Pinak Kulkarni is a visiting faculty member of Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), which is part of the Kirloskar Group of Companies, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates. Having joined KIAMS in 2005, his areas of expertise lie in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management.
A self-professed workaholic, he describes himself to be part of the family which stays away from family. Besides keeping a tab on collaborative decision making in modern supply chains, technologies, and other research interests, he is also part of the recruitment and admission process of the college.
When questioned about how do business schools prepare good leaders? , Mr. Kulkarni answers that “A business school and its faculty’s role requires that they focus, channel, and enliven the energies, knowledge and talents of its students.” “The mission and the vision will decide and animate the school’s strategy, policy, and method; and its values will ensure that propriety and consistency of its tactics and actions.” “As a knowledge imparter, therefore, the school must provide an organisational environment which fosters opportunity, endeavour, and growth. I believe all these qualities to be amply present in KIAMS – and no doubt such an environment will harbinger the future leaders of tomorrow” Kulkarni states.
In addition, another important and challenging issue confronting business schools today is the business student’s viability to find a good job. To this Mr. Pinak Kulkarni ratifies that there is in essential three elements to be understood before a grad student tries to enter an industry – one, the need to identify clearly all his strengths, in terms of knowledge and skills; second, the importance of gaining practical industrial experience during college, to understand the realities of the industry and thirdly, contemporary awareness of it.
Kulkarni accredits in imparting indigenous management skills to his 2nd year students, whom he mentors. Students learn from experience and his approach is focussed on a lot of research work which he encourages his students to perform.
Further, a word of advice – Pinak wants students to not make any wrong program choices. Before enrolling for a course he suggests that they go in for an advanced psychometric test to understand their real interests and strengths. Based on the result, they should figure what they’d like to study.
For Pinak, the challenge of being part of KIAMS faculty is to align his personal goals with the goals of the institute, and also the needs and aspirations of its students, and to ensure that this alignment is centred on a crux of ethics, knowledge and morality. Only then, he believes – the
faculty or otherwise can truly lead and achieve permanent positive transformation of its students.