From the Centres and Institutes

Don’t Just Look at Return, Consider Risk too

To incentivise investors to invest in the second investment, it should offer an expected return greater than 6.40 per cent. Last week came the news that yet another investment firm has allegedly defrauded its investors, among them a famous sports personality, to the tune of Rs 4 billion. This investment firm had promised investors returns of 23-25 per cent. What boggles …

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Infrastructure Management: A Solid Base for a Successful Career

Q: What are your insights about the Infrastructure and Construction insight industry in India? What is the scope of the industry in India and across the globe? Ans: India’s infrastructure is nowhere close to where it should be, if we were to achieve a double digit economic growth in a sustainable manner. In recent years there is a huge emphasis on …

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Leveraging Industry 4.0 for Digital Transformation of Value Chain

In an increasingly global and competitive environment it has become imperative to transform the way we look at our value chain. Organizations today are experiencing fundamental changes that include shifts from: Mass Production to Mass Customization Make-to-Stock to Make-to-Order Simple ‘product delivery’ to ‘personalized experience and services,’ where the products are often bundled with ‘value-add’ services and unique experiences. The competitiveness of companies becomes …

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The Rise And Rise Of Family Firms

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 …

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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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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 a Doubles Game Works

Infosys has opened a fresh chapter with the appointment of a new CEO. Hopefully the veterans on the board and the founders have learned some lessons from the recent episode. The iconic Tata group with a star-studded board also paid a huge price in several ways before settling down for an insider as the new chairman. The distasteful episodes played out in …

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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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