About SIMSARC'18

Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune, organizes its Annual International Research Conference, SIMSARC, with a view to provide an opportunity to researchers and scholars alike to publish or present their research papers or only participate in the conference. This year too, as part of the Faculty of Management, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), SIMS takes immense pleasure in announcing its 9th Annual International Research Conference, SIMSARC’18 on 18-19 December, 2018

Research workshop

Research workshop will be conducted for the participants of SIMSARC. The title of the research workshop is " Applying qualitative methods in management research ". This will be conducted on 17 December, 2018 from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to applying qualitative research methods in management research.Through this workshop, resource person intend to provide an understanding of qualitative research methodologies, and to discuss its applications in management research. Through hands-on exercises and discussion of live research projects, Dr. Rajesh intends to describe the typical process of conducting research using qualitative research methodologies, and the potential applicability of this to participants' own research projects.

All the participants of the SIMSARC can attend this workshop for free.

Research workshop will be conducted by Dr. Rajesh Nanarpuzha.

Dr. Rajesh R Nanarpuzha

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SIMSARC'18 Theme

"4C's ,Communication, Commerce, Connectivity, Culture : Implications for Business & Society"

Communication, Commerce, connectivity and culture are pillars on which the growth of an economy rests. Communication aids in information flow among the stakeholders of the business. Commerce provides the goods and services which a country produce and connectivity & infrastructure provide the right eco-system for those goods and services to reach the consumers and markets. Culture plays a vital role in the whole process where it culture help to retain the indigenous value in those. India is emerging as the world’s next economic powerhouse, strengthening the relationship with the global economies is utmost important. 4Cs are considered quite important for the business to grow and prosper as well as to the society.

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Use of IT
Social media
Traditional Communication
Big data
Artificial Intelligence
Net Neutrality
Digital Transformation
Digital payments
Economic Policy
Legal and Political
Sustainable energy
Export & Import
Digital connectivity
Legal and Political
Blue Economy
Soft infrastructure
Education exchange
Corporate culture
Cross culture environment
Preserving Indian
Dance, music,
Language and
Values and norms


  • Mr. S.C. Kalia

    Senior Stratergic Advisor, Yes Bank Ltd.

  • Mr. Tomio Isogai

    Freelance Advisor in Indo-Japanese Relations Adjunct Professor at Ajeenkya D.Y. Patil University. view more...

  • Mr. Rahul Guha

    Partner & Director, People & Organization Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

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  • Mr. Mahesh Girdhar

    President – Crop Nutrition Business
    Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemical Corporation Ltd

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  • Mr. Amrish Goel

    President – Strategy Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. view more...

  • Dr. M. Thenmozhi

    Director of the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM). view more...

  • Mr. Naresh Kumar Pinisetti

    President -HR,Deepak Fertilizers & Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd.

  • Prof. Matt Glowatz

    Assistant Professor, University College Dublin. view more...

  • Dr. Rajendra Khandekar

    Professor Of Management,
    Metropolitan State, University of Denvar,USA

  • Dr. Pawan Jain

    Assistant Professor(Finance), University of Wyoming,USA

  • Arun D. Upadhyay,

    Assistant Professor, Finance,
    Florida International University

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    University of Wyoming, Department of Accounting and Finance

