who expressed his views on the requirement on logistics cluster in all businesses. He also said, “You should have the Talent to acquire the ‘Talent’”. Implementing the learnings in the real world is much tougher is tougher in the real world.

The final speaker of the day was Mr. Deb Majumder, began his address by introducing an acronym DYE (Dynamic Youthful Energetic) emphasizing on the importance of youth an how youth has a broad scope. Sir said “Give before you get, it pays in a period of time”

Several track sessions were organized where presentations on topics such as ‘Analysing Firm Performance in the Indian General Insurance Industry Using Data Envelopment Analysis’, ‘Developments and Impact on e-Governance Services in Pune after Digital India Campaign’, ‘Design Thinking- A 21 St Century Tool To Empower Human Resources Of An Organization’, ‘Impact of Culture on HR practices: East and West’, ‘Negative Emotions And Interactions In Fictional Theme: Case Of 12 Angry Men’, ‘Shopping Motives’, ‘Consumer Awareness and Satisfaction among Banking Services of Amreli District in Gujarat’ and more. 

With this, the second day of NICOM 2018 came to an end.

This article is contributed by Media Committee, IMNU

Picture Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club



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