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  • November 2016
  • Alumni News

Enabling the Dream of Building A Healthy Future for India

Surabhi Bhandari (MBA 2017) wants to launch a medical technology startup in India that will help revolutionize health care in her native country.

New Research on the Region

  • 2017
  • Working Paper

Elite Ideas and Incremental Policy Change: The Expansion of Primary Education in India

This paper analyzes India’s recent enactment of universal primary education. Given the clientelistic features of Indian democracy, this programmatic policy change presents a puzzle. Drawing on interviews and official documents, I find that committed state elites introduced gradual changes to the education system over three decades. To put their ideas into practice, they used administrative mechanisms, layering small-scale reforms on top of the larger education system. With India’s embrace of globalization in the 1990s, officials drew on World Bank resources to implement larger programs in underperforming regions, progressively extending them across the country. These incremental reforms supplied the institutional blueprint for India’s universal primary education program in 2000. As policies were introduced from above, civil society mobilized from below, using the judiciary to hold the state liable for implementing primary education. While reforms helped expand bureaucratic authority, they also generated new public demands for state accountability.

  • 2015
  • Working Paper

Capturing Value from IP in a Global Environment

By: Juan Alcacer, Karin Beukel and Bruno Cassiman

This paper documents the strong growth in tools used by firms to protect their intellectual property (IP), develop their know-how, and build and maintain their reputation globally during the last decades. We focus on three tools: patents, trademarks, and industrial designs. We find that, although most IP applications come from a few countries (the United States, European Union, Japan, China, and South Korea), most growth in IP activity has come from middle-income countries, especially in Asia. We observe important differences in the origins of this growth. For example, while in India most applicants were foreign firms, in China most were local. However, most Indian innovations are also applied overseas, while Chinese innovations rarely made it out of China. Interestingly, growth in applications varies by IP tool, with industrial designs experiencing the most growth.

  • January 2017
  • Teaching Material

The Park Hotels: Revitalizing an Iconic Indian Brand

By: Jill Avery and Chekitan S. Dev

Priya Paul, chairwoman of The Park Hotels, an award-winning portfolio of thirteen boutique hotels scattered across India, was in the midst of a brand revitalization program. Landor Associates, a leading brand consultancy, had identified three areas of concern: the shrinking differentiation opportunity provided by a boutique hotel positioning, consumers’ negative perceptions of some of The Park Hotels properties, and a lack of consistency across the properties in the brand portfolio. Competition was heating up, and Paul had a goal to expand to 20 hotels in the next 10 years. She knew that she had to make some major changes to her brand, including reconsidering her value proposition, choosing a new logo, and selecting the right products and services to revitalize the brand. Additionally, she had to decide where to site the 7 new hotel properties to best compete against global behemoths Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and Intercontinental that were aggressively entering India. How could she best revitalize her brand to stand out in a crowded marketplace while preserving its rich heritage? Which changes would best propel The Park Hotels into the future? Teaching Note for HBS No. 314-114.

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