I planned for a career in organizational development from the time I was sixteen and acquired the equivalent of four Master's Degrees and a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies. After spending 14 years in graduate school, I began to explore non-Western traditions and discovered that they had much to offer to our understanding of unleashing the deeply hidden potential of individuals, organizations and communities. Because of an educational system that was not equipped to tap into the genius of non-Western knowledge, I had remained blissfully ignorant of these alternative approaches to breakthroughs in individual and organizational effectiveness. In this session, I will introduce participants to these paradigm shifting ideas that they may never encounter in formal university curriculum in the organizational studies but which could, nevertheless, dramatically increase their effectiveness as practitioners of OD.
About the Author and Program Leader:
Dr. Param Srikantia, a Professor in the Division of Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace College, is a former television host in India who knows the art of entertaining and energizing a live audience! Param published his book "The Architecture of Human Greatness" based on a five year research study, talking to thousands of people from around the world about extraordinary moments in their life. Param has authored over 35 scholarly papers in Management, Organizational Behavior, and Globalization that he has published or presented at conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and Master's Degrees in Business Administration, Human Resources and Organizational Psychology. Param has worked for the World Bank Group, Arthur Andersen, the Unilever Group, the American Cyanamid Company, Lederle Laboratories and the Tata Group of Companies. He has taught as Lead Faculty at the Weatherhead School of Management, at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and as Visiting Faculty at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Washington D.C. He has also taught at the business program at the University of Iowa in the U.S., at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute in India and FAE Business School in Brazil.