Facing the Coming Global Financial Crisis

The global financial crisis of 2008, precipitated by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, was a traumatic experience for the entire world.  Concerted action by the G 20 countries contained the problems and brought about a semblance of normality in 2010.  However, the underlying problem of excess debt in the advanced countries remained unresolved.  It has gradually morphed into an escalating crisis of sovereign debt, in Europe and the USA.  (This article is published in The Financial Express, September 24, 2011).

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Formulating Strategy .... after the downturn

India’s economy is back on a growth trajectory. But in the last 12 to 18 months five factors have gained prominence and will profoundly influence the strategic choices of firms in India, says Raju Bhinge, Chief Executive, Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in The Financial Express February 23, 2010).

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Is Business Planning relevant today?

As the next fiscal year approaches, the focus of business planning has to be on two main drivers: Changing market dynamics and financial leverage. The planning process has to be customized to cater to the imperatives of a firm. The resulting business plan can then be an indispensable enabler in tiding over the turbulent period ahead……says Raju Bhinge (Chief Executive) of Tata Strategic Management Group. (This article was published in the MINT, December 16,2008).

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Strategies that Succeed

Quietly but systematically, Tata Strategic  has build up a formidable reputation in strategy formulation and deployment, process improvement and business analytics.

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Crafting Strategy in a Shining Economy

With per capita income likely to double in the next decade, and an investment boom unfolding, corporates have to brace themselves for discontinuities and strategic challenges, says Raju Bhinge.

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The GDP Growth Trap

Constrained by the license regime, Indian firms diversified to achieve rapid growth. Now, they face the task of managing unrelated businesses, each clamouring for a share of limited resources. Several firms have have regressed into mini-economies and have been caught in the proverbial, GDP growth trapTM.

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Get Your Strategy Working

Poor deployment and not bad strategy is the major cause of failure in most organizations. Vikas Sinha and Rajesh Kamat of Tata Strategic Management Group suggest a framework which can help organisations deploy their strategies effectively.

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Surviving a Strong Rupee: Strategic Responses

With declining tarriffs and a strong Rupee, Indian industry is headed into uncharted waters.

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The Lull Before the Storm

With falling costs, companies need to rethink their strategic responses.

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Sustaining Global Competitiveness

Falling tariffs, a rising currency and improving macro conditions must lead to new and evolving business models.

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Unlocking the Potential: Skilling for Employability and Growth (Northern India)

The national focus on Skill Development is at an all-time high. It is estimated that India will add ~15 Mn working age population every year till 2030. This surge in the working age population (i.e. the demographic dividend) can be a double edged sword. If utilized properly, it can act as a springboard for the next round of economic development else it could compound the socio-economic challenges of the country.

Given faster than the national average of growth of working age population, the northern states are poised to play a key role in shaping India’s skill availability scenario. However, These states will have to individually evaluate their challenges and identify focus areas for balancing supply and demand for skilled manpower. Additionally, multiple operational and implementation level challenges would need to be addressed through innovative solutions for realizing the full impact of various initiatives in the sector.

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Well Being in India: disparity and surprises across districts - 2013

The Well Being in India: disparity and surprises across districts report prepared by Tata Strategic Management Group has been released on 05th March 2013.

The report talked about the issue of income versus well-being as highlighted by Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and others. Well-being, in the Indian context needs to consider a range of indicators representing material and social factors. Tata Strategic analysed multiple government sources and surveys to generate the Well Being Index (WBI) and Female Security Index (FSI) for India 2013. Two clusters : Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, HP and Kerala, TN and AP topped the Well Being Index. The Well Being Index reveals wide disparities across the districts even in the same state. However, while the WBI captures all major material parameters, it does not include a very important reality of Indian society – the well-being, status and treatment of women. Hence, using Gender Ratio and data on Crime against women (National Crime Bureau – 2009, 2010), a Female Security Index for each district in India was computed. There is a clear divide between the North and South India.

Clearly, insights on district wise parameters and trends should be the foundation for action planning and effective performance. The findings will be useful for entities working on improving overall well-being of rural and urban India and those working on women’s safety and empowerment.

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