Everything you wanted to know about doing business with India but were afraid to ask…?
It is available now via www.inzichtinindia.nl. Together with others who contributed their material I will be at the formal book launch in the Netherlands on July 10, 2013. The details of this event are being worked out by the author.
On Monday April 22 I was to be heard on the Dutch business radio broadcaster BNR radio. Diana Matroos presented live the program ‘BNR Doing Business with’ from the rooftop of the Trident in Mumbai. You can hear it still here, though it’s in Dutch.
How can we help you?
A friend of mine called this morning to say that, despite the spamassassin I had installed, he had received almost 2000 spam messages and whether I could help. Not certain how one could receive suddenly so much spam I was somewhat bewildered and took an eager look. Continue reading
For those of us dealing with risk management, and who doesn’t these days, here is a link to the 2013 World Economic Forum Report on Global Risks.
This year’s findings show that the world is more at risk as persistent economic weakness saps our ability to tackle environmental challenges. The report highlights severe income disparity followed by unsustainable government debt (chronic fiscal imbalances) as the top two most prevalent global risks.
Illustration by Heads of State
How to maintain creative complexity without the limitations of co-location is an article by Yves Doz, my former professor at INSEAD, and Keeley Wilson.
“For their global innovation strategies, many companies have long relied on their ability to assemble people with key capabilities and critical knowledge. They typically do this through co-location: bringing together designers, engineers, technologists, and other creative thinkers in a few innovation centers at home and in lead markets. The new products and services they create are then disseminated to markets across the world.” Read more
Jonathan Fenby (photo courtesy Thinkworks Pvt Ltd)
Earlier in the day Bob Geldof had stated that China has uplifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Can this be sustained or not? Jonathan Fenby, founding partner of Trusted Sources, the emerging markets research and consultancy firm, spoke on this topic at THiNK 2012.
At THiNK 2012 being held in Goa this weekend, Sherry Turkle spoke on the social network: why are robots are becoming human and men machines. As a psychologist, over the years she became more concerned with the change to a virtual reality in that we become social robots. Continue reading
Dr Ian Lipkin
As a CEO one has to be prepared for any wild card event, an event which rarely happens but one which could affect your business in a major way. Prof. Ian Lipkin of Colombia University started day 3 of the THiNK 2012 talking about just this. Continue reading
Prof Steven Cowley
Steven Cowley, CEO of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and professor at Imperial College, spoke at THiNK 2012 about his area of expertise: fusion energy. This is a topic of immense economic interest as its success will have paramount repercussions. Continue reading
Heavy industry minister Praful Patel, Rajan Mittal of Bharti Airtel fame, and Sajjan Jindal of JSW, spoke at the THiNK 2012 in Goa. Praful Patel joked that credibility of politicians is at an all time high referring to the many scams being uncovered. Continue reading
David Christian (courtesy Thinkworks Pvt Ltd)
David Christian raised the interesting question at THiNK 2012 that many parents will have: what problems and issues will our children be faced with?
He started to elaborate that the Russian economy prior to Brezhnev would have collapsed if people would have stopped drinking vodka as its economy depended for 40% on this. An interesting thought but Continue reading
The following story has been published multiple times without me or anyone else for that matter being able to trace the source. It is a good story which struck a chord with me. Continue reading
Ms Chawla of Luxury Works
It was an event for CEOs and by invitation only. That is more often said than done but EY, as in Ernst & Young, were true to their slogan ‘Quality in Everything We Do’and had send me a polite invite to attend their Strategic Growth Forum India 2012 without irritating follow up phone calls. It was a very well organised three day action packed event. Action packed because, apart from the actual sessions and panel discussions, it had many breaks to network with high calibre delegates.
I am normally slow to start the day but the first day woke me fully when the very beautiful Pushpanjali Chawla joined me for breakfast. Continue reading
My residence as a teenager
I love Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a great fan of any Danse Macabre and prefer a Nullus Funus Sine Fidula (no funeral without a fiddle) anytime. However, death used to be very much part of daily life. As a teenager I lived in the Gothic St Bavo cathedral in Haarlem where people still literally walk all over the dead as the interior flooring of the church is entirely made up of tomb stones. Continue reading
Our son Daniel
The plane is cruising at some 560 miles per hour somewhere over Pakistan. I am flying back to India after a meeting at head office in the Netherlands. I wonder if there are any drones around and subconsciously look outside as if I would be able to spot one in the dark. Continue reading