Is Philips as innovative as it wants you to believe it is?

  If there’s one word that describes what Philips India showcased on Thursday at its global media onsite in Bangalore, it’s “schizophrenic”. Not the medical condition that we all know of, but the business management tenet that Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter thinks companies should have in order to succeed in today’s fast-paced environment. […]

Why the new director of IISc has his role cut out

  In the din and bustle, hope and anxiety, of the national elections, one big event which is being sidelined is that India’s largest and one of the oldest institutions is going to have a new director. Even if most of the public couldn’t care less about a research institution’s new director, it is a […]

Will Facebook (Fiasco) Bring Back Sheen on Other Tech Startups?

To begin with, I am not a disgruntled Facebook investor, several of whom are suing the company, Nasdaq and Morgan Stanley. Ever since the historic opening on Nasdaq last Friday, the brutal analysis of  Facebook’s fall from grace is relentless and writers are tearing apart its management of (social) media strategy, with an opinion piece […]

Indians Innovate, but does India Innovate?

It’s a provocative question, I admit. And those who swear by examples of frugal engineering that India has championed would scoff at it. And if you know that JC Bose was the first in the Indian sub-continent to be granted a US patent in 1904, and that the first Indian scientist to start a company […]