Global CEOs on India study tour

Updated: Feb 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
The Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the Centre for Executive Education of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, have jointly announced that they will be hosting the Wharton Fellows, a high-profile group of global executives, for the India Master Class programme. This programme is part of Whartons top executive lifelong-learning network, Wharton Fellows.

Wharton is pleased to partner with the ISB on this high profile executive education endeavour, says Jon Spector, vice- dean for executive education at Wharton.

Combining both the schools networks and knowledge is a win-win proposition for both the schools as well as Wharton Fellows, he adds.

The Wharton Fellows, will be visiting India from March 6-9. The Wharton Fellows India programme is being jointly designed and implemented by Wharton and the ISB to provide maximum learning impact for the Fellows. The India Master Class will help participants gain deep knowledge on India as an important emerging market and sourcing destination. The ISB is proud to partner with Wharton for this programme, said Shyam Viswanathan, associate dean of executive education at ISB.

India is running neck and neck with China in market size and growth potential, yet many of these opportunities will not be realised by usingthe traditional market strategies of the developed world, says Wharton Professor Jerry Wind, founder of the Fellows Programme.

The Fellows programme will arm senior executives who have or are considering investments in India with new tools and mental models to enter and grow in that market, he adds. The programme will open on March 6 with a high-level overview of the Indian cultural, political and industrial scenario.

Speakers such as Gurcharan Das, N Srinivasan (director-general of CII) K V Kamath (ICICI Bank) and Kiran Karnik (Nasscom) among others will give the participants a birds eyeview of India and the changing business scenario.

The Fellows will also visit companies which are known models of excellence, both in Mumbai and Bangalore, to learn first-hand about market dynamics and new ways of looking at the Indian consumer and business.

Participating in the culture first-hand during corporate visits to locations is worth much more than just reading or hearing about it, says a current Wharton Fellow Gary Chau, who leads the Bombay Sapphire brand for Bacardi.

And quite intuitively, the programme designs the overall learning plan into quick, actionable opportunities in parallel with how our business functions today for fast, positive results, he adds.