Our Thinking

Accountability: Angst, Awareness, Action

  15 March, 2012       Jay P. Desai

India is poised at a crucial juncture in its post-independence history. Accountability, the heartbeat of governance, is under siege. The epidemic of unaccountability lurks beneath India’s myriad tragedies, conquering the spirit of the citizen and con-straining India from unlocking its full economic and social potential.

Saving Lives – The Promise of Point of Care Testing

  7 July, 2011       Shankar Rajesh

The past few years have heralded much excitement around the uses of Point of Care Testing (PoCT). With advancements in electronics, the miniaturisation and digitisation of technology has spilled over into the realm of medical diagnostics. Through portable, transportable and handheld instruments, PoCT is the ability to bring the diagnostic capabilities of a laboratory to the patients’ bedsides. It is effectively a potential solution to some of the health problems that India faces, especially in the context of the heavy burden of infectious diseases that plagues it and its large rural population with limited or no access to testing facilities.

Reluctantly Redundant – The Real Cost of Power

  11 December, 2010

India is burdened with a substantial power deficit resulting in vast tracts of the country, living in the dark shadows of frequent power outages. Meanwhile, India’s hapless citizens have already invested around Rs 100,000 crores in power back-up equipment due to the poor reliability of grid power. Unless the government and regulators craft solutions that address the specific power needs of different segments of society, we will all have no option but to invest in and maintain a high-level of power redundancy.

The Future of Indian Biosimilars

  29 September, 2009      Jay P. Desai

The evolutionary pressure to merge the boundaries between pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in order to survive, is increasing. The current view on the Indian biosimilars industry is that at some point in the near future, it will replicate the relative success of the Indian pharma generics industry, in the global markets. The reality may turn out to be quite different. A deep chasm lies ahead for Indian biosimilar manufacturers. The path they seek to travel will reveal the biggest hurdles they are ever likely to face. This journey, executed with strategic foresight and meticulous planning, however, could lead to a bloom they can fully harvest.

Business Landscape of India

  2 January, 2008     Jay P. Desai

India’s growth has been accelerated over the last 20 years. Major multi-national companies have entered India and capitalised on India’s human capital. This article elaborates the economic outlook, foreign trade and the market opportunities to enter the country. It also specifies India’s edge over China in context of its competitive skills and its regulatory environment.

Leveraging the Dragon III – How Global and Indian Businesses are using the Principles of Judo to exploit China’s Strengths

  3 December, 2005     Jay P. Desai     Shankar Rajesh

This report was prepared to offer a perspective on how Indian companies can convert a perceived enemy, aka China, into an opportunity. We studied the kinds of actions Indian companies take to co-operate and compete with China. With these perspectives, we applied principles from Judo, which is known for leveraging an attacker’s strength, to determine generic strategies that Indian companies can use to exploit China’s strength.

Navigating the Minefield – How to make your Outsourcing Initiative a Success

  17 April, 2002     Jay P. Desai     Shankar Rajesh

Outsourcing has been labeled as one of the most important management ideas of the last five to seven decades. Organisations have been outsourcing activities, however, for many years. Indian companies are just waking up to outsourcing. Carefully navigating the potential minefield that presents itself in every outsourcing relationship, will help your company to make your outsourcing initiative a success.

Digitising the Black Board – How Indian Schools should integrate Information Technology in Education

  3 April, 2002     Jay P. Desai      Sonali Gogia

Just as every aspect of our lives are changing due to technology, so is the way children are being taught in schools. There is a shift from the traditional learning environment to a new one, where technology plays an important role in encouraging students to collaborate, explore, and learn. It is essential that schools and teachers in India recognise the significance of evolving their teaching methods in this manner as it takes time to make this shift. This article elaborates on how schools can use it to their advantage.