Chief Operations Officer Programme

Expand possibilities. Drive transformation.
  • Global edge with 2 online modules by Kellogg Executive Education
  • Get IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status
  • Live online lectures by IIMK faculty with 3-day immersion at IIMK campus
  • 1 certificate of completion by IIMK and 2 module certificates by Kellogg Executive Education
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Unlock Your Potential​

This new year, invest in a learning journey that helps you upskill and gain a competitive edge.

Emeritus is collaborating with IIM Kozhikode to help you unlock transformative career growth.

Enrol before March 29, 2024 and get INR 35,000 programme fee benefit. Limited seats to success available. Claim yours now.​

Round Application Deadline

Upcoming Round Application Deadline: March 29, 2024 | Application Fee: INR 3,500 + GST

Transformative Learning for the Emerging COO

As per PwC’s COO Insights, 49% of COOs strongly agree they can reinvent the business through new technology. But without near-term plans for execution, such as examining use cases, clearly stating goals and understanding how they’ll have to remodel their teams, achieving this transformation becomes difficult. You must develop multi-pronged strategies that span operating models, cost structure, market footprint, and tech-driven innovation. Regardless of how you evolve, one word sums up your journey, and the mandate of the modern-day COO: Transformation.

To support current and emerging COOs with transformative long-term plans, IIM Kozhikode has launched its Chief Operations Officer Programme. Designed for seasoned operations and supply chain leaders, the programme will equip you with technology and data driven strategic mindset to enable customer-centric value creation and achieve strategic operational excellence. You will hone your financial acumen, C-suite leadership quotient, executive presence, capabilities to spearhead transformation and change management. Get the global edge with Kellogg Executive Education through its modules on AI Applications and Growth Strategies.

Key Takeaways

To help you evolve into a true 21st century COO, our programme is designed with clear learning outcomes:

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Drive strategic initiatives aligned to larger company goals – be a vital C-Suite partner

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Hone managerial and leadership capabilities to inhabit the COO role

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Lead during crisis and change management

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Facilitate nimble competitive advantage and pivot with new technology

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Gain industry-specific insights to create value and satisfy customers

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Achieve value-chain innovation and bottom-line results with strategic tech investments

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Master operations and supply chain leadership

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Drive increased process optimisation with analytics and digital technology

Programme Highlights

IIMK-COO-1 Alumni Status

IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status

IIMK-COO-2 Live online

Live Online Lectures by IIMK Faculty (8 months)*

IIMK-COO-3 Pre-recorded video

2 online modules via pre-recorded video lectures by Kellogg Executive Education (3-4 months)*

IIMK-COO-4 immersion

3-Day Immersion with a leadership building workshop at the IIM Kozhikode Campus

IIMK-COO-5 Unique modules in

Unique modules in operational transformation, excellence & AI Applications for growth

IIMK-COO-6 Capstone project

Capstone Project guided by IIMK Faculty

IIMK-COO-7 Hands-On Business Simulations

Hands-On Business Simulations in Strategic and Global Supply Chain Management

IIMK-COO-8 Insights from industry

Insights from industry practitioners for a real-world perspective

IIMK-COO-9 Networking Opportunity to learn

Networking Opportunities with CXO Peers

IIMK-COO-10 Annual subscription

Annual Subscription to the Wall Street Journal

Note: **The programme is designed to be delivered approximately over a period of 12 months, including some occasional breaks that may be provided. This is indicative. The duration for modules by IIMK and Kellogg Executive Education is tentative. The actual calendar time may be more or less by a few weeks depending on the number of topics covered during on-campus immersion and other variables like breaks provided/not provided.

Who Is This Programme For?

  • For aspiring COOs and operational leaders, looking to strengthen knowledge with cutting-edge topics in technology, design thinking, AI, digital supply chain, agile, and risk resilience; and keen to build valuable networks, deepen insights, and develop C-Suite leadership skills with a focus on efficiency and resilience.

  • For new and evolving COOs who want to focus on cutting-edge practices for driving efficiency, innovation, and growth; and keen to enhance strategic skills for optimal operations, strengthen relationships with influential leaders, and foster collaboration.

Eligibility: Graduate (10+2+3) or Diploma holders (Only 10+2+3) from a recognized University with minimum 10 Years of experience (after graduation) as on 30 March, 2024. Candidates should have a minimum aggregate of 50% in their graduation.

Programme Modules - Taught by IIM Kozhikode


  • The modules and topics are indicative and subject to change at the discretion of programme coordinators. The suggested time and sequence may be dropped/ modified/adapted to fit the participant profile & programme duration.

  • The primary mode of learning for this programme is via live online sessions with IIM Kozhikode faculty members.

  • The recording of the live sessions will be made available to the participants until the completion of the programme

  • The programme curriculum includes individual class readings, assignments, quizzes, two business simulations, case study discussions, guided capstone project, leadership workshops, and much more to apply and demonstrate classroom learning.

Programme Modules - Taught by Kellogg Executive Education

  • The topics are indicative and may change at the discretion of Programme coordinators.

  • The modules by Kellogg Executive Education would primarily include pre-recorded video lectures by Kellogg School of Management.

  • The participants would be enrolled into global cohorts of Kellogg Executive Education.

  • There would be weekly live sessions by Programme Leader where participants can interact with global peers.

  • The programme curriculum would include assignments, real-world use-cases and frameworks, discussions, quizzes, recorded faculty lectures, live doubt solving sessions, and much more to apply and demonstrate classroom learning.

