Management Briefs : Research in Focus

The Hidden Factors Underlying India’s Skewed Child Sex Ratio

Based on the research of Tarun Jain Why does India have only 918 girls to every 1000 boys in the 0-6 age group? Surprisingly, the answer lies not only in discrimination against girls, but also in land inheritance traditions, says Professor Tarun Jain. As a result of parental competition for boys, girls grow up in larger families, get a smaller share …

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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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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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Follow The TV Analyst’s Stock Recommendations?

Based on the research of V. Ravi Anshuman, Prachi Deuskar, Krishnamurthy V. Subramanian and Ramabhadran S. Thirumalai. Should the novice stock investor follow the advice of television shows that purport to offer expert recommendations on stocks to buy or sell? In tracking stock price movements in the aftermath of TV stock suggestions, Professors Prachi Deuskar, Ravi Anshuman, Krishnamurthy Subramanian and Ram …

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More Bang for Your Digital Spend: Technology and R&D

Based on the research of Deepa Mani, Rajib Saha, and Aditya K.S. Digitisation of research and development can generate significant returns for firms, argue ISB Professor Deepa Mani and colleagues, based on an empirical study of technology spill-overs from the IT industry across an array of other industries. Technology laggards risk being left behind as industry boundaries are redefined. Digitisation today holds …

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How Marketing Capabilities Shape Financial Performance

Based on the research of Sridhar N. Ramaswami, Rajendra K. Srivastava, and Mukesh Bhargava ISBInsight Management Briefs is pleased to showcase an important contribution to the field of marketing strategy by Dean Professor Rajendra Srivastava and Visiting Scholar Professor Sridhar Ramaswami. First published in 2009, this research identifies the pathways through which market-facing business processes add value to the firm’s financial …

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The Side Effects of Drug Price Controls

Based on the research of Chirantan Chatterjee, Ajay Bhaskarabhatla, Enrico Pennings and Anurag Priyatam. The 2013 Drug Price Control Order capped prices of over 300 drugs in the Indian market. Using an experimental design to assess the consequences of this price control on the anti-diabetic drug Metformin, Professor Chirantan Chatterjee and his co-authors show the unintended consequences of such price regulation. Price controls …

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Public Bargaining?

Based on the research of Deepal Basak and Joyee Deb How do parties bargain when their negotiations take place in the glare of public spotlight? Professor Deepal Basak and his colleague bring new insights from game theory to show what happens when negotiators gamble with public opinion, but in the public domain, not in private backrooms. April 2011 at Delhi’s iconic Jantar Mantar provided …

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Global Airline Alliances: Convenience or Complaints?

Based on the research of Trichy V. Krishnan, Siddharth Shekhar Singh and Dipak Jain Airline alliances help travellers fly seamlessly with different airlines during a single journey without having to make different bookings for each stop. Though the alliances aim to offer convenience, they often breed consumer dissatisfaction with the services provided by partner airlines. What factors lead to service quality …

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From Grain to Gain: Lessons for Indian Farm Policy

Based on the research of Shilpa Aggarwal, Eilin Francis, Jonathan Robinson By demonstrating savings behaviour to help farmers take advantage of inter-temporal price fluctuations between harvest and lean seasons, ISB Professor Shilpa Aggarwal and colleagues created a model for Kenyan farmers to maximise maize sales and revenues. Their findings can help inform the creation of seasonal arbitrage opportunities for Indian smallholder …

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