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Review Committee

  1. Dr Asha Nagendra, Professor, SIMS, Pune
  2. Dr Atul Kumar Pandey, Assistant Professor, Rajiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre, National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  3. Dr Chetan Chaudhari, Deputy Director, MIT World Peace University, Pune
  4. Dr Christo Selvan, Perfect and Dean of Commerce, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore
  5. Dr Darshita Ganatra, Head & Assistant Professor, Christ College, Rajkot
  6. Dr Dipankar Das, Assistant Professor, Symbiosis School Of Economics, Pune
  7. Dr G Kalpana, Head - Department of Computer Applications, M.M.E.S Women’s Arts and Science College, Melvisharam, Vellore District
  8. Dr Gaurav Bisaria, Assistant Professor, Integral University, Lucknow
  9. Dr Hetal Jhaveri, Assistant Professor, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad
  10. Dr Hirak Dasgupta, Associate Professor, SIMS, Pune
  11. Dr Jaya Jacob, Assistant Professor, St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry, Kerala
  12. Dr Kritika Nagdev, Assistant Professor, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi
  13. Dr Lukman Patel, Assistant Professor, Allana Institute of Management Studies, Pune
  14. Dr M. Radhikaashree, Associate Professor Faculty, Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute (Deemed to be University)
  15. Dr Milind Anil Marathe, IIMS Chinchwad, Pune
  16. Dr Mita Mehta, Associate Professor, SIMS, Pune
  17. Dr MK Gandhi, Adjunct Faculty, SIMS Pune
  18. Dr Naval Lawande, Assistant Professor, SIMS, Pune
  19. Dr Neeraja, Associate Professor,Deputy Head ,Faculty of Management studies, Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute (Deemed to be University)
  20. Dr Nitin Mahankale, Assistant Professor, Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, Pune
  21. Dr Parul Kumar, Assistant Professor, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management Studies, Delhi
  22. Dr Pradnya Chitrao, Associate Professor, SIMS, Pune
  23. Dr Rita Basu, Assistant Professor, Institute of Business Management, Kolkata
  24. Dr Rizwana Atiq, Assistant Professor, Integral University, Lucknow
  25. Dr Srividya, Associate Professor, ISB&M, Kolkata
  26. Dr Suruchi Pandey, Associate Professor, SIMS, Pune
  27. Dr Tajamul Islam, Assistant Professor, SIMS, Pune
  28. Dr Vaishali Jain, Assistant Professor, SIMS, Pune
  29. Dr Vanishree Pabalkar, Assistant Professor, SIMS, Pune


Accepted papers will be presented in the Research Conference. Based on quality of research work, authors will be intimated about publication of their papers in ANY ONE of the following categories:

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Neeraj Kulshrestha
    Chief Business & Operation Officer,
    Bombay stock Exchange
  • Mr. Debasish Mallick
    Deputy Managing Director,Export-Import Bank of India
  • Mr. S. C. Kalia
    Senior Stratergic Advisor Yes Bank Ltd.
  • Dr. S.V. Bhave
    Director (HR & IR) Bharat Forge Ltd.
  • Mr. Anuj Ranjan
    General Manager Reserve Bank of India
  • Mr. Naresh Kumar Pinisetti
    President -HR,Deepak Fertilizers & Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd.
  • Dr. Kishor G. Kulkarni
    Professor of Economics University of Denver(USA)
  • Dr. Rajendra P. Khandekar
    Professor Of Management, Metropolitan State
    University of Denvar,USA
  • Dr. Ravi Seethamraju
    Associate Professor University of Sydney Business School,Australia
  • Dr. Mukul Madahar
    MBA Wellfare Director,Cardiff
    School of Management Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr. Pawan Jain
    Assistant Professor(Finance), University of Wyoming,USA

Important Dates

Last Date of submission of abstracts 20th July, 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstract 20th July, 2018
Last Date of submission of full papers 18th September, 2018
Notification of acceptance of papers 1st November, 2018
Last date of Registration for authors 20th November, 2018
Date of Conference 18-19 December, 2018
Publication of Papers September-October, 2019



Registration Fee* for Paper Presenters

Sr No Faculty/Researchers Corporates Student Foreign Delegate
1 INR 8000*/3000*/2000* INR 5000* INR 2000* USD 150*

*Plus 18% GST

*Registration Fee includes Conference Kit, Food and Refreshments


- Co-authors/participants participating along with main/presenting author need to pay additional INR 1000

- Accommodation will be available at INR Rs. 885, per day per person, on twin sharing basis to limited number of participants.

- Only the papers which are presented in the conference will be sent for publication

- In-absentia presentation is not allowed

- An author can only submit maximum of 2 papers (one as the principal author and the other as co-author)

- Conference registration fee will not be refunded, under any circumstances


Registration Fee can be paid either by DD or online payment. Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘Director, SIMS’, payable at Pune.

