Economics for me was the most intellectually stimulating course of all. We had two stellar professors teach us Macroeconomics. One was a Keynesian, while the other was a Hayek-ian. Their views were diametrically opposite, and it was the contrast of views in the classroom that made learning enriching.
Marketing was another amazing course. After the initial few lectures on basics of marketing and consumer behavior, we did cases that focused on different aspects of marketing. The highlight of the course however was Prof Panda, our Dean and Instructor. He’d explain complex concepts of marketing through simple examples drawn from our lives.
We then had Prof Davinder Singh come in for the second part of the course. You could call him a magician. He elicits answers from us to seemingly simple questions and just connects the dots and alas, the concepts are incredibly clear to us!
The course on Organizational Behaviour and the HR course that followed it, equipped us with a new framework that enabled us to look at organizational problems with subtlety. We learnt that there’s no right/wrong, good/bad, it is all subjective, grey and open to interpretation. I don’t think anyone apart from Prof Bhattacharya could have delivered this course with that kind of impact.
Little did we expect that we’d be asked to study History; little did we expect that History would turn out to be interesting! The focus of the course was to go back into the history to understand the current attitudes of the world, and how those attitudes give countries a competitive advantage/disadvantage, and how we should deal with those attitudes?
Systems Thinking is probably the best course we’ve been taught in the university till date. Prof Saji Gopinath, who also happens to be the Dean of IIM Kozikode, is one outstanding professor. You just look at him in awe when he brings in perspectives of different schools of management and makes it all seem simple!
Managing Operations and Supply Chain was an introductory course to Operations Management taught by Prof Talluri of Imperial College, London. He would make us do Simulations and then actually get us to visit industries to understand how it’s done in real life. He gave us a wide range of perspectives and allows us to draw conclusions through assignments.