Following the successful Phase 1 completion of the Indian Business Museum, the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode is marching ahead with yet another remarkable venture of instituting the Indian Business Heritage Lecture Series, which will be delivered every quarterly, by doyens in the field. The objective is to lend a connecting thread to the contemporary business managers on Indias rich business traditions, glory as well as the past failures the business activities and exploits that set the tone, influenced the trends, and impacted the process of transition, its transition into the economic powerhouse that India is today.
History not only has an enduring influence in shaping the character of the corporation but it also plays an important role in deciding the contemporary approach of any corporation. Managers unconsciously refer to the past by regularly viewing policies and strategies designed years ago to facilitate their decision making.
Prof. Debashsis Chatterjee, DirectorIIM Kozhikode, while stressing the imperative for the business museum and the rationale behind the lecture series initiative, said the theme of the museum itself is connecting the past to the future. Our vision is to turn the museum as the focal point of activities relating to the trade, commerce, businesses and industrial events of the past. To this end, we intend to develop the museum as a center of conferences, seminars, colloquia, lectures and discussions focusing on Business History of India. Eventually, the Museum would not be only a repository of material and historical narrative, but a dynamic agency promoting interest in Indian Business.
The lecture series is being launched in association with the Calicut Heritage Forum, which is chaired by the renowned historian and academician Prof. MGS Narayanan. The maiden lecture will be delivered by Dr. Oliver Noone, on 7 November 2012 at IIM Kozhikode, on the topic The Battle of Calicut (1790) - A Landmark Event : A Case Study of its Strategic Implications on Trade and Colonization. A native of Calicut and a physician by training from the Calicut Medical College, Dr. Oliver Noone spent almost four decades in England, studying and practicing medicine.