S-Team: Summary & Glimpses of Valedictory Function

The pandemic has changed the dynamics of how businesses operate nowadays. Today’s business decisions cannot be domain-specific; instead, they should incorporate all the stakeholders and processes in various disciplines. The convergence of multiple disciplines is a must in today’s ever-changing world. Integrating business practices in numerous domains can lead to innovations that can provide solutions to real-world problems. 

The S-TEAM conference, organized by SCMHRD from 27th September 2021 to 4th October 2021, was on the theme “Consilience in Business Practices” will focus on Circular Economy, Digital Transformation, Renewable Energy, Disruptive Innovation, Consumerism, Inclusivity, Agility, Resilience, and allied areas. Fifteen speakers from various domains shared their valuable insights at the conference.

The pre-conference workshop held on 25th September 2021 saw Dr. Amarpreet Singh Ghura, Post-Doctoral Fellow – Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), EPGDHRM – TISS talk about the “Case Writing.” He discussed various case typologies, the importance of case topic selection, and the structure required to build a good case. Lastly, he focused on the case’s position that specifies the course’s status and its participants. 

On 27th September 2021, in her keynote address, Sylvaine Castellano, Professor of Strategy, Dean of Research, EM Normandie Business School, delivered her valuable insights on Consilience in Business Practices by highlighting the condition of Italy and its coping strategies. She also explained the importance of collaboration and ‘Special Distancing’ between people. Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar focused on integrating teaching with technology in this shifting paradigm. She further explained how ‘Consilience and Resilience’ had brought us together and how internationalization of higher education is now conceivable.

On 28th September 2021, in the first session, Mr. Satish Kumar, Associate Professor at Malaviya National Institute of Technology, shared his valuable insights on sustainable finance and focused on the 3 P’s- People, Planet, and Profit. Mr. Kartik Swaminathan, Founder at FINTASTECH and Author of 3F: FUTURE FINTECH FRAMEWORK, further elaborated on sustainable finance and how institutions use incentives to encourage sustainability. He also shed light on the significance of analytics and big data in FinTech using AI models. In the second session, Dr. Suresh Renukappa, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, shared his valuable insights on Business resilience during the Covid-19 crisis using various case studies. He also talked about Smart cities, AI, and the changes in the strategy one can look forward to in the future.

On 29th September 2021, in the morning session, Dr. Brett Trusko, Editor-In-Chief, The International Journal of Innovation Science, shared his valuable insights on “Innovation Standards.” He explained the history and future of innovation standards and the significance of ISO certification. Mr. Deodutta Kurane, YES BANK, further elaborated on putting things together in innovative ways using AI. He also explained sustainability and the role of consilience in businesses practices. In the afternoon session, Dr. Samir Chatterjee, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University, shared his insights on globalization and the world economic shift towards Asia due to India and China. Dr. Rameshwar Dubey, Reader-Operations Management at Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, discussed the importance of culture for being agile and resilient and how organizational flexibility, collaboration, and leadership are crucial factors in a theoretical framework.

On 30th September 2021, the S-TEAM conference organized an editorial conclave on “Publishing in Refereed Journals.” Cecelia M. Villas Boas De Almeida, Professor of the Graduate Program in Production Engineering of Paulista University – UNIP Paulista University, talked about the “Journal of Cleaner Production.” She further explained the process of publishing a research paper. Anthony Shun Fung, Professor and Research Fellow, Graduate Program Coordinator, Don Antonio Cojuangco Professorial Chairholder, Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, Gokongwei, further elaborated on the journal “Cleaner and Responsible Consumption” where he mentioned the aim and scope of the journal, including sustainability, circular economy, and innovation. Prof. Sanjay Singh, School of Business Maynooth University, Ireland, presented on “Journal of Asia Business Studies,” where he discussed research on strategic and operational issues in Asian business and management. Later, Dr. Gauri Joshi, Assistant Professor, SCMHRD, organized an insightful Q&A session with the dignitaries that covered several topics, including the importance of publishing a research paper and aligning individual interests with the published issues.

On 1st October 2021, in the morning session, Dr. Nayan Mitra, Founder Director, Sustainable Advancements; National President, Sustainable Business Council, WICCI, stimulated students to think on ‘Regenerative Business Model’ and emphasized the concept of Ecological Footprint, Triple Bottom Line, and Sustainability Framework. Lastly, she talked about how organizations adopt the circular economy to achieve sustainability and two programs launched by her organization- Alna.Store and Earth Restore. The evening session commenced with Dr. Aviral Kumar Tiwari – Associate Professor, Rajagiri Business School, Kerala, discussing the global sustainable energy scenario and consumption and green employment. After that, Dr. Georges Enderle -John T. Ryan Jr., Professor of International Business Ethics at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, discussed wealth creation and the importance of human rights and corporate responsibility in every organization and the moral challenges faced by the organizations.

On 2nd October 2021, SCMHRD welcomed Prof Wim Vandekerckhove, Professor of Business Ethics, Greenwich University, who commenced the session by introducing ‘Moral Imagination and Business Ethics.’ He further discussed the theory of moral sentiments and theories of organization and management. Lastly, he focused on moral imagination in business ethics education, where he discussed the correlation between empathy and ethics and strategy and sustainability.

On 4th October 2021, the last day of the S-Team Conference, Dr. Dipasha Sharma, Assistant Professor, SCMHRD, started the valedictory session by showcasing gratitude to the entire team. Dr. Pratima Sheorey, Director, SCMHRD, addressed the students and panelists about the importance of research. Dr. Pooja Sharma, Assistant Professor, SCMHRD, SIU, later commenced the Best Paper Award Distribution announcing the fifteen winners across various tracks. Finally, Dr. Gauri Joshi, Assistant Professor, SCMHRD, SIU, concluded the session by giving a vote of thanks for the conference’s success. 

The second virtual S-Team conference was a grand success and provided the attendees with great insights on the topic “Consilience in Business Practices.”

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