Overview of the Convention

Rebuilding Organizations: Strategic Conversations for a Post Pandemic World

As nations, organizations, and citizens recover from the significant, even game-changing, disruptions and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, greater attention and focus is being paid to institutions and processes that would rebuild economies and livelihoods. Strategic conversations and dialogues on better managing the interface between Samaj (communities), Bazaar (market), and Sarkar (government) are key to a better future. The SMF Convention, to be hosted by the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) from December 21–23, 2022, at the IRMA campus in Anand, would further dialogue around themes focused on responsible businesses with greater attention to combining profit with purpose and the planet; the importance of enterprise forms – social, rural, and collective or member-owned in reducing inequality, and the need for relooking at innovations in better managing public systems.

Some of the questions this convention seeks to deliberate are listed below, not in any particular order. How can inclusion and equity in governance be hardwired into the design of the enterprise? How can complex global systemic problems be solved through local system solutions through cooperation and with stakeholders? Can open and responsible research and innovation lead to the revival of nations and economies? How do firms and businesses reconfigure themselves to innovate and lead the new transformation of local, national and world economies? How do we rethink the rural? - as a market for goods and services, a temporary sink for recovery, a space for renewal, or an opportunity to transform relations and rebuild a better India (as we enter our 75th year of Independence) and the world? What are the possible synergies among management institutions in bringing rural transformations? How do we better manage our producer collectives (cooperatives and producer companies)? What does it mean to manage dual-purpose organizations? What might be the processes for managing sustainable transitions beyond strategic niche management? What might be the new metrics of performance, potential ‘non-corporate’ methods of management to reflect dual purposes and embed purpose and the planet before profit?