|Dr. Kiranmai Pendyala
Head – Human Resources
1. Do you see any marked difference in work life atmosphere
in India and abroad? If yes, please specify.
Yes. There are a couple of interesting pointers- In India, we
stretch work- work late hours, given the support mechanism in
and around home- adding stress without realizing. Whereas, the
work life atmosphere abroad is more organized and disciplined.
Yet another call out is- India, given the collectivistic
culture has too much of democracy in decision making, which at
times stymies the ‘go forward’. On the other hand, the western
countries though founded on individualistic culture, are
learning to collaborate, yet push decisions at the right time!
Hierarchy- driven, top-down communication cultures in India
needs to give way to non-hierarchical, professional
communication cultures abroad, which focus on the “Respect for
the Individual”. The Infrastructure has tremendously improved,
given the new age Industry, but the dissatisfaction continues
to be on the rise with employees in India, interestingly. That
reminds me of the saying by Frank Tyger, that “Progress is not
created by contented people.”
2. PIn your view, what should India's focus be for
the next 2 years?
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another
without a loss of enthusiasm.” -- Sir Winston Churchill.
We in India did kick start a journey on the road of ‘Success’,
but we need to ensure that we stay on course! India has
arrived on the global arena and is ‘an eye ball grabber’ with
respect to its young Talent Pool. However, we need to
establish ourselves as the market leaders in R & D,
innovation, IT services, productive efficiencies & lean
solutions, and standard process orientation, rather than as a
cost-effective destination. There is untapped potential in
niche spaces like energy management, product design &
development, product marketing, and leadership development,
given the resource pool.
3. What is the HR strategy followed for D & I by AMD?
Our Diversity Strategy is fairly simple and straightforward,
as denoted by this saying: “It is not a disgrace not to reach
the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach
for.” AMD invests time and effort to develop diverse skill
sets, and exposure to the talent prior to on boarding through
Tie-ups with Technology Finishing Schools, and the existing
employees are led through experience sharing and shaping L & D
initiatives, involving cross-cultural teams to build in
The Inclusion Initiatives at AMD are mirrored by this
beautiful sentence: “There are two types of people - -those
who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who
come in and say, 'Ah, there you are.'” It is obvious, we role
model the second!
Profile: Dr. Kiranmai Pendyala holds the position of
Head HR in AMD and former Associate Director of the Centre for
Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) at Indian School of
Business. She has a work experience of over 2 decades of
academic, consulting, training, and corporate experience.
Communication skills, soft skills, etiquette, intercultural
training are her areas of focus, in addition to leadership
research. She has earlier worked in Knoah Solutions as the
She has a doctorate in Business Communication from Osmania
A proud recipient of VP Executive Spotlight Award for
establishing the credibility of HR organization in India and
passionate about her work, she has published academic papers,
poems, and co-authored several books on communication. With a
PHD under her belt, she is currently pursuing second doctorate
in Organizational Behaviour from XLRI.