Milind G. Sohoni

Milind Sohoni is an Area Leader and Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business. He also serves as the Deputy Dean - Hyderabad Campus and Deputy Dean - Academic Affairs.

Attracting Volunteers in Non-Profits: Empirical Evidence from India’s Education Sector

ISBInsight: Attracting and retaining talent in not-for-profit organisations is the primary focus of your research. What operational challenges plague such organisations? Milind Sohoni: Amongst others, most not-for-profit organisations working in the social development space face two major hurdles- first, raising funds and second, hiring a talented workforce. Being financially constrained, they find it hard to attract and retain talent at market …

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How to Forge a Make in India Success Story

Milind Sohoni: You have been closely associated with the manufacturing sector for a very long time. In particular, what lessons can our readers gain from the incredible success of Bharat Forge? Baba Kalyani: Till the 1980s and 1990s, we were a typical Indian manufacturing company burdened by regulation, licensing, high costs for capital and materials. So, like everybody, we deployed a …

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Saving Lives: Emergency Medical Services in India

At times, in medicine, you feel you are inside a colossal and impossibly complex machine whose gears will turn for you only according to their own arbitrary rhythm. The notion that human caring, the effort to do better for people, might make a difference can seem hopelessly naive. But it isn’t. —Atul Gawande (2008: 10)  The National Trauma Institute in the …

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Tapping the Sceptical Donor: A Novel Funding Approach for Non-profits

Based on the research of Sripad K. Devalkar, Milind G. Sohoni and Priyank Arora. United Care Development Services (UCDS) is a Hyderabad-based non-profit organisation (NPO) that was established in the year 2009. It works in the areas of education, health and environment. When UCDS decides to undertake a new project, say setting up a school in rural Telangana, it needs to …

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From Apple Juice to Garlic Pickle: Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas

Tropes of catastrophe have dominated conversations about climate change and its impact on communities. More often than not, terms like hazards, risks, and vulnerability tend to be deployed together to suggest a certain degree of helplessness in adapting to impending climate change. This article seeks to disrupt the projection of climate change forecasts into a future full of disasters and …

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Coping with the Effects of Climate Change

Arun Agrawal was recently at Indian School of Business (ISB) and conversed with Milind G Sohoni, Associate Professor of Operations Management and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Alignment and Registrar Office at ISB. He spoke at length on the impact of climate change, responses to different kinds of climatic phenomenon, role of the nations in minimising the damage and so on. …

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Robust Airline Operations: Planning for uncertainty

Flight delays and cancellations are common to most airlines worldwide. Delays can be costly and have a significant impact on the economy, particularly when air transportation is one of the predominant modes of passenger travel. A report by the Joint Economic Committee of the US. Congress [see Schumer and Maloney, 2008] estimated that the total cost to the US economy …

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To Reveal or Not to Reveal: Secrecy in Supply Chain Management

Given uncertain market conditions, electronic firms that outsource production to suppliers face a trade-off between revealing too much about their quantity decisions to competitors, thereby losing profits to well-informed second movers, and revealing too little, thus failing to signal quantity commitments. In full disclosure (FD) and non-disclosure (ND) scenarios, the relative informedness of the second mover and the supplier’s incentive …

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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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