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CIPM 4th research symposium focuses on Changing Role of HRM

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Sri Lanka – the nation’s leader in Human Resource Management conducted its 4th research symposium recently with an emphasis on ‘Embracing the changing role of HRM’. The CIPM research symposium is organized to disseminate research and development findings, creativity and innovations in Human Resource Management (HRM) and related areas for the benefit of students, practitioners, academia, researchers, government and non-government officials and the public.

The 4th CIPM research symposium was organized by the CIPM Standing Committee on Applied Research, HR Symposium & HR Publications headed by Dr. Chandana Jayawardena of Peradeniya University who redesigned the symposium in 2019 to enhance the CIPM research culture to materialize the academic efforts of the HRM community in fulfilling the aspirations of the public at large.

The symposium was held from 10 am to 5 pm on July 30. It attracted 80 research papers from the HR community out of which 31 papers were accepted and presented in the Oral and Poster categories. The symposium consisted of the inauguration event, three technical sessions for the categories of HR practitioners, CIPM students and University that were held concurrently, and the panel discussion with HR industry experts. Prof. Ananda Jayawardane-Former Vice Chancellor & Senior Professor, university of Moratuwa was the Chief Guest and the keynote speaker of the symposium. Over 150 online participants including the CIPM president & Council Members of CIPM Sri Lanka, past presidents, members, faculty and CIPM students participated together with a few foreign scholars.

Addressing the participants Jayantha Amerasinghe-President CIPM Sri Lanka illustrated the importance and value of research for a better understanding of the HR issues and problems prevalent in the workplaces and to address these matters with localized solutions. He also commended the involvement and contribution of the CIPM Symposium Chairman- Dr. Chandana Jayawardena and the Standing Committee on Applied Research towards the success of CIPM Sri Lanka. Speaking at the Symposium, Dr. Jayawardena indicated that dissemination of HRM research and development findings will be achieved through the Research Symposium and developing annual compilation of publications making them accessible, transparent, lucid and defendable. Prof. Ananda Jayawardane, the chief guest elaborated on the challenges and opportunities in embracing the changing role of HRM in the keynote address.

The highlight of the symposium was the panel discussion conducted as a plenary session with the participation of industry HR experts. They deliberated on the impact of HR strategies and practices on the effectiveness of organizations. The expert panel consisted of Sunil Dissanayake–CEO, BMICH, Sarath Kumara–HR Director, Camso Loadstar, Sujith Jayasekara–Senior General Manager, Brandix, Ms. Chryshanthi Lokuhetti–Chief HR Manager, Sampath Bank and HR veteran Jayanta Jayaratne as a special guest. The session was moderated by the Symposium Chairman. The three technical sessions reached out to HR Professionals, CIPM Students, and University scholars to broad-base and popularize the concept and importance of applied research in the field of HR. The preliminary findings of the first study undertaken by the CIPM Standing Committee of Applied Research was also presented. The Poster session which was also held online, allowed researchers to present their research through creative, informative digital posters.



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SLIIT Business School hosts first International Conference on Sustainable and Digital Business 2022

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SLIIT Business School conducted the first-ever International Conference on Sustainable and Digital Business 2022 (ICSDB) on 1st and 2nd December. The Conference presented ICSDB Excellence Awards to selected winners, recognizing distinct sustainable and digital business initiatives.

Keynote speakers at the event included Professor John Bessant, Emeritus Professor of Exeter University, Professor Jaideep Prabhu of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and Professor Muthu De Silva of Birkbeck, University of London. The main address on the second day of the conference was delivered by Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

The ICSDB Excellence Awards 2022, recognized Sri Lankan enterprises who had initiated digital business initiatives, and were established as beneficial to various stakeholders under the ICSDB Index criteria of Ingenuity, Continuity, Scope, Deployment and Benefits. The ICSD Excellence Awards presented accolades under Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. An eminent group of judges including practicing managers from industries, representatives of industry bodies, and academics comprised the panel to select the winners.

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USAID launch Island Plastic Challenge to help consumer goods companies address plastic waste

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Island Climate Initiative

In support of the Ministry of Environment’s policy on plastic waste reduction, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partner, Island Climate Initiative (ICI) under USAID’s global Clean Cities Blue Ocean Program, is calling on innovators around the world to design solutions to help Sri Lanka’s leading consumer goods companies reduce their plastic footprint.

Successful applicants whose solutions best address consumer goods companies’ top single-use plastic challenges will get the opportunity to pitch their technology to leading companies at a solution showcase that will be held in early 2023. Winners’ solutions may be implemented contributing to global efforts to reduce the more than eleven million tons of plastic that enter the ocean each year. The online challenge platform is now publicly open for applications at www.islandplasticchallenge.com. Innovators and start-ups, both local and overseas, are all invited to apply.

“USAID strongly believes that successful development initiatives are achieved through partnerships and collaboration. We look forward to working with Island Climate Initiative as they identify and facilitate the piloting of viable and scalable solutions to change the way we produce, consume, and manage plastic packaging waste to stem the tide of ocean plastic pollution.,” said USAID Sri Lanka and Maldives Economic Growth Advisor Mark Peters.

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Cinnamon Hotels inks MoU with Skills for inclusive growth

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Cinnamon Hotel Management Ltd. (CHML) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Government-funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Program (S4IG), managed by Palladium International Group, to achieve several strategic results through cooperation recently signed at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. S4IG is a program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in accordance with the terms of a subsidiary agreement signed on March 31, 2022, between DFAT and the Sri Lankan State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Training, Research, and Innovation.

The MoU sets out the terms on which S4IG will plan and implement specified activities to support the reality TV show Supreme Chef Season 03. It is an exciting collaboration between the Australian Government’s aid program and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training. The intervention’s goal is to promote the hospitality industry, specifically cooking, as a viable career option for Sri Lankans. Following the success of seasons 1 and 2, this season is being delivered on a national scale. Through food experiences and culinary art challenges, the season brings together government agencies and private training institutes to support industry and highlight tourism in the country and specifically to address chronic skills shortage in kitchen.

By signing the MoU, CHML acts as the hospitality partner in providing a location for filming related to the show and assisting with the wider goals of the show, mainly to promote the local destinations and regional food specialties as well as provide internship and employment opportunities to the public. CHML will provide six-month internship opportunities for on-the-job training for the top 20 contestants of Supreme Chef Season 3, with the possibility of long-term employment at the end of the internship, and also one year of guaranteed employment for the top three female contestants of Supreme Chef Season 3. The future of the hospitality industry and, indeed, the economy depends on the quality of its human capital, and this partnership aims to elevate the skills and knowledge of the youth. Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, as a hospitality trendsetter, intends to remain at the forefront of improving and upskilling the industry where possible, and this partnership with S4IG is one such shining example.

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