• Panel Discussion on India’s Union Budget 2017

    The Union Budget that was presented on February 1 has received a mixed bag of comments with some praising it and other criticizing it for lack of concrete policy measures. The Public Policy Club of IIM Bangalore in association with Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore organized a panel discussion on the Union Budget 2017, with the focus being the budget’s impact on the macroeconomic conditions of the nation. The panel boasted of names of Mr. Shekhar Vishwanathan (Vice Chairman and Director Toyota Kirloskar Motors), Mr. M. Govinda Rao (Emeritus Professor, National Institute for Public Finance and Policy) and Dr. Rajeev Gowda (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha). Despite the date…

  • Sahay ’17 – The Social Summit

    Sahay ‘17, the annual social summit organized by Vikasana, the social impact club at IIM Bangalore, brought together eminent personalities such as Ms. Pritha Dutt (Empower Pragati), Mr. KG Mohan (RuralShores Business Services Pvt. Ltd), Ms. Poonam Sinha (NIESBUD), Ms. Anupama Gowda (Workbench Projects), and Mr. Dipesh Sutariya (Enable India), to shed light on the theme of “Upskill and Upscale – Employment Generation and Skill Development in India.” Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan set the context for the event by stating that skilling people for India meant skilling people for the world. She stated the importance of recognizing that there is going to emerge a strange situation where there will be a…

  • A sneak peek into Technology and Operations Strategy

    Seldom do you come across a subject that enlightens you and shows you a universe where you thought only darkness exists. Technology & Operations Strategy is one such thing. On the façade – it looks like random ramblings of supply chain, operations planning, strategy, product development, process improvement and so on. But when you look deeper, you realise that it is the essence of running a business. Corporate Strategy and Marketing teach you about the 2 extreme sides of business – decision makers & consumers. But TOS teaches you about how to make both happen. Looking at examples is the best way to understand what TOS really is. Let’s take…

  • The curious case of B Natural

    Introduction The following article is a snapshot of our work for the case competition floated by ITC in IIM Bangalore. The case was on one of ITC’s latest addition to its brand portfolio in the beverages category[1]. The objective of the case was to identify the differentiating value proposition for the brand – B Natural whose current positioning is mere taste[2] . Also we had to decide on the brand extension along with recommending innovative campaigns to increase category trial among the consumers. Here the description is majorly focused on positioning a brand in a category where consumers exhibit loyalty to a repertoire of brands[3]. How to position a brand?…

  • An Alternate World View- The Grameen Bank and Beyond

    An Alternate Reality- The Grameen Bank and Beyond Building Bridges- Social and Capital NSRCEL Talk, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore Muhammad Yunus 8th February, 2017 “I spent a lot of years studying economics, but at the end of it all I felt utterly useless.” Professor, founder of the Grameen Bank (‘village’ bank) and now an active social entrepreneur, Muhammad Yunus is all set to captivate the 400-strong audience at IIMB. “In those days, I was teaching at the Chittagong University. Ayub Khan, the Pakistani general-ruler had purposefully located all universities in the heart of Bangladeshi villages, to keep away potentially rebellious students from the cities. This turned out to…

  • Lalu Prasad Yadav: Indian Politics’ Enduring Conundrum

    “Jab tak samosa mein rahega aalu, Bihar mein rahega Lalu” Lalu Prasad Yadav (during an election rally in the 1990s) Born into an upper peasant class family in Bihar less than a year after India’s independence, Lalu Prasad Yadav is often touted as the man who transformed politics in the state of Bihar in India. Described by the English media as “a maverick, a jester [but] a crowd-puller par-excellence”[[1]], he was the face of the central debate in the politics of Bihar during the 1970s-1990s i.e. caste vs development. Not only did caste repeatedly win the debate during Lalu Yadav’s 15-year rule in Bihar starting 1990, it continues to be…

  • Women Leadership Summit- 2017

    IIM Bangalore is back with its annual Women Leadership Summit, organized by the Women in Management (WIM) club of the institute. Now into its third year, the theme for this edition was ‘To The Helm’, focused on exploring and addressing different challenges faced by women as they ascend the professional ladder. With an amazing line of speakers, panellists and a stimulating workshop, the event was a remarkable success. The first keynote speaker for the day was Mrs.Neeta S Revankar. A Harvard Business School AMP graduate, she has been with Sasken Communication Technologies since 1995 and is currently the CFO of the company. She has also been conferred the India CFO…

  • “Follow people’s beliefs and consumption habits, and you will succeed”-Mr.Vijay Sampath

    IIMB is pleased to have hosted Mr. Vijay Sampath, the Chief Incubator, TPN Private Limited and former CEO, Amar Chitra Katha as the guest speaker at Colloquium 2017, the speaker series at IIMB where industry stalwarts and business leaders share their knowledge and opinions on contemporary issues to supplement classroom learning. Having worked for companies such as BlowPlast, ZEE, Times Group, Alia, ACK-Media, he has considerable experience in entrepreneurship, strategy, building leadership teams, innovation and creative direction. He has guided successful startups, business turnarounds, and enabled breakthrough change and innovation. Team Student Media Cell got a chance to have a candid conversation with the ever enthusiastic Mr. Vijay Sampath. When…