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 the issue of ‘Indian Management’. Prof. J. Philip is the founder and builder of Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) Bangalore, the prestigious Management School in Bangalore, which is recognized as one of the top Business Schools in the country. He is currently the President of XIME.
Early Childhood and Education
Prof. Philip was born at 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, Ernakulam. On successfully achieving his Law Degree he passed the Bar Council exam very creditably. After having a very brief practice as a lawyer he changed his career and passion for ever when he joined the exceptionally prestigious institute XLRI Jamshedpur. This was in the year 1958. He completed his Master’s Programme in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI in flying colours – 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 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 picked up considerable 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 a great experience and learning for him. He particularly mentions about 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 glory and fame during his eight years and three months’ tenure there. His foremost achievements here 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 fulfilment. He was the first one who persuaded the Board to agree to conduct SAIL’s top management courses at Five Star Hotels.
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. Passion for excellence was his motto during this very enjoyable and rewarding sixty three months. He reworked the entire HR system of the company. Some of his significant contributions were:
With this private sector exposure, he was ready to return to academics.
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 new activities. Academically and professionally the institute reached a high level of performance and accomplishment. He launched the International Teachers Programme in Management and IIM B became a participating institution in Indo-ECC project for Faculty Exchanges and Cooperation with seven management Schools of Europe. He is rightly called as the “turn-around Director” of IIM-B, who literally brought an ocean of change to the institute during a time when the institute was facing multitude of problems especially union related and transformed it to one of the top management institutes 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. Looking at this amazing twenty years of eventful journey of making XIME as one of the top B schools in India, one could notice the true institution building ability of Prof. Philip.
Contributions towards institution building in India
Known as one of the finest institution builders of the country, Prof J. Philip was instrumental in founding or nurturing to excellence many prestigious institutions including IIM-B (Indian Institute of Management), XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), XIME (Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship), RMA [Ranchi Management Association], AIMS(Association of Indian Management Schools), ABBS(Association of BRICS Business Schools), MTI, the Management College of SAIL, and not to miss ‘the other side of the railway line’ the Ranchi Cheshire Home. And the latest in Bangalore is his continuing contribution to building Bangalore International Centre [BIC]. He is a founding trustee of BIC and Chairman of its Finance Committee.
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 in the field of 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 one of the prestigious recognitions given to distinguish past presidents of ISTD for their outstanding contributions in the field of HRD.
Some of the recent honours are: