Globalization is the free movement of goods, services and people across the world. In this article we discuss the meaning and importance of globalization.
Articles on Globalization
The article introduces the readers to the global economic crisis which started in the summer 2007. Lets discuss the factors that were responsible for this crisis.
Lets understand the salient aspects of the global economy along with the structural features and the way in which several trends and factors influence the working of the global economy.
The article discusses in detail about the factors that caused the global economic crisis.
The experience of the Indian economy in the aftermath of the global economic crisis has been mixed. Lets discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on India.
The benefits of globalization have reached a large proportion of humanity. We can say that globalization has indeed been a win-win game instead of being a zero sum game.
Globalization has ensured that all countries have the same entry level and there are no barriers to trade. Lets discuss the key drivers of globalization.
Globalization can mean loss of livelihoods for the people who have lost their jobs because of it. Lets discuss the disadvantages of Globalization and how we can overcome them.
According to many economists the Global Economy is facing severe headwinds which can culminate in a - Global Perfect Storm, in the beginning of year 2013.
The article discusses how globalization played a major role in spreading the effects of the global economic crisis across the world.
This article discusses the retreat of globalization in the years following the global shock of 2008. The key theme in this article is that while globalization is not over yet, it is not exactly shining and hence, the present situation resembles an impasse that would be with us for the near future.
The article discusses in detail about how the Lack of Regulation was one of the major cause for the global financial crisis.
There is a close connection between economics and finance. Generally, recessions are caused due to a combination of both or the coming together of economic and financial factors.
For a long time the global economy was divided into the developed West and the developing economies of Asia and Africa. Lets understand the changes that have taken place in the global economy during the past few years.
Derivatives are Financial Instruments that are derived from the value of the underlying asset. The article discusses the role of Derivatives in causing the Global Financial Crisis.
There was too much debt in the global economy and when the payments came due and the tipping point was reached, the entire global economy almost crashed. Lets discuss how debt causes global economi crisis.
The article discusses important points which states that the Indian economy is on a downward spiral and unless urgent steps are taken to revive the economy, we might be headed for a severe recession.
The economic crisis was spread across the world mainly due to the tight integration of the global economy. The article discusses in detail about the future of globalization in the aftermath of the economic crisis.
Globalization is widely credited with bringing prosperity to Asian countries. Lets understand the effect of globalization on the young aisan workforce.
Lets look at the reasons for why a youthful workforce is necessary for globalization to succeed.
Trickle Down Theory states that wealth which is created at the top level, trickles down to the bottom of the ladder. Lets understand the relationship between globalization and trickle down theory in detail.
The ongoing global economic crisis has affected the IT and BPO sector in many ways. Lets discuss the effect of global economic crisis on the Indian IT and BPO sector in detail.
The ongoing economic crisis has seen widely varying responses that still had some commonalities in their response. This article discusses the responses to the crisis from different countries by examining the examples of different countries in the world.
Emerging Markets or the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have used globalization to their advantage instead of being the victims of the global economic crisis.
Many countries across the globe are resorting to austerity and fiscal discipline as a means to deal with the economic crisis.
This article discusses the economic conundrum of unemployment and austerity that is haunting the west. The key theme in this article is that without growth, there are no jobs and there is no growth with austerity leading to a situation where the policymakers have to decide whether they would want to pursue austerity or whether they want to grow.
This article discusses the machinations of the global investors, which we term the electronic herd, which like a herd of predators is always on the lookout for the maximum returns. The key theme in this article is that global capital is country blind and is not swayed by sentiments or emotions and instead, is driven entirely by profits.
The economic problems of the last few decades have created severe problems related to debt, environmental destruction and depletion of resources, and growing inequalities. The key theme in this article is that all of these three problems are interrelated and the solution to these problems lies in living sustainably.
The historical origins of the present global economic crisis lie in the decision of the United States to withdraw from the gold standard in 1971. This article discusses this event and the repercussions of the same that are being felt to this day. The key theme in this article is that the solution to the present crisis is through a return to the gold standard and a new Bretton Woods kind of agreement among the nations of the world.
This article discusses the need to use the present crisis as an opportunity to set right the wrongs of capitalism that have got us into this mess. This article uses the metaphor of a bee that creates wealth and the locusts that destroy wealth to emphasize the fact that we must get rid of the locusts and give more chance to the bees so that future generations benefit.
This article outlines the reasons for India to embark on another round of reforms in the same way that was done in 1991. The key theme in this article is that the Indian economy must be managed in such a manner that would make it domestically resilient and at the same time open to foreign winds without being swept off ones feet by them.
The global economic recovery is faltering because consumers are paying down their existing debts, saving for future crises, and are generally shying away from the kind of binge consumerism of the last two decades. When salary hikes and bonuses are cut down and even layoffs being the norm, individuals would focus on the existing debt and saving for a rainy day instead of consumption because of which growth is elusive and hence, the global economic recovery is faltering.
This report evaluates the attractiveness of the emerging markets to western investors and assesses the challenges of doing business in those countries. The key themes in this report are that despite the many challenges inherent to the emerging markets, they represent a valuable investing opportunity.
This article provides a financial analysis of the sin industry. It explains how these industries are profitable for a handful of people while being detrimental to the interest of society at large.
This report assesses and evaluates the current hydrocarbon based fuel regime or the oil driven global energy paradigm by considering its limitations in the future and evaluating the opportunities and challenges in transitioning to a new energy paradigm. The key theme in this report is that time is running out for us to transition and if the future generations have to have a lifestyle that is at least similar to ours or if not better, the need to transition becomes that much more urgent.
This report examines the changing world of work in the 21st century and dissects what the trends shaping work in contemporary times mean for employers and workers. The key theme of this report is that the brave new world of work while exciting and enticing at the same time needs to be understood in the proper context and taken advantage of if one has to succeed in these competitive and fast-paced work arrangements. Apart from this, this report examines how the rise of the internet is revolutionizing the way work is done in the global economy.
Because of the convergence of globalization, technology, outsourcing, and the deepening economic downturn, work is no longer, what it used to be traditionally. Newer forms of work are emerging and in the marketplace of tomorrow, those who are faster, lighter, nimbler, and agile would win the day. This report examines these trends in a detailed and incisive manner and provides some insights into how the future of work might shape up. The focus of this report is on providing the students and professionals with guideposts on how they can navigate the changing world of work.
This report evaluates and assesses the growth prospects in the emerging markets of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey (MINTs) and analyzes whether they can replace the original emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and China in the portfolios of global investors. The key themes in this report are that one has to take a hard headed and sober assessment of the opportunities and the challenges in each of these groupings and one has to be circumspect before the decision is made. This report presents these themes in an evenhanded manner. The report also focuses on how global capital is always in search of yields and returns and this is the bottom line for any investor.
This report explains what is meant by impact investing and analyzes the challenges and opportunities for this emerging trend. Impact investing is all about making profits while doing social good, which means that unlike the much-hated corporations that exploit the environment and render social inequities, firms that are impact investment oriented ensure that they return profits and at the same time do not impose costs on society. This is the key theme in this report, which also lists some firms that are driven by impact investments and have been successful as well.
This article discusses the impact of the ageing of the western societies on the healthcare systems and the broader economy. The key theme in this article is that the shock of gray or the increase in the number of retirees would add to the strain of the already stressed out healthcare systems in the west as well as causing a double whammy of declining contributions from the retirees and increasing outlays for their healthcare.
This article compares and contrasts the healthcare systems around the world by examining the various healthcare systems in the West and the East. The key theme in this article is that healthcare is too critical a sector to be left to the private sector and hence, in the interests of social welfare and social justice, the governments across the world must provide for healthcare of their citizens.
This article explains the common pitfalls of the Canadian health care system. The article describes that even though Canada provides free health care for all its patients, the quality of such healthcare is severely compromised.
This article discusses the emerging phenomenon of medical tourism and analyzes its implications for the Asian countries that are at the forefront of this phenomenon. The key theme in this article is that given the overburdened and overpriced not to mention the decline in medical care in the west, the Asian countries offer better advantages, which are also lucrative given that the westerners pay in hard currency.
This article discusses the benefits of automation of the value chain activities in the healthcare sector. The key theme in this article is that automation is especially crucial in the healthcare sector as human lives are impacted in a direct manner. This article examines the healthcare sectors from around the world to substantiate the key themes in this article.
This article discusses the sad state of affairs in the healthcare systems around the world that have become more expensive and at the same time, with governments cutting down on social spending is leading to a dire situation. The key theme in this article is that the private sector has an important role to play in ensuring a healthier workforce which is a more productive workforce and which leads to wealthier societies.
This article discusses the need for accountability in the Healthcare sector in countries around the world. The article first defines what accountability is, delineates the scope, then compares, and contrasts how accountability is practiced in the healthcare sectors in the United States and other regions in the world.
This article discusses the implications of the passage of the Health Care Reform Act of 2010 in the United States and its implications for the future of affordable and universal healthcare. The key theme in this article is that thought the bill in its present form is far from perfect, nonetheless, it addresses several shortcomings of the Health Care System in the US especially where the poor and the less privileged are concerned.
Though the healthcare sector is among the worlds foremost users of cutting edge technology, there remains an area of operation where it has lagged behind other sectors. This is the use of EHRs or Electronic Health Records for storing and retrieving patient information across the healthcare supply chain. This article discusses the benefits and the issues that the use of EHRs entails to the healthcare community. The key take away from this article is that the healthcare sector would usher in greater transparency and accountability through the use of the EHRs.
This article provides an explanation as to why the healthcare system in the United States is expensive. It lists down the factors and explains how they contribute to the rising expenditure.
This article discusses the three problems of high current account deficit, falling rupee, and rampant inflation and what they mean for the Indian economy. The key theme in this article is that all three of them are interrelated and feed on each other to produce a perfect storm of a crisis that can strike the country in the near future.
This article argues that the healthcare sector must cater to everyone instead of only to those who can afford the treatment. The key theme in this article is that investment in the healthcare sector ensures the development of a healthy and productive workforce that in turn enhances the social and human capital of the country, which leads to faster economic development.
This article discusses how health insurance works around the world and the role of the state in providing healthcare and health insurance. The key theme in this article is that health insurance is a topic on everyones mind as affordable and quality healthcare are basic aspects of ones life. Further, the other aspect that is discussed in this article is that wherever the state cannot guarantee free healthcare of high quality, it must make provisions so that citizens are subsidized for the treatment in private hospitals.
This article discusses the graying of societies in the west or the shock of gray and its implications for the healthcare sectors in these countries. The key theme in this article is that the western societies and their healthcare sectors must ramp up on the infrastructure and must move beyond the current paradigm of providing quality care only to those who can pay.
This article lays threadbare the issues with the Eurozone and how an orderly default by the countries that have large and unmanageable debts is the only solution to the crisis. The responses of the European Central Bank that more monetary easing would help is a non-starter as the solution to high levels of debt is not more debt.
The recent decision of the European Union to ask depositors in Cyprus to part with their money has sent shivers down the spine of many Europeans. This article discusses the implications of this move and what it portends for other countries in the world.
This article explains what is meant by the term demographic dividend and the term demographic deficit. Further, this article also explains how these impact economic growth and the challenges before nations that are confronted with these trends. In addition, this article also examines the cases of India and Japan and how the partnerships of the future would be shaped by nations with youthful populations but not enough capital and nations with elderly populations but with enough capital for a win-win situation.
This article explains why growth worldwide is slowing down and despite the best efforts of the policymakers, it is not reviving. In addition, this article also explains the paradox of falling growth and rising stock markets. Further, this article explains what is meant by the term The New Normal which is used to describe the current economic situation.
This article explains the top five challenges that are being faced by the Chinese economy. It also explains how China can overcome these challenges to continue its winning streak.
This article explains the economic aspects of Syrian refugee crisis. It explains how the doom and gloom predictions are unlikely and why migrants are likely to be beneficial for the economy.
This article exposes the other side of contract farming. It explains how this arrangement can turn into a one sided arrangement that borders on exploitation of business partners. The asymmetry between the multinationals and their partners is explained in this article.
This article explains the concept of crop insurance. It defines the concept of reference yield and explains how losses are calculated. It also lists down the various risks that are faced while taking crop insurance.
This article discusses the present business climate for industries and firms in India. The key themes in this article are that while there has been some movement in terms of reforms, the structural changes to laws related to labour and land have to take off for meaningful growth and investments.
This article examines the emergence of Robot Advisors or automated financial investment entities in Asia. The key themes in this article are that the convergence of complex financial products and cutting edge technology has led to what can be called financial technology which is poised to be the next hottest niche in banking and finance.
This article examines the current trends because of which the Indian IT sector is going through a rough phase and where there are tough times ahead. Among the reasons analyzed are macroeconomic, microeconomic, and structural factors. The key theme in this article is that the Indian IT firms must evolve from coding machines into consulting and analytics driven work if they are to move up the value chain.
This article exposes the duplicity of the fake austerity measures that are being implemented worldwide. It explains how these measures are in fact aimed at providing benefits to groups which have vested interests rather than help the general economy as a whole.
This article explains the logic behind Bank of Americas recession warning. The causes that may lead to the recession have been listed. It has also been explained as to why dealing with this recession may be much more difficult than expected.
This article explains the negative predictions that are being made about the information technology industry in India. It lists down the challenges and the changes in the work environment and explains why adapting to them might be difficult for Indian IT players.
