The SJIM Leadership Network

For more than a century, St. Joseph's has imparted value-based education to countless generations. The Josephites, equipped with character, conscience, competence, compassion and commitment, stand tall among equals. Personalities dotting the Hall of Fame stretch far and wide. St. Joseph's Institutions are run by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society (BJES).

St. Joseph's Institute of Management (SJIM) aims to be a management institute of excellence committed to nurturing responsible business leaders having concern for society and environment.

What began in 2019 as a platform created for leadership thinkers to come together and provide direction to the management-community, has now grown into the SJIM Leadership Network that focuses on long-term impact themes that are relevant for society and businesses. Focus areas over the previous conferences have been on renewed leadership, the challenges in sustainability, the need for innovation and business models during turbulent times.

About The Conference

With businesses facing unprecedented external and internal challenges that shake existing business models, it is important for business leaders to focus on reinventing existing business structures and ensure transformation. Business progress revolves around multiple issues-building innovation capabilities, ensuring funding/investment, garnering stakeholder acceptance and leveraging the right kind technology. Existing distribution networks may require re-thinking, new digital customer experiences have to be created and new partnerships have to be explored.Organisations must also work on processes that turngreat ideas into beneficial business outcomes.
The fifth in the series of leadership conferences, the 2023 Business Transformation Conference will focus on research papers that examine business transformation from a historical, present and future perspectives.

Suggested Themes

The sub-themes listed below (but not limited to) include multiple facets of sustainable business models that would be covered in the conference:

Social innovations and economic development

Marketing for business change/growth

Digitisation of business

Innovation and creative marketing

Healthcare and transformation models

Education models and its future

Block chain, cryptocurrency and bitcoins

Social innovation,

Transformation and sustainable development

Skill development for reshaping business and economy

Transformation of HR practice

Sustainable finance models

Role of AI, ML and IoT in modernising business

Entrepreneurship and business sustainability

Role of Six Sigma and TQM for operational excellence

Evolution of business operations and supply chain

Multidimensional sustainability: Transitions and convergence

Conference Speakers

Dr. N. S. Rajan,

Former CEO - IDFC Foundation,
ex Group CHRO - Tata Sons

Mr. Raghu Rajagopalan,

Business Development
Lifestyle International

Mr. Amit Gupta,

Founder, XL-Sec Technologies

Ms. Savita Mallapa,

Director - rProcess Outsourcing

Dr. Jamuna Ravi,

Former Global Head- IT Portfolio Management and Practices,
HSBC Global

Mr. S. Madhusudhan,

Founder and Chief Farmer
Back to Basics Organic Farms

Mr. Satish K.V.,

General Manager &
Adarsh Developers

Mr. Sanjith Vasudev,

Chief Career Scripter
Script My Career

Ms. Roli Singh

Head of HR-VFI-SLK

Mr. Varghese John,

Former Vice President
MullenLowe Lintas Group

Ms. Divya Khanna,

Advertising veteran; Author, The Company We Keep

Ms. Vaishnavi Balakrishnan,

Investigate & Learn Specialist, Shell

Ms. Juneza Niyazi,

Service Design Manager-Jiva;
Author, Navigating Service Design

Business Transformation through Digitization & Innovation

Shyam Karigiri

Managing Director
Moog India Technology Centre

Prof. Dr. Dr. Barbara Haering

President Strategy Board University of Geneva & Vice-President Board of the ETH – Zurich - Switzerland

Dilip Gopinath

Director & Country Lead Tech
Commercial Banking at HSBC

Sujith Nair

CEO & Co-Founder
Foundation for Interoperability in the Digital Economy [FIDE]

Chandrakanth B.N.

Chairman, Indo-American
Chamber of Commerce [IACC]
Karnataka Founder & Chairman -
Pairee Group

Jose Jacob K. [Moderator]

Founder & CEO – Integro Infotech & Consulting Advisor – Bavarian Indian Centre for Business & University Collaboration

Mr. Bala Parthasarathy

Chairman & Co-founder, Freo; Advisor-FIDE


Faculty:The event offers an intellectually stimulating environment that bridges the gap between academic frameworks and industry expertise. The lectures and discussions will help you add value to your institution and also enrich classroom discussions.

Researchers: As a researcher, there is a need to understand evolving tools and techniques and a chance to present topics that you are currently working on. The conference enables you to put your ideas across in front of a panel of experts, garner objective feedback and gain renewed knowledge. Papers can be presented virtually.

