International conference on Innovation Strategies

A two-day international conference on innovation strategies in challenging business and social landscape hosted by St Joseph’s Institute of Management was inaugurated by Prof Rishikesha Krishnan, Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on 26th February. In his inaugural address, Prof Rishikesha narrated the case of how two-wheeler industry in India has been innovating to become the biggest motorcycle producer in the world and explained how Indian automotive OEMs have innovated to global standards in terms of design and technology. Delivering the first keynote talk, Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, Castrol India explained that innovation is natural to human being and it is just that we need to know how to sustain that curiosity for a much longer time. Having ideas is good – but execution of idea is the real innovation. Delivering his welcome address, the Director of the institute Rev Dr Manoj D’Souza noted that innovation, entrepreneurship and design thinking are some of the disciplines that are gaining prominence in business school curriculum in this technology era. The two-day conference saw keynote speeches from some of the industry stalwarts, panel discussions, expert talks and research paper presentations on the theme.