This article explains the issues involved in the boardroom battle in Tata group i.e. one of Indias largest conglomerates. It lists down the acquisitions and the counter acquisition to provide the reader with an in-depth understanding of the issues.
This article explains the concept of trickle down economics. It explains why it may work and also lists down the reasons that could impede its working. At the same time, it also explains why Hillary Clintons policy would turn out to be a worse alternative.
This article explains the absurdity of Trumps claims about economic growth. It explains why India and Chinas growth story is not a dream come true. It also explains why trying to grow at a similar rate will be disastrous for America.
In this article, the topic of demonetization of high-value notes has been explained. The causes of the demonetization, as well as the likely effect that it will have on the economy, have all been explained in this article.
This article examines the impact of Demonetization on the Indian Economy from multiple perspectives. Considering that this topic is the subject of much debate and discussion at the moment, this article attempts to demystify the whole issue by providing some pointers as well as explaining the stakes and the concepts in ordinary language. The key themes in this article are that the two-quarters ending in Jan and March 2017 would be the litmus test for the exercise and hence, the economic impact can be gauged from the figures and indicators for these quarters.
This article examines the movement towards a digital economy and using digital payments from multiple perspectives. Considering that digital models and paradigms are the much discussed and debated topics at the moment, this article breaks down the what, why, how, and if aspects of the digital economy. The key themes in this article are that while embracing digital paradigms is indeed logical and evolutionary; there must be a digital backbone that supports such models.
For the first time in human history, technology is poised to overtake human mental capabilities. The emerging digital economy has raised utopian hopes as well as dystopian nightmares. This article considers the promise as well as the peril of this new paradigm and concludes with a realistic assessment that ultimately it is up to us to use it for good or bad.
This article makes the case for governments to play their part in ensuring that we move into the 21st century. The key theme in this article no one else than the government have the necessary resources and power to invest and incentivize the ecosystem for the digital economy.
This article explains the increasing closeness of China and Europe. It explains why China is investing huge sums of money and trying to develop economic relationships with Europe which is perceived as an overleveraged and almost bankrupt continent.
This article explains the economic implications of a Donald Trump presidency. It lists some of the important economic policies and then explains their effects one by one.
This article lists down the reasons why outsourcing would not survive in the Trump era. It explains how Trump will be able to achieve a lot more with a lot less effort during his regime.
This article explains the difference between immigration policies that were in place in the 19th century United States and today. The article provides a step by step explanation as to why the very concept of open borders is anathema to a welfare state. The article recommends choosing between the two alternatives since both cannot coexist.
This article discusses different proposals on how Donald Trump plans to make Mexico pay for the wall. The viability of each proposal, as well as the pros and cons of each, have been listed down in this article.
This article explains Donald Trumps viewpoint on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It takes a closer look at the provisions in NAFTA and explains why it is indeed a horrendous deal from Americas point of view.
This article explains why prohibition is a bad economic policy. It explores the drug problem from an economic point of view and explains why law enforcement is nothing but a wastage of resources. This article is a classic example of how sometimes moral judgment and economic sense can be at odds.
This article explains the economic context of the drug war. It describes how the government can end this war by doing exactly the opposite of what it is doing now.
This article explains why the economy of Scotland is deteriorating. It also explains the possible impacts of a Scottish independence would be on its economy and hence why pressing for independence is a bad idea.
This article explains why Australian economy has been recession-free for 25 years now. It also explains why a recession is likely to be there in the short term.
This article explains the rise of South Korea. It explains how the nation went from rags to riches and laid down the blueprint which can be used by other nations as well.
This article explains the issues with the Saudi Arabian economy. It explains how Saudi might end up being bankrupt over the next few years if corrective measures are not immediately undertaken.
This article explains the myth that socialism is behind the economic prosperity of the Nordic nations. It explains that Nordic countries are not socialistic at all and the success is the result of their culture and not of socialism.
The key themes that emerge in this article are that globalization has had both a homogenizing and a diversifying effect on leaders of companies, states, and regions. This means that globalization has succeeded in ensuring a global mindset among some leaders and at the same time has made other leaders parochial and narrow-minded in their approach. This is the dichotomy that this article explores in detail in the succeeding sections.
This article argues for Governments and Businesses to work together to mitigate the Disruption and Dislocation to jobs and other aspects of the economy to automation. Indeed, the key theme in this article is that emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution is unlike earlier waves of innovation and hence unless steps are taken, we might very well witness massive social unrest due to rising costs of living and falling wages and joblessness.
As the World Ages, all stakeholders must plan for the various aspects of the financial, physical, infrastructural, and social challenges of the Graying Societies and this article examines some of the challenges and proposes some tentative approaches. The key themes in this article are that unless we prepare for how to provide pensions to the elderly, ensure medical attention to them, and have enough people to take care of them, growing old can become a curse and place strains on all stakeholders.
Any firm exists to make profits, and for this, it needs to grow. This article explains the different strategies that firms follow to increase their profits and to actualize growth. The key theme in this article is that some basic rules of growth are the same in any economy and on top of that, firms devise different strategies based on time, geography, sector, and distance. Further, this article also takes a chronological sweep to understand how growth strategies have evolved over the years.
This article explains the H1B visa. It also explains how this visa was being misused. Then it lists the new rules that will be put into practice by the Trump administration, and they are likely to solve the problem.
This article explains the negative consequences of H1B visa ban on the American economy. It debunks the popular belief that getting rid of immigrants and reclaiming American jobs would make America great again!
This article debunks common misconceptions that make people believe that their jobs can be stolen. It also explains how immigrants and Americans are competing against each other for the same set of jobs. They are not complementing each others skills as was thought earlier.
This article examines the many disruptions that have been the characteristic of the Indian Telecom sector over the years. As part of this analysis, this article explores the past to understand the present and make some educated predictions. The key theme in this article is that despite all the disruptions, the Indian Telecom Sector remains attractive to Global Telecom Majors for the near future.
This article explains how Greeces economy can be constructed grounds up. It explains the various challenges facing the Greek economy. It then provides a step by step methodology to be followed to convert Greece from a defaulter to an economic powerhouse.
This article explains how automation is going to impact the employment scenario. It explains the rapid steps that mankind is making in the direction of automation. It provides a realistic and unbiased view of how automation is likely to affect job creation in the future.
This article discusses the pros and cons of Bill Gates proposal to levy a tax on robots. It explains the pros and cons in detail before arriving at a conclusion.
This article explains the concept of internet of things. It also explains why it is popular amongst the businesses and not amongst the consumers. The article also lists down the biggest challenge being faced by this technology.
This article explains how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the lives of common people. It provides certain examples of how day to day lives of common people will be affected by the technological disruption.
This article explains the executive order related to H1B signed by President Trump. It also explains, why entering a trade war with the United States is not a viable option for the Indian government.
This article explains the concept of pollution tax. It explains the rationale behind this tax and how it could put an end to the pollution problem. Also, it explains the possible pitfalls that the tax may face if it is implemented by a single regime only. The Pollution tax is a global solution and must be implemented as such.
This article explains the tax regime in place in Dubai. It explains how Dubai is far from being a no tax country. The various taxes levied are listed and explained in this article.
This article is a primer about the internet business environment in China. It lists down some of the biggest companies in the Chinese markets. It explains why these companies are successful within China but not outside of China.
This article introduces the concept of water privatization. It explains how privatization is the norm in many parts of the world. The pros and cons of privatization are then listed out to provide the user a complete picture.
This article explains the economics of electric cars. It begins by summarizing the success story of Elon Musks Tesla. It then continues to list down the economic and regulatory reasons that have an impact on the mass adaptation of electric cars.
This article explains the significant infrastructure push that Americans are about to receive under the Trump administration. It also explains how it likely to be funded and how the capital will be rationed amongst various projects.
This article explains some of the problems that are being faced by American retail workers who are being laid off from their jobs. It also lists down some possible solutions.
Is more the better at all times, or, is small beautiful? This article examines the pros and cons of our current growth at all costs economic and social model and argues that it is time for us to embrace sustainability and responsibility in our lifestyles and paradigms. Otherwise, we would be perhaps facing a dark future for which the coming generations would suffer.
Firms love growth and shareholders are happy as long as they are growing. Having said that, not all firms achieve the desired growth, and this article examines some strategies that firms can actualize to grow and become market leaders. The key theme in this article is that there is no one single approach to growth and it depends on sensing and intuiting the market trends to adopt and adapt a particular growth strategy.
This article explains the business model of Amazon. It explains key features like revenue model and business proposition in detail.
This article provides an explanation about the Canadian housing bubble. It lists down the reasons which are causing this housing bubble. It then also lists down the possible effects that this bubble is likely to have on the market.
This article explains the importance of German SMEs in their economy. It explains how these companies have helped the average German population develop and thrive in several ways.
This article provides the top 5 reasons why Donald Trumps tax plan will not succeed. It uses common sense to expose the gaping loopholes in this incoherent plan.
The contemporary organizations are learning to manage the latest and newest entrants who are the Millennial Generation. This is perhaps the first generation which is radically different from earlier ones, and hence, managers and organizations need to understand what makes them tick and manage them accordingly. This article examines such approaches that managers in contemporary organizations can employ to manage the Millennials.
The Millennials or those born between 1985 and 2000 and who are known thus as they have come of age in the Millennium need to understand as to what makes their consumer behavior tick. For this, the marketers need to be aware of some aspects about this age cohort which can help them greatly. This article examines some approaches that marketers can adopt when Marketing to the Millennials.
This article explains how GST is better than the previous tax regimes in India. The pros and cons of GST have been listed down in this article.
India implemented the GST (Goods and Services Tax) on July 1, 2017. This has been hailed as the game changer to the extent of being called a second independence. Would GST live up to the hype? What does it propose to do and what does it seek to remedy? Moreover, what are the concerns? These points would be examined in this article.
This article explains the rise and fall of the Chinese economy. It lists down every event that had a significant impact on the rise and fall of the Asian giant.
This article explains the history of protectionism. It also explains why protectionism is a dangerous policy. The pitfalls of the policy, as well as previous implementations, are listed to demonstrate that the measures being enacted by Donald Trump are neither new nor novel and have zero chance of being effective.
This article explains why multinationals are at a gross disadvantage in the protectionist era. It also lists down some of the biggest challenges that will be faced by these multinationals in the near future.
This article is a case study of the Indian corporates, Infosys, and the TATA group, about the issues being faced by them over the last two to three years and which hold important insights and learnings for all organizations. As part of the discussion, this article examines several insights that arise from the ongoing sagas of these two firms and which are essential for all students and practitioners of management.
This article explains the economic model behind Singapores success. It enumerates Singapores achievements and also explains how both capitalism and welfare state form part of the Singapore model.
How do firms such as Uber, AirBnB, and Upwork compete in the emerging digital economy? Are there any downsides to this new world of work? Or, is it a win-win proposition for all stakeholders? This article explores these themes and recommends that all stakeholders come together to usher in the next wave of innovation and revolution in the way business works so that everyone benefits in the end.
This article examines the causes of the present economic slowdown in the Indian Economy by analyzing threadbare the factors that have caused it. The key themes in this article revolve around the longer term trends as well as the shorter duration consequences of Demonetization and GST as well as the global slowdown in addition to globalization being on a slow slope.
This article explains the impact of Brexit on the economy of London. It describes how the financial sector jobs are likely to exit the city. However, it also explains that a mass exodus is unlikely.
This article explains how subsidized flood insurance increased the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. It also explains why the government should abandon this policy.
This article explains the reasons why it is impossible to run the government like a business. It describes how the two forms of organizations are fundamentally different and how Trump has made misleading claims.
This article explains the business model of AirBnB. It also lists down and describes the common issues affecting people in the AirBnB ecosystem.
The Indian Economy has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Faced with a slowdown and the possibility of faster growth, not on the horizon, the chances of a New Normal of low growth and slower job creation loom large on the radar. This article explains the reasons for the New Normal and argues that the structural reforms that have been introduced would take time to materialize into actual results on the ground. The key theme in this article is that it is better to be realistic instead of being overly optimistic and at the same time, not giving in to pessimism.
This article explains the issue of privatization of airports. It explains both the advantages as well as the disadvantages related to the issue.
This article explains how the ERISA act is likely to cause a stock market crash. The effects of this crash on the American people, American investors, as well as the emerging markets, have been explained in this article.
It is a fact that immigration to the West has become more difficult in the present times. The election of President Trump in the United States and the Brexit Vote in the United Kingdom have made immigrants unwelcome. Moreover, even Australia and New Zealand are tightening the rules. However, Canada and Germany seem to be attractive. This article explains the present situation in these countries as far as immigration is concerned and suggests some steps that potential immigrants can take.
This article discusses the global race between American and Chinese firms for profitability and sheer survival. The key themes that are examined include the levels of support that they are getting from their respective governments as well as how both governments are aiding them in their quest for global domination. In addition, this article also discusses other trends in the global economy.
Indian Corporates are struggling with high debts and low growth. This has created a double whammy for them which are further compounded by Demonetization and GST. Perhaps, this is the first serious domestic downturn since the liberalization of the Indian Economy and comes at a time when oil prices are at historical lows and the global economies are rebounding. The government is trying to help them through stimulus and other policy measures. This article examines these themes from multiple perspectives.
