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Can Mutual Fund Competition Drive Returns?

Based on the research of Gerard Hoberg, Nitin Kumar and Nagpurnanand Prabhala. Though mutual funds are increasingly popular as investment vehicles, the factors that drive their returns are not fully understood. How can investors better understand how well a fund has done relative to its competition? Research by Professors Nitin Kumar, Gerard Hoberg and Nagpurnanand Prabhala answers these questions. The Indian mutual …

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Journey from Technology to Policy

V K Saraswat, Member of the NITI Aayog, was the Dean’s Speaker at the Indian School of Business in September 2017. Dr Saraswat is a Padma Bhushan awardee and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. In a career spanning over four decades, Dr Saraswat helped develop the country’s first liquid propulsion engine, Devil, as well as rocket engines such as Prithvi, …

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Access versus Innovation in Global Healthcare Markets

Access to affordable medicines and healthcare today comes with a dynamic trade-off in terms of potential disincentives for innovation tomorrow. Using theory and techniques from applied microeconomics, Professor Chirantan Chatterjee examines these trade-offs and their welfare implications in research set in United States and Indian healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. Chirantan Chatterjee is Assistant Professor in the Economics and Public Policy area …

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Offline choice, online sale: Consumer pseudo-showrooming

Brick and mortar stores face the issue of consumer showrooming i.e., consumers inspect a product at a physical store, but buy it from a different seller online. Combining online and offline sales channels can encourage consumer pseudo-showrooming, i.e., consumers can check out some products offline, but buy the same or a related product from the same seller͛s online store, argue …

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Developing the Next Generation Leadership for Family Business

Smooth inter-generational leadership transition is critical for the long-term survival of business organisations. In the family business context, passing on the baton to effective next-generation leaders is crucial for the continuity of family legacy. For this transition to happen effectively, it is important that family businesses develop their next generation members in a systematic manner that prudently builds their capabilities …

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How to Prevent Soft-targeting in Government Performance Management Systems

We do not have to be a trained psychoanalyst to know this much — we humans are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Referred to as the “pleasure principle” it was made famous by Sigmund Freud in German as “lustprinzip.” It is, therefore, hardly surprising that the preference for “soft-targets” is a near universal phenomenon. Anyone designing a government performance …

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How to Design Effective Team Targets in Government

Government is famously a team sport. Almost everything (really) important we do in government requires effective teams. Whether it is reducing child mortality, disaster management, fighting opioid crisis or stopping money laundering. The list is indeed long and familiar. Like in all team sports, it is not important how well you do individually, rather, how well you do as a team. …

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Refurbishing of Defective Product Returns

In order to gain a competitive edge, companies sometimes introduce new products hastily, resulting in increased incidence of defective products and consumer returns. Professor Narendra Singh’s research shows that more defective product returns are not necessarily a bad thing for a company if the company refurbishes these returns. Narendra Singh is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Operations Management at ISB.

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