The faculty and the Centres of Excellence (CoEs) at the ISB regularly conduct action research and capacity building activities which push the boundaries of our research in terms of its practical implications and the impact it can create. The findings of such research projects generate a wealth of knowledge which provides insights vital to businesses with global ambitions. The School has always believed in the role of academic institutions to push the growth of industry skyward. Our publications have been widely acclaimed not only by academia but also by the industry and media.
ReportsProfessor Man Mohan S. Sodhi, Principal Investigator Cass Business School, City, University of London: Sukhmeet Singh, Project Manager Indian School of Business & Chetna Agnihotri, Analyst Indian School of Business. "Cold Chain Development for Fruits & Vegetables in India", 2017Download PDF
ReportsNupur Pavan Bang, Sougata Ray and Kavil Ramachandran. "Family Businesses: The emerging landscape 1990 - 2015", 2017Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family EnterpriseRead Abstract >Close >Download PDF
The year 1991 was a momentous year in the contemporary economic history of India. It ushered in a new dawn to Indian economy with the unleashing of sweeping economic reforms across sectors of the economy.

White papersMani, Deepa.,Banerjee Shankhadeep. "Smart City Maturity Model", 2015Srini Raju Centre For IT and The Networked EconomyRead Abstract >Close >

In India, urbanisation is a rapidly growing trend fuelled by the government’s emphasis on the manufacturing and services sectors as engines of growth and the transition thereof to these sectors from agriculture. As per the 2011 census report, more than 600 million Indians will be living in urban areas by 2031, and the contribution of urban India to her GDP is expected to rise from 52% in 2011 to 75% in 2031. Yet, the current state of infrastructure, human capital and services in Indian cities is an important constraint in accommodating the pace of urbanisation. A plan for rapid development of 100 smart cities by the Government of India intends to address this challenge. A smart city is commonly defined as one that leverages technology to integrate and optimise its limited resources towards better habitability, sustainability and citizen empowerment. But there is limited understanding of how technology-enabled solution(s) will help a city evolve into safe, secure, and efficient urban cities. After all, one solution would not fit all regions.


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White papersMani, Deepa.,Desai, Amit. "Global In-House Center Capability Maturity Index", 2015Srini Raju Centre For IT and The Networked EconomyRead Abstract >Close >
Over the last few years more than 800 MNCs have established Global In-house Centers (“GIC”) in India that leverage highly skilled, specialized, low-cost talent pool to reduce costs of ownership, develop products and provide services for fast growing global and regional markets. 
The service delivery journey for most GICs has been that of gradual evolution, taking years to progress from when dedicated centers were set up for one or two functions to multi-function center providing value added services for both global and local geographies.
The current business environment is far more global, complex, agile, and influenced by the digital revolution.  Organizations have had to restructure their service delivery models to align to the changing business environment.  As a result, GICs have had to rapidly evolve their operating models to move up the value chain.  GICs are now increasingly transitioning from being pure play cost centers to centers delivering innovation, quality and strategic value.  
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ReportsKagade, Mandar. "Indian Financial Code’s Revised Draft", 2015Read Abstract >Close >Download PDFThe Revised Draft of the Indian Financial Code’s proposal to establish a Monetary Policy Committee with a majority of government nominees and no veto power to the Reserve Bank of India Governor have attracted a lot of attention. However, the code has some other critical proposals, including a Financial Stability and Development Council (the super-regulator for systemic risk) that will radically alter the financial regulation landscape of India. This article scrutinises two important proposals—the Financial Development Council and systemic risk regulation, and the “prompt corrective action” regime.

ReportsSodhi, ManMohan S., Singh, Sukhmeet.,Walia, Arvinder.,Sharma, Jasmine., Dalla, Preetinder S. "Analyzing the Potential of Increase in Acreage for Kinnow, Maize, Wood, Turmeric and Moong as per the Draft Agriculture Policy for Punjab-2013", 2014Read Abstract >Close >Download PDFIn view of agriculture sector crisis in Punjab, the importance of research in the realm of ecologically sound farming practices is foremost. While ecological sustainability is important, the economic viability for the farmer needs to be taken into account. In this context, Punjab Mandi Board commissioned Indian School of Business to undertake a research study analyzing the potential of increase in the production of selected five commodities as mentioned in the Agriculture Policy for Punjab-2013 (Draft) in terms of their existing markets and the potential to expand in the wake of proposed area expansion under alternate crops.  Given the nature and magnitude of crisis in the farm sector in the state, this research is a pioneering attempt to critically analyze the diversification strategy recommended as per the Draft Policy. 