This article examines and analyzes the impact of Demonetization on the Indian Economy. The discussion is as much about analyzing the impact on the economy as it is about the need to introduce behavioral changes in a gradual and planned manner. The key theme of this article is that structural changes take the time that too in a complex economy such as India, and hence, it would have been better if the measure was phased and not sudden.
The present wave of populism and protectionism threatens the gains from globalization. The public anger after the 2008 crisis should be addressed for mutual prosperity. Further, financial globalization is continuing, and trade led globalization is faltering. Thus, this article analytically examines these themes and suggests that unless we address the causes of the populist anger, we might yet again witness another crisis.
There is an energy revolution underway across the world. The transition from nonrenewable energy to renewable sources presents opportunities for global investors and firms who can benefit literally as well as metaphorically from the Windfall of the sunny investments and the highly charged returns that come from such investments. This article explains the reasons for this energy shift and discusses how global firms and investors can profit from these trends.
India is on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution, and Solar seems to be powering much of the ambition and the hype surrounding this transformation. This case study seeks to review the reasons for the solar drive and using some real-world examples; we aim to illustrate some of the caution as well as the optimism that has made investors both hopeful and cautious. We recommend that there has to be cautious and guarded optimism before one rushes to invest in the sector.
This article explains the Kansas experiment. It lists down the mistakes that lead to the economic failure of the state of Kansas as well the effects that followed the failure.
Will the Indian Economy maintain its growth rates in 2018? Will there be turbulence ahead or whether there would be a recovery? The answers to these questions would depend on various factors that would be discussed in this article. The key theme of this article is that there is enough scope for Big Bang Reforms in 2018 and with sufficient political will and support from Indian Industry; the Indian Economy can indeed be turbocharged in 2018.
This article provides details of Amazons tax evasion. The article lists down how Amazon has been unfairly avoiding taxes in the United States as well as in Europe. It also explains how closing of these loopholes is affecting Amazons business.
Aadhar or the process of Universal Identity Numbers for Indians can be a game changer in the way Digital Governance can transform Indian Society and Polity. However, there are some concerns over privacy and security of the Personal Information and the Biometric Data that is being collected. On the other hand, if the government allays these concerns, the Aadhar initiative can indeed help in plugging leakages and revolutionizing last mile delivery of governmental schemes and subsidies.
This article explains the Chinese interest in the Central and Eastern European nations. It also explains the 16+1 framework. The countermeasures being taken by the European Union and the United States have also been explained.
This article explains the impact of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the Mexican economy. It debunks the common myth that Mexico has been a beneficiary of this policy and lists down the losses faced by Mexico.
This article explains the quality of economic growth that China has been able to achieve. It also lists the reasons why Chinas growth miracle is an economic bubble.
This article explains the controversy surrounding Apples admission that it does slow down older iPhones. The issue has been analyzed from an ethical as well as economic standpoint.
This article explains the big tax breaks given to corporations for repatriating money back to America. It provides Apples examples and explains how companies are saving billions of dollars as a result of this new plan. The possible benefit that the average American may derive from these policies is also discussed.
There is a jobs crisis on in India at the moment. This is leading to social unrest and chaos, and the key theme of this article is that without absorbing all the Millions of youth entering the workforce, India is at the risk of Implosion. Also, the paradox of high economic growth and low employment needs to be addressed soon. Apart from this, jobless growth has to be transformed into gainful and meaningful economic prosperity for all.
What makes regions such as Silicon Valley and cities such as Bangalore emerge as global hotspots of innovation? Is there some secret recipe for their success? The combination of geography, climate, political drive, economic considerations, and wisdom of crowds, which are listed as the factors behind these cities and regions are discussed in this article. Apart from this, this article also examines how other regions worldwide can emulate these centers of innovation that are showing some signs of decline for various reasons.
This article explains the economic effects of the attempted coup in Turkey. It lists the major economic problems being faced by Turkey.
While the future seems bleak for low skilled workers and young Millennials, there are ways in which they can help themselves and this article lists down some of them. Also, instead of directing their anger at the system and against liberal stakeholders, they must not give in to populists and autocrats and instead, look for the positives. Indeed, as this article discusses, the system can only help those who help themselves.
This article lists down the economic impacts of the Cape Town water crisis. It explains why this water crisis will go beyond being a municipal problem and will negatively affect the entire economy of South Africa.
This article explains how Google is facing a conflict of interest. It lists the products that are causing this conflict. Both financial, as well as ethical aspects of Googles new business model, have been discussed in this article.
This article explains how buying locally helps the economy. It explains how small businesses benefit the economy more than the large corporations. It also tells why buying local is also beneficial for the environment.
This article provides information about the Saudi governments bailout measures. The article explains why the Saudi government finds itself in the middle of a crisis and then lists the steps being taken to recover from it.
This article explains how social media affects workers productivity in the office. Important statistics about this issue have been mentioned. Also, some suggestions have been provided to help companies formulate new policies.
This article explains how the music industry has continued to survive. It explains the effect of piracy and free internet. The new sources of revenue for the music industry have been listed and explained in this article.
This article explains the rising economic dependence of the Maldives on China. It also explains how China has willfully bankrupted several nations in the past.
This article talks about Amazons latest foray into the shipping industry. It lists the likely benefit that Amazon may obtain by launching this service. It also explains why incumbents such as FedEx and UPS have an advantage over Amazon.
This article explains the impact of tariff impositions on steel and aluminum. It lists the industries that are likely to be affected. It also explains the possibility of retaliatory measures by other nations.
Indian cities are becoming unlivable. As can be seen from the events of the last two years, the urban crisis afflicts everyone and hence, it is time for collective action and not resorting to blame games. We have the resources and the administrative capabilities and all that we need is for everyone to come together to address the problems. We also owe it to the future generations to leave them a future that is worth living.
This article explains the economic losses being caused by traffic jams. It analyses the connection of complex problems like carbon emissions with traffic jams. It also lists the common sense measures which need to be taken to control this problem.
Cities worldwide are in a global race for investments and this article explains the why or the reasons for such competition as well as the how or the mechanisms of such competition. The key themes in this article are that for political, economic, demographic, and social reasons, cities do not have the luxury of waiting for investments and indeed, are being necessitated to seek investments.
This article explains the economics of drug pricing. It explains the concept of branded and generic drugs. It also explains why these drugs are differently priced. Lastly, it explains why this differential pricing is not unethical but in fact necessary for the proper functioning of the pharma market.
This article explains the unethical practices followed by pharma companies. It explains how profits and human happiness are opposed to each other in the context of pharma companies. It also explains how pharma companies are inducing human suffering in their bid to generate higher and higher profitability.
This article explains how fiat money as well as trade deficits are linked with each other. It also explains how massive trade deficits would be impossible under a gold standard. It also explains how the excessive printing of dollars could cause hyperinflation in the United States.
There has been much talk about Trade Wars in recent months. In this article, we examine what Free Trade is and how Trade Wars affect different stakeholders. In addition, we also discuss Trade Wars in the context of President Trumps promise of America First and Make America Great Again. Lastly, we also analyze the benefits of Free Trade and some measures that can be taken to redress the current situation.
This article explains the two biggest myths being propagated by American politicians. It explains why manufacturing jobs are not necessary for economic growth. It also explains why it would be wrong to say that American firms are facing unfair competition.
This article explains Amazons strategy of vertical integration. It also explains how Amazon has been able to get into various unrelated business and be successful in all of them. The article describes how Amazon lets other companies use its infrastructure and services for a fee.
This article explains the issue of intellectual property theft by China. The economic impacts, as well as the methods used for intellectual property theft, have been listed in this article.
This article explains the increasing role of China in several Latin American economies. It also lists the benefits that both China and Latin America are likely to derive from this economic arrangement.
This article explains the impact of Donald Trumps tax plan on outsourcing. It explains why outsourcing is unlikely to be impacted by any of these tax cuts.
This article explains that the wages of the American worker have been stagnant for close to twenty years now. The factors that have led to this stagnation have been explained in detail in this article.
This article explains the rapid rise of India as a manufacturing hub. It provides a list of the advantages and disadvantages that accrue to companies who decide to set up their manufacturing facilities in India.
This article explains the issue of gun violence in America. It also explains how corporations can contribute towards this issue. The public relations benefits that are likely to accrue to these corporations are also listed and explained.
This article explains the plight of the dreamers, i.e., individuals who crossed the American borders illegally when they were kids. It also explains how the United States can learn from Switzerland and resolve the dreamer crisis amicably.
Sports are now a megabucks enterprise. Millions of Dollars are offered for TV rights and prominent sportspersons are feted like celebrities. How did sports become big business and what are the implications of such a trend on other stakeholders? More importantly, are there any collateral benefits as well as drawbacks of this? In addition, does the excessive commercialization of some sports crowds out the others? These are some of the themes that would be tackled in this article.
How are corporates, exporters, and governments responding to protectionism? How should students wishing to study abroad plan for their future? What should working professionals aspiring to emigrate do? These are some of the themes that are examined in this article. The global to Glocal movement has now reached purely local strategies and hence, all stakeholders must prepare accordingly. Further, the United States turning inward means that other nations would step up and take its place.
This article discusses the implications of the recently concluded deal between the American retail behemoth, Walmart, and the Indian eCommerce firm, Flipkart, on the Indian eCommerce and Retail sectors. This article and the analysis go beyond the headlines to uncover the motivations of the key stakeholders to enter the Indian consumer segments. The key theme in this article is that the Indian eCommerce sector based on heavy discounted business models and strategies is only for those who are in the longer term and do not mind losing money in the shorter term.
Tourism, despite being profitable, has effects on the environment and the communities that sustain it. Already we are seeing the harmful effects of rampant tourism in India and South East Asia. Thus, there is a need for corporates that benefit from tourism to take up CSR led initiatives. In this context, the ongoing move to involve corporates in maintaining heritage monuments in India can be fruitful for all stakeholders if managed properly. This article examines these themes with the central message of promoting sustainable tourism that benefits everyone in the longer term.
The Indian Aviation Sector is soaring high but also faces turbulence ahead. This case study explores these themes from multiple perspectives and suggests some measures that can be implemented to minimize the risks and maximize the positives. The discussion is from economic, social, and political aspects covering the past, present, and future of the Indian Aviation Sector.
This article explains what the term First Mover Advantage means and why it matters to everyone. Using real world examples and relating to professionals, this article examines how the First Mover Advantage works in the present times with the always on and 24/7 market landscape. Having said that, we also caution that First Movers should not become complacent and take their market dominance for granted lest they be upstaged by newer and more agile firms.
The ongoing trade wars threaten to upend the global trading order established in the aftermath of the Second World War. While the United States under President Trump and his supporters views the present trading order as being unfair and skewed towards certain countries and the elites in particular, there are arguments for its benefits as well. This article considers the pros and cons of globalization and free trade and makes the case for an inclusive and just trading system that works for all and not just the few.
Most of us would have heard of Singapore as a regional hub for global corporations. However, what makes it unique among its peers and what made it into the same is the subject of this article, which along with a discussion on how its innovative policies as well as efficient administration are discussed in detail. In addition, this article also examines some “clouds on the horizon” which have the capacity to dethrone the city state and suggests some takeaways for its rivals as well as some future pointers on how it can remain in the reckoning.
Recessions arrive without warning and cause economic shocks for which nations and individuals are often unprepared. Moreover, creative destruction of industries means that professionals must be on the lookout for warning signs. In addition, governments seem to be failing in their duty to create social safety nets to shield and buffer their citizens during economic shocks. Taken together, what these mean is that one must look back to the past for insights, embrace the present by staying focused, and prepare for the future by having a clear vision.
If you have been following the Greek Debt Crisis and want to know more about the latest deal that has been described as historic, this article provides the context, the background, and the way ahead about the different aspects of the crisis. In addition, this article also examines the lessons for other nations and especially India as it goes into an election year where the tendency to be populist is stronger. Lastly, we conclude with cautious optimism about Greece and how it can avoid such crises in the future.
With much hype around India achieving Double Digit Economic growth, it is often forgotten or overlooked about the very real constraints that India faces in terms of physical, human, and social capital. This article examines some of the barriers to economic growth and analyzes whether India can surmount them and grow more and faster. Apart from this, this article also discusses why successive waves of reform have failed to succeed as far as these barriers are concerned.
This article explains why hosting the FIFA World Cup is an economic disaster for the host country. The skewed economics of hosting the World Cup has been explained in this article.
This article explains the reasons for the growth of the economy of Germany. It contrasts the economy of Germany and China to explain why the German economic growth is superior. It also provides a primer on the economic history of Germany.
While the BRICS or the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa grouping captured the imagination of investors for a decade or more, it is now the MINT or the Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey that investors are interested as they look beyond BRICS. In addition, the MINT countries also are yet to be saturated and this is attracting investors.
The urban regions of the world are on the cusp of social unrest if the problems related to urbanization are not addressed immediately. This article explains some of the problems of rapid and massive urbanization and suggests some solutions that can be implemented to tackle them. In addition, this article also examines how cities in India and elsewhere are facing acute and pressing problems that need political will to solve them. Lastly, this article also considers the Smart City paradigm that can be a solution to the problems discussed here.
This is a case study on the Indian Telecom Sector. This case study analyzes the growth of the sector and explains how it has transformed Indian Society and Economy in ways that were not conceivable a few decades ago. We use strategic tools such as PESTLE Analysis to examine the environmental factors that impact the sector as well as provide a discussion on how Reliance Jio has been disruptive to the sector. We conclude this case study with a note of caution on the road ahead for the sector as well as an optimistic outlook about future innovations.
