Indian IT firms to be Harvard case study

Indian IT firms to be Harvard case study

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 09:24 Hrs   |    17 Comments
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Indian IT firms to be Harvard case study
Bangalore: Guess what's going to be taught at the Harvard Business School soon - business models adopted by mid-tier companies like MindTree and Zensar Technologies which emerged unscathed from the downturn. Among the list of personality profiles the students of this high-profile B-school will delve into, will be names like S Gopalakrishnan, CEO Infosys, Anand G Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra, Britannia Industries MD, Vinita Bali and ICICI Bank Chairman, KV Kamath.

David A Garvin, the C Roland Christensen Professor of business administration at the B-school, is at present on a India mission, building up case studies along with his research associates, on these two midsize companies. They are conducting extensive interviews with top 25 senior executives of Indian firms to understand the distinctive qualities of the Indian business environment, organizations and leadership.

Garvin says that the economic meltdown and the aggressive growth of emerging markets was one of the reasons to study more about Indian companies which have surfed past the difficult times successfully. "What I found is that companies like Infosys takes the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Shareholders are important, so are the executives, employees and customers and the public. It is different from the U.S. where shareholder views dominate," Garvin pointed out. He said that organizations such as Infosys have a wonderful system of planning for a slack. "They move around their resources, because there is a fair degree of unpredictability in the environment."

The case study he is focusing on will include work place practices like innovations in terms of knowledge management at MindTree and innovative human resource practices and vision community at Zensar. "The distinctive aspect of these companies is their management practices. MindTree has a distinctive culture, because they have a very strong value system, like sharing and they believe in collaborations," said Garvin who first visited India in 1969. "Zensar has got a vision community, where a cross section of the organization is empowered to develop proposals on major policies and issues of the company. You don't see this form of empowerment very often."

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Posted by:hotels in arras - 15 Apr, 2010
2: What a lot of marketing spiel marketing/PT chaps spout !
Indian IT is merely a low cost labour shop, there's little innovation here . Indian techies lag far behind and even those with potential are kept down by incompetent management who deal with software the same way they deal with vegetables - their eyes are closed to everything and their ears only want to hear cash registers ringing, who gives a damn about standards , technology or even ethics. Maybe product companies are better off, but services companies only do "jugaad" , or cheap fixes .
Zensar is an IT firm that's deficient in both , information and technology , so insiders say .
Posted by:Disillusioned Geek - 14 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: Disillusioned - 15 Apr, 2010
4: Indian IT.... Jiffy Lube, very similar stuff - only different services.
Posted by:raju - 11 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: raju - 15 Apr, 2010
6: Trust that an indian managment practices and its applications forays ahead mostly based on team approach substratum, strong lineage based on quality of emotional intellignece of indian executives, attitudinal maleability,strong resililience,innovative efforts to find windows in walls....while east and west vary a lot in its basic trainings, values, approach and style...still east is more capable of embracing the best of both worlds and not vice-versa....and india has exceptional history of wealth including Kautilya's time...really feel proud to be indian...www.linkedin.com/in/santanudsharma
Posted by:Santanu Das Sharma - 11 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: Santanu - 15 Apr, 2010
8: i guess it is neither here nor there. Any case study talking about "innovative human resource policies at Zensar" needs to be seriously ignored :)
Posted by:Ravi - 11 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: Ravi - 15 Apr, 2010
10:
exactly said by ravi...i appreciate ur true comments
indian Replied to: Ravi - 11 Nov, 2009
11:
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hotels in arras Replied to: indian - 15 Apr, 2010
12: cool. let them study us. they always come back to do that. lets face it India is great
Posted by:shaiyani - 11 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: shaiyani - 15 Apr, 2010
14:
Excellent! India is getting world class recognition for last couple of years. Am so happy for all of us.
Ranjana Replied to: shaiyani - 11 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: Ranjana - 15 Apr, 2010
16:
So whats the news about, HBS making cases about indian companies and then makes piles of money selling these cases to other business schools and corporates! Com on we have seen Harvard making cases about anything under the sun.
Do we need to take pride in anything and everything foreign!
amit Replied to: Ranjana - 11 Nov, 2009
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hotels in arras Replied to: amit - 15 Apr, 2010
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