Bank details for RTGS/NEFT for SIMSARC-2018



Beneficiary Name


Beneficiary Bank Name

Axis Bank Ltd

Beneficiary (Unique) Account No.


Branch Location



Centralized Processing Hub

Remark (if any)

Mention Participant’s name


Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Pune held its 8th Annual International Research Conference (SIMSARC) from 14th to 16th December 2017 successfully. The theme for SIMSARC 2017 is “Government Initiatives for Transforming India: Implications on Business and Society”.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function on 15th December. Dr. S. B. Mujumdar Hon’ble Chancellor, SI(DU); Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar Pro Chancellor, SI(DU); Dr Rajani Gupte Vice Chancellor, SI(DU) were also present on the occasion. Brig. (Dr.) Rajiv Divekar, Director, SIMS was the conference Chairperson and Dr. Arti Chandani, was the Conference Convener.

Rajiv Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog, the Chief Guest for the inaugural function wished SIMS on its 8th Successful SIMSARC Conference and added that he wishes the young research minds to contribute in transforming India through Govt. Initiatives that can be practically applied. He said Niti Ayog serves as an open action funnel with its mouth opened towards Society that takes suggestions and ideas from the society and includes all relevant ideas into the system.

Dr. S. B. Mujumdar Hon’ble Chancellor, Symbiosis International Deemed University presiding the event was very impressed by the topic chosen for the conference and said “If you want to know what Pune thinks tomorrow; you should know what Symbiosis thinks today” The government has launched an array of initiatives which are aimed at making India a better country to live in. These initiatives are in different fields and the focus of these initiatives is to bring the lower strata of society into the mainstream of India It would also foster the growth and development in the business world in terms of: increase in speed, improve in governance and ease of doing business through various technology and techniques. These initiatives present a plethora of opportunities but it comes with a host of challenges and SIMSARC’17 served as the platform where the opportunities, challenges and the solutions to meet these challenges were discussed by the delegates and dignitaries through their research papers publications and case studies. The objective was to provide a special forum to present and discuss management of business under the umbrella of the ‘Government Initiatives for Transforming India’ and to facilitate sharing of multidisciplinary research based knowledge amongst researchers, academicians and students. Over 151 papers were reviewed by the double blind peer review out of which 102 papers were shortlisted and presented over these 2 days of research meeting.

The two day deliberations were divided into four sub themes revolving around the central theme of the conference. These sub themes were specially selected as they have maximum impact on business and society namely: Energy & Environment, Rural India: Prospects and Challenges, Sustainable Infrastructure: Impetus for Growth, Capacity Building: the Future is Now. To give a holistic perspective on each of these subthemes an array of experts from Industry, Govt. , Society and academics such as Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog, Mr. Debasish Mallick, DMD, EXIM bank, Dr. Kishore Kulkarni, Metropolitan State university of Denever, USA, Dr. Rajendra Khandekar, Metropolitan State university of Denever, USA, Dr. Ravi Seethamraju, University of Sydney, Australia, Mr. Popat Rao Pawar, Hiware Bazar, Shri Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City, Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, Founder & CEO, Rural Relations, Shiv Kumar Shukla, Assistant Director, FICCI, shared their knowledge and experience.

The topic for Plenary Session 1 on 15th was

Business Environment and Rural India : Prospects and Challenges.