FOMO or the Fear of Missing out when interacting with Digital Devices is very real and a serious problem. This article explains what FOMO is, what its manifestations are, and how we can mitigate its consequences. In addition, this article also argues that while technology might be value neutral, we are reaching a point where it is enslaving us instead of empowering us and it is time we took steps to address this issue.
As Europe and the European Union are in the news recently, this article examines the ideas underpinning its creation, the threats that it faces, and the flaws in its structure that can lead to the demise of the European Union as a cohesive unit. Moreover, we argue that the present fudge approach to crises that are supposedly solved without addressing the root causes cannot last for long and it is high time Europe takes a collective decision to remain united as otherwise chaos and anarchy would ensue.
With the world embracing the digital, the future would be all about digital and physical modes of communications, transactions, work, and life supplementing and complementing each other. In this exciting future where machines and artificial intelligence would take over from the physical work and our minds as well, it would be bewildering to those who are not ready for the future. This article examines these themes along with some practical suggestions on how to prepare for the digital future.
Smart Cities are the rage everywhere. The Utopian promise of living in such regions should be balanced with the realities as well. Smart Cities use cutting edge technologies to actualize seamless and convenient urban governance. However, massive investments are needed to make them a reality. On the other hand, the challenges of the 21st Century are such that unless we transition into sustainable modes of living, we risk collapse. Thus, there is a need to make Smart Cities workable.
The emergence of the internet was accompanied by high hopes that it would lead to an egalitarian and just world. However, as can be seen now, it has not yet fully realized its potential for social justice. Having said that, it did usher in many changes in the way we communicate, work, live, and transact commerce. This article examines the hopes and the disappoints as well as the promise and the future of how the internet has evolved over the years.
The Futurists in the world are predicting a Digital Utopia that is connected and would erase the difference between Humans and Machines and instead, usher in an era where Digital Humans would be the norm. Having said that, one must also consider who benefits and who loses in this connected future. In addition, this article also illustrates the specific ways in which the connected future would change all of us.
It is no secret that technology has taken over our lives. We cannot imagine a world without Google which did not exist a couple of decades ago. Similarly, Amazon has pioneered online selling and Facebook has redefined what it means to socialize. In the same manner, Apple with its iPhone ushered in the Smartphone era. Thus, this article examines the dominance of these firms in the 21st Century and notes that while there are concerns about such power, it is up to us to make it work for beneficial rather than harmful ends.
The Indian Education Sector is in need of reform. From high dropout rates at the primary school level, to low quality of education at the secondary level, and the unemployable graduates at the higher education level, there is a need for comprehensive overhaul of the sector. This article examines these themes and suggests some measures that the Indian Government along with social activists and societal stakeholders can implement and recommends a bottom up approach to reform that works.
Investment Bankers are often called the Masters of the Universe for their ability to create magical and exotic financial products that net their clients huge profits. Having said that, their excessive risk taking has caused serious damage to the economies worldwide as seen during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. This case study examines how Investment Banking operates by using the PESTLE and Porters Five Forces Model to discuss and analyze how the larger environment impacts them and in turn, how they shape it to their advantage.
The election of President Trump upended the economic and foreign policies prevailing in the United States. At the same time, Trump has consistently been more pro corporates and big business than his Republican Predecessors and he also retained the support of a broad voter base that was left behind by globalization and technology. Thus, this article examines how President Trump and his economic and foreign policies affect corporates and argues that the United States being a bastion and beacon of Capitalism and Free Market Democracy would always put the interests of the capitalists first.
Debt is basic and central to capitalist free market economies. Debt is like an addiction that is healthy when pursued in moderation and toxic and when done in excess. This article takes these themes and examines the implications of the global debt trap on economies, businesses, and individuals. This article argues that responsible lending and borrowing are the solutions to the prevailing debt paradigm and that, all of us have to save and invest and not merely continue mortgaging our future by borrowing in excess.
India jumped 30 places in the Ease of Business Rankings published by the World Bank. This was promptly cheered by the government which held it as proof that the Indian Economy was on the right track. So, what is the Ease of Business Rankings and why does it matter to developing and emerging economies such as India? This article answers this question and explains why such rankings are important for investors.
We have been hearing a lot about Digital India over the last one year. Is such a move to make Digital India realistic or mere slogan when one takes into account the ground realities? Moreover, there is a need for behavioral changes and hence, these changes must be nudged as well. This article examines these themes in addition to describing the hardware building that is needed for the software of digital modes of transactions.
The election season is approaching and it is time for the final arbiters of the Indian polity, the voters, to make up their mind about how well the Modi Sarkar performed in economic terms. While Acche Din might be yet on the horizon, there are some notable successes. Having said that, the reality is that the Indian Economy is too complex to be reformed by Big Bang approaches. This article examines these themes and provides a context for the Indian voters as the elections approach.
This article explains the concept of mileage tax. It explains how this tax is different from the gas tax. The shortcomings of the gas tax as well as the limitations of the mileage tax have been listed in this article.
This article explains how the problem of immigration and drug war are actually linked. It explains how the war on drugs has created anarchy in many Central American nations. It also explains how this anarchy has caused the citizens to flee the persecution and illegally immigrate to the United States.
This article explains why the cost of living is extraordinarily high in Brazil. The most important factors have been listed in this article. The explanation challenges the assumption that Brazil can be called an emerging economy.
This article explains the common misconceptions about poverty that influence decision making regarding the same. It debunks some of the myths and provides alternative explanations.
This article explains about the rise of the Chinese multinational. It also explains how Chinese companies have grown into multinationals. It also describes some of the problems that these companies face when they try to conduct business abroad.
This article describes how socialism is a failed system and how countries like Russia and China have also adopted capitalism. It lists the measures that need to be taken when nations change from socialism to capitalism. The example of countries like China and Russia has been given to explain the context in which these policies have been implemented in the past.
This article explains how an economic blockade was constructed by Saudi in order to destroy the fledgling Qatari economy. It also describes why this blockade failed and how the Qatari economy is now growing faster than ever before.
This article explains the details of the Time Warner-AT&T. It describes the reasons which led to the lawsuit. It also explains how this deal is likely to affect various stakeholders.
This case study discusses and examines the environmental and structural characteristics of the Indian Healthcare sector. The present model of high priced and unaffordable healthcare is increasingly being challenged by many stakeholders and especially the government which has now taken up the mammoth task of providing quality healthcare to all citizens irrespective of class or status. Moreover, with the key imperative being the need to develop human capital for becoming a developed country, India needs its citizens to be healthy and thereby contribute productively.
This article explains why the divestment of Air India failed. It explains the problems with Air India which scared away potential suitors. It also describes how the Indian government will be affected because of the inability to make this divestment.
This article explains the concept of planned obsolescence. It provides economic arguments as to why planned obsolescence is not really a reality but a figment of the imagination of some critics and commentators.
This article explains the details about the tax fraud cases that Messi and Ronaldo were embroiled in. It provides a detailed account of the defense used by these football superstars and how it was counterattacked by Spanish legislators.
This article describes the rise of the e-sports industry. It also lists the notable investments made by multinational companies like Sony, Amazon, and YouTube into this domain.
This article explains the tax reform problem facing Jordan. It describes how steep increment in tax rates has led to increased prices. It also explains the cause of the problem, i.e., the high influx of Syrian refugees and the stopping of international aid by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
No other sector in India has benefited by liberalization and the boom in economic growth as the Indian Automobile sector. Thus, the major auto makers are accelerating at a frenetic pace due to the combination of the various factors at work. Having said that, they are also hampered by very real physical and environmental concerns that threaten to put brakes on their growth. This is the reason this case study is titled Braked Acceleration and the analysis and discussion in the case study examines the factors that drive the growth and constrain it at the same time.
This article explains that currency crisis in Argentina. It describes the root cause of this currency crisis. It also describes how this crisis can be mitigated. The role of the IMF and the United States has been explained in this article. Economic alternatives facing Argentina have also been seen in the light of the political implications that they can cause.
This article explains the concept of job guarantee program that is being promoted by Bernie Sanders. It also lists some of the glaring flaws of this program. The article describes how this scheme can lead to total annihilation of the economy.
The article explains the reason behind Chinas interest in Venezuelan politics. It also describes how a Sino Venezuelan deal would end up creating synergies for both nations. However, the limitations of China on account of the financial difficulties being faced by them have also been listed in this article.
The Mouse Charmers is a Case Study of the Indian IT and Software Industry with a primer on its evolution and transformation into a global success story and changing perceptions about India and Indians, along the way. Further, this case study also discusses the challenges that the industry faces at the moment with the inward looking and protectionist policies in the West. In addition, this case study also examines how the Indian IT firms are being impacted by cultural factors that have arisen from purely local considerations.
This article lists the economic impact of Trumps decision to pull out of Iran deal. The economic impact on various groups of nations has been explained in this article.
In a short span of less than two years, Reliance Jio has become synonymous with disruption and game changing strategies. Its entry into the Indian Telecom Sector has changed the rules of the game in addition to disrupting the carefully planned strategies of the other players. This case study examines the business, marketing, and strategic moves of Reliance Jio using tools such as SWOT, Porters Five Forces, and BCG Matrix. The key theme in this case study is that Mukesh Ambani has invested more than physical capital and indeed, his reputation is at stake as far as the success or failure of Jio is concerned.
This article explains the idea of Universal Basic Income. It describes the results of Finlands failed experiment to provide Universal Basic Income to all its citizens.
This article explains how immigration is helping the Canadian economy. Factors such as aging workforce and increasing aggregate demand have been addressed in this article. Lastly, the article also lists some problems that are currently faced by immigrants.
This article explains the concept of bundled payments in the health insurance industry. It lists the advantage of this newly created model. It also lists the challenges associated with this model.
This article lists the challenges facing the Russian economy. It also explains why each of these factors poses a severe threat and the steps that need to be taken by Vladimir Putin to ensure the growth of the Russian economy.
This article explains the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It also explains why Facebook is being held responsible in this scandal. Lastly, it also explains the economic impact of the scandal and how Facebook plans to recover from it.
This article discusses the rapid growth rate being clocked by the Turkish economy. It also explains how this unchecked growth is threatening the foundation of the Turkish economy.
TThis article explains the business model of Spotify. It also explains some of the competitive challenges facing Spotify. The direct listing model used by Spotify has also been mentioned in the article.
This article explains the moral and economic drawbacks of a free healthcare system. Examples have been taken from countries like Canada where free healthcare is already in place.
This article explains the logic behind rising fuel prices in India. It describes how the increase in prices only hurts the top 15% of the Indian population. It also explains, how the revenue generated is used to fund socialist pro-poor schemes.
This article explains the various arguments that are given against the gender pay gap. The article differentiates between arguments that do make a valid point versus others which do not make any sense.
This article explains the impact of the strengthening dollar. It first explains why the dollar is strengthening. Later it goes on to explain how different parties will be affected as a result of this surge in the value of the dollar.
This article explains why infrastructure is essential for industry and the economy. It also lists the major problems that are faced while building infrastructure.
The Indian FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Sector has always been enjoying good growth and steady and consistent performance. The Acche Din or the Good Days in this sector are evergreen and this article examines the reasons for the same as well as analyses how the success of Patanjali shows the way for other Indian grown brands. Further, this article also discusses the evolution of this sector over the decades and how the Indian consumer looking for novelty and quality has experimented with various brands and products.
This article explains the resource curse. It describes how countries which have a lot of resources are more prone to poverty and political instability. It lists down some of the reasons which are significant causes of this resource curse.
This article explains the “homeless tax” being levied in the city of Seattle. It explains why this tax doesnt provide any economic relief. Amazons response to this tax has also been documented in this article.
This article introduces the world of private equity. It explains how private equity firms make money. It then also lists some of the problems that the private equity industry is facing.
This article lists the top five economic myths that are prevalent in the economic beliefs of people. It debunks each myth using logical explanations. Alternative economic possibilities are also considered in this article.
This article explains the fuel price discount being offered by Venezuela to India. It also explains what the economic impact of accepting this offer would be.
This article explains why big tech companies have become too big. It also explains how this poses a danger to the entire business ecosystem. As a result, arguments have been made as to why it is appropriate to break down these companies into smaller parts.
This article explains the ill effects of the possible trade war between China and America. It explains that China and America have a symbiotic trade relationship. Any attempts to bully China will lead to adverse economic consequences for both the nations.
This article explains the concept of a private money market. It explains how such a market would work and lists down some advantages and disadvantages of this alternate system.
This article explains the rise and impact of nation branding. It lists the common objectives of nation branding and explains how several countries have used nation branding to achieve these objectives. Lastly, it also explains the negative aspects of nation branding.
This article explains the concept of the government shutdown. It also explains some of the most common negative effects that this shutdown has on the economy in general.
This article explains the problems with antitrust regulations. It states the history of these regulations. It also explains why these regulations do not add value any longer. The major criticisms against antitrust regulations have been listed in this article.
This article explains the reality of eco-friendly electric cars. It explains why the production and utilization of eco-friendly electric cars lead to about the same level of pollution as regular cars.
This article explains the concept of national competitiveness. It debunks some of the myths related to the issue. It then explains the new theory of national competitiveness as propounded by Harvard professor Michael Porter.
This article explains the economic objectives behind Chinas Belt and Road Initiative. It also explains how the Belt and Road initiative is not merely a political movement but also an economic idea with immense potential.
