A Closer Look at the PGP’s Five Learning Objectives

By | October 29, 2014|Uncategorized|

The PGP has five primary learning objectives in creating a comprehensive learning environment, but how do these apply to the everyday experience of an ISB student? Let's take a closer look. 1. Interpersonal Awareness and Working in Teams Because the ability to work effectively as [...]

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ISB selected to Host local edition of Hult Prize as students answer President Bill Clinton’s Early Childhood Education Challenge and go head to head for US$1M

By | October 27, 2014|Uncategorized|

Hult Prize recently announced that Indian School of Business (ISB) has been selected to host a local edition of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition. The annual Hult Prize awards one-million dollars in start-up funding to the team of students that develops the [...]

Introducing ISB 360: ISB’s Revolutionary Mobile App

By | September 30, 2014|Uncategorized|

A staggering 4 billion of the planet’s 6.8 billion people use mobile. If the significance of these figures isn’t immediately clear, consider it this way: only 3.5 billion of those same 6.8 billion people use toothbrushes. With mobile growing by leaps and bounds and its impact [...]

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Fostering a Community: Student Clubs at ISB

By | September 19, 2014|Uncategorized|

ISB’s commitment to creating the world’s future business leaders involves far more than classroom learning. In addition to innovative programs and world-class faculty, ISB’s student clubs offer access to continued enrichment through leadership, social and personal experiences. Coordinated and managed by ISB’s Graduate Student Board [...]

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Beyond the Classroom: ISB’s Experiential Learning Programme

By | August 18, 2014|Uncategorized|

We’ve all heard the expression, “Knowledge is power,” but the Indian School of Business (ISB) takes the concept one step further with its Experiential Learning Programme (ELP). ELP students don’t just acquire knowledge within a narrow and controlled classroom setting. Rather, they apply this knowledge [...]

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The Indian MBA: The Benefits of B-School in an Emerging Economy.

By | August 11, 2014|Uncategorized|

Poised for superpower status in the 21st century, India’s emerging economy is predicted by many to become the world’s largest within the next century. A massive democratic population, entrepreneurial spirit, and resource-conscience country, India -- thanks to the promise of a stable government and analysts [...]

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Women in Management

By | July 21, 2014|Uncategorized|

In the past century, women around the world have made great strides in entering the business world and working toward the levels of pay and responsibility afforded by their male counterparts. However, although women comprise 48.5 percent of India’s population, they represent a mere 26.1 [...]

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How ‘diversity’ on campus helps our students to rise above.

By | July 21, 2014|Uncategorized|

The 21st century economy is defined by globalism. Shouldn't our future business leaders be educated in global environments? At the Indian School of Business (ISB), we are committed to the ideal that the best business training runs parallel to what’s happening in the real world. [...]

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The sharing economy

By | May 22, 2014|Uncategorized|

I have been reading with interest the efforts made by several new players to use idle and spare resources to create new business models. I have borrowed the title from today's NY Times. The idea is as old as B&B. One can rent rooms, cars, [...]

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How to make a strong EEO application

By | April 11, 2014|Uncategorized|

The applications for the Early Entry Option (EEO) for PGP are in progress and the last date for the same is just around the corner viz. on the 30th of April, 2014. Have you submitted your applications yet? If not, then here are a few [...]

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Young Leaders Programme

By | February 19, 2014|Uncategorized|

We completed the fourth and final Learning Weekend for the first batch of the Young Leaders Programme students at Mohali in mid February. We are ready to welcome these students to the regular PGP in April this year. Over the last two years we have [...]

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Who would have thought pencil making has secrets?

By | December 4, 2013|Uncategorized|

The short story in New York Times about Faber Castell makes one think. There are secrets to pencil making! And it takes a week to make one. This company in its 252nd year of existence across eight generations seems to trumpet the victory of manufacturing excellence [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP 2014-15: Final Words

By | November 28, 2013|Uncategorized|

As Round 2 of the ISB PGP 2014-15 application season draws to a close on November 30, 2013, let me leave all our applicants with some final advice. First of all, congratulations to those applicants from Round 1 who have received an offer of admission [...]

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Application Tips for Reapplicants to ISB PGP

By | November 15, 2013|Uncategorized|

In the ISB PGP application pool, we get a large number of re-applicants who have unsuccessfully applied to ISB once or more before. This is a key demographic for us and we value these candidates greatly, simply because they persevere when others in similar situations [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP in Round 2

By | November 6, 2013|Uncategorized|

Each year, applicants have to take a call between applying in Round 1 Vs Round 2. For a particular individual, any number of reasons could make it better to apply in one round than in the other. There are some advantages of applying in Round [...]

