European Family Business Diversifying, Internationalising

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France’s Peugeot family, which owns a 14 percent stake in automaker PSA Group, will further diversify its investments and expand outside of France to strengthen its holding company and offset the weight of… Continue reading

Asian Tycoon acquires American Cultural Icon

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Rolling Stone is an American biweekly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still now the magazine’s publisher. His family controls… Continue reading

Germany changes inheritance tax to protect family business

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German politicians have agreed to changes in the tax rules for people who inherit companies. Under the new compromise thrashed out by a parliamentary mediation committee, most German company heirs will still be… Continue reading

Mexican firm braves antitrust laws to eye acquisition of Brazilian rival

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América Móvil is a Mexican telecommunications corporation that is the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers and one of the largest corporations in the world. América Telecom, the holding… Continue reading

Founding family reasserts itself in troubled times

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A.P. Moller–Maersk Group, also known as Maersk, is a Danish business conglomerate based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with subsidiaries and offices in more than 135 countries worldwide and around 89,000 employees. It has been… Continue reading

All about Recommendations

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One of the most crucial part of your application to ISB is your recommendation letter. This year the PGP application process requires one independent evaluation. All PGP applicants have to choose one evaluator who can… Continue reading

ISB students interact with Heidi Roizen

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Students of ISB got a rare opportunity to interact with Heidi Roizen, a Silicon Valley executive, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. This interaction garnered special interest from the students since they had very recently… Continue reading

I’ll Be Ash One Day

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I’ll be ash one day, So will you, And maybe that day we’ll be together, Carried by the winds across the distance that seems larger than our love. I’ll be ash one day,… Continue reading

Shadow a CEO

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Business school students across the country are getting an opportunity to shadow a CEO for a day. The ‘Shadow a CEO’ event, currently in its 7th year, is a philanthropic initiative organized by… Continue reading

Breaking the third generation jinx through growth and innovation

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Sing Lun Holdings was started by Lee Chee Hung, a Chinese immigrant in Singapore in 1951 as an importer, exporter and wholesaler of textiles. His son, Patrick Lee, moved the company upstream towards… Continue reading

Canadian food conglomerate passes into fourth generation

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George Weston Ltd is Canada’s largest food processing and distribution company. Founded by George Weston in 1882, the company today consists of Weston Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary, and Loblaw Companies Limited, the… Continue reading

5 Most Common Resume Flaws, and How to Avoid Them

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Your resume would be the most important thing on your mind right now. And if you’re like me you’re not really sure how to tactically get to a stellar resume that makes you… Continue reading

Thing Big, Take Risks

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With every passing day, as dreams get bigger and the heart more courageous, the realisation sinks in that my year of transformation has just begun. Like every other MBA aspirant I also probably… Continue reading

Data, Machine Learning, and Digital Marketing

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Have you ever wondered how you see advertisements of related things you recently searched for on the internet? How do marketers know what you are looking for? Before the days of digital marketing,… Continue reading

Na Jao Ma

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Her eyes imploring, he finally figures it out, It must be her bed sores, and he adjusted their snouts. ‘So jao ma’, he said, kissing her night, She responds, blinking enthusiastically despite her… Continue reading

Of Fears and Dreams

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The crack of light reveals he is afraid, trembling in fear, What happens to the dreams he held so very near? This is his only chance and he damn well knows it, What… Continue reading

J&J – Touching a billion lives everyday!

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On the August 25, 2016, around 30 students of Indian School of Business visited Johnson & Johnson Medical for an induction session. It was organized by Ms. Richa Sharma, Sr. Specialist -Talent Acquisition,… Continue reading

Succession problems facing China

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In a recent article, Florence Tsai and John A. Davis have outlined the succession problems facing family businesses in China. After the country’s brief 30 year experience with market economy, the founder generation… Continue reading

250 year old family firm continues to reinvent itself

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Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 at Stein near Nuremberg by cabinet maker Kaspar Faber. Since then the firm has remained in the Faber family for eight generations. Today it is one of the… Continue reading

Succession at French conglomerate

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Bouygues SA is a French conglomerate that specialises in construction, real estate development, media, and telecommunications. The company was founded in 1952 by Francis Bouygues and since 1989 has been led by his… Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson Session at ISB

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There has been a long and fruitful association between ISB students and Johnson & Johnson. On Tuesday, the 9th of August 2016, we got to know exactly why. During an informative and a… Continue reading

Zomato – WTF (Where’s the food?)

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A team of 12 students from ISB campuses of Hyderabad and Mohali visited Zomato’s sprawling headquarters in Gurgaon. They were introduced by Swati (HR) to Paras Arora, Product Manager, Content (ISB Co12), and… Continue reading

The Importance of Organizational Behavior in Emerging Markets

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In an increasingly globalized world, the emerging markets are  banking on competitive advantage and technological innovation. Under the context of Management of Organizations (MGTO) in Term 3, the student community was interested to… Continue reading

The Speed Advantage of High Frequency Trading

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With information about High Frequency Trading doing the rounds, there was quite an interest among the student community. Prof Ramabhadran S Thirumalai had recently expounded on HFT in a recent forum. He agreed… Continue reading

Freshdesk – Creativity and Exuberance at its Best

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A student delegation from the Indian School of Business (ISB) visited one of the coolest offices in town – Freshdesk at Chennai. A growing start-up with a strength of about 800-1000, it is… Continue reading