Integrated Capstone Project - Guided by IIMK Faculty

Embark on a transformative journey with an integrated Capstone project. Harness the collective power of classroom wisdom, insights from esteemed faculty and guest speakers, and collaborative peer perspectives. Diagnose strategic business risks and opportunities, strategize how operations is to be leveraged to achieve future competitive advantages, and prepare an action plan for operational transformation of the organization. The integrated capstone journey would include two dedicated connects with the programme coordinators for assessing the progress, discuss feedback and the project direction. There would be an intermediate submission and a final project submission. Towards the end, the projects groups would also make a final presentation before the programme coordinators and peers.

Business Simulations for Hands-On Learning

During the modules by IIMK, various simulation exercises would be carried out. This would help in providing a more practice-oriented learning to the participants. Simulations chosen may include module-based simulations and integrated simulations (during the on-campus module, towards the end of the program). This would expose the participants as to how operations connect to the overall business goals and can make a significant difference in the business outcome.

Strategic Supply Chain Management Simulation

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Optimize within Inventory carrying costs versus inventory shortage

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Assimilate strategic considerations to reduce uncertainty and demand variability

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Appreciate strategies to control bullwhip effect and centralize information

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Gain different perspectives of factory, distributor, wholesaler, and retailer

Global Supply Chain Management Simulation

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Integrate flexibility using supplier capabilities for diverse product scenarios

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Evaluate methods, interpret dynamics, and enhance supply chain resilience

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Optimize production between costly, fast, and economical, slow suppliers

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Reflect, improve decisions and measure performance for continuous improvement

Real-world Application Through Case Studies

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Amazon and Walmart on Collision Course by Nirmalya Kumar; Sheetal Mittal: Harvard Case

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ITC eChoupal Initiative by David M. Upton; Virginia A. Fuller: Harvard Case

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Barilla SpA (A) by Janice H. Hammond: Harvard Case

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ZARA: Fast Fashion by Pankaj Ghemawat; Jose Luis Nueno Iniesta: Harvard Case

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Asian Paints Limited: Painting History by J Ramachandran; Jalaj Garg: Harvard Case

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Aravind Eye Care System: Time to Shift Gears by Rajesh Chandwani; Mithileshwar Jha; V. Nagadevara: Harvard Case

Note: Listed above are a few indicative case studies and may change depending on periodic updates.The programme may include additional case studies specially curated by the faculty.

Meet the Faculty

The Chief Operations Officer Programme is crafted and delivered by leading faculty experts in both India (IIM Kozhikode) and the US (Kellogg School of Management). These accomplished individuals provide students with nuanced perspectives to help them confidently deliver the multi-pronged mandate of the modern COO in today’s high-velocity landscape.

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Ashutosh Sarkar

Professor, Quantitative Methods and Operations Management Area at IIM Kozhikode

Ashutosh Sarkar received Doctor of Philosophy from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Texas at Dallas. He has...

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Arqum Mateen

Associate Professor, Quantitative Methods and Operations Management Area at IIM Kozhikode

Prof. Arqum Mateen is with the Quantitative Methods & Operations Management area of IIM Kozhikode. He is a Fellow (Ph.D.) of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, where he ...

Programme Certificate by IIM Kozhikode

Programme Certificate by IIM Kozhikode

Participants will be awarded a completion certificate from IIM Kozhikode on successfully completing all evaluation components including a capstone project and maintaining a minimum attendance of 75%. Participants who are unable to clear all evaluation components but have a minimum attendance of 75% shall be awarded a participation certificate. 

We encourage you to attend all the live sessions and make the best out of these interactive learning experiences.

Note: The certificate shown above is for illustrative purposes only and may not be an exact prototype of the actual certificate. IIM Kozhikode reserves the right to change the certificate and specifications without notice

Certification by Kellogg Executive Education

Upon successful completion of each module, Kellogg Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. These modules are graded as pass or fail; participants must receive 80 percent to pass and obtain the certificate of completion for each module.

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  • All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Kellogg Executive Education. 

  • Kellogg Executive Education reserves the right to change the certificate and specifications without notice. 

  • This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from Kellogg School of Management.

IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status Benefits

On successful completion of the programme, participants will be eligible for the prestigious IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni Status. These participants will subsequently receive the alumni registration details from IIM Kozhikode. The benefits include:

  • Access to a new Alumni Email Id with login details and credentials

  • Eligible to receive Publications and Newsletters of IIMK periodically

  • Online access login details to Kasebook (Online Alumni Portal)

  • Issuance of Alumni Identity Card

  • Availing MDC/Guest Rooms at prevailing rates subject to availability

Note: The Executive Alumni benefits are subject to the discretion of IIM Kozhikode.

Pay Later - Finance Options

Programme Fee

Maximum Loan Amount Available

Tenure (months)


INR 6,50,000 + GST

INR 7,28,650


INR 26,940


  • The above EMI's are indicative. The EMI's offered by each of the loan providers might vary from the above figures, depending upon tenure and loan amount to be disbursed. 

  • Other EMI tenures available (Months): Propelld: 6/12/18/24/30/36/42/48

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

As a participant in the programme, you will receive a complimentary annual digital membership to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) with unlimited access to award-winning journalism across any device. From business and world news to technology, life, and arts, WSJ provides ambitious and fact-based reporting that readers can trust.

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