Dr.Ravi Seethamraju, University of Sydney, Australia and Mr. Sunder Ram Korivi, Dean, SSE & SSIR, NISM and Mr Debashsish Mallick, DMD, EXIM Bank of India shared their Insights on Business Environment. Dr. Seethamraju talked on Metadata and long term strategic plan and Attention Economy. He said that the future holds new opportunities and challenges. He gave an example of Google self-Driving Car and said that we can imagine the kind of impact it would have on Urban designing of the cities, roads, Infrastructure, Malls and not just Automobile Industry.He further talked about Attention Economy that’s going to be the Future Most Expensive Economic Asset. Everyone in the business would seek attention in order to deliver the services. Large piles of online database demands attention and so on and that’s how there’s a huge market. Dr. Korivi delivered his talks on Hydraulic tracking. He drew everyone’s attention to the war that’s going on Geo Politically between nations like America, China, Russia and the Arab Countries on manipulation of the petrol prices He talked on oil companies using an Opaque policy to their own advantage. Then he took the attention of audience on the Balance of Power that finally where the BOP would lie in probably a Battery operated car so the dynamics would entirely change. Dr.Mallik talked on technology, Environment and Utilization of resources especially to generate energy. He talked about clean energy giving an example of how clean hydraulic energy is but it could not gain popularity due to the instability and dependability on water and rain. He also talked on Input- output matrix of more stable energies like thermal and Coal. He said that initially Energy and Environment was essentially a challenge especially to generate clean energy. He added that it is imperative to use Clean Energy and with the kind of scientific achievements in this era it is possible now. We should further allow technology and market to drive it for further reduction in cost and should not go for bidding for deciding the cost on these energies so as to protect the environment.

For Plenary Session 2 –

Rural India: Prospects and Challenges

The Moderator for the discussion was Mr. Anuj Mehra, MD, Mahindra Rural Housing Finance Ltd , and Mr. Popat Rao Pawar, Hiware Bazar and Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, Founder & CEO, Rural Relations were the Panel Speakers.

Mr. Anuj Mehra talked about the need for giving home loans and ability to reach the lower strata of society so that they can also afford homes. He also talked about the fact that how rural India is a huge upcoming and potential market.

Mr. Popatrao pawar talked about how he transformed Hiware Bazar from a village which was suffering from lack of water resources to a green and prosperous model village with highest GDP in the country. The Hiware bazare gram panchayat, with Mr. Pawar as its sarpanch, won the first National Award for community led water conservation in 2007. Mr. Pradeep Lokhande talked about Rural relations- how to reach out to rural India and contribute to its development. he talked about how he has been able to do all that in his 20 years of association with this mission.He has personally visited over 4,000 villages in India, recorded their population, markets, education systems, consumer habits, etc. He has installed used computers in rural secondary schools, where the interest and curiosity of the students was very high, etc.

Plenary Session 3 saw discussions on

Sustainable Infrastructure: Impetus for Growth

By Mr. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City and Dr. Kishore Kulkarni, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA. was seen moderating the discussion. Mr. Rajendra Jagtap extensively talked about the Smart city project handled by him for Pune city. He said that an Investment of Rs.70000 crores is projected for Infrastructure Development alone. They expect the project delivery to get completed by 2030 especially for Urban Areas that includes Sewage, Mass transport, water, Solid waste, Open Green Space, storm water. They aspire to ensure future proof way of Infrastructure development. They have already accomplished Command and control by installing CCTV, WIFI, Environment sensors, Flood Sensors etc. He added that the sustainable environment features are built in and so the assets that are being created will have sustainability and proper usability in future as well. He said that the project involves inputs from the end users keeping in mind that ultimately they are the ones who are to use so the loopholes and gaps are being covered real time.

Plenary Session 4 involved Dr. Rajendra Khandekar, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA as the Moderator and Dr. Pawan Jain, University of Wyoming, USA and Mr. Shiv Shukla, FICCI as speaker on the topic

‘Capacity building: The future is now’.

Dr. Jain highlighted the Importance of Collaboration and he said there are enough resources all around if you stop being competitive and collaborate in order to have powerful research. He said Time horizons are getting shorter in the competitive world and you need to build up speed to reach your target so Collaboration is the key. He said we are still looking at huge Infrastructure that is Capacity and in order to be creative you need to build capacity. Dr. Shukla added that India needs to build huge capacity. He talked about Reskilling, Deskilling, Upskilling yourself. He said factors like media literacy, Intermigration, Job demand are going to change future course of hiring from B School. He talked about Mind mapping and said that students need to develop on their soft skills in order to get into a particular field in future. For all this, we need to be a good researcher and understand the changing dynamics. He talked about E commerce and digitalisation and said in all this one needs to be responsive, creative and collaborative.

