Dr. Kiranmai Pendyala    
Dr. Kiranmai Pendyala
Head – Human Resources
AMD India


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 Diversity.

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 Vice-President.

She has a doctorate in Business Communication from Osmania University.

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.