Topic: Innovation

PepsiCo-BASIX: A Case Summary

The quest for the perfect chip led PepsiCo to enter into a partnership with BASIX, a company that provides financial services to the poor. While the former would gain a quality crop of potatoes, the latter would help the farmers with loans. But was this relationship so rosy? Professors Gita Bajaj and Neelu Bhullar of the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, are co-authors …

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Was the Trip Worthwhile?

This article examines the impact of the trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (Trips) agreement on innovation in India. In 1994, India signed the Trips agreement mandated by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The agreement, which came into effect on January 1, 1995, is the most important multilateral agreement on intellectual property (IP). By enforcing a minimum standard of IP rights …

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Innovate!: How Great Companies Get Started in Terrible Times

“Innovation is a talent not a skill,” Thomas Meyer writes in his introduction to this book that is about great companies that began in economic downturn. Meyer breaks down the sources of this talent so other entrepreneurs can learn, free their imagination and possibly “change the course of history.” Meyer’s book is well intended – it comes at a time …

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Deconstructing Innovation

Krishna Tanuku, Executive Director, Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED) recently spoke with Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission on research and development in the Indian context In conversation: Krishna Tanuku and Arun Maira Krishna Tanuku: I would like to focus on India’s R&D landscape and its role in addressing broader challenges for India. What role do you see the research community playing …

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Research to Marketplace: The Missing Links

This article examines research and innovation in the country and presents a model on how to improve the linkages from research to marketplace. A splendid economic growth and a rising socio-economic disparity characterise the dichotomous story of India. Sustaining this growth, while ensuring equitable development, hinges on inclusive innovations and pervasive entrepreneurship. The country’s major challenge today is how to unleash …

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The Swach Story: A Lesson on Innovation

R Mukundan, Managing Director, Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL)  and Sabaleel Nandy, Head, Water Purifier Business, TCL were at the ISB recently to talk about Tata Swach, an innovative low-cost water purifier. Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC), Charles Dhanaraj spoke with them. Water is the essence of life, yet 75% of the rural population in India …

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Adapting to New Paradigms

Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman of Cognizant, the youngest Information Technology (IT) services company to reach a billion dollar revenue milestone, talks to Deepak Chandra, Associate Dean,  Centre for Executive Education, Indian School of Business (ISB) and Amit Mehra, Assistant Professor, Information Systems, ISB, about leadership, challenges and opportunities in the IT industry, education and the role of philanthropy. Deepak Chandra: Let …

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