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ISB Insights As the flagship research periodical of the Indian School of Business (ISB), ISBInsight features research-driven insight and evidence-based opinion for practitioners, with a focus on Indian and emerging markets.
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The flagship research periodical of the Indian School of Business (ISB), ISBInsight features research-driven insight and evidence-based opinion for practitioners, with a focus on Indian and emerging markets.

Velvetcase, a made-to-order jewellery company in Mumbai, is disrupting the manner in which India satisfies its voracious...
08/01/2019
How VelvetCase Is Mining India's Passion for Gold - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

Velvetcase, a made-to-order jewellery company in Mumbai, is disrupting the manner in which India satisfies its voracious appetite for gold. ISBInsight talked to Dr Nupur Pavan Bang about the managerial takeaways and her experience in co-authoring the case with Professor Kurian Vikram.

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ISBInsight: What was unique about VelvetCase, a made-to-order fine jewellery company, that got you interested in writing a case on them? Dr Nupur Pavan Bang: Traditionally, people go to the jewellery store or the local jeweller with whom they are comfortable. They look at the pieces that are availab...

Baba Kalyani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Limited, was the Dean’s Speaker in August 2018. Milin...
08/01/2019
How to Forge a Make in India Success Story - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

Baba Kalyani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Limited, was the Dean’s Speaker in August 2018. Milind Sohoni, Professor of Operations Management and Deputy Dean, Faculty Development at the Indian School of Business, caught up with Baba Kalyani to discuss the lessons for a Make in India manufacturing revolution from the Bharat Forge success story.

Milind Sohoni: You have been closely associated with the manufacturing sector for a very long time. In particular, what lessons can our readers gain from the incredible success of Bharat Forge? Baba Kalyani: Till the 1980s and 1990s, we were a typical Indian manufacturing company burdened by regulat...

Can home businesses succeed? Which banks use credit scores to evaluate loan applications and why? How has growth of e-co...
04/01/2019
The Finance Four - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

Can home businesses succeed? Which banks use credit scores to evaluate loan applications and why? How has growth of e-commerce retailers like Amazon affected employment and revenues in local retail? And how does better connectivity through roads affect access to credit?

On behalf of ISBInsight, Ujval Nanavati spoke with authors of four fascinating research papers presented at the Indian School of Business Centre for Analytical Finance’s Summer Research Conference 2018.

Business at Home? Work from home is often considered a pseudonym for shirking work. However, a reform in Singapore that allows budding entrepreneurs to set up their business at home has shown significant positive results. Jian Zhang is one of the authors of the research paper ‘Workplace Flexibilit...

India became the first country to mandate a defined CSR spend and the only one of the three countries, along with Indone...
03/01/2019
Is India’s CSR Law Having the Desired Impact? - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

India became the first country to mandate a defined CSR spend and the only one of the three countries, along with Indonesia and Philippines, to undertake legislative action to mandate CSR. Listen in to an expert panel weighing in on how Indian firms are coping with the mandatory CSR component of the 2013 Companies’ Act in our first podcast:

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ISBInsight: Professor Ramachandran, could you set the context for us for CSR in India? Kavil Ramachandran: In the last few decades, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an integral part of the public discourse with academicians, practitioners, policy-makers and media laying stress on equ...

"Women in the past relied on parents or spouses to make decisions for them. Millennial women are not afraid of claiming ...
03/01/2019
After Leaning In: What’s Next for Women in Rural and Urban India? - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

"Women in the past relied on parents or spouses to make decisions for them. Millennial women are not afraid of claiming and owning their future." Indian School of Business Prof Saumya Sindhwani explains how millennial women are changing the mainstream narrative:

ISBInsight: Do women CEOs have it tougher according to your research? Saumya Sindhwani: The simple answer is: yes, women CEOs do have it tougher. One aspect is the sheer hard work that they put in before they reach the top. The journey is not easy. It is lonely. It is tougher because of the biases t...