Reflections – Cognizant Chennai Trip

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It was a reflection of the strong strategic partnership between Cognizant and Indian School of Business (ISB) when the Cognizant leadership spared ample time for the ISB student delegation. In some sense this… Continue reading

Getting started with your ISB Application? Here’s what you need to know

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Writing a B- school application is a very introspective and time consuming process. It is your pitch to the school highlighting your personal and professional qualities, career aspirations and fitment. A well thought out… Continue reading

Canada’s Desmarais Clan starts succession planning

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The Desmarais family controls Power Corp. of Canada, whose interests include stakes in giant companies on three continents. The clan is sometimes described as the closest thing Canada has to business royalty, its… Continue reading

Walton Family Holdings Trust raises $256 million

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Walmart is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores and grocery stores. The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and today has 11,539 stores… Continue reading

Fifth generation enters the board of a growing family business

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Gordon Food Service is the largest family-operated broadline food distribution company in North America with an estimated $11.7 billion in annual sales. The company was founded in 1897 by Isaac van Westenbrugge, a… Continue reading

A Family Business linked to its Cultural Roots

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Goya Foods, Inc. is a producer of a brand of foods sold in the United States and many Hispanic countries including Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The company founded in 1936… Continue reading

News Corp buys Irish Media Company

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The bid by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to take over Irish new media company Wireless Group has received backing from more than 92% of Wireless shareholders. According to a joint statement, the cash… Continue reading

ISB experience of a Senior Executive (8+ yrs work ex)

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My Transformational Journey - Ashish Poddar Class of 2016 Prior to joining the PGP program at ISB, I had worked in a fintech startup for several years eventually leading its India operations based in Gurgaon… Continue reading

US Government Proposes Changes to Valuation of Family Business

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As per a recent proposal by the US government, it would become harder for wealthy business owners to transfer assets to heirs without paying estate and gift taxes. This proposal would make it… Continue reading

Third Generation CEO Pushes for Changes in Family Business

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Ferrero International SA is an Italian manufacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products and the third biggest chocolate producer and Confectionery Company in the world. It was founded in 1946 by Pietro Ferrero.… Continue reading

Study Tour Group From Kenya Cites Lessons Learnt In Hyderabad

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It was my first visit to India, and it could not have come at a better time. In the last one year alone I have taken part in five fund raisers and supported… Continue reading

Changing Landscape of Indian Power sector – ISB Students learn from the Industry leaders

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The Indian power sector is undergoing a significant change that has redefined the industry outlook. Sustained economic growth continues to drive electricity demand in India. Government of India’s focus on attaining ‘Power for… Continue reading

A clash of cultures in a family firm

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Henkel, founded in 1876, is publicly listed and family-controlled. The German multinational makes industrial and household products including detergent and glue. In the fiscal year 2015, Henkel reported sales of 18.1 billion euros… Continue reading

Family controlled cosmetic giant acquires entrepreneurial new venture

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L’Oréal is a French cosmetics company founded in 1909 by Eugène Paul Louis Schueller. The founding family still owns close to 33% shares in the company that is today the world’s largest cosmetics… Continue reading

Change of Guard at Ericsson

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Ericsson is a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The company was founded in 1876 by Lars Magnus Ericsson and is now owned by the Wallenberg family.… Continue reading

Scion of Candy Empire dies

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Mars, Incorporated is an American global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products with US$ 33 billion in annual sales in 2015, and is ranked as the 6th largest privately held… Continue reading

Family Businesses Retain Position in Fortune Global 500 Rankings Despite Dip in Revenues

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Five of the world’s largest family businesses, in the top 20 of the new Fortune Global 500, have seen their combined revenues slump by more than $74.5 billion compared to last year. The… Continue reading

R&D Partnership among Family Businesses

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The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker that was founded by Henry Ford in 1903. It is still controlled by the Ford family, although they have minority ownership. Jose Cuervo is… Continue reading

The New Sons-In-Law in Indian Family Businesses

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It is a new trend that is catching in fast in Indian family businesses. This story is about a group of entrepreneurs who were successful in their own right. Then they married into… Continue reading

Murdoch Brothers Face Toughest Challenge since Succession

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Close to a year ago, James and Lachlan Murdoch took over the reins of 21st Century Fox from their father, Rupert Murdoch. Since then, have been remaking the company at breakneck speed. However,… Continue reading

Why Class-diversity is important at ISB?

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The best B-schools around the world give a great deal of importance to demographic and cultural diversity in their classrooms. When a group of bright young minds from different backgrounds are thrown together,… Continue reading

Malaysian Next Gen to Take on Bigger Role in Family Business

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The Hong Leong group is a Malaysian conglomerate, which was founded as a trading company in 1963 by Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan. This second-generation company controls 14 listed companies involved in the… Continue reading

The Debate on Inheritance Tax

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Inheritance tax has come under sustained scrutiny in recent years as it is regarded as a reasonably effective way of reducing excessive personal inequality. However Governments across the world are in favour of… Continue reading

New Venture Brings In Rewards For Century Old Family Business

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Nintendo is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and software company that is today the world’s largest video game company by revenue. It was founded in 1889, by Fusajiro Yamauchi, and is still owned… Continue reading

July Q&A with Rupesh Bisht

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Rupesh Bisht, Sr. Associate Director, Admissions and Financial Aid answers some commonly asked questions about the application process and the selection criteria at the Indian School of Business. Question:The application is a make… Continue reading