Prof. Sebastian Morris


Organizational Leadership For 21st Century 11

The course is designed for those who are interested in developing their leadership potential through a process of introspection and reflection. It is for them who believe that in order to overcome organizational resource constraints, they need to harness their technological, analytical, and conceptual abilities and ultimately, their leadership skills. The course does not entail management cases; just one paper that would discuss the role of profits vs. other building blocks for an organization that enables it to last. It is more about reading and enjoying the great works of literature; masticating them and chewing the cud in the class. The course will allow its participants to enhance their experience through lively discussions on different issues of leadership and decision making that the great works will bring up. Some of the texts discussed in the course include Cervantes ‘Don Quixote’, G.B. Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’, Milind Bokil’s ‘Thirsting For Water’ and Bimal Kar’s ‘Satyadas’. 

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Getting Infrastructure And PPPs Right

The role of infrastructure development cannot be overemphasised. Infrastructural investments constitute a very large part of the capital formation in India today, and increasing role of the private sector both in form of PPPs and investments in regulated industries is imperative. Yet in many sectors, where due to limitations in design and policy, the developments have not been rapid enough and poor performance has resulted in a drag in the economy. Many of the limitations in design design could have been anticipated. This course lays out the basis for interventions by government and participation of the private sector and financing challenges. It also brings out the changes necessary in the approach in a number of sectors, and thereby bring out the main issues that have constrained infrastructure. Additionally, it highlights the approaches to risk assessment and allocation that are appropriate for particular sectors. The course would benefit consultants, regulators, government officials, developers, financial institutions hoping to get right their approach to the design of policy, law, and frameworks, upfront thereby avoiding the much iteration that projects/the design go through.

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Leadership Of Public Sector Banks And Financial Institutions: The Challenges Today

The financial crisis of the 2008 was followed by a period of growth that was buoyed by the fiscal stimulus, and now growth may be just beginning after many years of low growth. Capital investments have yet to revive. Infrastructure financing has proved to be particularly problematic to the bigger banks, but especially the public sector banks. They also have the challenge of protecting their organisational boundaries for task performance. The emergence of newer modes of payment and transfer, of the social media, of all pervasive IT and big data need recognition and response. Regulatory changes, bring newer players into the business, puts pressure on banks and FIs. Business as usual is excluded today, and the key to bring responsiveness is leadership and organisation.

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