Industry relevance matters. So does a multi-industry perspective. Professor V Kumar at the J. Mack Robinson College of B...
02/01/2019
What Academics and Managers Can Learn from Each Other - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

Industry relevance matters. So does a multi-industry perspective. Professor V Kumar at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University was at the Indian School of Business for the Thought Leaders Conference on Managing Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets. Professor Manish Gangwar caught up with him to ask how industry and academia can learn from one another.

Manish Gangwar: Thank you on behalf of team ISBInsight for taking the time to talk to us. You have been a prolific researcher in the last decade. It is often alleged that academic research is too theoretical and has little practical use. Can you tell us as academicians how we can bridge the gap betw...

"Too much comfort is not good. Find something that gives you the satisfaction of accomplishment." Mallika Srinivasan of ...
27/12/2018
The Gender Challenge - ISBInsight | Research Magazine | Indian School of Business (ISB)

"Too much comfort is not good. Find something that gives you the satisfaction of accomplishment." Mallika Srinivasan of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited in conversation with Indian School of Business Prof Saumya Sindhwani in latest #ISBInsight #womenleaders: http://isbinsight.isb.edu/the-gender-challenge/

Saumya Sindhwani: You have been called the tractor queen of India and rightfully so because Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) has achieved so much under your leadership. The tractor industry is not traditionally an industry for women. What were the challenges that you faced? Mallika Sriniva...

"The romantic view is that when we automate, we are freed from drudgery and can do the real stuff. So what is the real s...
22/12/2018
From Skilling to AI: An Indian IT Innovation Journey

"The romantic view is that when we automate, we are freed from drudgery and can do the real stuff. So what is the real stuff that we should do?" Rajendra Pawar, Chairman and Co-founder , NIIT Group in conversation with Reema Gupta about the NIIT story, AI and Skilling.

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http://isbinsight.isb.edu/from-skilling-to-artificial-intelligence-an-indian-it-innovation-journey-2/

Reema Gupta: Let us begin the conversation with NIIT’s journey over the last four decades. Could you please tell us

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21/12/2018

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Privacy policy measures are crucial in protecting user data. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | Indian School of B...
21/12/2018

Privacy policy measures are crucial in protecting user data. #ISBInsight15

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The language of instruction has a direct impact on educational outcomes. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | Indian...
20/12/2018

The language of instruction has a direct impact on educational outcomes. #ISBInsight15

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How does vaping interact with smoking? #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | ISB Executive Education | Indian School ...
19/12/2018

How does vaping interact with smoking? #ISBInsight15

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Developing economies today see the need to undertake afforestation measures. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | IS...
18/12/2018

Developing economies today see the need to undertake afforestation measures. #ISBInsight15

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The relatively new game format has attracted a broader audience. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | Indian School ...
17/12/2018

The relatively new game format has attracted a broader audience. #ISBInsight15

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It is a common practice for clients to hire their auditors and pay for them. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | IS...
16/12/2018

It is a common practice for clients to hire their auditors and pay for them. #ISBInsight15

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Next-generation managers will face the challenge of managing a composite workforce with robots and humans. #ISBInsight15...
15/12/2018

Next-generation managers will face the challenge of managing a composite workforce with robots and humans. #ISBInsight15

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A fast-growing healthcare industry is increasingly placing the consumer at the centre stage. #ISBInsight15Indian School ...
14/12/2018

A fast-growing healthcare industry is increasingly placing the consumer at the centre stage. #ISBInsight15

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Senior living services in India face societal and cultural challenges. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | ISB Exec...
13/12/2018

Senior living services in India face societal and cultural challenges. #ISBInsight15

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How is digital identity transforming policy? #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | ISB Executive Education | Indian S...
12/12/2018

How is digital identity transforming policy? #ISBInsight15

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Or is merit the sole criteria in getting hired for a job? #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | ISB Executive Educati...
11/12/2018

Or is merit the sole criteria in getting hired for a job? #ISBInsight15

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How is artificial intelligence transforming your workplace? Today's question from #ISBInsight15
10/12/2018

How is artificial intelligence transforming your workplace? Today's question from #ISBInsight15