Valedictory Function

The Valedictory Function was chaired by Mr. Naresh Pinisetti. Mr. Naresh is currently associated with Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd as Group President Human Resources. The winner and the first runner-up were awarded cash prizes of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5000 respectively. Winner: Dr. A.R. Nithya, Ms. S. Vidhya and Ms. L. Priyanka Paper Title: “An Empirical study on factors affecting work life balance among women entrepreneur and salaried women” Runner- Up: Mr. Amol Raiker and Dr. Vanishree Pabalkar Paper Title: “Consumer Ethnocentrism: attitude of Indian customers towards domestic and foreign products- A study of Automobile industry”

Inaugural function of SIMSARC’16

The conference was further addressed on the topics : Seven questions of leaders, IT/S in Manufacturing SMEs (Small and medium sized Enterprises) – Opportunities & Challenges, Make in India: Impact on BFSI and Financial Inclusion and SME Financing by eminent speakers like Dr. Rajendra P. Khandekar, Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver (USA) and Dr. Ravi Seethamraju, The University of Sydney Business School, Australia, Mr. S.C. Kalia, Senior Strategic Advisor and Chief Mentor, Yes Bank Ltd., Shri Pramod K Panda, Principal, College of Agriculture Banking, RBI and Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, Global head- Sustainability, CSR and BFSI Industry marketing, Brillio Technologies and Ms. Rima Marphatia, Chief General Manager, Exim Bank of India. The conference got huge success where in 120 papers were received in total which were shortlisted to 80 papers after double blind peer review process. These research papers presented were far ranging in their categories, papers of all the practicable specializations, be it Make in India, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, CSR, General Management or Operations. SIMSARC’16 was ennobled by a large number of participants from a multitude of locations from around the country. 5 best quality papers are already published in the SCOPUS indexed journal, Indian Journal of Science and Technology (INDJST) and 8 papers are published in indexed journal. The remaining papers will be published in the next issue of the journal.

Valedictory function of SIMSARC’16

The valedictory address was given by Mr. V Ravi, ED and CFO, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL). The conference was a much applauded affair with accolades pouring in for its solidarity and singularity from all sides. It was an experience by means of which the researchers and student managers assimilated a lot of critical concepts that undoubtedly added a great value to the already present potential in them. The objective of the conference is to stimulate and encourage research and to motivate the researchers, the 3 best papers were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 3,000 for 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd prize respectively. The winners were announced by Dr. Arti Chandani and the chief guest along with director gave away the certificate to the winners. The conference concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Pravin Kumar.

SIMS held its Annual Research Conference, SIMSARC’15 on 11th December, 2015.The theme of the Research Conference this year was-“Managing Business Globally – An Indian Way”. The event opened with the Brig Rajiv Divekar, Director SIMS delivering the welcome address. Shri. Ashwini Mehra, Deputy Managing Director, SBI was the Chief Guest for the conference. The conference in the Plenary session was further addressed by august speakers like

  • Dr. Kishore G. Kulkarni, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA.
  • Dr.Rajendra P. Khandekar, Metropolitan State, University of Denver, USA.
  • Dr. Ravi Seethamraju, University of Sydney Business School, Australia.
  • MR. Mukesh Kumar, Deputy General Manager, RBI.

SIMSARC’15 received an overwhelming response wherein 82 papers were received from research scholars from all over the world of which 64 papers were selected after double blind peer review process. The conference commenced with research paper presentations. under marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Operations and General tracks. The ceremony concluded with the prize distribution ceremony where prizes were given to the winners of each track. Dr. Pravin Kumar, deputy director pronounced the thank you note to the audience. The conference was a much applauded affair with accolades pouring in for its solidarity and singularity form all sides. All participants were enthralled with the flawless execution of the conference proceedings which ran as if guided by an invisible hand.


