ISBInsight: Professor Ramachandran, could you set the context for us for CSR in India?
Kavil Ramachandran: In the last few decades, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an integral part of the public discourse with academicians, practitioners, policy-makers and media laying stress on equitable outcomes through business-society interactions. This is also contextual because there is a greater concern about sustainability of all kinds across the …Read More »
ISBInsight: What was unique about VelvetCase, a made-to-order fine jewellery company, that got you interested in writing a case on them?
Dr Nupur Pavan Bang: Traditionally, people go to the jewellery store or the local jeweller with whom they are comfortable. They look at the pieces that are available in the store and buy the product. On the other hand, VelvetCase …Read More »
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared at the 2018 World Economic Forum at Davos, that “time’s up” for gender inequality.1 His remark has bearings for the global community. At 130 out of 160 countries, India has one of the worst Gender Inequality Index ranks for a large emerging economy, according to the United Nations Development Programme report. 2 It …Read More »
“Women must take equal responsibility and get equal opportunity to make the family business a long-lasting institution.” The Women in Family Business Programme held at the Indian School of Business in August 2018 provided a roadmap for women leadership roles in family enterprise.
How can women contribute to building family businesses as long-lasting enterprises? What does the future for women look …Read More »
The year 1991 ushered in a new dawn for the Indian economy with economic reforms across sectors. The entrepreneurial spirit among Indians took advantage of the opportunities, and a new class of family businesses—the standalone family firms (SFFs)—emerged.
In a paper titled Family Business 1990-2015: The Emerging Landscape published by the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School …Read More »
Dr K. Anji Reddy founded Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd (DRL) in 1984. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India. The company professionalised early on, and over the years, the family members defined and refined their roles for the efficient and effective running of the company. Dr Reddy passed away on …Read More »
From the days of a few business houses controlling the economic and industrial activities of the country, we have come a long way. The liberalization of the economy in 1991 and the ensuing economic reforms saw the sprouting of several standalone family businesses. The Indian family businesses have adapted well to the changing business environment and continue to contribute to …Read More »
In their case study of Krishna Bhima Samruddhi Local Area Bank (KBSLAB), a microfinance institution, the authors take us through the journey of microfinance in India. After two decades, the industry is still a fledgling − one in whom its parent, the Reserve Bank of India, appears to have lost interest. Operating in an atmosphere of mistrust and indifference, KBSLAB …Read More »