Deepa Mani

Associate Professor and Executive Director, Srini Raju Centre for IT and the Networked Economy.

More Bang for Your Digital Spend: Technology and R&D

Based on the research of Deepa Mani, Rajib Saha, and Aditya K.S. Digitisation today holds tremendous potential across industries. Every organisation is reimagining its business model in the face of disruptive technologies such as wearable devices and self-driving cars. However, two fundamental questions remain: How exactly can the digitisation of innovation create value? And second, if digitisation of innovation is indeed creating …

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Managers Who Use AI Will Replace Those Who Don’t

We have moved in the past decade from a rather simple understanding of IT to a nuanced evolution of a networked economy. How do you see this transformation from your vantage point at SRITNE? Deepa Mani: Over the past decade, there have been two fundamental shifts with respect to IT. First, within the firm, IT has evolved from a cost centre that …

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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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The Digital Transformation of R&D

Executive Summary In his letter to shareholders in 20131, General Electric (GE) CEO Jeffrey R Immelt remarked, “We believe that every industrial company will become a software company.” In support of this assertion, he included vignettes of various technology-enabled product innovations across different verticals of GE that significantly improved asset utilisation and revenue of the company’s customers. Indeed, GE’s Industrial Internet …

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IT-Led Business Transformation at Reliance Energy

This case study encapsulates the remarkable journey of Reliance Energy, which began after the takeover of Bombay Suburban Electric Supply Ltd (BSES) in 2003 by Reliance Industries Limited. The realisation of the importance of technology led to technology-enabled business transformation initiatives within Reliance Energy, which helped it to move a step ahead of its competitors and created important growth opportunities …

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Organisation of Technology and the Impact of Technology Interventions on Business and Society

How can firms make the transition from being low-cost service providers to becoming innovators and key drivers of value in firms’ value chains? What is the innovation dimension of Indian firms and entrepreneurship? How can technology transform the urban landscape of India? In this video, Professor Deepa Mani highlights her research and the significance of answering these questions. Dr. Deepa Mani …

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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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Smart City Maturity Model (SCMM)

Executive Summary In India, urbanisation is a rapidly growing trend fuelled by the government’s emphasis on the manufacturing and services sectors as engines of growth and the transition thereof to these sectors from agriculture. As per the 2011 census report, more than 600 million Indians will be living in urban areas by 2031, and the contribution of urban India to her …

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