Happiness Professor Rajesh K Pillania

Happiness Professor Rajesh K Pillania
Management Development Institute Gurgaon | MDI gurgaon · Strategy

PhD (Strategy)
India's Happiness Guru, Leading a Research-Based Happiness Movement in India

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Introduction
Popularly called "India's Happiness Guru". I am on a mission to make happiness, strategy & innovation as simple, humorous, & applicable for masses. Leading researcher on happiness in India. Ranked # 1 jointly on average research productivity among management faculty in India for research output from 1968 to 2014 .Recipient of many awards eg. Top Strategy Prof. in India. Academic and/or research experience includes Smith School (Maryland), Harvard University among others. See www.pillania.org

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The main purpose of this book is to democratize strategy, make it easy to understand for all, and explain it through the emotion of love… something most people associate with. It explains fifty strategic concepts from strategy formulation to implementation to evaluation using a funny campus love story. The book is simple, short, engaging, interesti...
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There is increasing interest in happiness and its various aspects in the world and also in India. Though there is a big research gap in the pan - Indian context on the correlations of happiness with some important parameters, namely gender, marital status, age, education, and income, this study tried to fill this gap. The findings showed that incom...
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There is an emerging paradigm shift in management over the last two decades towards spirituality. Before going for studies in marketing and spirituality in the Indian context, it is essential to first understand spirituality in the Indian context because India is a diverse country. However, there is lack of a pan – India study to understand the cur...
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There is a lot of research establishing the need and impact of happiness in the workplace. However, the current accounting system developed a long time ago doesn't include the measurement of happiness. This paper's contribution and uniqueness are that it identified this significant research gap of the lack of inclusion of happiness in the accountin...
Technical Report
First India Cities Happiness Report covering thirty-four major cities measuring happiness across the country, the contributing factors to people’s happiness, the impact of COVID-19 on happiness, and insights from global thought leaders.
Technical Report
It is the first India Happiness Report and happiness ranking of 36 states & UTs. The report contains insights from various thought leaders on happiness including historian and biographer Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; Professor Sir Cary Cooper, a leading global scholar in occupational health and wellness research; Dr. Ashley...
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Stephane Garelli, Are You a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur? 100 Questions: How Competitiveness Influences Your Life! 2017, SAGE Publications.
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If you would like to revisit campus life/ have a laugh/ maybe revisit strategy concepts/ relook at happiness, you should read this funny book covering strategy concepts using context of search for happiness through real life funny situations from a campus. It is simple, humorous and applicable. It engages the reader after every funny incidence by...
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Learning needs to be fun!It should be memorable.It must be applied.The above three principles are the reason behind this book. This book tries to explain forty strategy concepts in a fun and memorable way while engaging the reader to apply these concepts. To get the maximum benefit from this book, engagement of the reader is a must, and he/she need...
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The primary purpose of this book is to explain strategy in a simple, fun, and applicable way. It uses the subject of personal happiness to explain strategy concepts for everyone. The secondary purpose of the book is to make happiness easy for everyone. This book defines happiness in a simple way. It makes it easy for everyone to bring happiness to...
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"Startup Strategy Humor: Democratizing Startup Strategy" brings a fresh, innovative, and a bit funny perspective to the subject by using a cartoon, conversation and story format to explain startup strategy concepts in a user friendly, easy to understand, and application oriented way for the beginners. It democratizes startup strategy and takes it t...
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Bharat Wakhlu and Savita Bhan Wakhlu, Navigating the Maze: Simple, Smarter Strategies to Fast-track Success, SAGE Publications, 2017, 188 pp, 599. ISBN 978-93-860-4237-8
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Submissions are invited on various aspects of emerging themes in strategy at corporate-level such as innovations, international business, CSR, corporate governance, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, practice of strategy, teaching of strategy courses etc; business-level; and funct...
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Strategy is one of the most widely mis-used and mis-understood terms in management. In earlier times, educated priests in India used Sanskrit language as the primary form of all literature. However, this meant that all the information was out of reach for majority of the Indians. Strategy holds a similar position in the literate world today. It is...
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Findings – Lesson 1: Regions still matter and localization helps. Lesson 2: Innovate before your competence gets commoditized or neutralized by a counter strategy. Lesson 3: There is no ONE right strategy; do proper SWOT to determine your strategy. Lesson 4: Adapt- modify your strategy as per the situation Lesson 5: Surprise element can be a big so...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study the progress of research on business research in India and identify the key disciplines, journals, articles, authors, and institutions. Design/methodology/approach – Bibliometric analysis using data for articles published from the ISI Web of Knowledge databases consisting of the ISI Web of Science (1...
