IndCo: Challenges of Designing and Implementing Customized Training
In March 2017, a training manager at IndCo, a large Indian manufacturing conglomerate, faced a pressing problem. She had been asked by one of IndCo's general managers to design and implement a customized training program on strategic thinking for his departmental team. Because she had prior commitments and had never conducted a training module on this topic before, the training manager sought to outsource the program to an external expert-a professor from a reputable business school. Although this arrangement seemed promising, the professor's training proposal presented certain challenges, including cost and availability. The training manager needed to assess whether the proposal met IndCo's requirements, and whether she had made the right decision in outsourcing this task. She had to choose her next steps very carefully to avoid displeasing any of the involved parties, while also satisfying IndCo's budget constraints and ensuring the ultimate delivery of a high-quality training program. Atul Arun Pathak is affiliated with XLRI-Xavier School of Management. Sushmita Srivastava is affiliated with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research.