One Year at ISB
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By | May 23rd, 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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Changes in the admissions process to the ISB PGP Class of 2014-15
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By | May 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Every year, before the start of the new application season, we analyze the previous year’s application process to identify ways in which we can improve it and make it as user-friendly as possible. For application to the PGP class of 2014-15, we have made some [...]

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Applying to ISB PGP Class of 2015 – Things to come in this year’s blog series.
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By | May 9th, 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
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By | May 6th, 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?
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By | January 24th, 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
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By | January 17th, 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
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By | December 5th, 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
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By | November 11th, 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
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By | October 18th, 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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Important tips on Interviews
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By | October 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

With the completion of Round 1 of submissions, it is now interviews time. While we do have a good idea of what you bring to the table through the applications the interview helps us know you better. A lot of you might be contemplating the [...]

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Using OM to improve profitability
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By | September 28th, 2012|Uncategorized|

An article on Meru Cabs, one of the largest radio taxi service companies in India, seeking to improve its profitability. Some of the challenges Meru faces in this regard are the relatively large fraction of empty cab movements and the low utilization of its cabs. [...]

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Supply Chain Secrets of the iPhone 5 launch
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By | September 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|

(Contributed by Joseph A. Hopper) It’s not every day that we come across the CEO of a Fortune 500 company who earned his stripes as a supply chain / procurement specialist. In a design and marketing-driven organization such as Apple, how could such a candidate [...]

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Entering new retail markets is perhaps not that easy
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By | September 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|

An article in the New York Times lists the difficulties faced by major retailers in entering the Canadian market. The Canadian market is different in its size, dispersion, availability of resources and obviously consumers, regulations and even language. Therefore, even being hours away the two [...]

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The Importance of Diversity
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By | September 7th, 2012|Uncategorized|

In this blog, I would like to emphasize on the importance of diversity in management education. Now, diversity can come in various forms like nationalities, educational backgrounds, professional backgrounds, personalities, etc. Each student here comes with a mix of all these aspects making each one [...]

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Waste prevention in supply chains
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By | August 29th, 2012|Uncategorized|

A delightful article on waste prevention in supply chains documents the efforts made by UK Food and Beverage manufacturers in preventing 75,000 tonnes of wastage.  Using the right metric works! It focuses attention on what is important. It is nice to see these ideas working [...]

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ISB Myth Busters
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By | August 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

We are in the midst of the admission season for PGP 2013-2014. This is also the time when we get a large number of queries. All these queries give me the impression that there are still a lot of myths about the ISB doing the [...]

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IT and Supply Chain Analytics.
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By | August 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|

In a recent interview with Biztech2.com, Vikas Sarangdhar, Research Director, Gartner, discusses the role IT plays in improving visibility across modern-day supply chains and the increasing involvement of CIOs in the management of these end-to-end supply networks.  While information visibility and data gathering are necessary first steps, [...]

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Shifts in Manufacturing and increase in Risk
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By | August 2nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

There appear to be major shifts in global manufacturing, see for example recent articles on China, India and Mexico. The outcome related to the changes in Euro is also quite unclear. How should manufacturers derisk operations? Do you see examples of changing supply chain strategies?

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World Bank ranks countries on logistics
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By | July 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|

The world bank recently published its report on global trade logistics.  Once every two years, the World Bank produces the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) which measures on-the-ground logistics performance in more than 150 countries worldwide.  International trade can be substantially improved by reducing logistical barriers [...]

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Improving supply chain logistics.
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By | July 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|

In a recent article in The Hindu, Vineet Agarwal, Joint Managing Director, TCI lists a few challenges related to logistics and transportation industry in India.  As the Indian economy grows, and industrial production and consumption increase, the transportation logistics sector is struggling to keep pace.  [...]

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IndiGo
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By | July 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|

A recent article features IndiGo, which along with SpiceJet, was one of the only two Indian airlines that were profitable in 2011. The parallels with Southwest in the U.S are striking: on-time performance, no-frills service, high aircraft utilization and having only one type of aircraft [...]

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Reshoring
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By | July 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|

There is a trend in the US to bring manufacturing back to its shore. A recent article describes Google's plan to manufacture its new entertainment device in the Silicon Valley instead of China. The article also states that by 2015 the labor-cost savings by manufacturing [...]

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Macs vs PCs
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By | June 28th, 2012|Uncategorized|

A  recent  article reports that the online travel company Orbitz shows different hotels to customers depending on whether they visit the website from a Mac or a PC. The Mac users are in many cases shown the more expensive and pricier hotels. Is this good [...]

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Can Ikea source 30% from small local firms?
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By | June 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|

A recent article reports that IKEA has applied to invest $2 billion in India. For IKEA to be successful it has to source 30% of its products for sale in India from small local firms. Is this really possible? I can only recall Li and [...]

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Charlie Fine’s Blog on Indian Manufacturing Scenario
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By | June 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|

  (posted with approval of Professor Charlie Fine) Slumdog Manufacturing: Misery, Work, Politics, Hope, and Communication Futures by Charles Fine, Chrysler LGO Professor of Management and Engineering Systems MIT Sloan School  charley@mit.edu   January 1st, 2012 On December 28, I flew home, following a five-week [...]

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Top 25 Supply Chains and Do Interest Rates Drive Inventories?
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By | June 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

The supply chain news channel features Gartner's top 25 supply chains for 2012. The news caster also suggests that lower interest rates means opportunity for firms to bulk up on inventory to grow their revenues. In my research I find that firms are slow to respond [...]

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RFID technology to detect food spoilage
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By | June 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|

In a recent article researchers at MIT announced that they have found an inexpensive device to monitor the freshness of fruits and vegetables. How can retailer's use such a device in managing their supply chains is an open question? One viewpoint is that if the [...]

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Pizza Hut Offers Subs!
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By | June 1st, 2012|Uncategorized|

A recent article says Pizza Hut has entered the market for sandwiches. It is strange that the chain has chosen to enter a market dominated by Subway. But, consumer's have more choice. They can go to one place and get all that they want. It [...]

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Fuel Price Hike
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By | May 28th, 2012|Uncategorized|

In an article in response to the hike the industry appears to welcome the hike. Why is the public's view different? Will the cost of logistics change so much as to impact day to day affairs? Your comments are welcome.

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When to apply – Round 1 or Round 2
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By | August 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

I have been asked by many prospective applicants as to which round is the best to apply – R1 or R2. My advice is very simple. You should apply when you are ready. If your GMAT is in place and so are the essays and [...]

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Different segments of the Application Process
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By | July 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Our experience tells us that it is important that you divide the entire application process in manageable segments. Given the fact that you would be busy in your professional commitments, here is a break-down of the application process. There are 12 sections that needs to [...]

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What do we look for in a prospective ISB student?
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By | July 4th, 2011|Uncategorized|

We are primarily looking at the following attributes in prospective applicants:   1.       Consistent academic record 2.       Clarity of thought in terms of career aspirations and goals 3.       People who have demonstrated attributes of leadership.   Consistent academic record is a good indicator of the [...]

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GMAT exam
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By | June 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|

GMAT scores are valid for up to 5 years and the ISB accepts scores which are in this limit and if a person has taken the test more than once we take the highest score. One of the golden rules for deciding when to take [...]

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How to get started with the application…
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By | June 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|

The application process for the next class starting April 2012 is now on and I thought it would be a good idea to start this year’s blog with a note on how to get started with the applications. In my experience over years of having [...]

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