We need creative leaders to find answers to difficult

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environment. We need creative leaders to find answers to difficult questions (Rowe 2004). Second, with innovation fast becoming the buzzword in corporate circles and in an era of shared common resources be they technology, processes, products or information, even the common knowledge pool what is it that differentiates one business from another and how can a management institute best be able to act as a catalyst for growth in this new environment? There needs to be new thought as to what we impart as management education today. Inspiring innovations in business and management techniques need the integration of multiple disciplines. According to Johansson (2004) operating within a field will generate ideas along a particular direction but when you step into an intersection, you can combine concepts between multiple fields and generate ideas that leaf in new directions . An integrated disciplinary approach, bringing design, management, technology and social sciences together, will nurture a breed of managers who are trained not only to manage but who can also innovateby looking at the human, social and psychological needs of the users of their products and services and by improving profits in their line of business. With this thought, the We School1 in Mumbai (acclaimed as the fastest transforming business school in the country based on the formidable reputation that it has earned for its pragmatic approach to management education) initiated a management programme that incorporates design thinking into its mainstream management education. Approaches to Design and Management in India 113 Evolution of De sign and De sign Education in India Five thousand years of Indian design stretch before us like a kaleidoscopic sequence of visual images. Historical, mythical, cinematographic historically, design has been the way of life for the Indian people. Not confined to the craftsmen, design pervades all aspects of the Indian condition from the rangoli (colour pattern) on the doorstep to the bindi (traditional mark) on the forehead. Design in India reached a high watermark in the ancient civilizations of Mohenjodaro and Harappa (3000 2000 bc). Here it was close to life, reflecting and borrowing from nature and men. Pottery, metal casting, and stone were employed to create objects of functional and cultural significance. Then came a shift in Indian history (after the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries), which led to an emphasis on metaphysical thought. This was marked by a period when rulers began to build huge empires by conquering and occupying neighbouring kingdoms. This led to the building of megastructures to showcase dominance. Art schools began to rise, often due to extraneous influences such as the Gandharv School of sculpture, which was established under Greek influence. Some evolved from an agglomeration of craftsmen working at a single site over generations for example
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at the sites of the great temples of Konarak, Dilwara, Khajuraho and Tanjore.
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