India Knowledge@Wharton Jun 14 - Jun 27Indian Consumer Goods Firms Go Shopping Abroad: Will It Work?
For Indian fast-moving consumer goods companies, the domestic market has become very competitive and sustaining organic growth is turning out to be increasingly difficult. Domestic acquisitions have become an expensive proposition, so the firms are starting to look for opportunities outside the country, especially within emerging economies. Lyricist Javed Akhtar: The 'Inside Pressure' Changing India's Film Industry
Javed Akhtar is an Urdu poet, film lyricist and scriptwriter. Together with former partner Salim Khan, he scripted several Bollywood hits such as Sholay, Zanjeer and Deewar. He has also written a large number of successful films on his own, in addition to being a respected social commentator and activist. Indian cinema is changing, he says in this interview with India Knowledge@Wharton. Globalization is playing a part, but a small one. The real pressures, he notes, are coming from the changes in Indian society and the target audience. Finding Success for Indian Business Books Lacking a Western Touch
Professors of Indian origin teaching at Western business schools have had notable success in penning books about India. Books including C.K. Pralahad's The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid and Tarun Khanna's Winning in Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Strategy and Execution have built significant followings among Indian readers. But many Indian writers from the nation's own premier business schools have yet to see their books catch on, barely managing to sell a few thousand copies. One explanation, experts note, is that the professors don't practice what they teach -- marketing. Can New Delivery Models Help Fix India's Health Care Woes?
The statistics tell a stark tale: India's population is 1.2 billion and growing. The country has a GDP of US$1.85 trillion but health care spending is only about 5% of that. India's nine hospital beds per 10,000 people are far from adequate. Although much attention is focused on infectious diseases like malaria or HIV, incidences of chronic or "lifestyle" ailments such as diabetes and heart disease are growing. At the recent Wharton India Economic Forum held in Philadelphia, a panel of experts discussed various models for the country to capitalize on its own innovation and expertise to deliver affordable care to those most in need.