Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director, Human Resources at Philips Healthcare, PIC Bangalore, engaged with the students of TAPMI in an interactive session. He started the session by involving the students in a brainstorming session to decide on the topic of his presentation. Quoting the closure of Kodak as an example he emphasised on the need to come up with disruptive strategies.

Drawing a parallel between traditional management and agile management he focused on the Philips organisational structure which holds by the belief that “Team does the thinking”. He gave an in-depth clarification on the agile management cycle with a special focus on the shift from the Project Manager role to the Scrum master. This style of organisation has helped Philips break the hierarchy to foster innovation. From job requisitions, annual top down goals, periodic training and recognition dependency, there has been a shift towards hiring for creativity, setting quarterly targets, constant L&D and increased autonomy amongst teams. Calling up on the future HR professionals he urged them to shift from change programs to change management principles.

Mr. Karunakaran put special focus on how Philips has changed its internal career growth model from traditional ladder approach to lattice pathways. The aims being in urging the employees go in all directions before going up. To conclude, he once again emphasised on the importance of disruptive strategies in HR, urging Tapmians to practice these novel HR strategies at micro levels in their daily lives.