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Purpose – The purpose of this research paper is to study the green management practices and research, teaching, training and consulting in green management in Indian business schools as management education, particularly business schools are among one of the fastest growing industry of Indian economy on one hand and also they have a responsibility...
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World is in knowledge economy – the statement sounds more a cliche but is a reality today. The knowledge economy puts premium on knowledge creation, dissemination and implementation i.e. knowledge management for sustainable growth. The role and responsibilities of leadership becomes more of a guardian for knowledge management and knowledge workers...
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Indian economy is on a growth trajectory and one after another study is projecting India among leading economies of future. Whereas the focus of the world on emerging markets is for growth rates and related aspects, India has its own environmental concerns and the environmental scenario is not very good. This paper studies the future of green mana...
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The concept of corporate governance is centuries old but it has gained a lot of momentum in last two decades in India. This paper studies the corporate governance practices in the top 100 companies in India. We find that in all industries irrespective of sector all companies practice some sort of corporate governance at least as said in their annua...
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Indian economy is on a growth trajectory and one study after another is projecting India among the leading economies of future. The role and significance of India in the global economy is continuously increasing. Following the seminar work of Chandler, strategy and structure research has made a lot of progress and is one of the major research issue...
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Practice of Corporate Strategy in India A Research Book presenting Learnings from Successful Companies This book shares the findings from research on top 100 biggest firms in India, including eleven biggest subsidiaries of foreign multinationals in India. It shares insights on four very important aspects of corporate strategy namely, Strategic Lead...
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India is one of the fastest emerging economies and one after another study has projected India among the leading economies of the future. The role and significance of India in the global economy is increasing continuously. However, there is a dearth of literature on India in management, in general, and in strategy, in particular. This book presents...
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Indian economy is on a growth trajectory and many studies are projecting India to be among leading economies of future. The role and significance of India in the global economy is continuously increasing. Following the seminal work of Chandler, strategy and structure research has made a lot of progress and is one of major research issue in strategy...
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The objective of this research work is to study the progress of research on technological uncertainties, social uncertainties and emerging markets and outline and identify the key disciplines, journals, articles and authors. For this the author studied the existing literature from the various fields in which technological uncertainties, social unce...
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India and China are among the oldest civilizations of the world with long history of interaction and relationship. They are the fastest growing economies among the major economies of the world. Both have made rapid progress after liberlisation. One of the major events in international trade and economics is the recent fast growth in the bilateral t...
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India and Brazil are among the fastest growing economies of the world and are widely projected as major economies of future. Indo-Brazil links go back five centuries. In recent years, relations between Brazil and India have grown considerably and co-operation between the two countries has been extended to diverse areas such as science and technolog...
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Indian economy is on a growth trajectory and one after another study is projecting India among leading economies of future. The role and significance of India in the global economy is continuously increasing. Mergers and acquisitions are on rise in India. This paper studies the Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) activities in the top 100 companies in In...
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Entrepreneurship has again gained currency across the globe and female-entrepreneurship has become an important component. India is one of the fastest emerging economies and the importance of entrepreneurship is realised across the spectrum. This research is a preliminary investigation in which the researchers identified 43 motives for starting bus...
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The purpose of this study is to provide an integrated framework that conceptualises multifaceted antecedents pertaining to international expansion of emerging market businesses in relation to firm performance. This paper develops multiple-item measures of multiple-dimensions to clarify how internationalisation path, R&D investment, product diversif...
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Indian exports growth rate has picked up in recent past. India has still a huge untapped potential for meeting world demand. Empirical research has found that knowledge management leads to improved performance and competitiveness. This research work studies state-of-art of knowledge management among Indian exporters. The research work surveyed expe...
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The purpose of this article is to investigate the state of research on multinationals and emerging markets. For this we look at existing literature from the disparate fields in which multinationals and emerging markets have been explored in the last forty years (1968‐2008). The paper finds that there is a plethora of material on multinationals and...
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Russia is one of the fastest growing emerging economies and large Russian companies, mainly resource exporters, have entered the global markets in recent years. The internationalization process of Russian enterprises and its implications on foreign direct investment paradigms have attracted global interest. This paper studies the effect of internat...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss fundamental issues and problems with the concept of strategy in general and its various tools in particular. Design/methodology/approach – Five fundamental flaws are examined. Findings – There are many instances in which CEOs/top management/strategic consultants/professors are faced with this issu...
