SJIM UTKARSH 2024: 16-17 February 2024 – Program Details

St Joseph’s Institute of Management is organizing UTKARSH 2024, the Sixth International Leadership Conference on Leading Digital Transformation: Past, Present and Future between February 16-17, 2024. An august galaxy of speakers both from the business world, industry and academia are lined up for this conference. The conference will also see key note addresses, panel discussions and presentations of research findings on various categories within the broad range of the title of the conference Leading Digital Transformation.

Please find the brochure of the conference.
The time table of the conference follows:
Day 1 : Friday, February 16, 2024
Inauguration & Key Note Address – Loyola Auditorium. 9.30-11.00 AM
9:30 AM: Lamp lighting Ceremony (Loyola Auditorium)
9:35 AM: Address by Chief Guest: Mr. Bharathi MD, Ace Micromatic Group
10:15 AM: Induction of Distinguished Faculty into the SJIM Community
10:25 AM: Address by Guest of Honour: Mr. George Varghese, CHRO, M/s Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd.

11:00 – 11:30 AM: Tea Break (Xavier Hall)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Speaker Sessions (Assigned Halls)
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Plenary Session Mr Ankit Sharma, Associate Director, Capgemini Invent
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Speaker Sessions (Assigned Halls)
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Tea Break
4:00 – 5:15 PM: Panel Discussion: Impact of Emerging Technologies on Digital Transformation (Loyola Auditorium)

Day 2: Saturday, February 17, 2024
9:30 – 11:30 AM – Presentation of Papers by delegates (Assigned Rooms)
10.00-11.00 AM – Key note address: Mr. Rudra Shankar Roy, GM, Process Transformation and Global Supply Chain, IBM (Loyola Auditorium)
11:30 – 12:30 PM Panel Discussion : Social and Ethical Concerns of a Digital Transformation Journey (Loyola Auditorium)

Conference Conveners:
Fr Olvin Veigas, SJ, Asst. Professor, Industry-Academia Connect
Dr Deepika Joshi, Associate Professor
Prof. Rajendra Desai, Rajendra Desai, Director – Corporate Relations

The inaugural program will be live-streamed at this YouTube link:

Presentation of Research papers will take place on Saturday 17th February 2024 between 9.30-11.00 AM.

Presentation of Schedule, Presenting Author with Titles
Here are the Room Numbers with Track Chair allotments
Room allocations with meeting weblinks for presentation

SJIM Utkarsh 2024 brochure

About the SJIM

Started in 1968, SJIM is one of the premier B-schools in India. It is an NBA accredited institute with the NIRF ranking in the band 100-125. Located in the heart of Bengaluru city, the institute has been serving as a beacon of light, emphasizing teaching, learning and research activities in the contemporary areas of Management. The institute prides itself being the oldest business school in Karnataka, having a legacy of fifty years.

The institute visions to create responsible business leaders with integrity and ethical conduct having concern for society and environment. SJIM provides numerous opportunities to develop the skills and capabilities of an individual. The content and pedagogy ensure that students are industry ready. Frequent interaction with industry leaders, rural exposure, corporate internships, and industry-academia conferences and conclaves provides many opportunities for the overall growth of the students.

About The Conference

What began in 2019, as a platform created for leadership thinkers to come together and provide direction to the management-community, has now grown into the SJIM Leadership Network. It focuses on sessions and discussions upon long-term impact themes that are relevant for society and businesses. Focus areas over the previous conferences have been on renewed leadership, the challenges in sustainability, the need for innovation and business models during turbulent times.

The year 2024 conference is dedicated to digital transformation. From small to large, all businesses are future- proofing their organizations to be agile, flexible, and ready to grow with deep integration of digital technologies. These firms are cleverly entrenching advanced technologies to operate across the departments. This change entails a change in operating models, shift in mind-set and eventually modification to the entire business.

The sixthin the series of leadership conferences, the 2024Digital Transformation Conference will focus on research papers that examine digital transformation from a historical, present and future perspectives.

Suggested Themes

The conference invites researchers, doctoral students, academicians and practitioner to submit theoretical, empirical research work, case studies and industry notes in the domain of digital transformation. The sub-themes listed below (but not limited to) would be covered in the conference are listed below:

Carbon neutrality, carbon footprint and circular Economy

Legislation and other regulatory issues

Gig economy and social media research

Learning from the pandemic and global crisis

Dynamic pricing & revenue management

Block chain, cryptocurrency and bitcoins

Algorithmic trading

Agile finance and corporate restructuring

Building a digital HR

Employee motivation techniques

Diversity, equity, inclusion

Skill development for reshaping business and economy

Transformation of HR Practices

Human-focused and people-centric approach

Resilient Operations

Cloud Computing, AI/ML, and Blockchain

Multidimensional sustainability, Data-driven sustainability,

Resilience and Digital Supply Chains

Revolutionising industries with Chatbot,ChatGP, Conversational AI&,Open AI

Marketing for business change/growth

Innovation and creative marketing

Customer-centric strategies and satisfaction

Consumer behaviour and empowerment

Sales transformation

Restructuring business models

Integration of Digitization into organizational strategy and practices


The conference will provide an opportunity to doctoral students, faculty members, research staff, post graduate students, and industry practitioners to interact with some of the leaders in the industry and deliberate on the nuances of handling digital transformation. Participants will get an opportunity to listen to some of the best minds in the industry and build a professional network. They can present their systematically conducted research work and working papers in front of a panel of experts, garner objective feedback and gain renewed knowledge.