The theme of SIMSARC’14 was “Transformational Leadership: Towards engaging Competitive Business and Social Harmony”. SIMSARC’14 began with lighting of the lamp and cast of SIMSARC Movie followed by inaugural address by Mr. Rabindra Kumar Behera, Chairman – RSB Group. Day 1 – December 13, 2014 (Saturday)

The Conference further witnessed Plenary Sessions by eminent guest speakers like

  • Dr. Stuart M.Locke (Professor – University of Waikato, New Zealand)
  • Dr. Dilip K. Pithadia [Chairman – Pithadia Foundation, Texas (USA)]
  • Dr. Debbie Craig (MD-Catalyst Consulting, S. Africa)
  • Dr. Raj Khandekar [Professor – Metropolitan State College of Denver (USA)]

addressing the august audience. The day was concluded with Research Paper Presentations under HR, Marketing and General Management tracks.

Day 2 – December 14, 2014 (Sunday)

The Conference commenced with Research Paper Presentations under Marketing, HR, Finance, IT and Operation tracks. Further, the event was witnessed with Plenary Sessions by eminent guest speakers like

Mr. Rajendra Shivaraikar (Associate VP- Garware Wall Ropes, Pune)
Dr. Ravi Seethamraju (Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Business School, Australia)
Mr. Sarang Bapat [CEO – iBrand, N. Carolina (USA)]

The session concluded with Valedictory Address by Mr. Rahul Amrutkar (MD- Assent Group) and Vote of Thanks by Mr. Venkatesh Iyengar (SIU-JRF Research Scholar and SIMSARC’14 Conference Co- Convenor). Certificates to participants and Best Paper Prizes to winners were awarded. POST CONFERENCE RESEARCH WORKSHOP

A free Post-Conference Research Workshop was organised for all participants and faculty post lunch on 14 Dec and first half day of 15 Dec 2014, to benefit in understand ‘Research’ in the best interests of competitive business and social harmony as Transformational Leaders.


The Theme of SIMSARC’13 was “Shaping the Future of Business and Society”.

The SIMSARC’13 began with lighting of the lamp followed by the inaugural addresses by

Hon’ble Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Chancellor – SIU

Dr. Ann Murphy, Dean – MSU, Denver

Mr. Filip Vandenberghe, MD – Atlas Copco.

Day 1 – December 12, 2013

The Conference witnessed a plethora of guest speakers like

Professor Peter Stokes, Dy Dean – University of Chester (UK)

Dr. Kishore Kulkarni, Professor – MSU, Denver

Dr. Gautam Gawali, HOD-Dept of Psychology – Mumbai University

Dr. Mukul Madahar, MBA Welfare Director – Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK).

Day 2 – December 13, 2013

The Conference witnessed a plethora of guest speakers like

Dr. Swati Shirwadkar, Professor and HOD – Dept. of Sociology, University of Pune

Dr. Rajkumar R. Hirwani, Head CSIR-URDIP

Dr. Rajendra Khandekar, Professor – Management, MSU (Denver).

The valedictory address was delivered by Donald Salyards, Professor – Economics, Winona State University followed by Prizes Distribution.

December 13, 2012

SIMSARC is an annual Research Conference of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune. SIMSARC provides an unparalleled opportunity to researchers and scholars to enrich their body of knowledge through their extensive research papers. SIMSARC also offers a platform to the researchers and scholars to share and publish their thoughts and ideas.

The seminar officially commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by the inaugural addresses by Brig. Rajiv Divekar, Director, SIMS; Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Acting Vice Chancellor, SIU; Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Chancellor SIU and Dr. Debasish Chakaraborty, Director MBA Program, Central Michigan University, USA with regard to SIMSARC’s 2012 agenda “Inclusiveness and Innovation – Sustainable Growth Challenges in Emerging Economics”.Day 1 of the Seminar witnessed a plethora of guest speakers impart their views and ideas to the student managers and the highly revered multinational dignitaries. Dr. Mukul Madahar, MBA Welfare Director, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK discussed the “Inclusivity and Innovation Challenge” with regard to the education sector in India. He noted that private education Universities could be instrumental in shifting the educational paradigm with emphasis on potency of education.

