— Guest Talk Speaker: Dr. Parag Sanghani

Topic: Knowledge Leadership for Future Workforce

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Dr. Parag Sanghani, Head of Academics, Skyline University Dubai, visited RK University and addressed students of the School of Management on 4th August 2015. He had shared his thoughts on ‘Knowledge Leadership for Future Workforce’.

He inspired our students outlining what the MBA means and what are the basic skills required for MBA students. The discussion highlighted the importance of mathematics, reasoning, English communication skills that are prerequisites of an MBA aspirant. Because these are basic skills an entrepreneur or a manager should possess, it is covered in the entrance test too. According to Parag, the other essential skills in today’s era being Communication, Computer (IT) and Connectivity.

Students were happy to know about the Fortune 500 survey which states that among all, MBA degree pays the highest ROI. The reason could be the MBA curriculum is result oriented.

Mr. Parag has also shown the current scenario of Management Graduates by adding that the students will be competing 15000 MBA graduates across the region and how they will differentiate themselves. He advised to work at ground level if they dream to reach the top. Discussion extended to explain three managerial skills required at different levels [concept given by Robert Katz] 1. Lower level manager requires Technical Skills, 2. Middle level manager requires Human Skills, 3. Top level manager requires Conceptual Skills.

Furthermore, he talked about Borderless Word, Knowledge and Information-based economics, Knowledge as a central productive and strategic asset, organizational challenges, changing scenario of work, etc.
He summed up his talk by outlining the exhaustive list of skills required for knowledge leadership. Sense-making, Social intelligence, Adaptive thinking, Cross-cultural competency, Virtual collaboration, Computational thinking, New media literacy, Cognitive load management, Transdisciplinarity and Design mind-set.

The interaction was fruitful and energizing. It gave direction to the thinking of students in their career planning.

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