A “home-grown guru in management education” was how Prof. J. Philip was described by Mr. Thothathri Raman in a special write-up on him in the feature ‘Heritage’ in an issue of ‘Indian Management’. Prof. J. Philip is the Principal Founder and builder of Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) Bangalore, with campuses also in Kochi and Chennai, which is today recognized as one of the top Business Schools in the country. He is currently the Chairman of XIME, Bangalore.
Prof. J. Philip has a unique professional career spanning almost 60 years – having started at XLRI in 1960. He became its Dean in 1970. While at XLRI he co-founded the prestigious PGDM Programme of that Institution. After a very productive stint in industry, he returned to academics as Director of IIM Bangalore (1985-91). Of the several distinctive contributions that he had made to Indian Management Education, two unique ones are:
Early Childhood and Education
Prof. Philip was born in Pulinkunnu, a village in Alleppey, Kerala. He completed his graduation from the well-known S.B. College, Changanacherry in 1955 and later did his Law Degree at the Maharaja’s Law College, Kochi. On successfully achieving his Law Degree he passed the Bar Council exam very creditably. After a brief stint with Law, he changed his career and focus of interest for ever when he joined the HR Programme of the prestigious XLRI Jamshedpur. This was in the year 1958. He completed his Master’s Programme in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI in the year 1960.
Early Career Years at XLRI (1960-1971)
Almost immediately on his graduation from XLRI, he joined the Institute as a faculty member. He quickly rose in ranks and recognition to become a professor and Dean in 1970 [at the age of 34]. He was one of the founders of XLRI’s prestigious PGDM Programme. His key achievements during this period include the areas of curriculum development, programme administration, faculty and students’ management and industry interaction. He also started the MDP division at XLRI. It is at XLRI that he acquired much of his extensive experience in institution building and networking along with a deep commitment and love for business education. After being with XLRI for over eleven years, he left his mother-like institution to join a public sector undertaking SAIL – basically to gain industrial experience.
Education at Harvard Business School (1965-66)
While at XLRI, in September 1965, he was selected for the International Teachers’ Programme in Business Administration of Harvard Business School [ITPBA]. This was an extraordinarily valuable experience and learning for him. He particularly recalls four courses of great value for him at HBS: OB, Case Writing and Case Teaching, University Administration and Business Policy.
Career Years at SAIL (1971-1980)
As the Principal of its Management Training Institute he built it to a high level of excellence during his eight-year and three month tenure there. His foremost achievements included; a large number of Management Development Programmes, International Conferences and Leadership Programmes. While at SAIL, he founded the Journal “GROWTH” and developed a number of case studies. He left SAIL with good memories and a feeling of achievement and self-fulfillment.
With the Oberoi (1980-1985)
In the year 1980, Prof Philip joined the Oberoi Group as Vice President (Human Resources) and contributed to the further professionalism of the HR function at the Oberois. He reworked the entire HR system of the company. Some of his significant contributions were:
With this private sector exposure at a vantage point having rounded off his experience, Prof. Philip returned to academics in 1985.
As Director of IIM Bangalore (1985-1991)
These six years were a period of tremendous growth for the Institute marked by a series of innovations and pace-setting activities. Academically and professionally the Institute reached a high level of performance and accomplishment with Prof. Philip at the helm. He launched the International Teachers Programme in Management and enabled IIM-B to become a participating institution in the Indo-EC project for Faculty Exchanges and Cooperation comprising seven management Schools of Europe. He is rightly called the “turn-around Director” of IIM-B at a critical time when the institute was facing a multitude of problems, especially union-related and, as its head he was able to transform it into one of the top management institutions of the country.
Founding and growth of XIME (1991- till date)
As a fulfilment of his late daughter Maria Teresa Philip’s dream, Prof. Philip founded XIME in June 1991, along with a few other acclaimed academicians and practitioners. The evolution of XIME since then into a premier business school of the country is a measure of his institution building caliber.
Contributions towards institution building in India
Besides XLRI and IIM-B, Prof. J. Philip has been instrumental in founding or nurturing several prominent institutions and organizations such as RMA [Ranchi Management Association], Ranchi Cheshire Home, AIMS(Association of Indian Management Schools) and ABBS(Association of BRICS Business Schools). He was also a founding trustee of the Bangalore International Centre [BIC].
Prof. Sun Haiming, President Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Shanghai and Prof. J. Philip exchanging MOU on 15th October 2011. Prof C.P. Ravindranathan, Hon. Professor XIME looks on.
Publications by Prof J Philip
Along with his contributions to teaching, training and HRD, he has authored a number of books and also presented papers at various national and international fora, many of which have been published in leading journals and magazines. Some of them are given below:
Honours and Awards
Prof. J. Philip, President XIME receiving the AIMA Kewal Nohria Award for Academic Leadership in Management Education for 2011 from Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Member, Planning Commission, flanked by Mr. Gautam Thapar, President AIMA and Ms. Rekha Sethi, Director General, AIMA.
The Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) honoured Prof. J. Philip as its ‘President Emeritus’ on July 25, 2009, Prof. J. Philip was President of ISTD during 1979-80 when he was VP (HR) of the Oberoi Group of Hotels. It is a prestigious designation conferred on past presidents of ISTD for their outstanding contributions in the field of HRD.
Some of the recent honours are: