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Dr. Govindarajan and SPJIMR faculty members with students


and staff then moved to the Grand Hyatt for SBAC 2017 – which saw on stage R Gopalakrishnan, thought leader, author and SPJIMR’s Executive-in-Residence in conversation with N Chandrasekaran, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services; Sanjiv Mehta, CEO of Hindustan Unilever Limited; D Shivakumar, CEO of PepsiCo India and ‘VG’.

The panel exchanged experiences and shared ideas on innovation in the Indian context, an interaction that SPJIMR said marked the beginning of a longer term dialogue and cooperation between business and academia. ‘VG’ commented often from a business and academic perspective, and R Gopalakrishnan as the moderator gently steered the panel to discuss how India could possibly become the innovation capital of the world.

The panel was preceded by a keynote by VG about innovation, in which he covered his time as the Chief Innovation Officer of GE, and how Indian businesses like Narayana Health (formerly known as Narayana Hrudayalaya) were taking innovation to developed markets. He spoke of adopting ‘next practices’ rather than studying ‘best practices’.

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