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Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing? Not If I Am an Auditor

Should the gatekeepers of a firm be hired and paid by the very firm they are to watch over? A new study evaluates the common belief that there is a fundamental conflict of interest in the hiring and firing of auditors by clients. Across the world, it is common for auditors to be hired and paid by clients. The same is …

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Organisational Knowledge Networks and Local Search

Firms operating in knowledge-based industries conduct extensive R&D activities, in the process creating a huge knowledge base. The important question is how to optimally utilise this knowledge base. Snehal Awate, Assistant Professor of Strategy at ISB, and her co-author developed a framework that helps managers break the deadlock of “who should access” the knowledge base and how to optimally utilise …

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Is the World’s Largest Public Workfare Programme Crowding Out Private Employment?

Based on the research of Sumit Agarwal, Shashwat Alok, Yakshup Chopra and Prasanna Tantri A new study of the Indian government's employment guarantee scheme looks at its impacts on labour movement and supply, and firm productivity, investment and profitability, both in the short and long term. The paper uses establishment-level employment and operating data to examine the potential effects of the Mahatma …

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Managing Divided Attitudinal Loyalty of Business Customers

Based on the research of S. Arunachalam and Sridhar N. Ramaswami Customers show divided attitudinal loyalty towards various brands. Companies are not adept at handling customers’ divided loyalties because not much is known about this issue. A study by S. Arunachalam and his colleague helps in achieving a nuanced understanding of the reasons and motivations for customers’ divided loyalty attitudes. They …

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Enabling Mobile Clinics to Address the Challenges of Chronic Diseases in India

Based on the research of Sarang Deo, Seyed Iravani, Tingting Jiang, Karen Smilowitz and Stephen Samuelson Sarang Deo, Associate Professor of Operations Management at ISB,and colleagues design a ‘mobile care delivery model’ that enables chronic care mobile clinics to determine optimum capacity allocation, and provision of optimal health services to patients, based on their medical condition. The model allows the quantification …

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Family Businesses Need to Professionalize Governance Mechanisms

Based on the research of Kavil Ramachandran, Shefali Joshi and Navneet Bhatnagar Family businesses are the oldest and the most common organizational form of business. They make a significant contribution to the global economy. They are ubiquitous and are found in various sizes that range from a small business to a large multinational corporation. Across the globe, family businesses have been …

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Understanding Family Structure and Women’s Empowerment

Household structure impacts female autonomy in developing countries. Based on the research of Sisir Debnath In a study aimed toward a greater understanding of women's empowerment, Sisir Debnath, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business, sheds light on how family structure, a relatively less studied factor of women empowerment, impacts female autonomy in developing countries. Debnath's …

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How Self-views Predict Helping Behaviour among Co-workers within Work Groups

This study demonstrates the role of team-member exchange (TMX)—between and within groups-in predicting identification among co-workers and thereby facilitating social identification in the group Based on the research of Steven M. Farmer, Linn Van Dyne and Dishan Kamdar How can an individual contribute to his maximum level and help unless he feels embedded in the work group? Dishan Kamdar, Professor in the …

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Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing? Not If I Am an Auditor

Should the gatekeepers of a firm be hired and paid by the very firm they are to watch over? A new study evaluates the common belief that there is a fundamental conflict of interest in the hiring and firing of auditors by clients. Based on the research of Gil S. Bae, Sanjay Kallapur and Joon Hwa Rho The hiring and firing of …

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Organisational Knowledge Networks and Local Search

Firms will benefit by having a better understanding of the search behaviour of their inventors, which in turn helps them optimally utilise their knowledge resources. Based on the research of Srikanth Paruchuri and Snehal Awate Firms operating in knowledge-based industries conduct extensive R&D activities, in the process creating a huge knowledge base. The important question is how to optimally utilise this knowledge …

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