Anand Nandkumar

Anand Nandakumar is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He is also the Academic Director for Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ISB

Rethinking Corporate Strategy in the Age of Paradox

ISBInsight: Thought leaders from academia and industry have converged at the picturesque ISB campus for conversations, debates, and discoveries around Strategy. Why did you pick India and Hyderabad for a Strategy conference? Charles Dhanaraj: Everyone acknowledges the fact that India is the world’s fastest growing major economy, having come a long way after it opened itself up to market forces. Over …

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Are Strong Intellectual Property Rights the Future of Innovation in India?

Since the 1980s, there has been a global trend towards harmonising Intellectual Property (IP) laws around the world. In order to comply with this global mandate, developing countries, such as India and China, have had to reform their IP laws and bring them up to global standards. Most developing countries including India have traditionally preferred a “weak” IP Rights (IPR) …

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Facilitating Innovation on the Digital Frontier

Anand Nandkumar: Setting up a group within a company to assist the entire group’s innovation activities, is a new phenomenon in India. Let us start by understanding how exactly the Chief Technology Officer’s team facilitates innovation at the intersection of all the companies. Gopichand Katragadda: The key word, in fact, is facilitation, rather than supervision. That is the way I looked …

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“We Want to Create More Flipkarts”: Generating Innovation Systematically

ISBInsight: An emerging trend in innovation is cluster development. This is where universities and start-ups are coming together and working with businesses to invest in ideation as well as execution. What are some benefits and challenges of this approach? Anand Nandkumar: There are many benefits from this kind of arrangement. Companies are typically searching for the next big idea. But given …

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Clusterpreneurship: Do entrepreneurs create and sustain clusters?

From virtually being non-existent in 2000, India had the third largest number of start-ups behind only the US and the UK in 2016 (see Figure 1). Most of this activity can be attributed to increased startup activity in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector (see Figure 2). What is even more impressive is the fact that India ranks third …

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Swimming in cold waters: How MNFs protect IPR in weak IP regimes

Increasing international trade between nations has coincided with a surge in MNFs conducting their R&D activity overseas in countries such as India and China. Fortune 500 firms have about 100 R&D laboratories in China and about 63 in India. Moreover, according to a survey by The Economist, about 83% of the new R&D centres added by Fortune 1000 firms are …

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Technological Innovation in India: Negotiating the Patent Ecosystem

Indian firms are relatively well acknowledged for their ability to generate non-technical innovations such as new business models. For instance, the global service delivery model that emerged from India resulted in the advent of the Indian software industry. However, India’s competence in generating technological innovations is relatively unknown. This paper presents an analysis of Indian patent data to better understand …

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Entrepreneurial Firms: Coast On or Cash Out?

Environment impacts performance capabilities of entrepreneurial firms. BASED ON THE RESEARCH OF ANAND NANDKUMAR (ISB) AND ASHISH ARORA (DUKE UNIVERSITY) The typical entrepreneur dreams of creating a business that creates wealth; however, he can only do so if he survives to see his idea blossom. Further, the more accomplished he is, the more likely he would like his idea to blossom fast, …

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