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Public Bargaining?

Based on the research of Deepal Basak and Joyee Deb How do parties bargain when their negotiations take place in the glare of public spotlight? Professor Deepal Basak and his colleague bring new insights from game theory to show what happens when negotiators gamble with public opinion, but in the public domain, not in private backrooms. April 2011 at Delhi’s iconic Jantar Mantar provided …

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Does deregulation lead to banking sector instability?

After the financial crisis of 2008, governments worldwide are re-assessing their approach to bank regulation. Professors Subramanian and Vaidya Nathan examine how dismantling of regulations affects banking sector stability. Deregulation of entry in a bubble can lead to banking sector instability, but when accompanied by better screening for lending and general financial health of firms, it may also lead to …

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Split-award auctions

Splitting up a contract award across multiple vendors (sources) offers the benefits of diversification. Professor Aadhaar Chaturvedi explains his recent theoretical and experimental work, which shows that under the right conditions, such multi-sourcing through an auction may also help reduce expected costs. Aadhaar Chaturvedi Visiting Professor, ISB and Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Administration at the University of Namur.

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How to Foster Innovation in Government Management Systems

Arguably, innovation is a key determinant of the competitive advantage of nations. Little wonder therefore that governments around the world want to be seen promoting innovation. However, based on my experience, government efforts in this area can be divided into two broad categories: Most of the governmental resources (money and time) are used for promoting innovation by non-government actors, and …

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Meaning of ‘Performance’ in Government Performance Management

While government performance management is in vogue, there seems to be no consensus on the meaning of the term ‘performance.’ In the name of measuring ‘performance’ of a government agency, there has been a proliferation of approaches, methods and methodologies. However, no one measurement approach is per se better than others. The right question to ask is whether the measurement …

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Pep Up Entrepreneurs

Economic liberalisation in 1991 triggered a spurt of entrepreneurial activities in the country, once it was freed from the shackles of the licence-quota raj. It became easier to raise capital through the stock­markets and there was an influx of investment from venture capitalists. The rise of the services sector and the internet meant that people could start businesses with lower …

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Models for Equitable Healthcare for All

The cross-subsidisation models of Aravind Eye Care Systems and LV Prasad Eye Institute have become global benchmarks for eye-care innovation. Professor  D.V.R. Seshadri analyses why such innovative business models have only evolved in ophthalmology, and have not moved to other healthcare specialties in India, such as cardiac, neuro or orthopaedic. D.V.R. Seshadri, Clinical Full Professor of Marketing, ISB.

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Cross-border and Domestic Acquisitions by Indian Firms

Acquisitions by Indian firms, both domestic and foreign, have increased dramatically over the period from 2002 to 2010. What kinds of firms are more likely to make acquisitions? What factors encourage firms to make acquisitions across borders? Professor N.K. Chidambaram speaks about his research. N.K. Chidambaram, Visiting Professor, ISB and Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics at Fordham University.

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