PGP-SM Program at IIM Lucknow: Nurturing Sustainable Management Leaders
PGP-SM Program at IIM Lucknow: Nurturing Sustainable Management Leaders

Lucknow: The Indian Institute of Management Lucknow's Post Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGP-SM) is designed to foster management professionals with a comprehensive understanding of economic, social, and environmental concerns. In addition to conventional management courses, the PGP-SM curriculum distinguishes itself in the field of management education by offering specialized courses in sustainable management principles, sustainability measurement and reporting, systems thinking, lifecycle management, stakeholder management, and public policy. This program equips future leaders to grasp the ever-evolving and interconnected nature of sustainability challenges and formulate integrated, holistic solutions.

Prof. Archana Shukla, Director of IIM Lucknow, emphasized the necessity of a dedicated program in Sustainable Management, stating, "This program aims to cultivate managers with an enhanced awareness and skills to contribute to a sustainable society."

Launched in 2015, the PGP-SM program underscores the philosophy that businesses are intricately connected to society and cannot be separated from it. The primary objectives of the program are:

Developing an awareness of contemporary challenges that businesses face in the 21st century, with a focus on environmental aspects.
Cultivating responsible leadership capabilities prepared to address sustainability challenges.
Providing relevant skill sets for integrating sustainability principles and responsible management practices.
Acquiring knowledge and skills in critical functional areas of businesses.
Encouraging entrepreneurial skills and fostering a global outlook.
Empowering participants to become catalysts for sustainable management.
Key features of the program include:

Case Study Methodology: The PGP-SM course emphasizes learning through extensive case study discussions, presentations, and role-play, creating an interactive learning environment in the classrooms.

International Immersion Program: In the program's second year, students have exposure to global leaders from prestigious institutions such as Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Linnaeus University (Sweden), Maastricht University (Netherlands), and visits to organizations like IKEA, VOLVO, Electrolux & Xylem.

Integrated Projects with Industry: IIM Lucknow maintains strong connections with industry leaders. The program offers a unique nine-month integrated live project that offers students hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-world scenarios.

Batch Diversity: PGP-SM boasts a diverse cohort of professionals from various backgrounds, including IT, chemicals, construction, power, fashion, medicine, and social sectors. This diversity of backgrounds enriches the peer-learning experience.

Regarding career opportunities for program graduates, Prof. Ashish Aggarwal, Chairman of PGP-SM at IIM Lucknow, mentioned, "Leading consulting firms such as McKinsey, Accenture, E&Y, KPMG, and PWC, along with other major companies, recruit our students with an average salary of Rs. 30 lakhs per annum, and we maintain a 100% placement record."

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