XAHR International Conference 2019


Bhubaneswar: Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR) organised an International Conference on the theme ‘Organisational Metamorphosis for Innovation, Inclusion and Agility’, on 28th-30th January, 2019 in the Xavier City Campus, the new campus of XUB.

The event witnessed the participation of various stakeholders of the Xavier fraternity, as well as stalwarts from the Human Resource Fraternity.

The three-day event was graced by eminent speakers from academia and various industries in the domain of Human Resource. On Day 1, Prof. Arup Varma (Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago) conducted a pre-conference workshop on the theme, “Diversity and Inclusion: Bridging the Library – Boardroom Divide”.

The first session on Day 2 witnessed Dr. BB Mohanty (HOD (retd.) PM&IR, Utkal University), Dr. Aquil Busrai (CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting) and Dr. Tania S Rath (Assistant Professor, XAHR) discussing the theme – ‘Inclusion. The session was, moderated by Dr.
GP Rao (Founder and Managing Partner, Good People Relations LLP).

The second session was addressed by Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria (Group Director HR, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.)wherein he shared that technological advancements change governance, climate, and geopolitical norms and insisted on utilizing self-propelled inspiration as a replacement for motivation.

The third session witnessed Mr. Pradeep Dasan (VP & Head – Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, Nayara Energy Ltd.), Dr. GP Rao (Founder and Managing Partner, Good People Relations LLP) and Ms. Malvika Naik (Former GM – HR, IOCL) discussing the theme ‘Agility’, moderated by Prof. (Dr.) Arup Roy Chaudhury (Assistant Professor, XAHR).

The first session of the third day was a plenary address by Dr. Paul Hempel (Professor at City University of Hong Kong). He commented at the appearance of the western models of innovation as being useful at the structural level, whereas considerable adaptation is required at the implementation practical level in non-western context.

This was followed by Paper Presentations by research scholars and students of MBA HRM course.

The next event was a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Girish Balasubramaniam. The discussion was to elucidate on the models of innovation and how does innovation take place. Ms. Subhashini Acharya, (Learning Leader – R&D India, Schneider Electric) gave her
viewpoint on the need for leveraging different resources and depending on others for innovation. Mr. Iyer spoke on the importance of the purpose for innovation in an organisation and further laid stress that it needs to be focussed and in tandem with the industrial structure. Mr. Mishra shared his experience in the industry as he emphasised on innovating internally in an organization, for there are no separate Research and Department work in the IT sector.