Advanced Programme in Strategic Management for Corporate Leaders (APSMCL)

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Advanced Programme in Strategic Management for Corporate Leaders (APSMCL)

Current business contexts are defined by intense pressures of competition, integration across global markets, new concerns about sustainability and an intensification of resource conflicts around the world, technological changes including the use of information technology and massive institutional transitions/transformations. These both frame and challenge a firm’s ambitions of growth requiring them to take risks as they navigate through change.

Strategy is a mode of thinking that leverages the power of individuals, institutions, firms and markets in a cohesive manner to improve the effectiveness of an organization. Hence, we can call it the exercise of power. It is a skill and a craft. Strategy is thus fundamentally about governance. Power can of course be sought for its own sake and therefore crafty strategists in its pursuit may deform and transform business and societal spaces and existing institutions, even while setting ‘new rules of the game’. These require institutional work to be carried out that can embrace the ‘social’ and ‘political’ even as it retains the core concern with the economic calculus of a firm’s strategizing.

Globalization and more intense international flows of resources and ideas are bringing firms that were nurtured in ‘specific historically constructed national institutional settings’, to compete in global markets. Understanding the institutional setting of rival and/or partner firms so as to better appreciate their strengths and weakness adds an additional layer of complexity to the strategic endeavor in a globalizing context. Navigating the challenges of global competition therefore requires an appreciation, not only of the strategic moves a firm can make – but more importantly how these relate to and interweave with the broader institutions that frame and define strategic action.

This course therefore presumes that strategic action, of competition or cooperation, always is embedded in societal, institutional and regulatory contexts. Rather than looking at these as constraints, it helps if one can appreciate how wins can be crafted and power effectively leveraged working within and through these broader institutions, to the benefit of both firm and society.

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  • "I got a promotion after doing APSM! The learnings in the APSM course have also helped me tremend.....
    Sanjit Deb Acharya
    Senior Director-PWC
    Batch: APSM05

  • "I owe my success to IIMC for enabling me to reach better insights. It is our ability of decision.....
    Vikram Joshi
    Vice President Sales, Accelya Kale Solutions Limited
    Batch: APSM01

  • "APSM has given me a larger perspective of strategy right from inception to implementation. The .....
    Anmol Mehta
    Business Director, Global Partnerships, Digitantra FZC
    Batch: APSM03

  • "Deep insights into economic concepts of decision making, strategic choices companies make, key d.....
    Vaibhav Agrawal
    GM, Vodafone Idea Ltd.
    Batch: APSM12

  • "A great learning experience which I will cherish all my life. This programme has really helped t.....
    Sana Shaikh
    Director R&D, Synopsis
    Batch: APSM12

  • "Very inspiring. This programme will always be one of the highlights of my life. The programme he.....
    Vipin Khanna
    Director, Unified Collaborations Services LLL, VCNow
    Batch: APSM12

  • "A very exciting and academically interesting journey. The programme brought back to me the learn.....
    Srimathi K. S
    AVP, Infosys BPM
    Batch: APSM12

  • "When I got myself enrolled I wasn't sure if I am in the right course or not but then I experienc.....
    Shivani Sharma Singh
    Assistant Vice President - Corporate Relations Industry and Government, GLA University
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "APSM for Corporate leaders is very insightful, interesting and largely impactful .The course is.....
    Suvankar Ganguly
    Sr. Vice President (Projects), Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd.( GEECL
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "This course has broadened my horizons to a great extent and has helped me to wear top management.....
    Hemendra Gaur
    Management Consulting Specialist, Lloyd's Register group
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "I am founder of a mid size superspeciality hospital. So Prof Saha's  lectures on Strategy and.....
    Harendra Singh
    CEO, Asarfi Hospital Limited
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "I have always admired the precalculations and forecasting power and the selected decisions on s.....
    Nrusingha Misra
    Assistant Vice President, HDFC Bank Ltd
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "APSMCL has provided me with both the theory and practice of what it takes to devise a coherent a.....
    Alok Gupta
    Group Head – HR &  Administration, D P JINDAL GROUP, JINDAL CORPORATE CENTRE
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "APSMCL program has been by far, one of the most influential experience of my career. Not only ha.....
    Surender V P
    General Manager, GGS Information Services India Private Limited
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • "My heart fills with gratitude when I look back at this 7-month journey especially during the unp.....
    Kshitiza Bawa
    Senior Manager – Chairman’s Program Management Office, Aster DM Healthcare, Dubai
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • “Logic is not always the truth” the course clearly took us through the journey of organisatio.....
    Swagat Sekhar Baidyanath
    Legal Counsel, Tata Steel Limited
    Batch: APSMCL13

