PGPM 2015-16Admissions Brochure
Transform and Lead
- SitaShwa SrivaStava Co-founder Jade Magnet (PgPM ClaSS of 2007)
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indexMessage from the Program Director
Message from the Admissions Director
About the Program
Leadership Experiential Project : Karma-Yoga
Business Is For Real : The Empirical Study
Bordeaux-GL Dual Degree MBA
MeSSage froMthe PrograM direCtor
As we celebrate our remarkable journey spanning ten glorious years, its heartening to
see that Great Lakes Institute of Management has succeeded in carving a niche for itself
among the top tier management institutions in the country.
With an emphasis on creating Day One Business Ready Managers & future Corporate
Leaders, Great Lakes has undertaken a revolutionary design in management education
through an innovative one year program for students with significant prior work experience equipped to take the fullest advantage of the exceptionally rigorous and demanding nature
of the customized curriculum. With its collaborative arrangements with Business Schools
across the globe, a supporting pool of visiting and adjunct faculty from top International
B-Schools across the globe - a wish list of faculty from Kellogg, Stanford, Harvard, IIT
Chicago, Yale, Manchester, SUNY, Miami, Georgia State, Texas, SMU and supported by a
group of core faculty who have excelled themselves in the finest B Schools, Great Lakes is the embodiment of underlying philosophy of Global Mindset, Indian Roots.
At Great Lakes, we encourage learning by doing. The culture in Great Lakes facilitates not
only learning from academicians and eminent industry captains but peer learning as well.
Aided by the latest technology, a continually evolving curriculum, and constant corporate
interaction, our students are transformed from being first class management students into astute Thought Leaders who are ready to take on the challenges of the corporate
world, both in India and abroad. In addition, every institutional activity bears the imprint of
student efforts in the form of various Committees and Clubs mentored by faculty.
We have always responded to the pressing needs of our time and today, and keeping
that in mind we have introduced a new specialization last year in Business Analytics. In
a wired world where six degrees of separation is being squeezed daily by proliferation of
Big Data, Analytics is the next career opportunity to drive the Indian growth story and as
usual Great Lakes is ahead of the curve. The feedback from the industry has been a three
cheers to our unique innovation that has resulted in a flurry of excitement and job offers for our graduates in the fastest growing new field of endeavor. We have also introduced dual degree program for PGPM with the University of Bordeaux which offers our students
unparalleled access to the European markets for opportunities.
Like the old days at the great port of Mamallapuram, where great Indian explorers set out
on voyages of discovery and adventure, Great Lakes offers you an unparalleled experience
of 365 days of learning that enriches for you entire life and an enduring bond of friendship,
and camaraderie of the best B School graduates in the country ready to set out on their
corporate journeys. It is my pleasure to invite you to join this batch.
Prof. Sanjoy SircarDirector PGPM
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Leaders who are
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Dont handicap your children by making their lives easy.
- Robert A. Heinlein, Celebrated American Sci-Fi Writer
In todays evolving global business environment, life is not expected to be easy. In every
industry, change is the only defining constant. Let us take a few illustrative examples. The Indian IT industry which grew on a linear headcount driven model and built its first 100 billion USD revenue is now poised to switch to a niche technology driven non-
linear growth path to fuel its second innings of growth. With a rapidly sliding Average
Revenue per User (ARPU) over the last decade, the telecom industry is looking towards
volume driven new growth markets at the bottom end of the pyramid and value driven
niche mobility solutions markets at the top end. Traditional retail industry is facing the
onslaught of e-tailing, if the valuation stories of some of the new Indian e-tail companies
are any indicators. Even a casual watch over the markets is sufficient to understand the sea-change that is happening. The business space is transforming and so are the
So where does all this leave you? That you are reading this brochure is a fairly strong
indicator that you have felt the need to change too to upgrade your skillsets and add more
marketability to your resume - which is all very good. Now, let me proceed to enlighten you on
what you may expect in the one year that you spend with us at Great Lakes. For starters, we are
celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and still enjoy the status of a young school.
In fact, we are the youngest school in India and one of the youngest globally to get the
prestigious AMBA (Association of MBAs, UK) accreditation for the PGPM program.
As your first point of contact to this great school of experiential learning, let me assure you that as a Business School, we not only understand the compelling realities of the
business world but also craft our courses around them. In the challenging times that
the global economy is today, we guarantee to equip each of you with the most rigorous
academic tools to enable you to hit the road running. We have no intention of making
your life easy for the 12 months that you are here! The academic rigor and the industry
relevance that we bring in is one of a kind. Your classmates would typically have an
average work experience of 36-48 months. This apart, the geographic, linguistic, sectorial
and gender diversity in the Great Lakes PGPM classroom remains unmatched. From
working to networking, we encourage you to play hard!
Our Dean Dr. Bala always states, We are not in the space of churning our Business
Administrators. We are in the rarified space of creating Business Ready Leaders who will build tomorrows India. As the schools Admissions Director it is my pleasure and
privilege to welcome you to Great Lakes Institute of Management. We promise you an
exciting 12 months of learning and experiencing.
Prof. Easwar Krishna Iyer
MeSSage froM the adMiSSionS direCtor
this year and still
enjoy the status of
a young school.
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uniquely designed to deliver CuStoMer-CentriCity, MeritoCraCy and CorPorate ethiCS in one year.
One year fast-track MBA program in Management
Diverse and experienced peer group
Dynamic and industry requirement driven curriculum
Guest lectures from eminent thought leaders and industry stalwarts
Chinese (Mandarin) Language offered as an elective
Karma Yoga - A Leadership Experiential Program
Empirical Study under the Yale-Great Lakes Research Centre
Independent Entrepreneurship Development Forum (EDF)
AICTE Approved Program
Accredited by AMBA (Association of MBAs, UK)
Great Lakes flagship full time Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) is uniquely designed to deliver customer-centricity, meritocracy and corporate ethics in one year. It
facilitates students understanding of the interaction between the various functional
areas of a business system and offers specializations in the areas of Marketing, Finance,
Strategy, IT/Operations & Analytics thereby appreciating the need for developing cross
functional perspectives in business. The program has been designed by the Academic
Advisory Council, which comprises the best in the world of managerial academia. This in
turn has been streamlined with inputs from the Institutes illustrious Business Advisory,
to keep it in sync with the needs of an ever changing marketplace.
The program is designed to make the students business-ready and capable of
responding to complex business requirements that arise in a changing global business
environment. Throughout the course of study, emphasis is placed on skill development,
team-work, inclusivity principles and value-based management hence creating
Business Ready Managers.
The Great Lakes PGPM was accredited by Association o