The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has roped in the Harvard Business School (HSB) to offer a four week course to senior government officials in the Department of Income Tax (DIT) in India to help them become more responsive as well as citizen friendly. This is indeed a revolutionary step taken by the IIM-A to fulfill its commitment to work closely with public institutions and connect with the private sector, public sector as well as internationally renowned business schools.
The four week integrated experience programme will enable senior leaders in DIT to spend two weeks at the IIMA campus and two weeks at the HSB campus. The strategy of the programme is to provide DIT leaders with the necessary perspectives, skills and insights related to the leadership of a public enterprise and change management in a large organization.
Professor Ashish Nanda, Director, IIM Ahmedabad confirmed that as a management institute, they are committed in working with and learning from practitioners from a wide range of sectors. The public sector is one such sector at present where they can have a powerful impact. The senior government officials of the country are faced with many challenges that need to be overcome with the best leadership and management skills. The tie up with Harvard Business School is meant to design and deliver an outstanding programme to the senior officials at DIT, customized to meet their needs and specifications.
James J Hill, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard School also observed “We look forward to hosting some senior leaders from the Department of Income Tax on our campus at the coming months”.
Prof. Ajay Pandey, Dean (Programs), IIMA, in an attempt to describe the USP of the programme said that public sector leaders need to strike the right balance between policy enforcement and responsiveness, when dealing with the public. The programme is designed to explore the precise balance between service orientation and policy implementation. Ways to achieve the right balance will also be discussed.
It is worth mentioning that Harvard Business School has imparted its first Executive Education program in 1945 to a group of 60 executive and since then the Business School has successfully helped leaders from various backgrounds to excel in diverse fields.