Initiated by Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean and Novartis Chair Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, ISB, the Dean’s Speaker Series is delivered by eminent thought leaders visiting the School.  It is designed to bring together leading academicians and global thinkers who engage with ISB in line with its vision of making an impact on management practice, scholarship and policy.

Opening the series Dean Srivastava said, “Our aim is to ensure that ISB develops into a school from Asia that is the best-of-the-best in the world – rather than a good western oriented school that happens to be in India. For this to happen ISB will have to balance the best of Asian insights that are valued the world over.”

The talks are intended to be held once every two months and are open to participants from the ISB Community, the industry and government, with participation through registration.
The kick off lecture was delivered by Dr Vijay Govindarajan also known as VG, who spoke about the Three Box Solution: a strategy for leading innovation. The Three-Box Solution prescribes a framework for managing a business’s responsibility to take action in three time horizons at once: executing the present core business at peak efficiency, taking steps to avoid the inhibiting traps of past successes and innovating a future built on non- linear ideas. He spoke about how creating a new business and optimising an already existing one are two fundamentally different management challenges and how the real problem for leaders is doing both, simultaneously.
The talk generated a lot of interest among distinguished personalities from various fields ranging from CEO’s, entrepreneurs, industry experts, government officials, ISB alumni, faculty, students and the media.