This article explains the repercussions of the Sino American trade war. It explains how this war will bring economic losses to both the nations. However, it lists down other nations that will benefit from this war. The article explains how the supply chains are going to change as a result of this new policy.
This article explains the background of the pension and compensation protests at Kentucky after an order was issued recently by Governor Bevin. It explains how this massive pension problem was created in the first place and how did it go undetected for so long.
This article explains why a laissez-faire economic policy is the best way to stop immigration. The counter-productive effects of anti-immigration legislation have been listed in this article.
This article explains why United States Postal Service (USPS) is losing money. It also explains how Amazon is not really responsible for this loss.
This article explains how regulating Facebook is counterproductive. It explains how regulations will end up protecting Facebooks interest and making it even stronger. The processes by which regulations are used to create and enforce monopolies have also been explained in this article.
This article describes the rise of Andres Manual Lopez Obrador as the President of Mexico. It explains how his economic policies are likely to affect the Mexican economy.
This article describes the details of Indias new draft e-commerce policy. It explains how some of the rules have been created to favor Indian companies over multinationals. It also explains why companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart will lobby the American government to prevent this draft from becoming the law.
This article explains what a price war is. It also explains how a price war affects the different players in the market. Lastly, the top five strategies to face a price war have been listed in this article.
In this article, the new healthcare scheme introduced in India called Modicare has been discussed. The article provides a critical analysis. It lists the flaws and explains why this scheme is unlikely to be successful.
This article describes the economic challenges facing Pakistan. It also describes how Imran Khan needs to work in order to overcome these challenges.
This article explains the relationship between tax cuts and the wage increases in the United States. It also explains why these wage increments must be followed by spending cuts as well.
This article explains the concept of river interlinking. It describes the massive infrastructure project that is being undertaken in India. It also lists the economic impacts of this project.
This article describes the rise of e-pharma in India. It lists some of the major challenges being faced by these e-pharma companies.
This article explains how Trumps economic sanctions will impact Pakistan. It ascertains the extent to which the Pakistani government is dependent on foreign aid. It also examines the options that Pakistani government has if the aid were actually stopped.
This article explains the draconian angel tax laws in India. It explains the details of this law and also lists the negative effects that are being faced by Indias startup ecosystem.
This article explains why infrastructure spending at federal level is a bad idea. It also explains why centralized spending leads to accumulation of even more debt. It then explains how it is politically convenient to have centralized infrastructure spending even though it is not economically viable.
This article explains the implications of the massive drop in the price of Facebooks shares. It also explains the causes as well as the effects of this sudden decline.
This article explains why it is not desirable that the prices must always rise. It also explains why deflation is not necessarily a negative economic scenario.
This article explains the concept of Viking economics. It explains how a high taxation rate is actually beneficial and cheaper to the people of these nations. It also explains the problems that the USA is likely to face if it implements these policies.
In this article, we have explained why the personal income tax in India should be abolished. This article explains how a dismal amount of money is collected because of lower tax compliance rates. It lists down the effects that abolishing personal income tax would have on the economy.
This article explains the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. It also suggests some strategies that can be used to control tax avoidance and make the nation more tax compliant.
This article explains the impact of the low price of oil on various stakeholders. The global effects have been listed and explained in detail.
Often, businesses that grow rapidly tend to sacrifice quality, safety, and reliability of their products and services at the Altar of Growth. There are many reasons and they include loss of control due their sheer size, Entropy due to clogging of organizational arteries, and Atrophy due to inertia as well as certain Hubris of being big. This article examines these themes with real world examples of the Indian Aviation Sector and the Tech Titans who are facing these problems.
The Indian eCommerce sector is on a roll and global firms such as Amazon and Walmart are betting big not to leave out, playing the Long Game. This theme is explored from multiple perspectives including through theoretical references and this strategy of being in for the long term is analyzed for the pros and cons of such an approach. Apart from this, this article also argues that while sooner or later the massive discounts would give way to realistic pricing, such a strategy has paid off for Jack Ma with his Alibaba in China.
This article takes the theme that Data is the New Oil and then analyses the parallels between the battles over oil in the Industrial Age and the battles over data in the Digital Age. Using real world examples and marketing and consumer behavior theory along with an analysis of how Tech firms operate, the discussion proceeds to buttress the key argument of the topic.
No developed country has reached its pinnacle without investing in primary and secondary as well as higher education. While India does invest in it, the returns as well as the results have been abysmal. Barring the top institutes that have achieved global excellence standards, the rest of them do not even compare with other Third World countries. The importance of the Human Capital to economic development has been proved by economists. Thus, this article argues that for India to aspire to becoming a Global Powerhouse, it must revamp its education sector. Moreover, its Demographic Dividend can turn into a Demographic Nightmare if it does not act soon.
In this article, we understood why Obamacare is more of a welfare program than an insurance scheme. The article also explained how Obamacare caused an increase in the cost of healthcare and why people ignored this issue for so long.
This article lists down some of the reasons that will play a key role in the decline of the IT industry. The pain points of the clients as well as IT employees have been listed down in this sector.
This article lists the different types of web-based startups. It explains how these startups are very different from one another. Some details about the different types of business models have also been shared.
This article explains the concept of mobile wallets. It explains the different types of wallets that are available in the market. It also explains how these wallets make money and how they are regulated.
This article explains why the state of France is in an economic emergency. It also explains why t he situation is unlikely to improve in the near future.
There are signs of distress everywhere in the Global Economy. Whether it is the Emerging Markets crisis or the Indian Shadow Banking crisis, there is a high chance of a global recession happening any time. This article examines what can be triggers for such a crisis and whether, India would be well placed to handle it. Another key argument is that nations worldwide are retreating behind walls and hence, coordinated global responses are unlikely as was the case with the 2008 crisis.
This article explains the consequence of an American exit from the North American Free Trade Agreement. It also explains how Donald Trump has the power to single-handedly exit the agreement even though the Congress may be opposed to the idea.
This article lists Europes economic woes. It also explains why the measures taken in the past were not able to correct Europes economic issues.
This article explains the “own your data” movement in the context of the recent data leaks at Facebook. The article explains why the “own your data” movement might be a good idea of paper but is extremely difficult to implement in real life.
This article explains how a focus on national defense spending can cause economic loss. The pros and cons of military spending are listed in this article. It also explains how military spending makes the rich richer and keeps the poor impoverished.
This article explains the concept of American supremacy in the oil market. It also explains how China is posing a threat to this supremacy. The factors that work in favor of, as well as the ones that work against the Chinese, have been listed in this article.
This article explains the concept of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It also explains why this regulation is more stringent than other regulation. The advantages and disadvantages of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have also been listed.
This article describes Trumps policy of giving bailouts to farmers. It also explains why this policy is wrong on several grounds. The list of problems associated with this policy has also been discussed in this article.
This article lists the reasons behind the increasing trend of acquisition of tech startups by industrial companies. It also explains some of the disadvantages that emanate from this business model.
This article describes Apple's achievement of becoming the world's first trillion dollar company. It also explains the challenges that Apple is likely to face in order to maintain this valuation.
This article lists the reason why many Indian nationalists want to impose a ban on Chinese products. It also explains why such a boycott would be an expensive and ill-conceived proposition.
This article explains the concept of Car as a Service (CaaS). It also enumerates the pros and cons of Car as a Service (CaaS) model.
This article explains why Europes policy of providing agricultural subsidies is controversial. It explains how this policy harms the interests of local European farmers as well as farmers in the underdeveloped African nations.
This article explains the current situation of the Greek economy. It explains why the Europeans are overstating the Greek success and why the crisis is far from over.
This article explains how the trade war is futile. It lists the common techniques which are being used by multinational firms to evade payment of newly imposed tariffs. It also explains why these tariffs are only detrimental to the smaller companies.
In this article, the reasons for the drop in the value of the rupee have been listed. The global causes, as well as domestic macroeconomic factors, have been explained in detail.
This article explains the concept of harmonization of taxes in the Eurozone. It explains why this demand is propaganda by high-income countries. It also explains what the disadvantages of harmonizing the tax regime are.
This article explains the concept of the sharing economy. It lists down some of the defining features of the sharing economy. It also explains some drawbacks associated with the sharing economy.
This article explains the land expropriation policy being followed in South Africa. It also explains why this policy is akin to land grabbing. The negative after-effects of this policy have been listed in this article.
This article describes the history of Ranbaxy. It describes how the company grew by leaps and bounds in its initial years. It also describes how the business later went downhill and the factors which led to this downfall.
This article explains the root cause of the economic crisis in Turkey. It also explains why this crisis is important from Europes point of view. The adverse impact on Europe has been listed in this article.
This article explains the reason behind the Indo Pacific partnership signed by Australia, Japan, and the United States. It also explains why this partnership does not really threaten the Belt and Road Initiative. The flaws inherent in this partnership have also been listed in this article.
This article explains why China wants to levy a property tax. It also lists the roadblocks that the Chinese government is likely to face if it wants to implement such a tax.
This article explains the concept of data localization. It also explains the pros and cons listed with data localization. The approach being followed in India, China and Russia are contrasted with the approach being followed in the European Union.
This article explains why the Swiss economy is successful. The major factors behind the success of the Swiss economy have been mentioned in this article.
This article explains Amazons policy wherein they have increased the minimum wage to $15. It also explains why this policy is not completely altruistic. The business benefits that Amazon is likely to derive from the implementation of this policy have been mentioned in this article.
This article explains the concept of economic overheating. It lists some of the most prominent symptoms of economic overheating. It also explains the steps that can be taken in order to avoid such economic overheating.
This article provides information about the geopolitical turmoil that has led to the increase in the price of oil. It also provides some of the main ways in which this increase will adversely affect the Indian economy.
This article explains the details about the data breach at Facebook. It explains how the hackers were able to log into Facebooks servers. It also lists the possible consequences that Facebook is likely to face as a result of this massive data breach.
This article introduces the United States Canada and Mexico agreement (USCMA) which is the successor to the NAFTA agreement. It explains some of the new provisions that have been introduced in the USCMA and how they are likely to affect the overall industry.
This article explains the concept of universal broadband. It also explains the pros and cons related to universal broadband. Comparisons have been drawn with earlier inventions like electricity in order to better explain the point.
This article provides information about the crowdfunding initiative being taken by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. It also explains why crowdfunding works. Lastly, the criticisms to this initiative have also been listed.
This article describes the current economic problems facing Zimbabwe. It also lists some of the actions that President Mnangagwa and his team will have to take in order to stabilize the economy once again.
This article explains the reasons behind the economic growth of Bangladesh. It explains how the country started as a laggard. It also explains the innovative policies that have led to this economic growth.
This article explains how China earns money at the expense of its partners in Belt and Road Initiative Projects. It also explains why Cambodia is at the risk of being the next victim of Chinas debt trap diplomacy. The Chinese plans and the Cambodian situation have been explained in detail.
Is Donald Trump a True Leader in the Digital Age of Twitter and Reality TV? If so, what does his leadership style mean for other business leaders and politicians worldwide? Moreover, is such leadership good in the long term and for durability and continuity of institutions of governance? In addition, such disruption while temporarily entertaining is distractive to the age old fundamentals on which our world is run. Thus, we have to decide whether we need leaders who entertain us or educate us.
This article explains how economic sanctions work. It also explains how Iran uses various tricks in order to avoid the negative impact of these sanctions. The various ways using which Iran continues to trade with the world have been discussed in this article.
This article explains the root cause behind the Italian crisis of 2018. It also explains why Italy is hell-bent on enacting a populist budget and how such a budget is likely to affect the economic situation of Italy.
This article explains why China has decided to follow the deleveraging strategy. It also explains the Chinese strategy to reduce debt without harming growth. Finally, it also explains how the trade war with America is negatively impacting this strategy and making deleveraging difficult.
This article explains the economic impact of cannabis legalization in Canada. It also explains how this legalization of marijuana will have a significant impact on many different sectors of the economy.
This article explains the concept of cloud kitchen. It differentiates between cloud kitchens and traditional restaurants. It also lists the pros and cons of cloud kitchens.
With elections around the corner, political parties in India have started their competitive populism. One such proposal is the UBI or Universal Basic Income that guarantees an assured income to the poor and the needy. While UBI has been gaining traction worldwide, this article examines the arguments for and against the proposal in the Indian context. We make the case for a debate and discussion of UBI in India and caution against it turning into yet another populist scheme that impacts the fiscal responsibilities of the Government.
This article explains the economic consequences that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has had on the economy of Saudi Arabia. The deterioration of the image of Saudi Arabia, as well as Saudis reactions to international pressure, have been discussed in this article.
The world is urbanizing at an alarming pace leading to social unrest due to urban decay and urban chaos. Smart Cities are touted to be the answer to the urban problems. However, how effective are Smart Cities in the developing world? Without addressing the fundamental problems, catchy tags such as Smart Cities might win votes but do not solve any of the problems. This article examines these themes from multiple perspectives and attempts to address the title question as to how feasible are Smart Cities and that too, in what conditions can they succeed?
Neoliberal Capitalism works by Creative Destruction and hence, from time to time, there needs to be Radical Disruption. Uber is an example of how Radical Disruption works. The Demonetization exercise is widely touted as one as well. However, the fact that it did not succeed in its objectives means that Radical Disruption is not always beneficial. This article examines the reasons for why it failed and where it succeeded along with insights on how it could have been implemented and thought through properly.