Dr. Booshan P. Kelkar, Country Manager, IBM India, University Relation India addressed the audience on “Innovation and Intellectual Property”, elaborating on the patents procedure in India and the costs, time and the hiccups experienced while acquiring a patent. He presented his insight on how monopoly should lie with the inceptor of the idea and concluded that ‘India 2020’ might be a far-fetched vision for now.

Brian Patrick O’Donoghue, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, University of Alaska, Alaska USA presented his dialogue on “Digital Tsunami: Implications of India’s News Media Approaching Confrontation with Mobile Information Storms”. He shed light on the shrinking market share of newspapers in India due to the digital age while the ‘digital tsunami’ in the United States has had only a slight impact on the newspaper’s market share.

Prof. Dr. Patthira Phon-ngam, Chairman of Doctoral Degree Program Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Loei Rajabhat University, Thailand spoke on “Innovation for Economic Development”. She stated that the youth of the India are its core strength and the nation is layered with innovative streak.

The first day concluded with a Culture Program by the Student Managers of SIMS showcasing vibrant performances by the Music Club – Sur, the Drama Club – Aks and the Dance club – Vibes.

December 14, 2012

SIMSARC – a knowledge extravaganza reconvened in the true spirit of learning after the success of day one. The day flagged off with an insightful address by Prof. Stuart Locke, Director MBA Program University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand, on “Corporate Governance: A Global Perspective” that enriched the audience on the pathway to attain sustainable growth and its additional value to stakeholders. He also identified the advantageous pattern of mixed ownership for public enterprises.

The august gathering was set in motion by Dr. Geeta Rani, Teacher Fellow in Dept. of Finance, University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand. She spoke extensively on how Indian corporates have been trying to diversify their talent pool to deliver additional value and how government enterprises should take a cue from this paradigm shift. She also emphasized on endeavours to bring in diversity in the corporate boards in order to strive for innovativeness.

In order to add to the research seminar, Mrs. Suparna Shankar, Senior Research Scientist, Sustainability Business Unit, Infosys Limited Bangalore offered her dialogue on “Inclusiveness and Innovation-Sustainable Growth Challenges in Emerging Markets and what it means to Business”. She emphasized on the essential attributes of innovation and inclusiveness as the business thrives on the aforementioned two aspects. Her interactive lecture brought forth various examples of the contemporary world adopting the two drivers of sustainable growth.

SIMSARC a two day affair of unabated learning and knowledge allocates prime importance to the research papers submitted by various luminaries who contributed immensely to the research conference. Out of 90 research papers, three research papers were awarded the certification of excellence in research. The prizes to the research winners were given by Dr D.M Deshpande, Deputy Director, SIMS. The winners are:

I – Girija Ningaokar on “A comparative study of India vis- a-vis China from Inclusive Growth Perspective

II – Ravi Kumar Gupta on “Social Security in Unorganised Sector: A case study of Rickshaw Pullers in Uttar Pradesh”

III – Geeta Nair on “Inclusiveness and Innovation – New weapons for Sustainable Growth”

The audience was enthralled by the Valedictorian Address delivered by Raj Khandekar, Ph.D., Professor, Management Department Metropolitan State College of Denver, USA on “Experiencing Diversity Upside Down”. He enlightened the gathering on the importance of an egalitarian culture in the corporate arena. He further elaborated on the humbleness, a prerequisite in the contemporary corporate world.

SIMSARC concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof. Dr. B. R. Londhe, Conference Convenor, Professor, SIMS.


