Face to Face

Showcases interviews with prominent business leaders, management experts and key policy makers from around the world.

Facilitating Innovation on the Digital Frontier

Dr Gopichand Katragadda, then Chief Technology Officer at the Tata Group, spoke at the India Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition Conference organised by ISB in New Delhi in March 2018. Professor Anand Nandkumar caught up with him afterwards to understand how organisations can build innovation cultures in the digital age.

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How to Forge a Make in India Success Story

Baba Kalyani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Limited, was the Dean’s Speaker in August 2018. Milind Sohoni, Professor of Operations Management and Deputy Dean, Faculty Development at the Indian School of Business, caught up with Baba Kalyani to discuss the lessons for a Make in India manufacturing revolution from the Bharat Forge success story.

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From Skilling to AI: An Indian IT Innovation Journey

Rajendra Pawar, Chairman and Co-Founder of the NIIT Group and founding member of the Governing and Executive Boards at the Indian School of Business, visited the school in September 2018. Reema Gupta, Head of the Centre for Learning and Management Practice at the ISB spoke with him about NIIT’s journey as a pioneer in the information technology skilling and services sectors.

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The Gender Challenge

Mallika Srinivasan, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, was the keynote speaker at the Indian School of Business graduation ceremony in April 2018. Saumya Sindhwani, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Strategy group at ISB spoke to Mallika Srinivasan about her experience in working in the male-dominated tractor industry and her thoughts on gender diversity in business.

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IoT, Big Data and Privacy: Marketing Futures

Professor Robert W Palmatier, the John C. Narver Endowed Professor in Business and Administration in the Marketing Department at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, visited the Indian School of Business in April 2018 as part of the Thought Leaders Conference on Managing Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets. Professor S Arunachalam met him to discuss emerging trends in marketing and research.

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What Academics and Managers Can Learn from Each Other

Industry relevance matters. So does a multi-industry perspective. Professor V Kumar at the J Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University was at the Indian School of Business in April 2018 for the Thought Leaders Conference on Managing Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets. Professor Manish Gangwar caught up with him to ask how industry and academia can learn from one another.

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Off-field: Sports Performance, Business Bottom Line

Chiraag Paul is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Proem Sports, one of the pioneers in off-field sports analytics in India and Asia. Paul is also an experienced professional footballer, having represented and played for top-division clubs in England, Brazil and India. Deepak Agrawal, Associate Director of the ISB Applied Statistics and Computing Lab, caught up with Paul during his visit to the Hyderabad campus.

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Human Capital in the Digital Era: Leadership under Scrutiny

D. Shivakumar visited the Indian School of Business to deliver the keynote address at the Thought Leaders’ Summit on Shaping the Future of Human Capital Strategies in March 2018. Currently, the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy at Aditya Birla Group, D. Shivakumar has had a long and illustrious career at PepsiCo Holdings India, Nokia and other leading corporates. Professor S. Ramnarayan caught up with D. Shivakumar after his visit to discuss the future of human capital in India.

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Transforming Data for Policy Impact

Avik Sarkar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog, and in-charge of the NITI Aayog Data Analytics Cell visited the Applied Statistics and Computing Lab at ISB in March 2018. Below are excerpts of his conversation with the Late Professor Bhimasankaram Pochiraju, Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the ASCL.

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