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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Journey from Technology to Policy

V K Saraswat, Member of the NITI Aayog, was the Dean’s Speaker at the Indian School of Business in September 2017. Dr Saraswat is a Padma Bhushan awardee and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. In a career spanning over four decades, Dr Saraswat helped develop the country’s first liquid propulsion engine, Devil, as well as rocket engines such as Prithvi, Dhanush and Prahaar. He has been Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, and (Research and Development) Secretary to the Department of Defence.

In his speech at ISB, Dr Saraswat addressed the question of inclusion in economic growth. After his talk, Reema Gupta, Head of the Centre for Learning and Management Practice and Corporate Relations at the ISB, spoke to him about his journey from science to policy-making, about building the right ecosystem for entrepreneurs and the NITI Aayog’s ongoing initiatives.

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Emergency Medical Services: Are Drones the Future?

Poor access to emergency medical care is a major barrier in the treatment of time-sensitive medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and motor vehicle accidents. In this article, Justin J. Boutilier of the University of Toronto explores the potential of drone technology to be a transformative innovation for the provision of emergency medical services, despite a host of new technological, regulatory and operational challenges.

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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.

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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 balance between the use of PCs and smartphones is essential. Based on their findings, the researchers make recommendations that can help achieve the objective of digitising India more effectively.

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Minimum Government, Maximum Governance: From Rhetoric to Reality

Good governance for the 21st century is about narrowing the distance between the governor and the governed and the gap between promise and delivery. The author suggests that to take governance to the doorsteps of the poorest-of-the-poor in the remotest areas, focus should be on simplification of procedures and reduction of the levels of decision-making in the Government by leveraging technology.

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