This article explains how the International Monetary Fund works. It explains the sources of funding commonly used by the IMF. It also describes the difference between loans given by the World Bank and the ones given by the IMF.
Farm Loan Waivers have been in the news in recent times. With political parties indulging in Competitive Populism, it is time to ask whether such approaches make for sound economics and responsible fiscal management. While debt is endemic to capitalism, there must be ways and means to check it from imploding the system. This is where regulators come into play and hence, we argue against politicians interfering too much with the regulators. Lastly, we make a case for longer term thinking and against succumbing to irresponsible lending.
The Internet has shifted the balance of power in almost all fields of our lives. This Power Shift has been actualized due to information being available to anyone anywhere and everyone everywhere, the minimal entry barriers, and the gigantic web of connectedness which make the World Truly Flat. This article examines these themes using examples from all fields to drive home the point about how a New Class of Powerbrokers has emerged due to the Internet. A clear example is this portal you are reading the article which is an illustration of how Entrepreneurship has been transformed due to the Internet.
With Algorithms ruling our lives, it is time to ask whether the benefits outweigh the costs and whether, such power by machines over our lives is necessarily good. Having said that, there are clear advantages of letting technology improve our world and at the same, there are definite downsides of Algorithms taking over from us. This article explains how Algorithms have become so powerful and examines the advantages and disadvantages of the same. We argue that there is a need for informed debate on these issues and the time to do so is now.
This article looks ahead for the year 2019 and examines some trends that businesses have to watch out for. Covering the VUCA Paradigm, Agile, #MeToo, and Digital Darwinism concepts, we discuss how businesses can prepare and adapt and adopt the changes brought about by these trends. The key themes in this article are that businesses having turbulent times for the last few years can expect the year ahead to be rough as well. As we explain, it is literally Perform of Perish for them.
This article explains how the American economy is the most important economy in the world. It also explains how various factors in the American economic ecosystem have a lasting influence on other economies in the world.
This article explains Brazils probable economic policies under President Bolsonaro. It also draws similarities between Trumps current policies and Bolsonaros proposed policies.
This article explains the roots of the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) in India. It also explains the reasons why this crisis has grown so big. The RBIs solution to the crisis has also been critically analyzed.
This article explains the economic relationship that underpins the American- Saudi ties. It also explains the economic reasons that force America to turn a blind eye to Saudis brazen and belligerent behavior.
This article explains the dire economic situation in Pakistan. It also enumerates the various steps that will have to be undertaken if the economy of Pakistan needs to be made self-sufficient once again.
This article explains that the 10-year meme may not just be an innocent meme. It discusses the allegations that Facebook has been using this meme in order to gain more information from its users stealthily. It also discusses Facebooks rebuttal.
This article talks about the changes to e-commerce policy which the Indian government introduced in December 2018. It explains why these changes were long due and will prove to be favorable for Indian traders and customers.
This article explains how the Tesla tax breaks have affected the economy of Nevada. The article enumerates the various effects that these Tax breaks have had on the different sections of Nevadas economy.
This article explains the economic consequences of the prolonged shutdown in the American government. It explains how the shutdown is likely to impact the different strata of society.
The Smartphone is everywhere. Its Ubiquity has resulted in new forms of capitalism with Entrepreneurs and Traders using it for direct communication and commerce in both B2B and B2C models. It has helped them to scale up and derive efficiencies and it has also helped them to actualize synergies from removal of the intermediaries. On the other hand, the Ubiquity of the Smartphone has spawned new methods of fraud and crime. However, we argue that instead of going back to the times when Smartphones were not yet invented, it is better to put in place safeguards and actualize a better future for all of us.
This article explains the effects of violent crime in South Africa. Statistics related to the extent of crime have been provided. Also, the different economic impacts have been discussed in detail.
This article provides an overview of the homelessness crisis in Seattle. It lists some of the measures being taken by big corporations to solve this crisis. It also explains why charitable measures are unlikely to make any meaningful difference.
This article explains what a code-sharing agreement is. It explains why airlines use this agreement. The pros and cons of this agreement have been mentioned in this article.
This article explains the many problems being faced by Huawei. It details Huaweis background and also explains why the company is believed to be suspicious. Lastly, it also lists the several problems being faced by Huawei in many different countries.
This article explains why indirect taxes are more efficient than direct taxes. All problems related to direct taxes have been listed in this article. The merits of using indirect taxes have also been stated.
This article explains why the so-called catastrophic effects of the government shutdown are nothing more than propaganda. It explains how many departments of the Federal government are not affected by the shutdown.
This article explains the concept of a minimum income guarantee. It explains why this scheme is not desirable in the Indian context. The major pitfalls of the scheme have been listed in this article.
This article compares the Chinese economy with the Taiwanese economy. It lists the various parameters based on which the Taiwanese economy is better than the Chinese economy even though the latter is likely to grow into the worlds largest economy.
This article explains the concept of wealth tax. It also explains why wealth tax is a draconian tax and lists some of the pitfalls related to this tax.
This article explains the rise of the Philippines as an outsourcing destination. It explains why call centres moved out of India and into the Philippines. It also lists some of the problems that the Philippines needs to resolve in order to consolidate its progress.
This article describes the polar vortex which has led to extreme weather conditions in America. It also explains how these conditions are likely to affect the United States economy in the short run.
This article explains the reasons behind Amazons pullout from New York City. It also explains why the protests against Amazon were politically motivated and were not really grounded in economic reality.
This article explains why aftermarket is important to the revenue streams of many companies. It also lists and explains the changes which are likely to happen in this aftermarket in the near future.
This article explains the measures which have been undertaken by the Indian government to put financial pressure on Pakistan. The financial effectiveness of these measures is being analysed in this article.
This article explains the background of the private equity sector in India. It lists some reasons which has helped the sector grow at a rapid speed. However, it also mentions some of the main reasons which act as an impediment to its growth.
Who are HNIs or High Net worth Individuals and why they matter in positive and negative ways? Is too much concentration of wealth good for society? Do HNIs pay more taxes and whether their Foundations and Trusts are contributing to societal welfare? Moreover, why do corporates flock to HNIs for more business? These are some of the questions that would be addressed in this article where we make arguments for and against HNIs and leave the readers to draw their own conclusions.
This article explains the concept of opportunity zones in America. It explains the economic rationale behind creating such zones. Also, it lists the pros and cons of opportunity zones.
The vexatious issue of Reservations in the Indian Private Sector has to be addressed soon lest there is social unrest. While its proponents claim that the Indian Private Sector has not taken up Social Justice seriously and hence, want mandatory quotas, India Inc. cries foul whenever this issue comes up which it sees as a sure fire way to lose competitiveness. However, we argue that a Middle Ground can be found and for that, we present some proposals that can assuage both sides provided they are ready for mutual engagement and debate instead of polarized shouting matches and threats of violence.
This article explains why Brexit is good from the British point of view. It debunks some of the popular myths associated with Brexit and explains why it may, in fact, be good for the British economy.
This article explains the concept of electronic health records. It also lists the reasons why EHRs are incredibly useful and provide a number of benefits to medical practitioners.
This article explains how the German economy is central to the Eurozone. It explains the reasons why the German economy may be on the backfoot. It also explains how a fall in the German economy is likely to have a significant impact on the entire Eurozone.
This article explains the economic situation of North Korea. It also explains how North Korea is able to survive despite so many economic sanctions being issued by the United States and its allies.
The problems faced by Jet Airways are not isolated but symptomatic of the challenges in the Indian Aviation Sector. With cutthroat price wars and a Race to the Bottom, longer term survivability is under threat and hence, we argue that it is high time the business models were tweaked. Moreover, with uncertainties in the external environment and Crony Capitalism being frowned upon, the Indian Airlines have to get their act together before it is too late. This article examines these themes through a pro and con approach to the operating models of the airlines in the Indian Aviation sector.
This article explains how unregulated deposits had become a problem in India. It also explains the new ordinance that the government of India has passed in order to ban the proliferation of unregulated deposit schemes in the Indian market. The future of the existing schemes which were formed prior to the ordinance has also been discussed in the article.
This article explains how mobile phones have resulted in an economic revolution in Africa. It also describes the fact that private companies have been able to do a better job than most government companies.
This article explains the changes that are likely to occur thanks to the introduction of 5G connectivity. The industries which are likely to benefit as well the ones which are likely to face problems have been mentioned in this article.
In this article, the economic impact of elections has been analysed. The article describes how elections impact the various parameters using which an economy is measured.
This article explains the economics of Pakistans oil discovery. It lists the major economic actors and factors which are likely to have an impact on the Pakistani economy in the next few years.
This article explains why the slowdown in the Chinese economy is impacting Apples business. It also explains why other tech companies are unlikely to be affected by this slowdown.
This article explains the American healthcare system in more detail. It explains the role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). This article also explains the various legal but unethical ways that PBMs use to increase drug prices.
This article explains the economics behind the development of nuclear weapons. It explains how possession of nuclear weapons acts as a deterrence against war. It also explains how the absence of nuclear weapons sometimes ironically leads to war.
This article provides details about the gaming crackdown in China. It first explains the size and importance of the video game industry in China. Then it lists the stakeholders who will be affected by this crackdown. The risks faced by Chinese authorities have also been listed.
This article describes the situation which has led the regulators to crack down on rating agencies. It also lists the measures which have already been taken by the rating agencies. Lastly, it also explains what problems still remain even after taking the measures.
This article describes the situation that has led to the French riot in the recent past. The article compares the tax rate between France and other European countries. Lastly, the aftermath is explained. The possibility that this might be a shakedown has also been considered.
This article explains the Indo-Pak war situation. It also explains why the escalation of military conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbours would lead to severe economic consequences for both.
This article explains why Trumps plan to implement a national emergency is a robbery of taxpayer resources. It also describes the history of national emergencies and explains how the root cause of the immigration problem is actually linked to Americas other policies.
Sanctions are often used as a tool to enforce compliance as well as force behavioural changes. However, they are effective only in certain cases and in other cases; they backfire as the sanctioned entities often fight back and lead to a Zero Sum situation. Therefore, we argue that sanctions have to be used wisely and only to constrain nations from perpetrating genocide. On the other hand, the primacy of the US in the global financial system means that it is all powerful and hence, despite attempts to move away from Dollar as the reserve currency, it is still the payment currency of choice.
With the election season in full swing, it is time to assess what the economic challenges before the next government would be. We present a list of challenges that have the problem of unemployment at the top and include the manufacturing sector and the agriculture sector. Apart from this, some possible solutions are recommended though the focus is more on articulating the challenges so that there is clarity on the approaches that can be taken to address these challenges. The key argument here is that joblessness must be tackled on a war footing and hence, drastic and dramatic actions are needed.
This article explains what crony capitalism and how it has distorted the Indian economy. Crony capitalism distorts the free market principles on which capitalism works and while the hidden hand of markets restores equilibrium, at present the situation in the Indian Economy is such that it is a free for all and effectively, the system is crippled. We use theory and some detailed descriptions to illustrate how crony capitalism works in the Indian context.
This article describes the current situation in the American automobile market. It also explains why American companies are giving up on manufacturing the hatchback and the sedan. Their renewed focus on SUVs, crossovers and pick-up trucks has also been analysed in detail.
This article explains the ongoing Boeing fiasco. It also explains the costs that are likely to accrue to all the shareholders as a result of the fiasco.
This article introduces Carlos Ghosn who is the poster boy of the automobile industry. It also explains the reasons behind Carlos arrest. Lastly, the cultural conundrum between Western and Japanese philosophy of executive pay has also been explained in detail.
This article explains why the oil prices have started declining all of a sudden. The major reasons behind this decline have also been listed in this article.
This article explains why government spending is the real problem. It explains that once the government spends money, the entire economy is in jeopardy regardless of how that spending was financed. It also explains the difficulties faced while trying to rein in government spending.
This article explains the migrant caravan issue. It explains how Republicans and Democrats are divided on this issue. Lastly, it proposes economic solutions to the issue. The article also debunks some common economic myths related to immigration.
This article explains why Amazon chose New York City as the site for its second headquarters. It also lists the reasons why New Yorkers are unhappy with the news of Amazons entry into Americas financial capital.
This article examines the phenomenon of Global Nomads and what it means for all of us and the world at large. Global Nomads are those who have multiple citizenships, flit between various countries, own real estate worldwide and park their money in tax havens. While most Global Nomads play by the rules, in recent years there has been acceleration in the trend of some of them using their privileged position to commit fraud, evade the law, and dodge paying fair taxes. Thus, this article argues that Global Nomads are good for the world as long as natural capitalist moves are concerned, when they break the laws and cause suffering, it is when they must be reined in.
This article explains about the municipal debt situation in America. It also explains why this municipal debt is accumulated in the first place. The article mentions the thought process that investors go through before they keep lending money to the states despite their dismal financial condition.
This article explains the questionable financial dealings that Donald Trump, the current President of America has indulged in. It provides a list of entities and countries which are likely to have questionable financial details about the American Commander-in-Chief.
With the election season in full swing, this article focuses on the Psephologists or Pollsters who conduct opinion and exit polls. This article examines the activities of the Pollsters from multiple perspectives and argues that it is gaining importance as well as using advanced technologies for better and near accurate predictions. Apart from this, we also caution against using them for inside information purposes as well as against politicians influencing them to report in a biased manner.
