Jamshedpur: The students of business school XLRI brought laurels to their institution by winning the ‘Global Peter Drucker Challenge’. The forum in Vienna invited students, managers, and entrepreneurs from worldwide to share insights that would enable the global workforce to tackle the dynamic challenges of today’s VUCA world. A total of 49 countries took part in this global challenge.
XLRI’s two students were out of three winners in the student category – Dr Nadeem Ahmed and Prabath Kuzhikkat. Both owe their success to the goodwill of peers, the guidance of professors and support from the institution. Dr Nadeem and Prabath belong to BM & HRM batch 2021-23 respectively.
Prabath Kuzhikkat, a marine engineer who would soon be joining Amazon as a product manager, banked on his diverse experience to pen his essay “From the perils at sea to the predicaments at the shore-what crisis can make of managers?” The essay is an amalgamation of Drucker’s wisdom and the multiple crises he faced at sea to deliver to its readers a unique perspective of overcoming any crisis. This bagged him first place and a cash prize of € 1500 and an opportunity to visit the Drucker Forum in person. Apart from attending all the plenaries, he had the fortune of connecting with many like-minded individuals.
“The emphasis XLRI lays on Sustainability, Ethics and human empathy, helped me connect further with the plenaries I attended at Drucker Forum”, said Prabhat.
Dr. Nadeem Ahmed, a healthcare technology consultant, founded a cross-functional pro-Bono Initiative called ‘Corona Consult’ with the objective of empowering the startups that are striving to widen the healthcare bottlenecks. The insights gained from battling the pandemic, both in the emergency room and in the board-room of coworking spaces with the help of 16 doctors & 50+ domain experts, inspired him to formulate the QuadrupleP framework for crisis management. The narration of his experience won third place, securing a cash prize of €800. Dr. Nadeem will soon spearhead Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR) as the managing editor.
“The guidance and goodwill of XLRI faculty mentors equipped me with the resilience needed to persevere through the tribulations amidst the pandemic and the clarity to synthesise my learnings into an industry agnostic framework for managing crises capable of helping countless others.”, noted Dr. Nadeem.