SIMSARC’11 was held on the 15th and 16th of December 2011. The main theme of the Conference was ‘Big India Breaching Boundaries: India By 2020’. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Prafulla Agnihotri Director, Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli who talked contribution of India in global economy and opportunities and challenges to Indian economy in years to come. It was then followed by an invigorating discussion on the various aspects of the central theme of the conference by eminent persons like Dr. Subhash Sharma, Director Indus Business Academy, Bangalore, Dr Ravi Seethe Raju , Professor, The University of Sydney, NSW Australia, Ian Smith Head, ACMA Centre for Technology, Pune and Dr. Prantik Ray Professor, XLRI, Jamshedpur, India The next day of the conference saw scintillating talks by Dr. Pallabh Bandyopadhayay Vice President, Human Resources, Citrix R & D India Pvt. Ltd., Valedictory function was chaired by Dr.Ashok Joshi, Dean Faculty of Management University of Pune. The research papers presented in the conference were also published in Conference Proceedings with an ISBN.


SIMSARC’10 was held on the 17th and 18th of December 2010. The main theme of the Conference was ‘Myths and Realities of India Advantage: What Needs to be Done to Reach the Potential’ The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Shashank Inamdar, Vice-Chairman & Co-Founder of Praj Industries who talked about India adopting World Class Standards for reaching the full potential. It was then followed by an invigorating discussion on the various aspects of the central theme of the conference by eminent persons like Mr. Bhushan Joshi (CEO, Kenersys, Kalyani Group, Pune), Mr. Rajesh Kamath (Principal Consultant, Learning & Development, Cerebrus Consultants, Pune), and Dr Anuj Paul Gosain ( Strategic Planning Manager, John Deere, IPL, Pune). The panel discussion was moderated by eminent academician, Consultant, and Public Nominee Director, Prof Pradeep Apte. The next day of the conference saw scintillating talks by Mr. Abhijeet Ranade (Regional Director, Consultancy, Price Waterhouse Cooper), Dr Ravi Seetham Raju (Professor, Sydney University, Australia), and Mr. Arun Wakhlu (Founder Director, Pragati Leadership Foundation).The Conference received an overwhelming 88 papers from which 52 were short listed and presented. These research papers were also published in Conference Proceedings with an ISBN.

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Conference Committee

Brig. Rajiv Divekar (Retd.) — Conference Chairperson


Tel: 020 – 3021 3300

Mobile: 97652 90159


Dr. Arti Chandani — Conference Convener


Tel. :020 – 3021 3215

Mobile : 93715 33791

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Ms. Sanchari Debgupta — Research Assistant,

Conference Co-Convener

Tel.: +91-20-30213217, Mobile: 7798613911

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Contact Person

Harsha J. Mane — Organizing Secretary

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Correspondence Address:

Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS) Range Hills Road, Khadki Pune – 411020, Maharashtra, India. Phone No.: 020 – 3021 3250 / 215 Fax: 020 – 3021 3333 e-Mail ID:


Accommodation will be available at INR 885 per day on twin-sharing basis to limited number of participants.

Downloads Brochure

SIMSARC 18 Brochure Click Here

SIMSARC18 Cover Page Click Here

SIMSARC18 Registration Form Click Here

SIMSARC18 Declaration Form Click Here

Guidelines To Authors

Information/Guidelines for Paper Presentation in SIMSARC’18:

  • Abstracts and Full papers should be submitted to
  • The paper should be an original work of the author(s) and be composed in not more than 5000 words
  • One author can submit maximum two research papers
  • The research paper should have an abstract of 200 words with at least three keywords.
  • Names of authors, address (postal and e-mail) & phone/fax numbers must be indicated in the paper.
  • All research papers will be blind reviewed by an external panel of eminent experts
  • Papers adhering to prescribed requirements will be eligible for publication in the conference program subject to a page limitation.
  • One of the authors must pre-register for the conference within one week after acceptance of the paper to ensure inclusion of the paper in the conference program.
  • After the payment, applicants are required to mail the screenshot of NEFT/RTGS/DD number of the same at
  • Co-authors/participants participating along with main/presenting author need to pay additional INR 1000
  • Accommodation will be available at INR 885 per day on twin sharing basis to limited number of participants on “first come first basis”.
  • Only the papers which are presented in the conference will be sent for publication.
  • In-absentia presentation is not allowed
  • An author can only submit maximum of 2 papers (one as the principal author and the other as co-author).
  • Conference registration fee will not be refunded , under any circumstances.