  • Sanjit Deb Acharya
    Senior Director-PWC
    Batch: APSM05

    "I got a promotion after doing APSM! The learnings in the APSM course have also helped me tremendously in my new role. In my new role, I am responsible for our engagements and business relationships with one of our largest Global Client Accounts. I would like to thank all the IIM Calcutta professors who helped me enhance my view of the world."

  • Vikram Joshi
    Vice President Sales, Accelya Kale Solutions Limited
    Batch: APSM01

    "I owe my success to IIMC for enabling me to reach better insights. It is our ability of decision making which makes or breaks the situation and is our barometer of success. As individuals, if we can manage to put the right ingredients together ( facts and assumptions), then accuracy of decision making becomes manifold. I think this is my biggest take away from IIMC. After I completed APSM, it radically changed the way things worked for me."

  • Anmol Mehta
    Business Director, Global Partnerships, Digitantra FZC
    Batch: APSM03

    "APSM has given me a larger perspective of strategy right from inception to implementation. The depth of knowledge one gains from a programme can come only through a programme which is well rehearsed, thought out and created to benefit one and all. The depth of the discussions in APSM were amazing."

  • Vaibhav Agrawal
    GM, Vodafone Idea Ltd.
    Batch: APSM12

    "Deep insights into economic concepts of decision making, strategic choices companies make, key drivers to growth, competitive strategy, structures, costing, etc.. Overall a full package of business strategy."

  • Sana Shaikh
    Director R&D, Synopsis
    Batch: APSM12

    "A great learning experience which I will cherish all my life. This programme has really helped to understand tools and techniques to be kept in mind during strategy making decisions. A great networking experience too. The sessions by professors were outstanding. The programme will greatly help in the advancement of career."

  • Vipin Khanna
    Director, Unified Collaborations Services LLL, VCNow
    Batch: APSM12

    "Very inspiring. This programme will always be one of the highlights of my life. The programme helped me to understand my past experiences. It gave me a more holistic view of my work environment enabling me to take better considered decisions. I have now gained the confidence to question till I am satisfied with the answer."

  • Srimathi K. S
    AVP, Infosys BPM
    Batch: APSM12

    "A very exciting and academically interesting journey. The programme brought back to me the learning focus needed. Excellent networking with both professionals and professors."

  • Shivani Sharma Singh
    Assistant Vice President - Corporate Relations Industry and Government, GLA University
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "When I got myself enrolled I wasn't sure if I am in the right course or not but then I experienced the vast pool of knowledge right from the 1st session till the last one which has not only changed the way I think but has also helped me to strategically position myself. During this course I have changed my organization and the credit goes to my professors who taught me how the top level professionals think and how one should represent oneself. I have been applauded and joined my present company with a 90% hike during the pandemic. It is incredible! I am sure this knowledge will keep on increasing and will do the value add throughout my proffessional journey. The entire team has wonderfully designed, conceptualized and executed this program. Kudos to the efforts!!"

  • Suvankar Ganguly
    Sr. Vice President (Projects), Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd.( GEECL
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "APSM for Corporate leaders is very insightful, interesting and largely impactful .The course is focused in its attempt to explain strategy as a mode of thinking, an exercise of power and thus it is all about governance. It is also of supreme importance to the life of a business organization in today's volatile and constantly disrupted environment. I found the course work to be very engaging and relevant to my current role. I would like to thank the esteemed IIM Calcutta Professors for this course."

