Nurturing Institutional Excellence

Nurturing Institutional Excellence

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Author: Vijaya Sherry Chand, T.V. Rao
Subject: General, Management
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ISBN 9780230321939
Binding Hard cover
Imprints Macmillan Publishers India
Edition 1
Language English

About the Book

Conceptualized by visionaries like Vikram Sarabhai, Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Ravi J. Matthai, and nurtured by various Directors, faculty members, staff members, Boards of Governors and other stakeholders, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is today regarded as an institution of excellence. As the institute enters the fiftieth year of its existence, individuals who have been closely connected with it over the last two decades, examine what has made IIMA stand out as a mission-driven institution. They describe the institutional processes, the values, the culture of self-regulation and high accountability to oneself, the leadership, and the dynamics of working in decentralized teams, which have underpinned the making of this institution. Their accounts reinforce the message that good institutions focus their attention on internal processes and systems through their culture and values, and provide space and energy to people so that they can focus on the purpose and mission.



The contributors to this book include Directors, members of the Board, people in various academic support services, faculty members who have managed the various programmes of the institution or have championed innovations within IIMA, and faculty members who have headed other institutes. This book offers all those interested in developing institutions, insights into institution building processes and an idea of the thinking that goes on behind the scenes in a premier management school.

About Author

Vijaya Sherry Chand joined the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1993 as Fellow of the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation (RJMCEI), and joined the faculty of the institute in 1997. Prior to joining the institute, he was, for about eleven years, a social activist, working with socio-economically marginalized communities. His current areas of specialization are management of basic education, social entrepreneurship, the non-profit sector, sustainable development, and management communication. He has also been engaged in studying innovative elementary teachers in the state-run basic education system. He has worked closely with the Ministry of HRD, Government of India and a few state governments, on the management of major educational programmes like the District Primary Education Programme and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He has also worked on short-term advisory projects with many development and donor agencies.



T. V. Rao joined the Organizational Behaviour Area and the Education Systems Unit of IIMA in 1973. During his association with IIMA, as full time faculty until 1994, and as visiting faculty and Adjunct Professor after that, Dr. Rao has been a close observer of institution building at IIMA. During the seventies and early-eighties, he worked closely with Ravi J. Matthai on many projects, including the Jawaja Project. At IIMA he has been Chairman of the Post-Graduate Programme, the Fellow Programme, and the Public Systems Group. He has worked with the Ministry of Education and HRD on a number of projects, including the New Education Policy of 1986. He is at present Adjunct Professor at IIMA and Chairman of the TVRLS, a research-based consulting firm which he founded.
Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Institutional Governance, Development and Resilience

    IIMA at 50: In Retrospect
  • Institution Building at IIMA
  • IIMA’s Quest for Excellence
  • My Days as Chairman of IIMA
  • Issues of Governance
  • Formulation and Implementation of a Development Strategy at IIMA: My Experiences as Director
  • Demonstrating Institutional Resilience: The “CAT 2003 Episode”
  • My 360 Degree Learning on Institution Building at IIMA
  • Personal Reflections on Institution Building at IIMA
  • Institutionality of IIMA: Retrospect and Prospect
  • My Journey at IIMA: An Institution Building Perspective
  • Reflections on IIMA Culture: A Personal Perspective
  • The Impact of Administrative Actions on the IIMA Culture
  • IIMA as I Have Experienced It
  • Institution Building: The IIMK Experience
  • Institution Building at IIMA: Key Aspects, Experiences and Reflections
  • Behind the Red Bricks: Underpinnings of an Academic Culture
  • Reflections on the Evolution of IIMA as an Institution
  • Sojourn in Vogonia: Seeding Ideas, Planting Processes, Designing Bridges

    Part II: Innovations In Programmes, Structures and Facilities

    Policy Alternatives for the Fellow Programme in Management
  • The Post-Graduate Programme: An Introspective Commentary
  • Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM): The Origin,Design and Evolution
  • Joy in Creation: The PGPX
  • IIMA: The Management Development Programmes
  • IIMA and its Faculty Development Mission
  • Emergence of Evaluation-based Training Programmes
  • The Centre for Management in Agriculture as an Institutional Innovation within an Institution
  • Strengthening Health Sector Governance and Management: The Centre for Management of Health Services
  • The Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship: An Ongoing Experiment at IIMA
  • The Institution as a Brand: The Role of Placements
  • Vikram Sarabhai Library: Connecting to the Information World
  • Conception of the Computerized Common Admission Test
  • Change at IIMA
  • Notes on the Contributors