Track Chairs :


Dr. Arvind Shatdal

Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management/Founding Coordinator,
MBA Program/School of Management and Entrepreneurship (SME)
Shiv Nadar University

Dr. Sandip Anand

Professor, Xavier Institute of Management
Founding Associate Dean, Doctoral Programs, Xavier University Bhubaneswar

Track Description:

Responsible management education may necessitate steps towards value-based innovations (VBI) in management. VBI often revolve around human centric design which in turn rests upon empathy, experimentation, and visualization in our approach. Thus, to build value-based system, understand human problems and provide innovative solutions; organizations are increasingly using Design Thinking approaches. In the given context, this track on design thinking in management has been conceptualized. As the domain of design thinking in management is emerging, this track offers an opportunity to collaborate and build theoretical foundations in the domain with implications for industry and society.


Track Chairs :


Dr. Divya Singhal

Associate Professor (General Management)
Goa Institute of Management

Dr. Santosh Kumar

Professor and Head, Public Policy, School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Auro University

Track Description:

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted at the United Nations in 2015, sets out an ambitious plan of action with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. At its core are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprising 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. These 17 Goals build on the experiences of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one goal will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. It is also important to note that successful implementation of SDGs will require partnership among all stakeholders e.g. Government, NGOs, Businesses, Civil Society and Academia, etc.

If we talk about Asia and Pacific region, it is important to note that some SDGs have registered positive progress, particularly towards Goal 9 - focused on industry, innovation and infrastructure. However, Asia and the Pacific has failed to reduce inequalities within and among countries (SDG 10) and inequalities have widened since 2000. Regional progress towards SDGs focused on promoting environmental sustainability has been insufficient across the board.

In this context, it is pertinent to deliberate and understand what progress, so far, have been made, and how multi-stakeholder integrated approach can be adopted to advance the 2030 agenda. This session will thus provide a platform to foster dialogues with regard to SDG implementation and exploring the best practices. The session will try to see how the businesses are integrating the SDGs framework for future growth. How can business work with governments to develop policy framework to achieve 2030 agenda? How academia and civil society can help in advancing the 2030 agenda? What are some successful examples of collective action in this regard?

The papers are invited in the following specific areas:

  • Policy framework for the SDGs in Asia region and progress
  • The role of Businesses in the implementation of SDGs (Invited Guests)
  • SDGs and Social Engagement in Asian region (invited Guests)
  • Academic Perspectives on the SDG: Opportunities and Challenges

    Track Chair :


    Prof. Janki Andharia

    Dean - Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
    Chairperson - Centre for Disasters and Development, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
    Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai)

    Track Description:

    Climate change, extreme events, disasters and urbanization are inter related and societies across countries find themselves ill-prepared to deal with new and emergent risks posed by them. Their potential to cause extensive damage and impacts on people, infrastructure, and nature is huge and can wipe out development gains.

    This theme provides a platform to managers and scientists to discuss factors, causes and consequences of disasters and also explore Disaster Risk Reduction strategies in order to understand how or when these events might occur, and how to better respond to them to prevent disastrous impacts.

    Disasters and extreme weather events are known to have cascading global consequences revealing the extent of human vulnerability. The social and economic impacts- can be extensive as commerce, agriculture, fisheries, livelihoods, water and food security are affected. This raises questions about the nature and forms of development trajectory and the extent of resilience and preparedness of society to deal disasters, extreme weather events and climate change.

    The theme invites papers that offer critical analysis of:

  • Understanding risk relationships for sustainability
  • Conceptual contours of vulnerability and resilience
  • Human-Technological interface and disasters
  • Disasters, Habitat planning and development
  • Disaster Governance, law, transboundary issues
  • Business continuity planning, critical infrastructure
  • Sustaining health and well being post disasters

  • These are only illustrative ideas and the theme is open to many more diverse and interrelated topics.


    Track Chair :


    Dr. K Kuperan Vishwanathan

    Professor and Head of Financial Analysis and Policy Group
    Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business Malaysia

    Track Description:

    Will Income and Wealth inequality be a major problem of the so called fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0). Trends on the concentration of wealth in developed economies tend to suggest that concentration is increasing and can have serious implications for the well-being and stability of societies. How should businesses respond to such concentration often driven by the changed nature in which wealth is generated in the modern internet of things economy? This track will explore the key trends in the way wealth is accumulated and how payments to workers and players in the economy are rewarded.

    Issues and themes that will be examined in this track are:

  • The changing structure of wealth
  • Rising inequality and globalization
  • The changing role of money in the world economy
  • The role of capital in the 21st century
  • New approaches for governments and business to address inequality.

    Track Chairs :


    Prof. Anil Kulkarni

    Adjunct Professor

    Dr. Radha Sharma

    Professor (Organizational Behavior)
    MDI Gurgaon

    Track Description:

    Content coming soon.


    Track Chairs :


    Dr. Anshul Verma

    Associate Professor (Finance)

    Prof. Kartik Dave

    Professor (Marketing and Strategy)
    Ambedkar University, Delhi

    Track Description:

    Universities and Business schools across the globe have been facing a lot of criticism regarding student learning experiences, research focus and curriculum design which are inadequate to meet challenges of business and society. These institutions are now pondering over the right direction of Management Education for the future.

    Unprecedented development in geopolitical relationships, global economy, natural environment, climate change, complex social issues, cultural diversity and technological intervention have been significant dimensions for the rethinking of management education. It is imperative to visualize the bigger canvas for the management education in order to deal not only with complexity of business world but also issues related to sustainability.

