Hardik Vachhrajani appointed as Honorary Global Ambassador, India for Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI)


In June 2014, Pierre Coupet, Founder and Chairman of Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI), USA appointed Hardik Vachhrajani as Honorary Global Ambassador, India on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.

VOMI is the world’s leading and only global 100% virtual educational institute, think tank, professional association, certification and accreditation provider, and conference producer strictly dedicated to the modern virtual organization management discipline founded and pioneered by its founder since 1997.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Hardik Vachhrajani, said a release by Pierre Coupet.

As global ambassador, Hardik will advise and council the chairman.  He will provide valuable insights to the chairman on virtual management issues from India in general and Asia Pacific in particular.  He will also advise on research, consulting and training aspect of the subject.



Hardik Vachhrajani visits Royal Thimpu College, Bhutan


During mid May, Hardik Vachhrajani visited Royal Thimpu College in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Royal Thimpu College, popularly known as RTC, is Bhutan’s first private college. College is supported by the royal family of Bhutan.

College offers world class infrastructure as well as teaching and learning environment. Though, college offers international standard undergraduate programs, it remains rooted in Bhutanese values and culture.

Hardik Vachhrajani met dean of the college, Professor Shivaraj Bhattari. Professor Bhattarai briefed Hardik about system of tertiary education in Bhutan. Both discussed on wide ranging areas including opportunities and challenges faced by higher education in general and South Asia in particular.


Hardik Vachhrajani becomes GIMI certified Innovation Management Catalyst

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On 30/January/2014, Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) bestowed upon Hardik Vachhrajani global credential of ‘Innovation Management Catalyst’.

Hardik Vachhrajani cleared the certification exam by securing 84% marks.  The certificate is offered by GIMI in collaboration with HULT International Business School and Innovation Excellence.

GIMI is created by a group of innovation executives, academics and consultants from around the world and its mission is to help individuals, companies and regions develop world class innovation management capabilities through global standards, testing protocols and certification.

Certificate evaluates experience, knowledge and skills demonstrated in Innovation Management area.  The certificate will remain valid till 29/January/2019.


Participation in IS_CSR



Between December 11-13 December 2013, Hardik Vachhrajani participated in International Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility (IS_CSR) organized at Bangalore by Amrita University, India and Deakin University, Australia.

Symposium was inaugurated by Dr. Bhaskar Chaterjee, Director-General and CEO of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. Some of the leading names in CSR graced the event. Event also featured lecture by Dr. Wayne Visser, leading international think-tank of CSR.  CSR practitioners from public and private companies from across India and abroad presented their experiences and best practices.

Hardik Vachhrajani also chaired academic session on CSR motivations in companies.  Paper presentation was followed by facilitated discussion.


(Above : Mr. Matthew Tukaki, UN Global Compact, Australia ; Mr. Poonam Pandey, UN Global Compact India; Mr. Anil Rao, Wellinkar, Bangalore)


Co-authored case study receives award


Case study co-authored by Dr. Hardik Vachhrajani received runner up award at International Case Competition 2013 organized on November 9, 2013 at Hyderabad in India.

The competition was organized by ICBM School of Business Excellence, Hyderabad in collaboration with Academy of Management Professionals, India and ACBSP Accreditation, USA.  Award included cash prize along with certificate and citation. Winning cases will feature in forthcoming issue of a partner journal.    

The case was based on innovation journey of ‘Food Packs Indiana’, a small food processing enterprise based at Kothamangalam, Kochi.

There were around 30 cases in the final competition round including from Indian Institute of Managements, public sector units and number of top business schools of India.

Link to Certificate



Hardik Vachhrajani visits University of Bologna





In October, Hardik Vachhrajani visited University of Bologna in Italy for a month as visiting academic. Visit was part of Erasmus Mundus Fellowship offered by European Union.

Visit involved working on cross-national research project studying innovations in food processing enterprises of the Emilia-Romagna region. Dr. Hardik Vachhrajani was hosted by Professor Enrico Supino of Department of Business Management. Visit involved data collection, interaction with various stake holders and understanding innovation eco system of the region.

Dr. Hardik also had a detailed discussion with senior officials of ERVAT, regional development authority of the Emilia-Romagna and was made aware about activities which they were doing to promote innovation in the region.

Continuously operating since 1088, University of Bologna is arguably western world’s oldest university. It is consistently ranked in top 200 best universities of the world in QS rankings. University boasts of very high quality research and prominent alumnus like G. Marconi, inventor of radio and famous middle age poet, Dante.  






Roundtable on Youth and Poverty




Hardik Vachhrajani participated in the roundtable on ‘The Poverty and Youth: How new leaders will put the poverty into museums?’ organized on 25 September as part of Challenge Future Summit.  In the roundtable, youth presented their ideas to business school leaders from across the globe present as part of PRME Summit at IEDC Bled School of Business, Slovenia.

