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.
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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