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Nishant Arya
Executive director, JBM Group

Which course did you attend and when?

In 2012, I attended the ‘Globalisation and International Business’ executive education course meant for management executives at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

What is your background?

I pursued my graduation in business and management studies from Bradford University, UK with a specialisation in finance and marketing. In 2005, I enrolled for a part-time course in entrepreneurship and decision making at the London School of Economics. Post my education I worked with ThyssenKrupp Metal Forming in Germany, France and UK where I secured experience in the manufacturing, engineering, program management and the R&D departments. My stint here gave me an opportunity to be on site for a few international auto OEMs in different projects as well. In 2007, I joined the JBM Group as an executive trainee.

What were your key learnings from the course? 

Given that the course focused on how to conduct business in a rapidly changing global scenario, strategies regarding mergers and acquisitions and international alliances were the key takeaways from this course. The lessons that I picked up in this course have played a crucial role in the various M&As and alliances executed by me in the past few years. The course experience has played a role in carving out my niche in this industry and has enabled me to pursue an independent route in business, especially in dealing with international business partners.

What did you like about the course?

The curriculum was designed in a comprehensive manner incorporating the latest business practices, case studies, discussions and debates. I liked the synergy between theory and its practical application in work. This helped me come up with customised solutions without compromising on the basics.
The curriculum provided me relevant insights with regard to conceptualisation and incubating new business ideas, which I have been actively pursuing over the years. As a result of this, I have been able to successfully lead the diversification strategies at my company.

What did you not like about the course? 

Every professional course is designed to impart the best lessons by references of case studies of businesses from across the globe. India has emerged as a prominent business destination globally and our economy is growing with consistent momentum. Today we have ample examples and case studies of Indian businesses that have made it big by way of their innovation and strategy. I would like to see all global professional courses citing references and extensive case studies from India more frequently.

—As told to Laveena Iyer

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