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Purpose – The twenty first century is increasingly categorized as a century for hyper-competitiveness. In the knowledge economy, any country can be the location of knowledge resource and it is increasingly becoming difficult to have national competitive advantages as compared to previous centuries. This paper seeks to study the competitiveness of e...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to attempt to demystify knowledge management. Design/methodology/approach – This paper looks at existing literature. Findings – The paper finds that, in simple words, knowledge management involves three things, namely, knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge implementation. It is a comprehens...
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Purpose – There is an increased interest in research and explanation for emerging markets and multinational corporations (MNCs). This paper aims to study emerging markets and MNCs. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes help of existing literature and industry examples. Findings – The success record of MNCs from developed countries in emergi...
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India is one of the fastest emerging markets. One study after another has projected it as one of the leading future economies. The Indian automobile sector is on a growth trajectory and, with an aspiring middle class and rising income levels, it is going to expand further. This paper is a multiattribute study of car purchase behaviour in the Indian...
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This study explores the relationship between pricing as a marketing mix element and brand equity in an environment where there is an uncertainty of brand attributes, namely automobile purchase in India. The authors test the hypothesis proposed by Swait et al. (1993) – which suggested that a product of high brand equity signals high quality when con...
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Innovation has again become a buzzword in recent past. Faced with a hypercompetitive global scenario, one after another country and company is realising the importance of innovations and new knowledge creation (Pillania, 2006a). This research work studies 140 countries on knowledge and innovation and identifies three groups namely Knowledge Stars,...
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A well-developed and aligned knowledge management (KM) strategy and active top management participation are two of the key strategic issues in KM. The studies on KM strategy and the role of top management have mainly focused on big firms. The basic requirements and resources of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are different from big firms. Conse...
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Purpose – New knowledge creation has gained currency in the global knowledge economy. It is important not only for big firms, but for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) also. Indian automotive components sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of Indian economy and is dominated by SMEs. This research work aims to study the knowledge crea...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the dimensions of strategic sourcing and determines its relationship with organisational supply chain agility and performance. It classifies manufacturing firms based on their level of supply chain agility and test the diffrences in firms' performnace across the clusters so obtained. Design/methodol...
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Why do many corporate and government clients refuse to set up collaborative, knowledge management tools? Looking at innovation in academia and business, this panel will address the use of knowledge management to enable in-depth intelligence work, distributed collaboration, social computing, and information sharing in organizations. The panelists, w...
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Twenty first century is increasingly categorized as a century for hyper-competitiveness. In the knowledge economy, any country can be the location of knowledge resource and its increasingly becoming difficult to have national competitive advantages as compared to previous centuries. Emerging markets in general and BRIC countries in particular is th...
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Knowledge management (KM) research has focused more on large firms. Lately, there is increasing realization of need and significance of knowledge management for sustainable competitiveness for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Potential competitive advantage of knowledge management may be more profound in a small firm. Information Technolo...
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Purpose - the case study follows the internationalisation of an Indian company, Bharat Forge Limited. It studies how a small company from India becomes one of the leading players in the global forging industry. Design/methodology/approach - this is a case study approach for studying the process of internationalisation in one particular firm. Findin...
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Knowledge has outperformed traditional resources of land, labour and capital. Knowledge has emerged as the key resource for companies and countries as it is costly to acquire, provides highest returns and leads to sustainable competitive advantage. Countries vary in their knowledge resources and economic performance. This research work is an attemp...
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We are in the knowledge economy where knowledge has emerged as the most crucial resource. This knowledge is not important only for businesses but for the society as a whole. India has high expectations from this knowledge economy and we are talking of making India a super power in this knowledge era. The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has announ...
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This paper is based on the empirical research of the attitude of Indian organizations towards IPRs and the level of awareness of IPRs in the Indian Industry. The paper is comprehensive in the sense that it covers both macro and micro aspects as well as both private and public sectors .The major findings are that the attitude of Indian organizations...
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With the increasing importance and acceptance of knowledge as a source of sustainable competitive advantage, protection of knowledge created by an organization has become critical. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) is a big issue today. It provides huge business opportunities and is facing problems of piracy. Indian government has amended the law...
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The global automobile industry is facing a lot of challenges in the changing scenario. There are number of new issues facing the firms and original equipment manufacturers are transferring many of the responsibilities to the suppliers. Knowledge management is widely accepted as a source of competitiveness. Increasing environmental standards and saf...
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New knowledge creation and its subsequent categorization have gained currency in the global knowledge economy. It is important not only for big firms, but for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) also. Indian automotive components sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of Indian economy and is dominated by SMEs. This research work studied...
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India economy is on a growth trajectory. It is one of the re-emerging economies along with China after loosing the prominent place to Europe and western countries in the Industrial era. Two of the essential pillar of a healthy and competitive economy and society is transparency and security. This research paper studies the fraud and corruption in I...
