With an objective to promote, propagate, and diffuse wisdom pertaining to management and auxiliary disciplines that have the potential to transform the world of academia and practitioners, the 7th Annual ‘Conference on Excellence in Research and Education (CERE)’ began at IIM Indore on May 5, 2016. The four day conference aims to invigorate geniuses of myriad backgrounds with curiosity and to facilitate active participation in the perpetual voyage of knowledge creation. It would also include 200+ Paper/Poster Presentation, Doctoral Colloquium and Workshop by eminent faculty members to encourage young researchers in the field of management.
The inaugural ceremony of the conference commenced with a lamp lighting on Thursday in the presence of Professor Sougata Ray, Faculty, IIM Calcutta as the Keynote Speaker, Professor Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore and Professor Patturaja Selvaraj, Chair, Fellow Programme in Management, IIM Indore.
Professor Krishnan welcomed the guests, and noted that CERE is one of the most important academic events of the Institute as it involves the entire doctoral community. ‘We have been encouraging all our FPM students to organize such activities which give them an opportunity to enhance research and gain knowledge’, Professor Krishnan said. He mentioned that the conference has various sessions by expert speakers and professionals, which would strengthen the learning content of the conference and help the participants to reach a better position to fulfill their own research agendas.
This was followed by a keynote address by Professor Sougata Ray, who spoke on the topic ‘Launching and Shaping the Career of a Management Academic: A Few Thoughts and Reflections’. He encouraged the participants to keep on trying, accept the failures and move on. ‘There may be days or months or years when your paper does not get selected to be published in some top journal, but you need to keep trying. Experimentation is very important in career. You can try something new for some time, but stick to your goal’, he said.
Noting that academic field is very different from rest of the fields and has various roles, he said that you need to identify the deep desire in you, the passion which would motivate you to be a teacher, an administrator, a researcher, or an advisor or even a catalyst for economic and social change. ‘Students today need to learn from smart teachers who are also good researchers. Hence, you as a teacher should not only be a good researcher, but also practice a lot, so that your students get the best knowledge; and that will make you feel extremely satisfied’, Professor Ray said.
The first day of the conference witnessed various paper presentations on various themes including Strategy, Economics, Pedagogy in Management Studies, Entrepreneurship, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Finance, Information Systems in Management and Ethical Business Practices and Corporate Governance.
The four day conference would provide the participants a panoramic glimpse of the contemporary management research in India against the global backdrop.