October 8, 2018

When a leader comes under inexplicable influence of someone

19th October 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

In my 3rd August column, I explored the challenge faced by independent directors when an iconic leader in the company is accused of an ethical misdemeanor.
October 2, 2018

Hubris around ‘born-to-be-sold’ startups

27th September 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

(*The writer is a corporate advisor and Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur. His new book, co-authored with Ranjan Banerjee, and titled “THE MADE-IN-INDIA MANAGER”, will be published by Hachette India in November, 2018.
September 29, 2018

When a leader is manipulated

27th November 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Directors need to be alert about behavioural changes in a powerful leader - a situation that could require quiet intervention
August 14, 2018

Dual class shareholding is an idea whose time has not come

13th June, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Because of testing protocols, promising food innovations sometimes fail to make it to the market. There needs to be an international protocol for testing innovations that impact Mother Gaia.
July 21, 2018

How a World War caused ball pens to take off.

18th July, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Last week, the Royal Air Force celebrated its century in grand style all over UK. Nobody celebrated the fact that it was the RAF that gave a fillip to ball pens.
June 15, 2018

Avoid hurt to Mother Gaia–treat Earth as a human being

13th June, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Because of testing protocols, promising food innovations sometimes fail to make it to the market. There needs to be an international protocol for testing innovations that impact Mother Gaia.
April 18, 2018

India’s accelerating entrepreneurship culture

6th April, 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

When I started my HUL career (incidentally, in data processing), some data work was already being undertaken in Tata under US-returned
February 17, 2018

Can startups dance with grownups?

2nd Feb 2018, BUSINESS STANDARD

Nature teaches us that even a big herd of mighty elephants can be distracted and deranged by tiny bees which buzz around their flapping ears
December 8, 2017

Why do not ‘wow’ innovations become unicorns?

8th Dec 2017, BUSINESS STANDARD

The two ends of the innovation journey are rich with literature: the early stage, associated with start-ups, emphasizes creativity and cleverness, and the late stage, associated with large companies, emphasizes scaling and discipline. The in-between pathway is scantier in literature-richness.