Students and educators exchanged ideas on how business school curriculum can be upgraded to make youth job creators rather than job seekers. Participants represented 35 countries of the world.

Hardik Vachhrajani stressed that models of sustainability and innovation should be indigenous and trying to implement models which are successful in Western context, won’t solve the problem which is unique to every country. The roundtable was moderated by Prof.  Al Rosenbloom of Brennan School of Business, Dominican University, USA.


On final judging panel of the Challenge:Future Competition at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia


On September 25, Hardik Vachhrajani will share platform with some of world’s leading practitioners to judge final three ideas for Challenge:Future Competition.  “During the past year, competitors have been challenged to develop and implement their solution in order to fight youth unemployment. They had to make it work and test it in real life”, says Dan Croitoru, Competition and Alliance division of Challenge:Future (C:F).  The winning team will receive EUR 3.000 Prize to further develop their idea. 

During the summit, Hardik Vachhrajani will also address a roundtable on ‘The Poverty and Youth: How new leaders will put the poverty into museums?’.  The round table will be moderated by Al Rosenbloom, PRME Working Group Co-coordinator. Other speakers in the panel include, Danica Purg, President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Jonas Haertle, Head of PRME Secretariat and Milenko Gudić, PRME Anti-poverty Working Group Coordinator.

C:F  is a Slovenia based youth think tank.  The event is part of a unique C:F Summit 2013, where a group of exceptional individuals under the age of 30 will come together with educators, business and political leaders to explore global agenda and ignite business growth. This global event will be held in 3 cities of Slovenia – Maribor, Ljubljana and Bled, between 20th and 26th of September 2013. The summit is the pinnacle of almost year-long activities for youth around the world who worked on creating and implementing solutions how to fight youth unemployment, envision new education and increase global competitiveness.

Program also includes meetings with President of Slovenia, Mayor of Maribor and Ljubljana.

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Session on Quality, Innovation and Collaboration to SME entrepreneurs of Baroda, India


Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in India face number of challenges.  They work under severe resource constraint and in highly competitive environment.  Makarpura GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation) industrial estate, located in the western Indian state of Gujarat is one of country’s leading industrial estates with more than 2500 industrial members.  Most of the members are manufacturing organizations falling under SME category.  Major manufacturing activities in the estate are in engineering, machine tools, fabrication, foundry, forging, food-processing and packaging.

To help these entrepreneurs gain competitiveness, Makarpura GIDC Association on 9/March organized a half day seminar titled ‘Growth Drivers for Small and Medium Enterprises’.  Seminar focused on strategic areas of growth for SMEs ranging from HR to innovation.  More than 50 selected entrepreneurs participated in this unique seminar.

As part of the seminar, Hardik Vachhrajani, shared his experience on the topic of ‘Quality, Innovation and Collaboration: SME perspective’.   Presentation covered key areas of quality, innovation and collaboration for SMEs.  He also discussed about the significance of partnership for the growth of SMEs. He covered cases of partnership. The presentation was followed by lively question and answer session where entrepreneurs disused about their specific problems and they were guided by seminar panel members.

“Hardik knows DNA of SMEs of India.  I really enjoyed his presentation”, said Kaushal Mandalia, fellow presenter at seminar and leading HR consultant.

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Co-authored work receive ‘Best Paper Award’ at International Conference

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DSCN4487Gujarat Technological University(GTU)’s new swanky campus on the border of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar became venue for 3rd International Conference on “Business Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Enterprises” on 8th and 9th February 2013. This annual conference organized by The Post Graduate Research Centre for Business Ethics and CSR of GTU has over the years become one of the most sought-after gathering of sustainability and ethics professionals from across the country.

After stringent review, organizing committee selected 30 papers for presentation during two day conference in four different tracks of Business Ethics, Governance, CSR and Sustainable Enterprises.  One of the selected paper for presentation under ‘Business Ethics’ track was paper authored by Kaushal Mandalia and co-authored by Hardik Vachhrajani.  The paper critically reviewed the literature on factors affecting sales ethics for life insurance sector of India.  The paper comprehensively  presented literature available in the domain and also highlighted the existing gap in literature from the perspective of practice and research.  The paper presentation was followed by interactive question answer session.

The paper won ‘The Best Paper Award’ under ‘Business Ethics’ category.  Judging panel included Dr. Ramesh Shah from Germany and Dr. S. O. Junare from India.  Authors received certificate of accomplishment and GTU trophies.  The paper is also published in conference special issue of ‘Sankalpa : Journal of Management and Research’ having ISSN No. 2231-1904.

See Presentation Sales Ethics_Mandalia & Vachhrajani

See Certificate of Achievement