News & Highlights

  • June 2020

Science, Business & Vaccine Development to Combat the Pandemic

On June 10, 2020 the India Research Center hosted a webinar in partnership with Harvard Business Publishing and The Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University titled, “Science Business, and Vaccine Development to Combat the Pandemic.” Through the lens of a contemporary case study, Professor Tarun Khanna shared the geopolitics of how vaccines are developed, the funding and distribution that is critical to the effort, and the global alliances that facilitate this today. He also engaged Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute & Vice Chairperson of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations; Umang Vohra, Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer, Cipla Ltd and Dr. David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics & Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a discussion on the South Asia context. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.
  • April 2020

Navigating the Crisis & Beyond: Perspectives for Leaders in South Asia

On April 11, 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the India Research Center, in partnership with Harvard Business Publishing hosted a webinar on navigating the crisis. HBS Professors Amy C. Edmondson, Ananth Raman, Herman B. ("Dutch") Leonard, and Robert S. Kaplan shared a vocabulary, framework and toolkit for business leaders as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis in South Asia. Professor Das Narayandas facilitated a conversation with Amit Chandra, Managing Director of Bain Capital; Sanjiv Mehta (AMP ’04), Chairman & MD Hindustan Unilever Ltd; Ravi Venkatesan (MBA ’92), Founder, Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship and Suneeta Reddy (OPM 28, 1999), Managing Director Apollo Hospitals. Over 4,000 participants attended virtually, including a mix of business leaders, alumni, HBR readers, and professionals from over 58 countries. A video recording of the event can be viewed here.
  • April 2020

HBS Club of India: Alumni on Air Webinar Series

In April 2020, the India Research Center debuted its series of monthly webinars co-hosted by the HBS Club of India. As a part of this series, alumni from South Asia share their perspectives on the current crisis, business frameworks, and leadership styles. Among those featured include Rishad Premji (MBA 2005), Chairman of Wipro Ltd., a global company supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in India, Ameera Shah (OPM 42, 2012), Promoter and Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare, a diagnostics business in India’s health care sector and Ajay Bijli (OPM 28, 1999), Chairman & MD of PVR Cinemas, one of India’s largest multiplex cinema exhibition companies. The series ran episodes through June 2020 which can be accessed here.
  • JANUARY 2020

The Global Classroom: Student Immersion in China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka

As part of the elective curriculum within the MBA program, students have the opportunity in their second year to enrol in an Immersive Field Course – or “IFC.” These courses are driven by faculty research and industry connections, and provide students with an opportunity to get out of the classroom and put the skills they have learned to practice in the field. Typically, about 200 students participate in IFCs annually. In January 2020, Professors Willy Shih and Meg Rithmire led 45 students through China, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for 10 days. The course looked to understand the dynamics of international trade through a study of the China Belt Road Initiative. During their stay in Sri Lanka, students visited the Colombo and Hambantota Ports, a logistics factory, and participated in a symposium with government officials, think tanks, and business leaders to discuss Chinese investments in Sri Lanka.

New Research on the Region

  • October 2020
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PraDigi Open Learning: Transforming Rural India

By: John J-H Kim and Malini Sen

Pratham is a non-governmental organization, focusing on high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the Indian education system. Co-founder Madhav Chavan is interested in using technology for education but differed in the way it is used in schools in India. He believes that technology allowed flexibility and non-linearity in exploring knowledge while the school classroom is based on a rigid and linear path of learning textbook lessons for the sake of examinations. Keeping this in mind, Chavan designs a digital initiative, PraDigi Open Learning, to improve basic numeracy and literacy skills among children in rural India. Electronic tablets pre-loaded with content is distributed in a few villages to help increase children’s engagement with learning. Self-directed peer group learning is encouraged. The tablets trigger the children’s curiosity. Post-COVID 19, when children are not able to attend class because of the lockdown, Chavan wonders how PraDigi Open Learning can be scaled and aligned with school education to ensure uninterrupted learning.

  • September 2020
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Comviva: Exploring New Frontiers (B)

By: Dante Roscini, Mahima Rao-Kachroo and Shreya Ramachandran

After articulating its ambitious growth plans, mobile services provider Mahindra Comviva, active in over 90 countries, is thinking about how to titrate and re-plan its growth strategy given the coronavirus pandemic. Its India headquarters considers its people costs, financial investments in acquisitions, and its uncertain future as India continues to remain under lockdown and more people are working from home at Comviva than ever previously in its history.

  • September 2020
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Comviva: Exploring New Frontiers (A)

By: Dante Roscini and Mahima Rao-Kachroo

Comviva, a mobile solutions provider active in India 94 other countries, has had a rich history and been successful across many emerging and complex markets: Latin America, South-East Asia, Africa. What are the lessons learnt from expansion, cultural fits, and technological business model changes? With a global decline in telecommunication revenue per user, operators are looking for new revenue sources. Now, in 2019, how and where should Comviva India grow?

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