HR experts converge at XIMB to discuss how to harnessing human capabilities and redefine work

Bhubaneswar: The two-day HR Conference on the theme “Re-thinking People Management”of Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, has kick started on 3 February 2017.  All stakeholders of Human Resource Management and the students participated on the first day and focused on two major themes – ‘Harnessing Human Capabilities for the Modern Workplace’, and ‘Redefining Work: HR in VUCA and SMAC World’.

The HR Conference began with a pre-conference workshop on “Research Methods for Behavioural Research” on 2nd February 2017 by Prof. Satya Bhushan Dash, IIM Lucknow.


The highlights of the first day are as followed: Talent Management, Organizational Design, Indigenous approaches to HR, Holacracy, Indian HR, HR Analytics and Handling Workplace Diversity.

The inaugural key note address was delivered by Prof. Neharika Vohra, IIM Ahmedabad. She spoke of various ways to improve women participation in the workplace and how the human mind is basically biased and how it is the organization can take steps to change that. Some of the other speakers included – Mr. Richard Lobo, EVP and Head HR, Infosys; Mr. Sunil Jha, President-HR at ACG Worldwide; Mr. Parthasarathi Mishra, CHRM, Tata Steel; Ms. Bobby Pattnaik, Location HR and Senior Unit HR Manager, Infosys; Mr. Bibaswan Dash, HR Manager, Microsoft and Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran, Director, Academy of HRD.

“Democratization of information is the ability to get information and use it to one’s advantage. This has changed the dynamics of business today”, Mr. Richard Lobo remarked, while delivering his talk. Mr Parthasarathi Mishra, CHRM, Tata Steel also gave insights on various HR related topics.  “Your takeaways should be based on your own thought process, as jargons may come and go”, he said.

Nrityashala Odissi Dance Institute, Bhubaneswar performed a dance show  at the end of the day.


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