ReportsRamachandran, Kavil.,Bhatnagar, Navneet. "Togetherness in Indian Family Businesses", 2014Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family EnterpriseRead Abstract >Close >Download PDFFamily businesses are known to have unique competitive advantage over professionally managed firms. Habbershon and Williams (1999) suggest that this competitive advantage is derived from the ‘familiness’ of the business – i.e. a bundle of resources that are distinctive to the firm as a result of the owning family’s involvement. The controlling family’s shared beliefs, practices, policies, philosophies and doctrines are crucial family inputs that shape this ‘familiness’ of the firm. It is the higher degree of convergence on these counts, which enhances goal-congruence and trust among family members. Being ‘together’ is thus conventionally considered a tremendous source of strength for the family and the business. However, all across the world, societies have been undergoing changes. For instance, economic liberalisation followed by rapid expansion of the middle class and further integration with the global economy have been instrumental to a number of changes in India.

ReportsShrimali, Gireesh.,Goel, Shobhit.,Srinivasan, Sandhya.,Nelson, David. "Solving India’s Renewable Energy Financing Challenge: Which Federal Policies can be Most Effective?", 2014Download PDF
ReportsShrimali, Gireesh.,Konda, Charith., Srinivasan, Sandhya. "Solving India’s Renewable Energy Financing Challenge: Instruments to Provide Low-cost, Long-term Debt", 2014Download PDF
Reports. "Analytical Note on Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Quality Support: Teacher Development in Secondary Schools", 2014Download PDF
ReportsKagade, Mandar.,Verma, Aadhar. "Contingent Convertibles & Banker's Pay- the Missing Link in India’s Financial Regulation", 2014Read Abstract >Close >Download PDF
The compensation practices, especially of the large financial institutions, are often held as one of the important factors which contributed to the recent global financial crisis. These perverse incentives amplified the risk taking that threatened the global financial system. Financial regulators around the world, including India, moved to enact prescriptions aimed at increasing shareholder oversight of executive pay.
Set against this background, the article makes two novel proposals focusing on the Indian context: firstly, it nudges the regulators to prescribe creditor-centric compensation rules at banks. The RBI has hitherto focused on pay-reforms that will promote incentive alignment between executives and shareholders in the aftermath of financial crisis. We argue that such reforms are likely to promote more risk-taking among bank executives rather than less. On the other hand, creditor-centric approach to pay reform will ensure “skin in the game” for the bank executives and promote conservative management. And secondly, we argue that the RBI ought to mandate banks to pay a substantial portion of the managerial compensation in contingent capital bonds. We argue that the design of these bonds have advantages over “inside debt” (deferred and retirement pay) and can significantly motivate the executives to “think like creditors” thereby enable avoidance of taxpayer-funded bailouts.

White papersSuman, Saurabh.,Singh, Rajandeep. "Mobile Marketing: New dimension of customer engagement", 2014Srini Raju Centre For IT and The Networked EconomyRead Abstract >Close >Download PDFMobile is gaining popularity as a customer engagement channel and is being leveraged to connect brands with their target consumers at the moments that matter the most. Real time targeting, reliable ROI measurement & attribution and interactive creatives have helped mobile score over any other traditional media.

White papersSidhu, Simranjeet., Neriyanuri, Yasasree. "The e-Commerce Marketplace in India: Achieving excellence in providing consistent customer experience", 2014Srini Raju Centre For IT and The Networked EconomyRead Abstract >Close >Download PDFE-commerce in India is undergoing a transformation with the emergence of a large and growing number of new online marketplaces. Indian e-commerce has witnessed a tremendous YEAR on YEAR growth rate of 56% since 2007.

