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With the law in many countries mandating female representation on company boards, what concerns should a good recruitment strategy for hiring women directors address? Where are the entrepreneurial opportunities in Indian agriculture and agribusiness? And what might academics who study strategy management have to say to women’s empowerment and/or agricultural sector growth? The Strategic Management Society’s Special Conference in Hyderabad in December 2018 showcased the depth, breadth and surprising relevance of recent strategy research. On behalf of ISBInsight, Ujval Nanavati spoke with the authors of two insightful papers.

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Literacy for the 21st Century: Reading the Global Business Environment

Dr Thomas Schmidheiny, a globally prominent philanthropist and Chairman of Spectrum Value Management, visited the Indian School of Business during the 7th Asian Invitational Conference on Family Business organised in February 2019 by ISB’s Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise. Professor Kavil Ramachandran, Executive Director of the Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, caught up with him for a seasoned perspective on the trends shaping the global business landscape.

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Family Governance – Proactive Strategies

Effective governance mechanisms, both at the level of family and the business are central to the growth and sustenance of family businesses. Simran Senani, Nupur Pavan Bang and Anil Sainani discuss the role of the Family Business Constitution in facilitating family governance.

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350 Years of Family Business: Lessons from Merck

Professor Dr Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, the Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company, E Merck KG, was a Keynote Speaker at the 7th Asian Invitational Conference on Family Business organised in February 2019 by the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. Dr Navneet Bhatnagar, Senior Researcher at the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, ISB spoke with him about the 350-year long journey of Merck and the family and corporate governance practices that helped in the company’s longevity.

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Emerging Markets: Moving Up the Value Chain

Emerging markets are no longer known as the developed world’s back office. These markets are now the destinations for not just multinational product ranges but also their mega research and development centres, which drive top-end product innovation. To understand the scale at which industries leverage emerging markets for higher value-added activities, Ujval Nanavati spoke with Alok Nanda, Chief Technology Officer, GE South Asia and Chief Executive Officer, GE India Technology Centre. This conversation took place on the sidelines of the Strategic Management Society’s Special Conference in Hyderabad on December 2018.

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When Negotiations Fail: The Mediation Solution

Transforming disputes to opportunities takes mediation by a neutral mediator. There are several cases of disputing companies completing mediation with a decision to start a joint venture. Tara Ollapally explains why mediation works especially well for family businesses.

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