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The Value of the ISB Alumni Network

By | November 1, 2013|Uncategorized|

This past weekend, we hosted our alumni at Equinox, the annual alumni learning and networking event at our Mohali campus. I thought this may be a good time to share some thoughts on what you can look forward to if you become part of our [...]

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Studying at ISB Vs. Studying Abroad

By | October 23, 2013|Uncategorized|

In last week’s blog, Should You Go to B-school?, I wrote about a few things that could help you decide if B-school is right for you at this point in your career. If you believe that you have reached a stage where it can help [...]

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Should you go to B-school?

By | October 18, 2013|Uncategorized|

Today, let’s take a look at some of the basic issues that many B-school aspirants have to consider before deciding on whether to apply or not. Most aspirants want to grow fast in their careers and have different avenues to do so, so what benefit [...]

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International Exchange Opportunities at ISB

By | October 11, 2013|Uncategorized|

Every year, many of our students participate in international exchange programmes and study at B-schools in different countries for 1-2 terms. This gives them a great way to experience new cultures, expand their global network and get a feel for what it’s like to do [...]

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More ISB Myth Busters

By | October 7, 2013|Uncategorized|

Last year, I had blogged about ISB Myth Busters, with the aim of clearing up a few common myths about the ISB PGP. I am glad to see that it has helped a lot of applicants avoid some common mistakes. But more myths abound, so [...]

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Preparing for the ISB PGP Interview

By | September 25, 2013|Uncategorized|

With the conclusion of Round 1 of applying to ISB PGP 2014-15 and the starting of interviews for shortlisted applicants, I wanted to share some thoughts on how you can put your best foot forward in the interview. The main points were covered in my [...]

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The Toyota Way

By | September 18, 2013|Uncategorized|

A legend passes away. I was saddened to read "Eiji Toyoda, Promoter of the Toyota Way and Engineer of Its Growth, Dies at 100." I have learnt so much third and fourth hand about the Toyota Way. It is humbling how the philosophy of the [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP: Submitting Your Application

By | September 11, 2013|Uncategorized|

With only a few days to go for the Round 1 application deadline to the PGP 2014-15, here are some things to keep in mind before submitting your application: Ensure that all fields in the application form have been correctly filled. Double check all facts [...]

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Faculty at ISB

By | September 5, 2013|Uncategorized|

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, I thought it may be good to introduce our faculty to all prospective applicants. If you make it to the ISB PGP, our highly-accomplished faculty will be your mentors for the next one year, guiding you on the path towards [...]

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Big Data and Farming

By | September 5, 2013|Uncategorized|

I read with great interest today's article in the New York Times on one farmer's crusade to demonstrate that one must know one's land to get better yield. I was really attracted with the following words: 'Thompson said, “Get along, but don’t go along.” He [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP: The Dynamics of Independent Evaluations

By | August 21, 2013|Uncategorized|

As part of application process, most global B-schools require applicants to provide letters of recommendation. At ISB, the PGP application process also requires something similar: the independent evaluation. All PGP applicants have to choose two evaluators who can provide good insight on the candidate’s abilities. [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP: Application Essays Explained

By | August 14, 2013|Uncategorized|

As we get closer to the application deadline, I hope you have done some introspection to collect insights about yourself, your goals and your plan of action for achieving them. Today, I will share some thoughts about how you can present that information in a cogent [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP: Identifying Your Strengths and Differentiators

By | August 7, 2013|Uncategorized|

Every year, we receive well-written applications from several exceptional candidates. They showcase a candidate’s leadership potential, quality of work experience, academic ability, diversity, and other factors very well, making it a challenge (albeit, a welcome one) for us to shortlist applicants for interviews. However, from [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP: Application Requirements and Resources

By | July 31, 2013|Uncategorized|

The quality of your application is a vital part of the selection process. It offers you an opportunity to highlight your background, accomplishments and plans for the future. It is strongly recommend that you go through the process judiciously, spend adequate time thinking about your [...]

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Financing Your Education at ISB

By | July 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

“No deserving student will ever be denied education at the Indian School of Business for want of funds” – this is a promise that we have made at ISB to ourselves, prospective applicants and the entire community, and I am proud to say, one that [...]