  • Hemendra Gaur
    Management Consulting Specialist, Lloyd's Register group
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "This course has broadened my horizons to a great extent and has helped me to wear top management's glasses to look through the business, organisation and competition. The well curated concepts and cases from different industries and different business problems made sure that we learn to take a "Zoom Out, Zoom In" approach to business strategy. I have been working in the Strategy field for the last 12 years and for me the most important aspect was the "truly advanced nature" of this program which sets it apart from other courses in the market. Thanks and my sincere gratitude to all the professors, especially our course directors, Prof. Saha and Prof. Mohanty. Moreover, I personally loved and totally enjoyed the M&A and Strategic Leadership sessions by Prof. Sushil Khanna and Prof. Anirvan Pant respectively, each of those lectures are worth a fortune."

  • Harendra Singh
    CEO, Asarfi Hospital Limited
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "I am founder of a mid size superspeciality hospital. So Prof Saha's  lectures on Strategy and other related cases helped me to correlate my decisions and analyse my past errors which might have impacted me and my business. Being a CEO I am able to implement my learning right away. I have started giving more time to strategic issues. Now I am able to understand even my own action better, hence quality of decisions have improved. So for me it has been a great experience and has helped me to reorient."

  • Nrusingha Misra
    Assistant Vice President, HDFC Bank Ltd
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "I have always admired the precalculations and forecasting power and the selected decisions on strategies of my seniors. I decided to join the course so that I could elevate myself to a positon where I would be able to see the scenarios and prospects before hand. This course has tremedously opened my mind. The arguments during the case studies were unique in nature and have given me the much needed thought process. I can now see a problem from different angles."

  • Alok Gupta
    Group Head – HR &  Administration, D P JINDAL GROUP, JINDAL CORPORATE CENTRE
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "APSMCL has provided me with both the theory and practice of what it takes to devise a coherent and executable strategy. I feel I am now equipped with the right “toolbox” that I should use, having the theory behind it, and the rationale that has helped me to gain confidence. Now I am able to effectively develop and implement corporate strategies, set up realistic business objectives, perform daily tasks efficiently and lead effectively. All professors, especially Prof Mritiunjoy Mohanty & Prof Biswatosh Saha, were effective, charismatic and helped reinforce the critical concepts of the course. Experiencing progression through the different strategic phases reinforces practical application of the concepts."

  • Surender V P
    General Manager, GGS Information Services India Private Limited
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "APSMCL program has been by far, one of the most influential experience of my career. Not only has it provided a framework for how I should approach strategy management and thinking process, it has also helped me to implement some of these learnings in regular work and has enabled me to tackle complex business problems. I found working on case studies and project presentation with the other participants to be very helpful and it accommodated a variety of learning styles. I appreciate the knowledge, expertise and advise provided by the IIMC professors. In addition their willingness to learn from us was the highlight of this program. Overall, APSMCL program was an amazing experience and I foresee using several of the strategies, ideas and techniques in daily practice."

  • Kshitiza Bawa
    Senior Manager – Chairman’s Program Management Office, Aster DM Healthcare, Dubai
    Batch: APSMCL13

    "My heart fills with gratitude when I look back at this 7-month journey especially during the unprecedented times. Thanks to Professor Saha and Professor Mohanty for curating such a thoughtful and powerful course module. Being from non-Finance and non-Strategy background, I was never sure if this was the right choice of course for me. But as we progressed, I started to enjoy learning this side of management. The direction and insights provided by each of the Professors we learnt from helped me immensely in my ability to question, analyse and my approach towards drawing conclusions. Their challenging us at various points gave me new perspectives and helped to develop my ability to think through and analyse well before making any recommendation. This programme will always be a memorable learning experience of my life. I am definitely taking away with me immense learning and confidence that assures me that nothing is impossible unless you think it is. Thanks to all the IIM Calcutta Professors. As a Senior Manager in the Chairman’s Program Management Office, I get an opportunity to make decisions and use the new ways of looking at the world that I have learned in APSMCL, keeping in mind always that granularity and abstraction need to go hand in hand."

  • Swagat Sekhar Baidyanath
    Legal Counsel, Tata Steel Limited
    Batch: APSMCL13

    “Logic is not always the truth” the course clearly took us through the journey of organisational strategy in full circle i.e. from formulation, to implementation and realigning for course correction. The case studies were engaging and tested our conventional wisdom. It helped me to understand my organisational strategies from the leadership perspective."