ReportsNelson, David.,Vladeck, Thomas.,Konda, Charith.,Costalonga, Clarissa e Gandour, Amecke, Hermann, Wang, Xueying. "The Policy Climate", 2013Centre for Emerging Markets SolutionsRead Abstract >Close >Download PDFIn The Policy Climate, we offer an overview of policy issues relevant to climate change across the world. We find that the implementation of policy relevant to climate change, and its impact, accelerated markedly over the last decade, despite the slow pace of international climate negotiations.
In this project, we focus on:
a) Brazil, China, India, Europe, and the United States—These regions not only represent the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions but vary widely in terms of economic development, natural resource endowment, political system, and climate policy, and can offer different lessons to policymakers;
b) The economic sectors that represent the greatest potential for greenhouse gas mitigation within each of these regions; and
c) A defined set of policy issues within these regions and key sectors that most affect climate change.
For each of the sectors covered in these regions, we provide stylized facts and data about emissions trends, as well as a summary of drivers for those emissions over the last 20 to 30 years. Since institutional and political issues are such an important factor in the climate story, we also include a summary of the most important political considerations and policy directions for each of the geographies covered, as well as highlight important policy issues that cut across geographic boundaries. In so doing, The Policy Climate also highlights important issues that form the basis of CPI’s work.

ReportsAnand, Mridula.,Nandkumar, Anand.,Dutt Dev Harsha Tadikonda.,Shakthi Nagappan. "TRIPs and innovation trends in the Indian biopharmaceutical industry", 2013Centre for Leadership, Innovation, and ChangeRead Abstract >Close >Download PDFIt paints a broad brush on how the most recent changes to the Indian patent law influenced firm strategies and the competitiveness of local players in the industry.

ReportsSingh, Sukhmeet.,Dalla, Preetinder S.,Walia, Arvinder.,Sharma, Jasmine.,Jain, Tarika.,Joshi, Prateek.,Siddiqui, Mohammad Shahid.,Bedi, Hemant. "Inefficiencies in agriculture supply chain in Punjab and opportunities for IT interventions", 2012Read Abstract >Close >Download PDFAgriculture is a critical sector of the Indian economy. An average Indian still spends significant amount of his/her total expenditure on food, while close 60% of India’s work force is still engaged in agriculture for its livelihood. Though India is one of biggest producer of various commodities, it is still home to children who are malnourished. Through this report, we have studied the inefficiencies in agriculture supply chain of key commodities in the state of Punjab and we have given our recommendations for improvements through IT interventions.

ReportsRamachandran, Kavil.,Bhatnagar, Navneet. "Challenges Faced by Family Businesses in India", 2012Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family EnterpriseDownload PDF
ReportsMonani, Dhaval.,Sinha, Nikhilesh.,TM, Bhargavi.,Dastur, Shahen.,Lodha, Swapnil.,Raghavan, Roopali. "New Frontiers in Affordable Housing: Notes from the Field", CEMS Report, ISB, 2012Centre for Emerging Markets SolutionsRead Abstract >Close >Download PDF

New Frontiers in Affordable Housing: Notes from the Field The complexity of the housing problem in India means that no single solution is likely to work. While the state has instituted a number of programmes to address the housing shortfall, there is a significant role that the private sector can play in the creation of affordable housing.

ReportsNidhi M. Reddy, Lalitha Vaidyanathan, Katyayani Balasubramanian, Kavitha Gorapalli, Sharad Sharma. "Catalytic Philanthropy in India: How India’s Ultra-High Net Worth Philanthropists are Helping Solve Large-Scale Social Problems", 2012Centre for Emerging Markets SolutionsRead Abstract >Close >Download PDF

This report is based on interviews with the top givers of the country, all of whom have investable assets in excess of US $30 million or annual disposable incomes of US $20 million or more. It highlights the key practices followed by catalytic philanthropists in India as well as provides insights on how to accelerate its evolution within the philanthropic community.

ReportsMehta, Nimesh, Chakraborty, Debapriya, Thomas, Asha Maria. "Job Market Aspirations of the Indian Youth", CEMS Report, 2012Centre for Emerging Markets SolutionsRead Abstract >Close >Download PDFDo wages alone influence job decisions of Indian youth today? What role does human heart and mind play in framing job aspirations and career decisions? Must labour be treated just as any other factor of production? Our report attempts to answer the above questions by mapping behavioral aspects by gauging career decisions being taken by Indian youth. The Center for Emerging Markets Solutions believes that the problem of mismatch between supply and demand in Indian labour market can only be solved when every policy formulation is well supported and accompanied with changing job aspirations of Indian Youth.

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