A very crucial development in the future of healthcare. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | ISB Executive Education
09/12/2018

A very crucial development in the future of healthcare. #ISBInsight15

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Another Insight from our archives. #ISBInsight15Indian School of Business | ISB Executive Education
08/12/2018

Another Insight from our archives. #ISBInsight15

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08/12/2018

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Congratulations Professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian on being appointed as the new Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India! Professor Subramanian is an Associate Professor of Finance and Executive Director of the Centre for Analytical Finance at ISB. #ISBfaculty https://goo.gl/Pjfp3P

On the occasion of 15 years of ISBInsight, we bring you a series of interesting questions and little-known insights from...
07/12/2018

On the occasion of 15 years of ISBInsight, we bring you a series of interesting questions and little-known insights from our archives. Please follow us at #ISBInsight15 to know more.

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What are the approaches to consider when innovating in the digital health startup landscape in India? What lessons can e...
03/12/2018
Disrupting Healthcare in India: Technology in Play

What are the approaches to consider when innovating in the digital health startup landscape in India? What lessons can entrepreneurs learn from successful health startups?

Professor Sarang Deo Executive Director of the Max Institute of Healthcare Management and Dr Amit Jotwani, co-founder Onco.com, ISB AMPH Alumnus, discuss the future of Digital Health Startups in India.

ISB Executive Education | Indian School of Business

Digital health startups in India are discovering new avenues to provide innovative services to consumers. Catering to such a complex business environment can pose several challenges new entrants in the market. What are the approaches to consider when innovating in the digital health startup landscap...

How do financial systems and demographic compositions vary across Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore and the Philippines?Profes...
30/11/2018
Doing Business in Southeast Asia: the Macro Perspective - ISBInsight

How do financial systems and demographic compositions vary across Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore and the Philippines?

Professor Philip Zerrillo of Singapore Management University offers some insights into the ASEAN macroenvironment.

ISB Executive Education | Indian School of Business

How do financial systems and demographic compositions vary across Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore and Philippines? Professor Philip Zerrillo offers some insights into the ASEAN macroenvironment. Prof Philip Charles Zerrillo is Professor of Marketing (Practice) at Singapore Management University and Visi...

"We are not at the stage of digital transformation yet but in terms of digital penetration through Aadhaar, we have a co...
26/11/2018
“Create Templates, Not Blueprints”: How to Do Policy with Impact - ISBInsight

"We are not at the stage of digital transformation yet but in terms of digital penetration through Aadhaar, we have a come a long way."
Listen to Professor Ashwini Chhatre, Academic Director of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, explain why policy blueprints are a bad idea for a country like India and how to increase grassroots involvement in governance.

Why are policy blueprints a bad idea for a country like India and how do we increase grassroots involvement in governance.

The employment terms of contract workers led to a 100-day long dispute between Dr Reddy’s Laboratories management and ...
23/11/2018
Compassionate Leadership in Labour Disputes: The Case of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

The employment terms of contract workers led to a 100-day long dispute between Dr Reddy’s Laboratories management and a trade union. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) Labour Dispute case study author Professor Subramaniam Ramnarayan provides insights on multi-stakeholder negotiations and resolving conflict through compassionate leadership.

The employment terms of contract workers led to a 100-day long dispute between Dr Reddy’s Laboratories management and a trade union. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) Labour Dispute case study author Professor Subramaniam Ramnarayan provides insights on multi-stakeholder negotiations and resolving c...

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23/11/2018
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Often policymakers show a positive correlation between #trade inflows and #sustainable forest management. But can trade really save #forests? Find out in this really insightful article by ISB Insights and Forbes India.

“Women must take equal responsibility and get equal opportunity to make the family business a long-lasting institution...
22/11/2018
Equal Stewards: The Women in Family Business Programme - ISBInsight

“Women must take equal responsibility and get equal opportunity to make the family business a long-lasting institution.”
The Women in Family Business Programme held at the Indian School of Business in August 2018 provided a roadmap for women leadership roles in family enterprises.

The Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise designed and delivered an exclusive programme for 50 participants at ISB, addressing women’s leadership roles in managing and developing family businesses.

Indian School of Business
22/11/2018
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How do financial systems and demographic compositions vary across Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore and Philippines? Professor Philip Zerrillo offers insights into the ASEAN macroenvironment highlighting the big issues that will challenge businesses in this region. ISB Insights #ISBinsight

In a multi-lingual country with large deficits in education, how does the language of instruction influence learning? Dr...
19/11/2018
How Language Of Instruction Influences Education Outcomes - ISBInsight

In a multi-lingual country with large deficits in education, how does the language of instruction influence learning? Drawing on lessons from the British era, Professor Tarun Jain finds that the language-based reorganization of states helped improved literacy outcomes. In recent decades, mother tongue instruction boosted literacy rates by as much as 18%.

In a multi-lingual country with large deficits in education, how does the language of instruction influence learning? Drawing on lessons from the British era, Professor Tarun Jain finds that the language-based reorganization of states helped improved literacy outcomes. In recent decades, mother tong...

16/11/2018
Indian School of Business

Watch the second half of the Young Thinkers' Conference live:

The Young Thinkers' Conference 2018, Hyderabad edition, resumes with more interesting sessions and stories. Join us live. #YTC2018

16/11/2018
Indian School of Business

The Young Thinkers' Conference 2018, Hyderabad edition commences in a few minutes. Join us live. #YTC2018

The Young Thinkers' Conference 2018, Hyderabad edition commences in a few minutes. Join us live. #YTC2018

"The challenge for us as researchers, and as the boundary organisation between practice, policy and research, is to find...
15/11/2018
Indian School of Business

"The challenge for us as researchers, and as the boundary organisation between practice, policy and research, is to find combinations of information, incentives and mandates so that policy can be designed to achieve larger objectives."

Why policy blueprints are a bad idea for a country like India and how can we encourage grassroots involvement in governance or policy implementation: Professor Ashwini Chhatre, Academic Director of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, explains. ISB Insights #ISBinsight

"Shared values create the moral compass that codifies the non-negotiables – what to do and what not to. Values provide...
14/11/2018

"Shared values create the moral compass that codifies the non-negotiables – what to do and what not to. Values provide us with a framework of ethics, integrity and treating our fellow compatriots with dignity."

Harish Manwani, Chairman of the Executive Board, Indian School of Business, shares his thoughts on #NationalEducationDay - "We want (ISB) to be known for leaders who are not just innovators and business builders but also responsible contributors to society." https://goo.gl/3gzbSo

What are the approaches to consider when innovating in the digital health startup landscape in India? What lessons can e...
12/11/2018
Disrupting Healthcare in India: Technology in Play

What are the approaches to consider when innovating in the digital health startup landscape in India? What lessons can entrepreneurs learn from successful health startups? Digital health startups in India are discovering new avenues to provide innovative services to consumers. Catering to such a complex business environment can pose several challenges new entrants in the market.

Professor Sarang Deo Executive Director of the Max Institute of Healthcare Management and Dr Amit Jotwani, co-founder Onco.com, ISB PGP Alumnus, discuss the future of Digital Health Startups in India.

ISB Executive Education | Indian School of Business

Digital health startups in India are discovering new avenues to provide innovative services to consumers. Catering to such a complex business environment can pose several challenges new entrants in the market. What are the approaches to consider when innovating in the digital health startup landscap...

Access to affordable medicines and healthcare today comes with a dynamic trade-off in terms of potential disincentives f...
09/11/2018
Access versus Innovation in Global Healthcare Markets - ISBInsight

Access to affordable medicines and healthcare today comes with a dynamic trade-off in terms of potential disincentives for innovation tomorrow. Using theory and techniques from applied microeconomics, Professor Chirantan Chatterjee examines these trade-offs and their welfare implications in research set in the United States and Indian healthcare and pharmaceutical markets.

Access to affordable medicines and healthcare today comes with a dynamic trade-off of potential disincentives for innovation tomorrow.

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