Guest edited by Professor Milind Sohoni, our cover story brings together academics, researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss the urgent role of emergency medical services in saving lives. Our features look at the importance of performance-related incentives in government, and the surprising effects of demonetisation on the Indian mobile phone market. In Face-to-Face, Minister Jayant Sinha speaks about UDAN, Dr VK Saraswat about the NITI Aayog and RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya about the research-policy interface. Also: lessons from the dissolution of international marketing joint ventures in India.
Professor Sisir Debnath and co-authors find that electronic voting machines protect democracies from electoral fraud. An unexpected benefit is that the provision of a key public good, electricity, improves measurably.
Is India ready to embrace a composite workforce, with robots and humans, diverse demographic segments, and public-private sector talent sharing? Professor Chandrasekhar Sripada, Executive Director of ISB's Human Capital and Leadership Initiative (HC&LI), provides his expert views.
What drives uptake of tertiary healthcare services? Word of mouth effects may have an important role to play, say Professor Chirantan Chatterjee and his co-authors.
Dr Avik Sarkar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog, and in-charge of the NITI Aayog Data Analytics Cell visited the Applied Statistics and Computing Lab at ISB in March 2018. Below are excerpts of his conversation with Professor Bhimasankaram Pochiraju, Clinical Professor and Executive Dierctor of the ASLC. Professor Pochiraju passed away in early April 2018. This Face-to-Face, scheduled to appear in the July 2018 print issue of ISBInsight is dedicated to Professor Pochiraju’s memory.
Do top Indian companies hire professional Chief Executive Officers on the basis of caste or religion? And does it matter for financial performance? Professors Naga Lakshmi Damaraju and her co-author Anil K Makhija offer some surprising insights on these important questions.
Guest Editor for this Issue:
Milind G. Sohoni,
Professor of Operations Management, Deputy Dean - Faculty Development & Registrar's Office, ISB.