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Volume I Issue 4

January-March 2010

In Memoriam Reflections on Management Contributions of Professor C. K. Prahalad*
N. Ravichandran Professor C. K. Prahalad (CKP), recognised globally as a great management teacher, thinker, advisor and a consultant (of the practising community), passed away on 17 April 2010 after a brief illness in San Diego, USA. The author had the privilege of knowing him for more than 15 years and had conversations with him when he regularly visited Ahmedabad. CKP started his teaching career as a faculty at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA). He was a distinguished Alumni of IIMA belonging to its first batch of the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). He designed and coordinated the Management Education Program (MEP), a popular executive course at IIMA. MEP is a comprehensive 4.5-month integrated management course for practising managers as an effective alternative to a regular MBA course. The design of MEP was robust, contemporary and yet flexible. The author coordinated MEP on two occasions spread over a period of 10 years in IIMA. Based on its merits MEP lasted for more than 25 years, one offer every year. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad recently decided to discontinue MEP . The author, as a faculty member at IIMA, had taught a second year optional course based on the academic works of CKP which was a popular course among several batches of , the PGP students at IIMA. In the next few pages, we briefly recapture the contributions of CKP in broad terms and reflect on them to guide the future course of management education (research, teaching and consulting) and practice.

Major Contributions of Prof. C. K. Prahalad
CKP made a name for himself by introducing the concept of core competence to explain the superior performance of Japanese organisations compared with the rest in the world. This was acknowledged to be a dramatically new way of understanding competitiveness of organisations. CKP broke the...

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