Conference Attraction

• Listen thought-provoking sessions from eminent panellists with diverse industry backgrounds.
• Break from regular routine and interact with industry practitioners to broaden your professional network.
• Hone your working papers or disseminate the research findings with fellow researchers.
• Publish your abstracts in e-proceedings.
• Publish full-length paper with the indexed journals from Scopus, Wos, ABDC and ISSN.

Authors Guidelines

Preparation of Abstract :
Authors are expected to follow the given instructions while preparing the Abstract:
1. Abstract should be in a given order: Title - Author (s) name and Affiliation - Abstract - Key words
2. Abstract (not more than 200 words) must contain brief introduction, objective of the research, methodology, results and conclusion.
3. Provide 3 to 5 Keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Preparation of Full Research Article :
1. Research paper should include be in a given order: Title - Author (s) name and Affiliation- Abstract - Keywords - Main Text (Introduction, Review of Literature,
    Research Methodology, Analysis and Findings, Conclusion, Limitations and future research direction, References) - Acknowledgement (if any).
2. Paper title, Author(s) name and Affiliation, Contact Number and E-mail address should be centrally aligned, bold, capital letters, font size - 12, Times New
    Roman on the first page of the Article
3. All photographs, charts and diagrams are to be referred as ‘Figures’ and should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred in the text.
4. Reference/Bibliography should be in APA format.
5. Full paper length should not be more than 7000-8000 word
6. Line spacing: 1.5 and Margin: 1 inch on all sides, Font size 12, Times New Roman, Research paper should be submitted in Microsoft Word / PDF Format.
7. In case of article which are co-authored, at least one author needs to be registered for the conference to get their paper considered for presentation/publication.
8. A copyright declaration should be given by the corresponding author stating that the work is original and does not violate the rule of copyright.
9. All full papers submitted will be subject to a blind review process. Comments of the reviewers will be sent directly to the author/s


Chief Patron :

Rev. Fr. Brian Pereira, SJ
Vice President, BJES

Patron :

Rev. Dr. Manoj D'Souza SJ
Director SJIM

Conference Chair :

Dr A R Rajagopalan

Conference Convenor :

Dr. Deepika Joshi, Associate Professor
Mr. Rajendra Desai, Director Corporate Relations

Publication Opportunities

The following open-access journals have agreed to consider high-quality papers submitted to the conference for publication. Selected papers from the conference will be forwarded by SJIM to the journals for further review, whose decision will be final and binding for publication.


Name of Journal


Type of Papers


Journal of Innovation


Conceptual Papers, Critical reviews of scientific literature, Empirical papers building on quantitative or qualitative methods.


Iranian Journal of
Management Studies

Web of Science

Empirical and/or the theoretical in management sciences. All empirical methods, including, but not limited to, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, are welcomed.


International Journal of
Professional Business


High quality distinguished research, well grounded in theory and with high methodological rigor. The demonstration of an effective conceptual contribution will be considered in the journal’s editorial process.


International Journal of Systematic Innovation*


Papers are expected to meet academic rigor in its theoretical analysis or practical exercises. All papers are expected to have significant contributions in theories or practices of innovation methods.


Business Review

ISSN: 0973-9076

Original articles, either conceptual or empirical, that contain new, creative and/ or provocative ideas in the field, and advance our understanding of business and management.

*Publication charges apply which is to be borne by the author.


Abstract and Full-Paper, completed in all respects, should be submitted in PDF format on the Each author must have an EasyChair account to be able to submit abstract as well as full research paper.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline

November 15, 2023

Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection to the authors

October 30, 2023

Full Paper Submission Deadline

December 19, 2023

Notification of paper acceptance/rejection to the authors

January 15, 2024

Conference Registration Deadline

February 10, 2024

Conference Dates

February 16 – 17, 2024

Registration Process
Registration fees for Utkarsh 2024 is as follows:


Registration Fees (INR)


Rs. 500

Research Scholar



Rs. 1250

Industry participant

Rs. 2500

Payments may be made through the link:

Contact Us
Student Coordinators
Jonathan Solomon (+ 91 9894103467) and
Mithla(+91 96007 69759)

The Organizing Committee
SJIM International Leadership Conference