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Clusterpreneurship: Do entrepreneurs create and sustain clusters?

The emergence of start-up activity in the ICT sector has shown an exponential increase after 2010. The trends that stand out explain the emergence of ICT start-ups and the regional concentration of start-ups in this sector. In this article, the authors trace the evolution of ICT start-ups and provide some insights on the sectoral and geographical patterns in the industry, …

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The Digital Transformation of R&D

The authors, in this study, use a network perspective to analyse technology spillovers from the Information and communication technology (ICT) industry and their impact on modern R&D. They specifically, use patent data from the NBER Patent Database to construct a network of inter-sectoral technology flows. Executive Summary In his letter to shareholders in 20131, General Electric (GE) CEO Jeffrey R …

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Complementary Roles of PCs and Smartphones in Enabling Digital India

The research by Professors Sundar Bharadwaj, S Arunachalam, and Ananthanarayanan S indicates that India’s technological revolution, which is heavily based on smartphone usage, is yet to address several critical areas of knowledge building. For the Digital India Programme to be effective, India needs to be a knowledge based economy as well as a digitally empowered one and hence, a good …

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Engaging in Real-Time: Understanding the Effect of ‘Real-Time’ Social Media Messages On Consumer Engagement

This research contributes to the academic literature, by understanding characteristics of real-time marketing (RTM) messages on social media and systematically looking at its impact on consumer engagement. The researchers empirically examine the effect of RTM messages on consumer engagement in social media and integrate insights from practice (using field interviews) and existing theory to propose and test two mechanisms by …

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Climate and Society: Beyond General Circulation Models

Responses to climate change need to be understood at different temporal and spatial scales of its contingent formation, rather than being derived mechanistically through analyses of presumed climate impacts. Governmental, social, and household level responses to climate change must be undertaken despite substantial uncertainty about the location, intensity, frequency, and disruptive potential of many climate impacts and ongoing social transformations. At …

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Impact of Climatic Conditions on GDP

A one degree Celsius increase in daily mean temperatures would on an average decrease agricultural output by 11% in India. The overall GDP, as a result, would reduce by 28%, making the 8% per annum GDP growth rate a pipedream. The consequences of climate change could be devastating, if policy makers continue to ignore it. Agricultural output would fall resulting …

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Crop Diversification to Reduce Exposure to Climatic Changes: Associated Risks and Mitigation Strategies

Lack of well-developed supply chain systems for alternative crops expose farmers to considerable risk, making it difficult for them to move away from the paddy/wheat crop rotation cycle. Public policy interventions and supply chain innovations such as targeted insurance products, pooling practices, investments in skill development, entrepreneurial models for service provision, market-side initiatives and a better understanding of supply chain …

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Institutional Arrangements for Evolving Climate Policy in India

A right mix of top-down and bottom-up approach is needed for meaningful outcomes from a climate policy. To this end, the strengthening of institutional aspects are crucial in facilitating and engaging players and institutions at all levels to effectively implement both national and state level climate action plans. Developing countries are increasingly vulnerable to climate change related risks due to their …

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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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Mitigating Risk and Vulnerability: Household-Level Responses to Drought

A survey of five drought prone states across India by ISB researchers shows that even as farming households wait for elusive government support, they devise their own coping mechanisms to address the fallout of drought. Having said that, the findings of the study point to the urgency for decision makers to prioritise drought mitigation, and adaptation strategies and for better …

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