Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Recognized as one of the best management institutes in India and the world, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, better known as IIMA, brings together great minds, nurtures talent and educates Leaders of Enterprises. Initially mentored by Harvard Business School, IIMA has carved a niche over the last 50 years – and is now one of the top Global B-Schools. As per the latest ranking by the Economist, IIMA is the no. 1 School in the world on the parameter of opening up new career opportunities for students. As per Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2019, IIMA is no. 5 in the world on the parameter of the career progression of its alumni.

The international week at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is designed to help students at our partner institutions to gain a rich understanding of the business opportunities that exist in India.  You will also receive an overview of social, political, and cultural determinants of the Indian business environment and the paradox of modernity combined with centuries-old traditions of Indian society and culture.

Indian Institute of Management. 
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015, Gujarat, INDIA

Professor Arvind Sahay
Faculty Consortium Director
Professor of Marketing and International Business
+91 79 6632 4896

Jatin Nagori
Manager, Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX)
+91 79 6632 4448

Phone: +91-79-6632 4449/4450


Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is uniquely poised to offer a week’s module called ‘Doing Business in India and Looking in the Growing Economy’ which provides a blend of classroom-based learning as well as immersive learning experiences, designed to equip the students from other cultures and geographies to understand processes, trends, economic relations and policy changes in the Indian and international business environment, while providing insights into Indian business environment and culture.

This program is intended to help participants from universities across the globe to gain a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to flourish in India. The module will be of interest to all our partner EMBA students who wish to gain essential knowledge and awareness of business opportunities in India.

  • Introduction to India: Nationhood, Recent Economic and Political Events; Business Climate
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Financial System
  • Indian Legal Systems
  • Indian Pharma and Healthcare Sector
  • Entrepreneurship in India
  • India Moving: A History of Migration
  • Business Strategies for Bottom of Pyramid, etc.
Beyond the Classroom:

1. Industrial Visits
Industry visit to the fifth largest city of India, Ahmedabad will be very beneficial for the students who want to understand the role of state government in endorsing industrialization. In Ahmedabad you can find numerous industries like the private power manufacturer, textile manufacturer, automobile manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturers etc. The city is a centre for Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries. Two of the biggest pharmaceutical companies of India— Zydus Cadila and Torrent Pharmaceuticals are based in the city. The Nirma group of industries, which runs a large number of detergent and chemical industrial units, has its corporate headquarters in the city. In addition to this many foreign companies also have set up their sales offices and production facilities in Ahmedabad, including: Bosch Rexroth, Rollepaal and Johnson Pumps of Sweden etc.

2. Interaction with Industry Leaders and Students at IIMA
Corporate leaders visit the IIMA campus throughout the year to give guest lectures covering varied topics in all functional domains. These lectures can serve as a valuable means of interaction between students and the practitioners to gain knowledge, real life insights & draw inspiration from the leaders.

3. Cultural Visits and Outings
Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the city that thrives with its rich heritage. The city has witnessed such rich artistic era, that the city speaks of its tale through its stories, rituals, traditions, art and architecture. The city's tangible and intangible heritage has today called out for an international recognition. Notwithstanding its newfound attractiveness as a business destination, the city remains steeped in history and has a wealth of historical attractions.
IIMA Programme at a glance

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019: Programme Inauguration

Evening: Welcoming the participants and ice-breaking activities by Prof. Arvind Sahay followed by the welcome dinner at a traditionally designed restaurant.

  • Sunday, September 15, 2019:

Morning: Heritage Walk— a walk through the historical and cultural heritage of the city

Afternoon: Introduction to India: Nationhood, Recent Economic and Political Events by Prof. Arvind Sahay. 