This article explains the concept of digital tax. It explains the background which is leading to the levy of digital tax in Europe. The pros and cons related to digital tax have also been listed down in this article.
This article explains the economic situation of Nigeria. It explains how despite having one of the largest oil reserves in the world, Nigeria is still one of the poorest countries. The factors behind this strange situation have been listed in this article.
This article provides details about Apples foray into the credit card business. It explains the salient features which will be offered by Apple cards. Also, it explains the reasons why Apple has decided to venture into an unrelated business.
The Indian Elections are over and the results would be known in a few days time. Therefore, it is now time to take stock of what the Economic situation is and the challenges ahead. Taking all factors into account, we opine that the Indian Economy is headed for Turbulence, no matter who wins the elections. Moreover, we argue that the present situation is unsustainable and the parallels with the economic crises of the Last Decade are too many and therefore, we predict that the Indian Economy can well become like Greece before the Great Recession of 2008. We conclude with an appeal to nurture and encourage the Entrepreneurial spirit among Indians.
This article provides details about the proposed universal basic income scheme in India. It lists the reasons why such a scheme is impractical to implement and would end up being a failure in India.
This article explains what digital menus are. It also explains why companies like McDonalds are interested in digital menus. Lastly, it lists the various types of digital menus and also enumerates their benefits.
With rising inequality and declining social safety nets in the United States, many experts are questioning whether the American Dream is over? This article examines the arguments that support such a view and extrapolates the trends since the 1970s into the future. Further, we also opine that the election of Trump is a manifestation of the frustration and anger of the White Middle Class and unless there is a truly transformative president in 2020, the US is headed for the abyss. In addition, we also offer some suggestions for immigrants who have long considered the US to be the Land of Milk and Honey.
This article lists the problems which the Sino-American trade war has created. This article focuses on the American agricultural sector in order to explain the devastating impact of the tariff war.
This article explains the concept of the Green New Deal. It lists the various steps which will have to be taken if the Green New Deal comes into existence. Lastly, it also lists some of the limitations of the Green New Deal.
With the Dust Settling on the Indian Elections, it is time to assess the prospects for the Indian Economy. This article argues that absent urgent steps to tackle the joblessness, high debt, and dodgy growth figures, the Indian Economy is the on the verge of becoming another Greece before the Eurozone crisis of 2010 and Thailand before the South East Asian Economic Crisis of 1997. We lay down the case for this argument and list some steps that the new government can take to address these problems. In addition, we call for a vigilant citizenry since the people are the ones who ultimately suffer when crises strike.
This article explains the different approaches toward recession mitigation. One approach advocates the use of stimulus packages and bailouts in order to overcome recession. On the other hand, the other approach believes that the bailouts and stimulus packages of today cause the recessions of tomorrow.
This article explains the details of the Green New Deal. It also explains how the Green New Deal plans to take over every major institution in the United States. Lastly, it explains how the Green New Deal is actually a hidden way of bringing in socialism.
This article explains the loose monetary policies being followed by the Indian government. It also explains the causes of effects that these policies are likely to have on the entire Indian economy. It also discusses the viewpoint that these policy decisions seem to be politically motivated.
This article provides information about the bankruptcy of British Steel. It dispels the myth that Brexit was the sole reason behind the fall of British Steel. Other factors, such as predatory lending and anti-pollution laws in the European Union have also been explored in this article.
This article explains the currency crisis surrounding the Swedish Krona. The Swedish economy and the cause, as well as effect of a weaker Krona, have been mentioned in detail in this article.
This article provides a detailed explanation of the counterfeiting problem in India. It also describes the reasons why counterfeiting is prevalent in India and lists the steps that can be taken to solve the problem.
This article explains the financial effects of terrorist incidents in Sri Lanka. The possible financial effects and the steps to overcome them have been detailed in this article.
This article describes the Chinese governments policy which first created an electric vehicle boom in China. It then describes how China suddenly changed its policies which have led to the destruction of the very same industry that the government was trying to encourage in the first place.
This article explains the concept of citizens income scheme in Italy. It has explained how this scheme is different from the universal basic income scheme. The political, as well as the economic impact of this scheme, has been listed in this article.
This article explains the importance of forecasting vis-a-vis the income statement. It also lists the techniques that need to be followed in order to create an accurate forecast.
This article explains why the idea of free tuition is becoming such an important selling point amongst young American voters. The article lists the pitfalls of the “free college tuition” idea to explain why it is unworkable.
We all need to commute and travel from one place to another. However, mobility has become problem ridden as roads are congested, private vehicles adding to the problem, and lack of alternatives for the poor. Thus, there is an urgent need to address the problem of Mobility and this article examines the various options along with suggestions on how the private sector needs to be more involved. On the other hand, solutions such as Uber, Air Taxis, and the like are feasible only for the rich. Thus, we argue that unless there is concerted action by the stakeholders, road rage and social unrest would increase.
This article explains how the Shadow Banking sector works in India and why there is a need to regulate it more. In addition, we also outline some of the reasons why the Shadow Banks are so important in the Indian context where the traditional banks are yet to acquire depth and maturity. Apart from this, this article has the central theme pertaining to the ongoing crisis in this sector and why it is important for the government to step in and permit the RBI to monitor the activities of these firms before such crises become systemic and bring down the economy.
This article explains the reasons behind the tussle between the IMF and the Pakistan government. The main conditions which have been the bone of contention between the Pakistani government and the IMF have been explained in this article.
This article provides details about the Instex payments platform. It is a unique initiative by European governments to circumvent American sanctions and to continue trade with Iran without involving any cross border payments.
With the burgeoning numbers of elderly people in the West, the consequences from the Shock of Grey have to be handled. This article examines how prepared are we and what are some of the key challenges from an ageing population. Using examples from the US and Germany, we make the case for immigration as a policy to meet the labour pool shortages, healthcare that is universal to deal with the elderly, and a pension system that is fair and has enough funds to sustain in the future. Along the way, we also discuss the present situation in India.
There is a paradox here and that is the decline of the Left in a poor country such as India and its Resurgence in a rich country such as the United States. This article attempts to make sense of this phenomenon and explain and analyze the reasons for the same. Among other points, we argue that economics, demography, messaging, personality, and the political maturity of the voters are the reasons for this seeming contradiction in the relative fortunes.
This article discusses the proposal of capping interest rates. It explains why high-interest rates are charged by banks. It also explains the negative economic effects that may occur if the policy is actually implemented, and the interest rates are capped.
Technology was supposed to liberate humanity. It was to usher in a new Utopia. However, what has happened is that it resembles a dystopian nightmare. So, what happened? This article examines the reasons for the same and argues that just like during the First Industrial Revolution, we need a New Social Contract between the various stakeholders to usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is underway.
Much has been said and written about the Indian work habits. With much focus on how India is emerging as a global powerhouse, this article argues that it is high time for Indians to change their work habits as well to compete with the West and emulate China. Using real world examples and the need to break past the cultural barriers holding Indian professionals from reaching their potential, we point out that it is possible to be Western in work habits without losing our Indianness.
This article describes the degree of interconnectedness between the American economy and the world economy. Some statistics which detail this interconnectedness have been listed. Also, the implications for the American public have been jotted down.
This article provides examples of Canadian protectionism. It explains how excessive protectionism is actually hurting the interests of the Canadian government as well the common people. Details about Canadas archaic intra-provincial system have also been mentioned in this article.
This article explains the negative effects of the Huawei ban on American companies. It explains the true extent of loss that American companies. It also explains why the ban is unlikely to result in any benefits to the American government or to American businesses.
This article explains why the price of coffee around the world is falling. It explains how Brazil controls most of the international coffee market. It also explains how the supply glut as well as the fall in the exchange rate of the Brazilian real are the main reasons which have led to this crisis.
This article explains the crisis that diesel vehicles are facing all around the world. Examples from diverse countries like Germany, United Kingdom and India have been listed down in this article. The major reasons behind the fall of diesel vehicles have been explained in this article.
This article explains the concept of tax amnesty. It also explains the rationale behind the implementation of such schemes. Lastly, the pitfalls of tax amnesty schemes have also been listed in this article.
This article explains the importance of rare earth minerals in the United States. It also explains why China is the dominant source of rare earth minerals. Lastly, the economic impact of this ban and other options has been explored in this article.
This article explains the issue of forced technology transfers between America and China. It describes both the American as well as the Chinese point of view. It also explains why this issue is the main bone of contention between China and America.
This article explains the root cause of the Turkish crisis. It also explains why this crisis is different as compared to other crisis like Greece or Italy.
This article explains the pros and cons of multinational companies. The advantages and disadvantages of having a multinational company have been listed down. The report also explains why many multinational companies are more powerful compared to nations.
This article explains the wealth gap problem, which is prevalent in China. It lists the root causes which have led to the creation of this situation. Lastly, it also provides detailed information about some of the measures being taken by China to overcome the problem.
This article explains the concept of digital cash. It explains details about what digital cash is and how digital cash systems work.
This article explains the concept behind Facebooks new currency i.e., the Libra. It also explains why the Libra isnt exactly a cryptocurrency. Lastly, it also explains why some countries are opposed to the introduction of Libra.
This article explains the current slowdown facing the automobile industry in India. It explains the magnitude of the slowdown. Lastly, it provides information about the causes and effects of the slowdown.
This article explains the main reasons why Israel is considered to be an economic miracle. It provides historical context into Israels economic situation. Lastly, it also lists the challenges which the Israeli economy is currently facing.
This article explains why the automobile industry in Mexico is growing by leaps and bounds. The competitive advantage which the Mexican manufacturing industry has over the rest of the world has been explained in this article. Lastly, it details some of the main reasons which are responsible for bringing multinational car companies to Mexican shores.
This article provides details about the well-being budget, which has been introduced by the New Zealand government. It explains why this budget is different and how it prioritizes the well-being of its citizens over economic goals. It also elaborates on some of the criticisms which are being levied against this budget.
This article provides information about the technological collaboration between Huawei and Russian service provider MTS. It explores the economic implication that such a collaboration has on the world in general and America in particular.
This article explains the economic and political impact of the deal between America and Mexico. The provisions mentioned in the deal have been listed and explained in detail. Also, the political motivations behind the deal have been explained in this article.
This article explains the economic issues surrounding the e-waste pollution problem. The causes, effects, and solutions to the e-waste problem have been detailed in this article.
This article explains the reasons for the tensions between the United States and Iran. It also explains why a war with Iran is likely to have negative economic implications on the United States itself.
This article provides a detailed insight into the Medicare expenses in the United States. The average person is aware that Medicare expenses in America are rising significantly. However, this article explains the reasons and also suggests steps that need to be taken to rectify the situation.
With many firms laying off employees in recent weeks, we take a look at whether such mass layoffs are justified. We focus on economic, financial, strategic, and structural justifications for the layoffs and examine whether the corporates that justify layoffs are being fair and transparent. Throughout this article, our main point is that the shock of being asked to pack up and leave must be smoothened as far as possible and the rights of employees must be protected as well.
What is the Hindu Rate of Growth and Is the Indian Economy returning to the Decades of Stagnation? Are the present problems in the Indian Economy cyclical or structural? Can anything be done to revive growth? These are some of the questions that would be addressed in this article with the main theme being centred on structural reasons as being the cause of the slowdown.
Trust is the key to maintaining the organisational fabric in businesses and to sustain the social contract in nations. When trust is scarce, companies fail and countries collapse and hence, it is key to success. As the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, wrote recently, without trust, everything comes apart. This article draws upon his opinion piece and explains, using real world examples, how trust is the key to building successful companies and great nations.
What will 2020 be like for corporates? What are the key challenges and trends going into the New Year? Will the ongoing trade wars create more uncertainty? Will climate change induced extreme weather events play spoilsport? Is runway technology the problem or the solution? Will social chaos prove uncontrollable? These are some of the questions that we address in this article as we outline some key trends that would impact corporates worldwide in 2020.
This article seeks to explain the present Youth Uprisings in India against the larger context of Demography and lack of jobs and against the canvas of similar protests worldwide that have their roots in worsening economic conditions. Further, we argue that the so-called Demography Dividend has become a Demographic Nightmare and conclude with the hope that the government takes note.
This article examines how Jeff Bezos of Amazon, can succeed in the Indian Online Retail market and whether his Mega Investments would pay off in the longer term. We analyse whether the impending entry of Reliance Retail would be a game changer and ask if the Indian Regulators are tilting towards it and against Amazon. The moves and countermoves of all the stakeholders are discussed and we also argue that the Modi Sarkar must make up its mind on foreign players or its vote bank of Kirana traders.
When governments change, many policies taken by the predecessors are thrown out along with them. While democracies provide people and by extension, elected representatives with this power, we argue that the cancellation or annulment of decisions taken by the previous governments must be on the merits and demerits of the policies and not due to vendetta and vindictiveness. Taking the case of the turmoil in Andhra Pradesh over the capital as a case study, we examine the pros and cons of policy continuity and what it means for the business community.
This article discusses why there are fewer women in the workforce and investigates the reasons for the same. We list the external and internal barriers that working women face and suggest some solutions for the same. We also argue the business and economic case for diversity and inclusivity. The key argument in this article is that archaic mindsets need to change to bring more women into the workforce.
In this article, we argue that Facebook and other social media platforms must be regulated and indeed, prevented from interfering and manipulating the outcomes of elections worldwide. Using concepts from Psychology, Technology, Media, and Mass Communication, we explain how Personal Data is used by Facebook and Third Party Apps to target ads and other political messages to specific groups of voters.
