Milind G. Sohoni

Milind Sohoni is Professor of Operations Management and Deputy Dean, Faculty Development at the Indian School of Business.

How to Forge a Make in India Success Story

Milind Sohoni: You have been closely associated with the manufacturing sector for a very long time. In particular, what lessons can our readers gain from the incredible success of Bharat Forge? Baba Kalyani: Till the 1980s and 1990s, we were a typical Indian manufacturing company burdened by regulation, licensing, high costs for capital and materials. So like everybody, we deployed a business …

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Saving Lives: Emergency Medical Services in India

At times, in medicine, you feel you are inside a colossal and impossibly complex machine whose gears will turn for you only according to their own arbitrary rhythm. The notion that human caring, the effort to do better for people, might make a difference can seem hopelessly naive. But it isn’t. —Atul Gawande (2008: 10)  The National Trauma Institute in the …

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Tapping the Sceptical Donor: A Novel Funding Approach for Non-profits

Based on the research of Sripad K. Devalkar, Milind G. Sohoni and Priyank Arora. Non-profit organisations (NPOs) typically raise all the funds required for the project upfront. In this so-called “traditional approach”, the implementation of the project begins only when all the funds are raised, thus delaying implementation and service delivery. In order to overcome this challenge, NPOs are using a …

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From Apple Juice to Garlic Pickle: Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas

Democratic governance at multiple scales and articulation between institutions across scales are critical components of successful adaptation by communities to climate change. It is through self-organised adaptation by means of ongoing, multi-directional, and organic processes of engagement that broader strategies emerge to address climate change. Tropes of catastrophe have dominated conversations about climate change and its impact on communities. More often …

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Coping with the Effects of Climate Change

Arun Agrawal is the Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Governance and Sustainability, at the University of Michigan, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the renowned journal World Development, and is considered an authority on environmental governance as well as social dimensions of climate change. He has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, including several in Science, Nature, …

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Robust Airline Operations: Planning for uncertainty

Managing flight schedules are as important for improving airline bottom lines as airport bottlenecks. Schedule padding in isolation may never achieve the desired result of improving operational robustness. Instead, it could further conceal operational inefficiencies and impose additional costs. Flight delays and cancellations are common to most airlines worldwide. Delays can be costly and have a significant impact on the economy, …

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To Reveal or Not to Reveal: Secrecy in Supply Chain Management

Given uncertain market conditions, electronic firms that outsource production to suppliers face a trade-off between revealing too much about their quantity decisions to competitors, thereby losing profits to well-informed second movers, and revealing too little, thus failing to signal quantity commitments. In full disclosure (FD) and non-disclosure (ND) scenarios, the relative informedness of the second mover and the supplier’s incentive …

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