  • Monday, September 16, 2019:

Morning: Class -1 — Understanding the Indian Culture and the Indian Consumer by Prof.  Arvind Sahay

Class -2 — Indian Pharma and Healthcare Sector by Prof. Arvind Sahay

Class -3 — India Moving: A History of Migration by Prof. Chinmay Tumbe

Afternoon: Industry Visit: Torrent Pharmaceuticals, rated as one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies operating in the country

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019:

Morning: Class -1 — Discussion/Presentation on the previous day's learning/visit by Prof. Arvind Sahay

Class -2 & 3 — Sessions on Foreign Investment and the Legal System in India by Prof. Anurag K. Agarwal

Afternoon: Industry Visit: Visit to Care Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS), a 300-bed super speciality hospital which provides diagnostic medical, surgical, palliative care facilities and is Ahmedabad's first Green Hospital


  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019:

MorningClass -1 — Discussion/Presentation on the previous day's learning/visit by Prof. Arvind Sahay

Class -2 & 3 — Sessions on Indian Macroeconomy by Prof. Ravindra Dholakia

Afternoon: Industry Visit: Visit to Ford Motor Company, Sanand Vehicle and Assembly Plant


  • Thursday, September 19, 2019:

MorningClass -1 — Discussion/Presentation on the previous day's learning/visit by Prof. Arvind Sahay

Class -2 & 3 — Sessions on The Financial System in India and Implications for Doing Business by Prof. Joshy Jacob

Afternoon: Screening of Gandhi movie, epic historical drama film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, directed and produced by  Richard Attenborough followed by a visit to Gandhi Ashram


  • Friday, September 20, 2019:

Morning: Class -1 — Discussion/Presentation on the previous day's learning/visit by Prof. Arvind Sahay

Class -2 — Session on Business Strategies for Bottom of Pyramid by Prof. Sunil Sharma

Class -3 — Session on Entrepreneurship in India by Prof. Ankur Sinha

Afternoon: Valedictory Ceremony followed by Visit to Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIMA


  • Saturday, September 21, 2019: Optional Activities

Visit to Gandhi Ashram / Adalaj Step-well, Local Shopping etc.

Professor Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Professor Sharma’s specialization is in strategy formulation under uncertainty, innovation management, and organizational capabilities. As a member of the Business Policy Area, he teaches courses on strategy, consulting, and innovation.

His research interests are in the areas of organization capabilities, strategic decision making, strategy implementation, management consulting, and strategic innovation. Professor Sunil Sharma has earned a Fellow (Ph.D) in Business Policy from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from UP Technical University.

Professor Arvind Sahay

Arvind Sahay is Professor of Marketing and International Business, Professor MN Vora Chair in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Head, India Gold Policy Centre at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Professor Sahay’s areas of interest include marketing strategy, pricing, high tech marketing, international trade and investment, strategic management, brand management, neuroscience, consumer behaviour and decision making, valuation, Doing Business in India and sales and distribution management.

In addition to being an outstanding teacher, researcher and consultant with extensive experience in industry as a manager and as a consultant and corporate trainer, Professor Sahay have held leadership positions in academia as Dean (Alumni & External Relations) (2013-16) and Chairperson (PGPX) (2007-09). Also he is appointed as Head, India Gold Policy Centre at IIMA from March 2016. Starting October 2016, Professor Sahay is also the Chair, Asia Pacific Region of Partnership in Management (PIM), a consortium of 63 top business schools from around the world. Recently he is also appointed as the Professor MN Vora Chair in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.Professor Arvind Sahay has earned Ph.D in Marketing Strategy & International Business from The University of Texas at Austin, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Ahmedabad and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He has been a visiting faculty at the Mason School of at the College of William and Mary (USA), University of Texas at Austin (USA), IIM Lucknow, Asian Institute of Technology, (Vietnam), Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria (South Africa), SP Jain Institute of Management Research (Singapore, Dubai), Retail Alliance (Dubai) and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.


On Campus: IIMA Residency

Tariff: INR 3,500 (about $55) per night per person including all meals and taxes.


Telephone: +91 79 6632-5700 or -5900


Off Campus: Hyatt Hotel Ahmedabad (about 500 meters from Campus)

Tariff: Ranges from INR 7,500 to INR 15,500 (about $120 to $240) per night including breakfast and taxes.


Telephone: +91 79 6160-1234


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