Wednesday, December 21, 2011

'Alliances can be useful in any industry'

Alliances are a competitive necessity

In an increasingly global and competitive world, alliances have become a matter of competitive necessity, and in some industries, not having alliances can put you at a significant disadvantage, observes Nitin Pangarkar, Associate Professor, Department of Strategy and Policy, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore.


Friday, December 02, 2011

Capital markets skills are rapidly improving in India

Technology edge for financial institutions

As process efficiencies are fully squeezed out, financial institutions increasingly want to innovate to create a unique product for their clients, begins Bala Srinivasa, Managing Director-Strategy and Business Development, Amba Research (I) P Ltd, Bangalore.


Friday, September 30, 2011

'Optimisation is not a one-off exercise'

Smart opex management

If you are constantly challenged to reduce opex (operating expense) in your company, at a level more than what can be achieved by traditional approaches such as location and labour arbitrage, there are insights that Shiva Ramani, CEO of iOPEX technologies, US, can offer.


Monday, September 19, 2011

'Most CAs come ingrained with a “historical” analysis perspective'

CAs as investment analysts

We know the Chartered Accountants (CAs) as watchdogs and bloodhounds. Can they also play the role of investment analysts, adding value to global financial institutions? What does such a transformation demand? Posing these questions to Mr Bala Srinivasa, Managing Director - Strategy and Business Development, Amba Research (I) P Ltd, Bangalore (, during a recent interaction in Business Line, I found him come up with some ready answers. We continued our conversation with an extended e-mail exchange. Excerpts from the interview.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

'Within every successful entrepreneur, there is a CFO hiding somewhere'

Wear the CFO hat!

It is important for SMEs not to be insulated from the financial sophistication normally associated with larger enterprises, feels Mr Bastin Gerald, CEO, Apptivo, US ( “I'd like to think ‘growth' is inevitable,” he avers, during a recent lunch-hour interaction with Business Line.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

'Trust is the single, most-important factor that determines the success of the joint venture'

‘Trust can make or break a joint venture'

One of the few corporate presentations at the recent ‘India Strategy' conference in ISB, Hyderabad, was that of Mr Akhil Kumar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, GS Caltex India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai ( As one with a vast experience in joint ventures, Mr Akhil emphasised the importance of trust. It is important to identify HR skills that are essential to operate the joint venture, he added, during a brief interaction with Business Line.


Friday, August 12, 2011

'An annual report must be seen as a permanent milestone in the history of a company'

‘Use annual reports to enhance trust'

Important communication tools often get deployed to just fulfillthe objectives of ‘information' and statutory compliance, rues Mr N. Chandramouli, CEO of Trust Research Advisory, Mumbai ( “And in most cases the annual report also suffers from the same problem,” he adds, during a recent interaction with Business Line.