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The current global economy is increasingly becoming a services economy. General agreement on trade in services (GATS) under world trade organization (WTO) focuses on trade facilitation in services. Education, particularly higher education, is increasingly becoming more and more important in the services economy. The global trade in higher education...
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India is increasingly being hyped as an emerging economy and there are various predictions which show India will be one of the leading economies in the global knowledge economy. The knowledge economy, which is increasingly dominated by services sector, needs and depends on knowledge workers. Institutions of higher learning, like business schools (b...
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Indian exports are on a growth path in recent years and the share of trade in Indian gross domestic product is on the rise. Knowledge is the key resource and knowledge management has emerged as a strategic concept for achieving superior corporate performance and sustainable competitiveness. This research work studies the knowledge management benefi...
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Indo-Brazil links go back five centuries. In recent years, relations between Brazil and India have grown considerably and co-operation between the two countries has been extended to such diverse areas as science and technology, pharmaceuticals and space. Bilateral trade has jumped to 3.12 billion dollars in 2007, from a mere 488 million dollar in 2...
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Indian auto components industry has been growing rapidly over the years, both in the domestic market as well as in the export market. Starting in 1940s, it has come a long way, particularly after the liberalization, and now making aggressive inroads in the global market, with acquisitions, green fields and exports. Nearly all OEMs and Tier 1 suppli...
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India is one of the oldest civilizations. It has a gamut of tourist attractions. Tourism development in India has passed through many stages and it was after the 1980s that tourism activity gained momentum. The tourism sector in India has grown rapidly in recent past. The share of developing countries in global tourism is increasing. The groups of...
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Knowledge has emerged as the key resource in the post industrial society. Creation of knowledge is a costly affair and the half life of knowledge is increasingly getting shorter due to fast changes and newer developments. It is critical for organizations to store the knowledge and provide access to it, in a professional and efficient manner through...
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We are in the knowledge economy and management scholars worldwide agree that knowledge is the most critical resource today. Research was conducted to understand the current state of financing KM and measurement of knowledge in selected sectors namely software, pharmaceutical and petroleum marketing of Indian Industry taking both macro and micro asp...
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Purpose Knowledge has emerged as the most critical resource. How firms create, disseminate and use knowledge makes or mars them. The purpose of this research work is to study the knowledge management strategy of Indian organizations . Methodology The research work is mainly based on primary data collected through survey using a structured questionn...
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Knowledge is a critical resource. It can make the difference between wealth and poverty. The role of knowledge management is increasingly recognised for economic and social development. In India there exists a great knowledge-divide between urban India (India) and rural India (Bharat).There are widespread disparities, both economic and social, betw...
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Environment has become a much debated and discussed issue in recent years across the globe. Genuine concerns are raised on the environmental degradation, challenges to bio-diversity and the future of earth, itself. Emerging economies has overtaken the developed west in terms of economic growth in recent years. They are various studies which project...
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India and Russia are among the two major emerging economies. India and Russia have long history of trade and co-operation. However the trade suffered after the disintegration of erstwhile USSR in 1991. Currently, Indo-Russian trade is of marginal importance to the trade profile of the two countries (1% or less on average). Initiatives have been tak...
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We are in a knowledge revolution. Knowledge has replaced other sources of production as the main source of wealth creation. World over, whereas traditional sources of competitive advantage are fading away and are being copied easily, knowledge management has emerged as the source of sustainable competitive advantage. There are empirical studies whi...
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The paper focuses on the role of top management in knowledge management in India .This paper is comprehensive as it covers both macro and micro aspects .Further it looks at knowledge management in three sectors of Indian Economy namely software, pharmaceutical and petroleum marketing, thus covering both private and public sector. The findings of th...
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Indian economy and foreign trade are on a growth trajectory. Indian exports have come a long way in value terms from the time of gaining independence in 1947. The total value of India's merchandise exports increased from US $ 1.3 billion in 1950-51 to US $ 63.8 billion in 2003-04 - a compound rate of 7.6 per cent. Trade growth has picked up post li...
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The global demographic scenario is facing two major problems. On the one hand, the world population is getting older. The world's population - led by Europe, North America, and Japan - will grow markedly older in the next 50 years. On the other side, birth rates have slowed down. In this background, India with a young population has huge demographi...
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Indian movie industry, notably Bollywood, has come a long way in the last century. All in all, it has been a long story of nearly nine decades, with the early shaky screen images turning into a multi pronged and vast economic empire of its own. In terms of numbers,today it is the biggest movie industry in the world that has yielded about 27,000 fea...