    This track will attempt to deliberate on growing concerns related to research, innovation and outreach for the management education for the future. It will also discuss the issues of technology integration, access to management education, skill development, employability, Quality, leadership development, social and cultural sensitivity in the Global and Asian context.

    The track themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Management Education: Challenges and Innovations in Asian and Indian context
  • Management Education: Reforms, Skill Development and Productivity
  • Quality, Accreditation and Internationalization in Management Education
  • Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Research for Responsible Management Education
  • Technological Intervention in Management Education
  • Management Education and Sustainability
  • Continuing Management Education: Trends, Scope and Future Direction
  • Responsible Leadership for the future of management education
  • Fostering Innovative Ecosystem in Management Education : Collaboration, dialogue and managing culture diversity
  • Management Education: Vision 2030

    Track Chair :


    Prof. Satyajit Majumdar

    Professor and Chairperson, Center for Social Entrepreneurship
    Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai)

    Sushanta Kumar Sarma

    Associate Dean-Research, Human Resource Management

    Track Description:

    In the last decades there has been a fundamental change in the way development strategies are approached. Development is not seen as the outcome of State led initiatives or donor driven programmes but developmental outcomes are now closely linked to the functioning of the market economy. Making people capable of participating in the market by building their capacities, by facilitating linkages with the market by providing timely credit and information etc. seem to be The developmental funding is increasingly seen as social investment where social mission and social change are not the only objectives of investment but financial sustainability of such initiatives is also considered to be important. Thus, social and financial (environmental inclusive) returns on investments are becoming the indicators of sustainable development.

    Social Entrepreneurs are the professionals to manage investments of financial and social capital to bring social change through market driven mechanisms. Interestingly, despite being market driven phenomenon social entrepreneurship is equally pursued by the governments from across the globe as drivers of innovation to solve complex social problems that the countries face today. Social entrepreneurs and social enterprises create value in the society while pursuing the most compelling and/or neglected societal issues. Though social entrepreneurship is a vehicle for creation of social change, the role of individuals, their cognition and capabilities cannot be ignored. Social entrepreneurs, as individuals, feel confident and believe in their capabilities to take actions to create social change. Their self-efficacy depend their technological knowledge, experience, verbal persuasion, and psychological and affective states, and social network. Prior knowledge, social network and identity of entrepreneurs, though not necessary and can be learnt, provide some inherent advantage in efficient and effective implementation of their plans.


    Track Chair :


    Dr. Pamsy Hui

    MBA Programme Director
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Track Description:

    Asia consists of a large number of emerging economies. Since the early 1990s, about a billion people in Asia have been lifted out of poverty. Nevertheless, many are still left behind. At the same time, the drive to achieve economic development has put immense pressure on both the social and the environmental fronts. The ambitious, comprehensive and interconnected nature of the 2030 Agenda poses to us all tough questions about the challenges and opportunities ahead. Can we build sustainable prosperity such that everyone has a chance to flourish and future generations are not left with depleted resources?

    Examples of questions to examine in this track include:

  • Does economic development necessarily mean trade-offs in the social and environmental dimensions? Can the development of social agenda (e.g., gender equality, quality education, quality healthcare) and environmental preservation (e.g., affordable and renewable energy, circular economy) be opportunities for economic development?
  • What are the biggest challenges within the 2030 Agenda for different Asian economies? How can we tackle these challenges?
  • Unbridled economic growth and development often brings sustainability challenges, such as widening income gap among people, massive urbanization with insufficient infrastructure, deforestation with threats to biodiversity, inadequate waste management endangering life on land and below water, etc. Many such issues call for policy interventions. How can public-private partnership help us build a sustainable future?
  • Other questions that address sustainability issues related to economic development are welcome.

    Track Chairs :


    Dr. Sapna A. Narula

    Associate Professor & Head
    Dept. of Business and Sustainability
    TERI School of Advanced Studies

    Dr. Zinaidi Fadeeva

    Senior Advisor on Sustainable Consumption and Production

    Dr. Ambika Zutshi

    Associate Professor & HDR Director, Department of Management
    Deakin University, Melbourne

    Track Description:

    In a rapidly changing business environment, the stakeholders now demand that businesses should operate ‘with a purpose’. The focus of investments towards responsible businesses, consumers preferences towards sustainable products and services thereby giving rise to growth in number of sustainability standards, rising media and public attention on responsible and ethical businesses puts pressures on firms to embrace sustainability. Firms across the globe are trying to inculcate sustainable business practices and are shifting focus from compliance to achieving competitive advantage. It is inherent responsibility of businesses to not only concentrate their activities to themselves rather engage with stakeholders across the backward and forward end to make the entire supply chains stable. In fact, engagement and communication with stakeholders is a prerequisite to ensure responsible businesses.

    The objective of this track is to discuss the research pertaining to sustainable business practices and challenges the firms are facing with respect to implementing sustainability. This track would welcome both quantitative and qualitative research including case studies and sectoral studies. The track would deliberate on best practices, way forward and challenges for businesses in integrating sustainability. The outcome of the track would be in terms of business implications to develop a sustainable and ethical society. Future research agenda in context of South Asian Businesses would be recommended for emerging SDG regime.

    The following are a few suggestive themes, but not limited to:

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Best Practices in Business Sustainability
  • Sustainability as competitive advantage
  • Strategizing and Organizing for Sustainability
  • Integrating Sustainability in Businesses
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Communicating Sustainability (Sustainability Reporting /Integrated Reporting)
  • Challenges in implementing sustainability