2nd Thought Leaders' Summit

The 2nd  Human Capital Thought Leaders’ Summit was organized by The Human Capital & Leadership Initiative (HC&LI) at Indian School of Business in association with People Matters on January 24, 2020.  More than 30 leading CHROs from well-known companies across India spent a day deliberating and finding answers on the theme of ‘Leading Human Capital into 2020s: Decoding the Digital Discourse’.

Dean of ISB, Rajendra Srivastava welcomed the delegates and said, “Human capital is the topmost priority of CEOs and ISB is driving industry relevant applied research and executive education in this area. This event marks ISB’s commitment to engage with leading Human capital practitioners and advance the thought leadership in this area”

Chandrasekhar Sripada, Practice Professor (OB & Strategic Human Capital), who is also the Executive Director of ISB’s Human Capital and Leadership Initiative outlined four industry endorsed topics in the context of leading human capital in the next decade. The topics were:

1.       Organizational agility: How will organizations change and transform for the new digital ethos?

2.       Mindsets for the future: What paradigm changes will the new ‘digital’ world order demand?

3.       Leadership development: How to better balance the leadership narrative between EI and AI?

4.       Beyond diversity: Building inclusive leadership for a digitally enabled world

Dean Rajendra Srivastava also released a book edited by Professor Chandrasekhar Sripada – “Leading Human Capital in the 2020s: Emerging Perspectives” in the event. The book contains articles on Human Capital Themes from ISB affiliated professors. Dr. Phil Zerrillo, Deputy Dean ISB moderated a panel discussion with the authors and explored the key messages of the book.

This was followed by a keynote conversation between Professor Madan Pillutla of London Business School and Anantha Sayana, Chief Digital Officer of L&T. In this big picture conversation, the speakers covered a large range of real-world issues and challenges around how to drive digital transformation of organizations.

The delegates then moved into participant-led discussions on the outlined topics via carefully designed roundtables facilitated by ISB faculty. The roundtables and the plenary session saw deep deliberations and keen participation by the CHRO leaders and academicians who shared their views, insights and best practices on these topics.