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Knowledge management (KM) research has focused more on large firms. Lately, there is increasing realization of need and significance of KM for sustainable competitiveness for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Potential competitive advantage of KM may be more profound in a small firm. Information Technology (IT) has a crucial role in KM. IT...
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Indian movie industry, notably Bollywood, has come a long way in the last two centuries. All in all, it has been a long story of nearly nine decades, with the early shaky screen images having been turned into a multi-pronged and vast economic empire. Today it is the biggest movie industry in the world in terms of number of films. The industry has p...
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Competitiveness makes or mars performance of firms, industries, nations in the current hyper competitive global market. India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world in recent years. One after another study, is projecting that India would be a leading economy in 21st century. This research work is an attempt to study the competitivenes...
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Indian economy and foreign trade are on a growth trajectory. Indian exports have come a long way in value terms from the time of gaining independence in 1947. The total value of India�s merchandise exports increased from US $ 1.3 billion in 1950-51 to US $ 63.8 billion in 2003-04 � a compound rate of 7.6 per cent. Trade growth has picked up pos...
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It is clear that the management of organisation is undergoing a paradigm shift. Globally, over the past five decades, there has been a growing trend towards more participative working relationships and practices. The system of hierarchy and the distance power culture, which is very strong in Indian culture, finds itself being challenged by the noti...
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The global automobile industry is facing a lot of challenges in the changing scenario. There are number of new issues facing the firms and original equipment manufacturers are transferring many of the responsibilities to the suppliers. Knowledge management is widely accepted as a source of competitiveness. Increasing environmental standards and saf...
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Purpose – In this era of globalization, knowledge has emerged as a critical resource. India has high expectations from her knowledge industries. Though it is difficult to classify knowledge into watertight compartments, this paper is an attempt to study whether Indian firms have identified the most crucial knowledge and what is the importance they...
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Globally knowledge and knowledge workers are being increasingly recognised as a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives in the beginning had a big company orientation with a focus on hard issues like information technology. Later, importance of soft issues like organisational culture, knowledge workers, Co...
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We are in an era of knowledge revolution where knowledge occupies the centre stage. Its continuous generation, sharing and implementation have become crucial for firms and countries. This revolution is supported by the revolution in information technologies. This present research is an attempt to find out the state of knowledge storage and access i...

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How education is going to change due to COVID-19? What is COVID-19's impact on future of education?
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What is impact of COVID-19 on various aspects of business management and on business management as a discipline?
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What is the impact of COVID-19 on various aspects of happiness and overall happiness?
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Please share your idea of happiness for yourself.
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"We are What our Questions Are" and in search of answers for those questions we move in our life. Please share your top 3 life questions.
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I am looking for the latest multidisciplinary research in happiness.
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I am looking for lovers/followers of the TV serial The Big Bang Theory. I have something very interesting to share from strategy perspective.
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Please share your views on my hilarious cartoon book Strategic Humour : Democratizing Strategy . For details see :  www.strategichumour.com
Strategy is one of the most widely mis-used and mis-understood terms in management. In earlier times, educated priests in India used Sanskrit language as the primary form of all literature. However, this meant that all the information was out of reach for majority of the Indians. Strategy holds a similar position in the literate world today. It is often related as something of interest to a limited few in the top management of organizations. It is often considered a serious and difficult concept.
The book has three objectives. First objective is to democratize strategy and align it to day-to-day concepts in a manner that it would allow a majority of us to relate with it.  I sincerely believe this book will help to bring down strategy from Ivory Towers to common business executives. Second objective is to bring a fresh perspective to strategy using humour. Third objective is to increase the understanding of strategy among business executives.It captures complex concepts of strategy through associations with day-to-day concepts such as movies, sports, singers, jokes etc to add simplicity and humour to strategy. It has strategic insights but in a simple and humours way.
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The current large scale migration is the biggest crisis European Union has ever faced. How is Europe going to solve the crisis of migration ? This is the largest migration in Europe after world war II.
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How management education is going to look like in future?
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What is the future of university education? 
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What is wrong with Chinese Economy ? 
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The crude oil prices have fallen drastically over last one year. What would be the final long term price of crude oil? 20 USD?

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To make strategy easy to understand for masses in a funny and engaging way !
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Not only love, the concepts of strategy can be easily applied to fitness, sports, friendship, marriage, family, kids, career, investments or any aspect of life and overall life itself using the workbook given in the book. This book is an attempt to take the strategy concepts to masses in a funny and interesting way through a love story. This book supports the cause of education and all the profits from royalties to the author is being donated to Teach for India and other educational NGOs.