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Book Briefs

Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy By Donald F. Kettl CQ Press, 2018; Public Policy Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy brings to life the quest to make better policy with better evidence. This brief book frames the big puzzles and, through lively stories and clear examples, provides a valuable how-to guide for producing analysis that works--that speaks persuasively …

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Fly, Nation’s Citizen

Jayant Sinha, Honourable Minister of State for Civil Aviation, visited the Indian School of Business, Mohali campus, as part of the ISB Leadership Summit in September 2017. Professor Siddharth Shekhar Singh, Associate Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean, Research Centres and Institutes Outreach and Engagement at the ISB, caught up with Mr Sinha during his visit to learn more about …

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The Banking Canvas

Viral V Acharya, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, visited the Indian School of Business to deliver the keynote address at the Centre for Analytical Finance (CAF) annual Summer Research Conference in July 2017. Dr Acharya, who was also the CAF Academic Fellow for 2017, has had an illustrious academic career and is also C. V. Starr Professor …

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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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