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Prof Sarang Deo’s Advice to Prospective Applicants

By | July 12, 2013|Uncategorized|

In 2011, Professor Sarang Deo joined ISB as permanent faculty, coming here from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At a PGP Admissions information session that we hosted recently in Pune, he shared his story about why he chose to come to ISB. [...]

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ISB’s Placement Process – A Look Behind the Scenes

By | July 3, 2013|Uncategorized|

Inevitably, one of the foremost questions in the minds of B-school aspirants is “How can the school help me progress in my career?” To answer this question, V K Menon, Senior Director for Career Advancement Services at ISB and our guest blogger for the week, [...]

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Campus Life at ISB

By | June 26, 2013|Uncategorized|

So far I’ve blogged about various learning opportunities in the PGP – learning goals, applied learning, extracurricular activities, etc, apart from traditional classroom-based learning. This week, I want to introduce you to the lighter side of PGP – the vibrant life on campus. Those who [...]

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The Emphasis on Extracurricular Activities at ISB

By | June 19, 2013|Uncategorized|

As past president Prashant Ivaturi’s guest blog on One Year at ISB has indicated, there is a tremendous amount of activity all through the year on ISB’s two campuses. There is a constant stream of club activities, conferences, student initiatives, sports meets, B-plan competitions, guest [...]

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Applied Learning Opportunities at ISB

By | June 12, 2013|Uncategorized|

Theory classes and lectures at ISB help students understand underlying management concepts. Case discussions and simulations help them appreciate the business context, think through situations and make decisions. The third type of learning in the curriculum, the Practicum Course, has one main purpose: to get [...]

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The Importance of Faculty Research

By | June 5, 2013|Uncategorized|

In addition to teaching, faculty at ISB spend a significant amount of time (upwards of 40% of their time) doing research on various management topics. For those of you not familiar with academia, this is what academic research is about: Methodology – Faculty come up [...]

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Learning Goals of the ISB PGP

By | May 29, 2013|Uncategorized|

Individuals become aware of their strengths and weaknesses once they acquire some years of experience. This is also a time when individuals start to seriously consider their career options. An honest self-assessment helps them realise what they can leverage and where they need to improve [...]

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One Year at ISB

By | May 23, 2013|Uncategorized|

This week, I wanted to give you an inside look at some of the opportunities and challenges that a year at ISB exposes one to. And who better to hear it from than the person who led an entire class of peers through them? Prashant [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP Class of 2015 – Things to come in this year’s blog series.

By | May 9, 2013|Uncategorized|

Greetings, and trust all of you are doing very well! It is that time of year when we get started on the application process for admission to the PGP Class of 2015. This is one of the most exciting periods of the academic year for [...]

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Worker Safety

By | May 6, 2013|Uncategorized|

New York Times carried an article on worker safety in Bangladesh and beyond. Every time there is a failure in safety or quality control the world looks surprised. Unfortunately, these violations reflect the safety and quality standards regulations within each host country. No amount of [...]

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Jinxed?

By | January 24, 2013|Uncategorized|

The main events on the Dreamliner’s saga are listed below. We have used public sources for this sequence – there could be major omissions. Please let know if you find any. What can we learn from this sequence of events? Some may say that the [...]

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Manufacturing in emerging markets

By | January 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

In the article "How important is manufacturing to emerging markets?" Rob Minto, editor of the FT's emerging markets desk in London identifies several interesting themes. One surprising theme is that even India has made large strides towards improving its ranking (from 14 to 10) and [...]

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Standardized product, differentiated service

By | December 5, 2012|Uncategorized|

A news item in the Business Standard talks about insurance companies not being in favor of the Insurance and Regulatory and Development Authority's (Irda) proposal to standardize the life insurance product. The rationale is that life insurance requires some degree of customization and standardization might [...]

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Fast, flexible and still profitable

By | November 11, 2012|Uncategorized|

A recent New York Times article describes Zara's strategy in retailing fashion goods in the global marketplace. Zara has invented a new form of forecasting fashion. Prior to the Internet word of mouth was perhaps the best way to identify trends. Zara added a quick [...]

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Same day delivery wars

By | October 18, 2012|Uncategorized|

It is interesting that US retailers have once again started looking into same day delivery service http://www.scdigest.com/ontarget/12-10-16-1.php?cid=6320 It seems not so long ago many internet based firms had tried and abandoned this approach to serving their customers. The last mile cost is responsible for making this [...]

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