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Dr S Venkadesan

Dr S. Venkadesan, the Director of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at the Indian School of Business, passed away on 27 May, 2018. Dr Venkadesan had been at ISB since April 2011, and in that period, also held positions as Director, Information Technology and Director, Operations. A Metallurgist and Materials Engineer by profession, Dr. Venkadesan headed the Materials Technology Section of …

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Professor Bhimasankaram Pochiraju

Late Professor Bhimasankaram Pochiraju passed away on 1 April, 2018. He was a Clinical Professor of Statistics, Executive Director at the Applied Statistics and Computing Lab (ASCL) and the Faculty Director for the Certificate programme in Business Analytics at the Indian School of Business (ISB). Professor Bhim, as he was affectionately called, had held faculty positions in leading institutes like …

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Can Millets Solve India’s Nutrition Security Problems?

The Indian School of Business and the National Institute of Nutrition hosted an expert panel discussion on 16 February, 2018 to debate the introduction of millets into India’s Public Distribution System. Millets-Jowar, Bajra, and Ragi-are gaining popularity in India’s affluent circles due to their perceived medical and nutritional benefits. These coarse grains were once part of the staple diet of agrarian …

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Ranking Indian Cities: The Smart Cities Index

The newly developed Smart Cities Index provides a comprehensive framework for assessing the quality of city services for the 53 million plus cities in India across a variety of characteristics. Analysts at the ISB Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ashish Mohan and Tryambakesh Kumar Shukla reveal the journey behind the development of the Index and highlight the glaring data …

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Can Trade Save Forests?

Based on the research of Lingchao Li, Jinlong Liu, Baodong Cheng, Ashwini Chhatre, Jiayun Dong, and Wenyuan Liang Export-oriented manufacturing and service activity as well as foreign direct investment: these are the surprising ingredients of an economic trajectory that promotes forest growth in developing economies, find Professor Ashwini Chhatre and his colleagues. They also caution, however, that forest quality measures such …

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How To Prevent Your Inventor From Exiting The Firm

Will the inventor leave the firm? Professor Daniel Tzabbar argues that an inventor’s position within a firm’s social and knowledge networks affects the likelihood of an exit. Inventors who are integrated into the company’s social network may move to a new employer but are less likely to join or form a spinout. And those patent holders on whom others depend …

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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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Finance Research: Summer 2018 Edition

The Summer Research Conference 2018 organised by the Centre for Analytical Finance saw participants from across the world discuss Advances in Corporate Finance. How do brokers pass on insider information indirectly? Can TV advertising influence investor decisions? How does e-commerce growth impact local wages? How can government schemes remove barriers to entrepreneurship? Can organisation culture influence adoption of technology by banks? …

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