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.
There is an urgent need to extend the myopic view of emergency medical services beyond operations to an interdisciplinary perspective encompassing business models, strategy, process control, policy, and innovation, says Milind Sohoni in this report on the First Practice-Based Summit on Emergency Medical Services in India.
Why are changes in top leadership, specifically in banks, marked by shifts in strategy and declines in stock prices? Research into bank CEO turnover provides insights on how career concerns and management incentives lead to distortionary practices. Professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian and Prasanna Tantri explain.
Behavioural big data (BBD) refers to very large and rich multidimensional data sets on human and social behaviours, actions, and interactions, which have become available to companies, governments, and researchers. However, behavioural researchers using big data face not only methodological and technical challenges but also ethical and moral dilemmas, says Professor Galit Shmueli.
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.
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.
Guest Editor for this Issue:
Milind G. Sohoni,
Professor of Operations Management, Deputy Dean - Faculty Development & Registrar's Office, ISB.