More ISB Myth Busters
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Important tips on Interviews
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By | October 11, 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 28, 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 27, 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 15, 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 7, 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 29, 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 22, 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 15, 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 2, 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 21, 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 13, 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 6, 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 3, 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 28, 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 24, 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 12, 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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RFID technology to detect food spoilage
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By | June 8, 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 1, 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 28, 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 3, 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 18, 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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