Corporates: The conference will provide an opportunity to interact online with some of the leaders in the industry and deliberate on the nuances of handling business challenges. The SJIM Leadership Network provides a solid platform for insightful discussions on society and business.

Students: While the times are challenging, there has never been a greater time to graduate. The world needs your passion, energy and focus to solve the problems that affect society. Don’t miss this chance to listen to some of the best minds in the industry and build a circle of people you trust.


Chief Patron:

Rev. Fr. Brian Pereira, SJ
Vice President, BJES


Rev. Dr. Manoj D'Souza
Director SJIM

Conference Chair:

Dr A R Rajagopalan

Conference Convenor:

Dr. Thomason Rajan, Assistant Professor
Dr. Deepika Joshi, Associate Professor

Publication Opportunities

The following open-access journals have agreed to consider high-quality papers submitted to the conference for publication. Selected papers from the conference will be forwarded by SJIM to the journals for further review, whose decision will be final and binding for the publication.

SJIM’s Research Centre will organise a paper development workshop for registered paper presenters in the month of December/January to improve the quality of the submissions.


Name of Journal


Type of Papers


Journal of Innovation Management

Scopus, ABDC-C

Conceptual Papers, Critical reviews of scientific literature, Empirical papers building on quantitative or qualitative methods.


Iranian Journal of Management Studies

Scopus, Web of Science

Empirical and/or the theoretical in management sciences. All empirical methods, including, but not limited to, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, are welcomed.


International Journal of Professional Business Review.


High quality distinguished research, well grounded in theory and with high methodological rigor. The demonstration of an effective conceptual contribution will be considered in the journal’s editorial process.


International Journal of Systematic Innovation*


Papers are expected to meet academic rigor in its theoretical analysis or practical exercises. All papers are expected to have significant contributions in theories or practices of innovation methods.


Business Review

ISSN: 0973-9076

Original articles, either conceptual or empirical, that contain new, creative and/ or provocative ideas in the field, and advance our understanding of business and management.

*Publication charges apply; to be borne by the author.

Authors Guidelines

Preparation of Abstract :
Authors are expected to follow the given instructions while preparing the Abstract:
1. Abstract should be in a given order: Title - Author (s) name and Affiliation - Abstract - Key words
2. Abstract (not more than 200 words) must contain brief introduction, objective of the research, methodology, results and conclusion.
3. Provide 3 to 5 Keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Preparation of Full Research Article :
1. Research paper should include be in a given order: Title - Author (s) name and Affiliation- Abstract - Keywords - Main Text (Introduction, Review of Literature,
    Research Methodology, Analysis and Findings, Conclusion, Limitations and future research direction, References)- Acknowledgement (if any).
2. Paper title, Author(s) name and Affiliation, Contact Number and E-mail address should be centrally aligned, bold, capital letters, font size - 12, Times New
    Roman on the first page of the Article
3. All photographs, charts and diagrams are to be referred as ‘Figures’ and should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred in the text.
4. Reference/Bibliography should be in APA format.
5. Full paper length should not be more than 7000-8000 word
6. Line spacing: 1.5 and Margin: 1 inch on all sides, Font size 12, Times New Roman, Research paper should be submitted in Microsoft Word / PDF Format.
7. In case of article which are co-authored, at least one author needs to be registered for the conference to get their paper considered for presentation/publication.
8. A copyright declaration should be given by the corresponding author stating that the work is original and does not violate the rule of copyright.
9. All full papers submitted will be subject to a blind review process. Comments of the reviewers will be sent directly to the author/s


Abstract and Full-Paper, complete in all respects, should be submitted in PDF format to EasyChair using the link Each author must have an EasyChair account to be able to submit an abstract as well as the full research paper.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline

September 22, 2022

Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection to the authors

September 30, 2022

Full Paper Submission Deadline

November 30, 2022

Notification of paper acceptance/rejection to the authors

December 19, 2022

Conference Registration Deadline

February 10, 2023

Conference Dates

17, 18 February 2023

Fees : Registration fees for Utkarsh 2023 is as follows:


Registration Fees (INR)


Rs. 300

Research Scholar

Rs. 500


Rs. 1000

Industry participant

Rs. 2000

Payments may be made through the link:

Contact Us
Student Coordinators
Gracious D'Souza and Ramsey Maclean :

The Organizing Commitee
SJIM International Leadership Conference