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Self-Organising Smart Cities

Convergence of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and conventional technologies are enabling the rise of smart cities. However, it’s imperative that adequate consideration of other related factors be taken into account. In this article, the author stresses upon the appreciation of the context and the precise needs for successful establishment of ‘smart cities’. The concept of ‘smart cities’, as a means …

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Participatory Transformation is the Key to Effective Administrative Reforms

Credibility of the implementers and acceptance by the intended target groups, apart from the speed of implementation itself, are critical to the success of any grassroot administrative reforms. This article examines the strategic approach underlying the District Results Framework Document (RFD), an ex-ante performance management and accountability instrument for District Collectors, and the lessons from processes & events that led …

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Affordability and Accessibility to Medicines in EMs: Differential pricing is the solution

Differential pricing by pharmaceutical companies whereby prices charged in each country are commensurate with either its ability to pay or with its average per capita income, could be a solution to improving affordability and accessibility to medicines in emerging markets such as India where most patients pay out-of-pocket. Price discrimination offers more affordable prices to customers with lower ability/willingness to …

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Celebrity Endorsements: An Issue in India Because of Higher Power Distance

Celebrity endorsement has come into the spotlight in India with recent controversies over products endorsed by well-known personalities. This is more of an issue in emerging markets like India because of the high credibility that celebrities carry. This phenomenon stems from the fact that power distance, or the acceptance of unequally distributed power, is high in countries like India. Recent …

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Feeling low? Forgo the comfort food and turn up the volume!

Managing one’s self-worth after experiencing a psychological threat need not always lead to counterproductive behaviours such as excessive shopping and binge eating. Research by Professors Rishtee Batra and Tanuka Ghoshal shows that high intensity sensory consumption (HISC), which involves heightening the senses via enhanced levels of key sensory properties such as bright colours or loud music, can be a better …

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Big Data in Health Care: Analytics to Action

In this paper, the author discusses how big data and analytics in health care are now available at different organisational levels like providers, hospitals and pharmaceuticals and how these data can deliver insights that can be translated into actions for improving delivery, reducing cost of care and enhancing transparency. Big data is changing the way business decisions are being made around …

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Ex-post Funding: Innovating Non-profit Organisations

The authors study an emerging/innovative model in the Non-profit Organisations (NPO) marketplace, wherein the NPO raises donations/funds for a development project post its implementation, thus allowing it to reduce the information asymmetry prevalent in such marketplaces and potentially raise larger donations. Non-profit Organisations (NPO), differ from forprofit businesses in two important ways. First, the NPO status does not permit distribution of …

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Accessing Knowledge from an Advanced Subsidiary: Power Asymmetries within Emerging Economy MNEs

Leveraging knowledge from geographically spread R&D subsidiaries is a crucial source of competitive advantage for multinational enterprises (MNEs). The authors investigate the determinants of knowledge transfer to and from newly acquired subsidiaries in the context of emerging economies and advanced economies. Based on evidence from the global wind power industry, it emerges that the determinants of ‘traditional’ parent-to-subsidiary knowledge transfer …

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