At a time when India needs to open up its economy to become the $5 Trillion one that we hear from the government and a time when the present parlous state of the economy needs more reforms, it is strangely doing the opposite. We investigate the reasons for the same and argue that the ideologies behind the present dispensation are not anti business and they are anti globalisation. We also point to the worldwide trends that this sentiment is shared by others as well as caution that we must not lose sight of the economic principles that underlie all capitalist economies.
The present relationship between the Modi Government and India Inc. needs to be repaired for the overall good of the nation. Each needs the other and the upcoming Budget is the right time for them to work together again. Moreover, the government should get rid of the perception that it is favouring a few business houses and instead, must work for all. On the other hand, India Inc. must also walk the Talk by actively cooperating with the government. However, with bad loans and tax terrorism, there seems to be an Atmosphere of Fear that the government must immediately address.
In this article, we argue that our technology driven world is causing Present Shock and Future Fatigue leaving us with Short Termism and an inability to look beyond the Immediacy of the Present. We also point that our obsession with the Present impacts the marginalised more than the privileged. In addition, we also examine the impact of these trends on businesses and the broader society and urge all stakeholders to act in the collective interests of humanity and society.
This article is more of a Self Help summary of what happens at Davos and how Aspiring students who follow the event can glean insights into the future of business. We explain how Davos is as much about the discussions as it is about the global elite networking and deal making at the highest levels. We also point to the ways and means in which anyone can track and research what transpired there and subsequently, use this information to analyse and reference in their studies and careers.
This article is about the ongoing pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. We discuss the likely impacts of the spread of this virus on the global economy and wonder whether this would lead to a recession. In addition, we also examine whether this represents a challenge to globalisation and outline some lessons that can be learnt by policymakers and business leaders worldwide. Moreover, we also criticise the response of the Chinese and call for more transparent and accountable measures.
This article discusses the Indian Budget for the upcoming year 2020-21 with reference to the major policy announcements. We argue that this budget is an exercise in Futile and Wishful Optimism with little by way of details that can substantiate the announced policies. Moreover, there is no realistic accounting for the revenue next year that are based more on hype than on substance. We have to wait and see for more clarity in the coming days.
This article argues that all of us are living in a Reality TV like world where Spin is more important than Substance. We examine the impacts of such trends on business and society and caution that such impacts are more on the marginalised. At the same time, whoever can manage the narrative are winners and whoever are passive are the losers. We also point out how businesses are impacted as well as the effect on employability of graduates.
This article examines the aftermath of the #MeToo movement and argues that the gains of the movement need to be consolidated and be carried forward. We caution the corporates not to continue with business as usual and cover up cases of harassment. We also call upon women in senior positions to ensure justice for those who are vulnerable and are down the hierarchy.
This article discusses the intersecting and converging trends such as Lack of Good Jobs, Unemployability of Indias graduates, and the so-called Demographic Dividend turning into a Demographic Nightmare. We caution that unless there is urgent action on the jobs crises. It would result in a Perfect Storm of crises that can lead to social unrest and societal collapse.
This article debates the pros and cons of reserving jobs for locals in jobs apart from regional and linguistic chauvinism. We list the advantages and disadvantages of such measures and suggest some steps that the governments can take to make all stakeholders happy. We caution against vitiating the workplace culture and polarising the workforce that would harm productivity and ultimately both sides and hence, advise a cautious and measured approach to the issue of reserving jobs for locals and regional chauvinism.
This article examines the way in which the roles of the CEOs are changing in the Digital Age. We use the Four Factors of Production theory to illustrate how each factor has changed in the Digital Age and what it means for CEOs in the present times. We also explain what these changes mean for the CEOs and the firms that they run. This article also compares and contrasts the roles of CEOs in earlier eras with what has changed now.
This article argues that the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States would determine the direction of the economy and can begin a fundamental break with the past. In addition, we also caution against the election leading to chaos and confusion as well as the very real possibility of foreign interference. Last, we predict a recession or worse a market crash if either Sanders or Warren ultimately win.
This article examine when Indian start-ups and eCommerce firms can continue to sustain themselves in the face of heavy losses and at the same time, large revenues. We explain this apparent dichotomy and argue that it is only because Western investors are looking for returns beyond their saturated markets that the phenomenon of endless rounds of pumping money into Indian start-ups is continuing. We make use of theory and real world examples to buttress our arguments.
The upcoming visit of President Trump to India has raised the hopes of India Inc. for a favourable trade deal and a friendlier Visa policy. This article examines the expectations and the likely outcomes from Trumps visit to India from the perspective of business and commerce. We look at specific agenda items and how one must not be carried away by the hype and spin and the optics of the event.
With the Coronavirus outbreak devastating societies, this article examines the way in which it would impact how we work and live. We make the case for collective action and for all stakeholders to come together rather than fight with each other. At the same time, we lament the breakdown in social order and the rupturing of the social fabric and call for a new social contract.
This article examines the economic impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak and suggests some policy responses that can be implemented. We also survey the many stimulus packages that have been rolled out worldwide and call for the idea of the Universal Basic Income to be tried out. Above all, we make a case for coordinated, fair, and just distribution of the economic largesse being doled out by governments.
Could we have prevented the Coronavirus Outbreak? Or, at least, could we have prepared better? Is it a Black Swan event or an outcome of Hubris and Complacency? What are the Lessons to be learnt? Moreover, how is Groupthink hampering our response? Why are some countries successful in the War against Corona whereas others are struggling? These are some of the questions that would be discussed and answered.
This article makes the case for global elites to use the present crisis in the global economy to make lasting changes to the financial architecture. We suggest a lesser role for financialization and more roles for the workers producing real goods unlike speculating and betting in the stock markets. Moreover, we also suggest that Neoliberalism has had its Day and it is time for a new paradigm. In addition, we suggest that unless we change now, it would be too late to prevent a total collapse.
With the world now contemplating a return to our earlier state, we look at what the New Normal would be like and what we must all do to ensure that it is achieved. Moreover, we argue that with the power of media in our times, there can be a New Normal Narrative that can be shaped. We also caution against complacency and real improvement of the ground reality.
Will the world be the same again after the Covid 19 outbreak? What would the New Normal look like? Further, what would be the impact on our economies and societies? Moreover, will our higher nature come to the fore or would be dragged down by our baser selves? These are some of the themes that would be examined in this article using scenario modelling and extrapolations of trends.
This article examines how the Covid 19 Outbreak exacerbates class inequalities and inflames social passion to the extent that we might be staring at class conflict and civil unrest. The governments worldwide are using force to enforce the rules rather than facilitating cooperation and coordination. We also use examples from education and other fields to highlight the flashpoints.
This article explains how the coronavirus crisis has created an economic recession. It lists the economic indicators which suggest that a recession is indeed taking place. It also explains why the recovery from this recession is likely to take place at a faster speed.
This article explains the impact that the coronavirus crisis is likely to have on the economy of emerging nations. It focuses on some of the pain points which are exclusive to emerging nations.
This article explains how the global supply chain was caught unprepared during the COVID 19 crisis. It lists some of the shortcomings of the global supply chain and also provides solutions about how these shortcomings can be overcome in the future.
This article explains the concept of how the universal basic income can help with the COVID 19 crisis. It explains how this policy has certain benefits that will specifically help to deal with this crisis.
This article explains the importance of monetary policy in mitigating the coronavirus crisis. It also lists the various measures which have already been taken by the Fed in order to mitigate the crisis.
This article explains the importance of fiscal policy in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It also lists the various challenges which the government is likely to face while formulating fiscal policies in order to beat this crisis.
This article described the unemployment situation in America right now. It also explains how the CARES Act has changed this situation. It provides information about why the number of unemployment claims may be exaggerated and may not represent the underlying economic situation.
This article considers the possibility that the economic policies being followed by a large section of people in the world may not be effective. It explains the shortcomings of the policies being used by most western governments.
This article draws upon Economic Theories and Real World examples to examine the pros and cons of Governments bailing out businesses. We make a case for bailouts and at the same time, emphasize that such bailouts must be for protecting jobs and not for dividend payments. We also concede that we are living in extraordinary times that require such drastic measures to overcome the crisis of Covid 19.
This article argues that the Covid 19 outbreak has exposed the fault lines in the West. We examine the economic, social, and political dimensions of the cracks in the West that have emerged over the last few decades. We also include a call for action by Western leaders that this crisis must be used to fix the problems instead of denying them and dismissing them without considering them.
This is an argumentative article that calls for more data driven approaches in managing the present crisis caused by Covid 19. We lay the case for scientific and rational strategies to formulate the containment and exit measures. We call upon the government to be more transparent in using statistics and urge them to involve as many experts as possible from diverse fields to contain the outbreak and contagion.
What would the New Normal mean for Businesses? Will it be defined by Chaos and Confusion? So, how should businesses prepare? These themes would be explored in this article and we suggest three main points that can be kept in mind when they formulate their strategies. We opine that they must operate in real time, be decentralised and agile, and that they must be as local as possible and at the same time, be tuned into credible and reliable information sources.
This article examines how the New Normal would impact Outsourcing and Offshoring firms and argues that it while it is too early to predict the impacts, there are some signs that indicate a likelihood of certain trends shaping it. Remote work and more Digitalisation can lead to more outsourcing whereas ban on foreign travel and immigration can impact those firms employing expatriates. We dissect some trends to speculate about how they impact businesses.
This article makes the claim that India Inc. is staring at a Perfect Storm of Converging Crises due to a Depressed Economy, the Covid 19 Pandemic, and Social Unrest. We explain how these crises affect SMEs, Exporters, and Corporations and call upon them to lobby the government for assistance. We list out the various measures that the government can take and make the case for radical action as never before.
This article explains how the coronavirus pandemic is likely to cause a debt crisis. It explains how different sectors of the economy are already overburdened with debt. It also explains the effect that a debt crisis will have on these sectors.
This article discusses why multinational companies are keen on moving their production out of China. It also lists the possible alternatives where the production could be moved to.
This article explains the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the information technology sector. It explains how different sectors within the technology industry are likely to be affected by the crisis. It also explains how technology is one of the few sectors which might benefit from this crisis.
This article provides information about how COVID-19 is likely to affect the retail sector. It also explains how retail companies will have to adopt a different strategy in order to survive the COVID crisis and thrive after it.
When data is the New Oil, those who control it or the Gatekeepers of Data have awesome power over our lives. In addition, restricting access to knowledge gives such Gatekeepers more power. So, is there a need for better regulation of what data is collected and how it is used? This article examines these themes using real world examples and argues that we need a New Accord that makes data collection and use fair and transparent for all.
This article describes the impact of the COVID crisis on the startup sector. It explains how different stakeholders in the startup ecosystem will be affected and how the effects will be passed on to the startup itself.
This article describes the unprecedented drop in the price of oil. It also describes the impact that this price drop will have on the developed as well as developing nations.
This article explains the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses. It also lists some of the relief measures which are currently being undertaken by the United States government in order to help small businesses survive this crisis.
This article described the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the real estate sector. It describes the impact in the outright sale as well as the lease rental market.
Any American President has to follow the Free Market Capitalist paradigm as the system is geared such. This is the reason why Businesses often feel that electing a President is like choosing between Coke and Pepsi, essentially the same just different brands. This article explores this theme from multiple perspectives and offers some reasons for this as well as some insights on what can sway the upcoming election.
The stakes are high for the United States as the election takes place. There is every possibility of anarchy and civil war following the election. This article examines the implications of the Presidential Elections of 2020 on the US and how the weeks to come would determine its trajectory in the years to come.
This article examines what the 2020 Presidential Election in the United States reveals about the Country and its Current State. We look at the lessons and some disturbing as well as hopeful trends that have emerged and analyze their implications for both the United States as well as the Wider World.
This article makes the case for corporates to be Savvy on Social Media. As we argue, being savvy means the ability to Push Marketing and Sales and at the same time, React and Respond in Real Time to Criticism. Moreover, we define Cancel Culture and how corporates have to look out for this and use examples of real world firms who use social media in a savvy manner.
This article examines the effect that a Biden Presidency would have on Businesses, Trade, and Markets. We analyse the trends of the recent months and break them down as to what they mean for businesses, big and small. We also explain how Biden has his task cut out as he is taking over at a critical juncture and a particularly dark time and argue that he might be the calming and healing presence that is badly needed in the United States.
This article explains whether the vaccines being rolled out worldwide can return the world to normal. We examine whether we can develop herd immunity and argue that there is reason for optimism and on the other hand, pessimism, and present a realistic view as well. Above all, we urge governments not to let the Income Divide manifest itself in who gets the vaccines first before the poor do.
This article explains why the Chief Technology Officer or the CTO has become critical to the success of corporates. We start with history and look at the present and extrapolate the trends into the future to understand how the CTO has come a long way from the time they were peripheral to now where the CEO and the CTO have for all practical purposes become one. We also examine how the Covid Pandemic has made the CTOs that much more critical.
This article explains how the Indian SME sector is facing a Nightmarish situation due to the Ongoing Economic Crisis caused by the Covid Pandemic. We argue that while the Indian Government has been quite proactive as far as alleviating the problems of the SMEs are concerned, there are structural issues to be addressed for their longer term survival. In addition, we call for more clarity from the Government as to whether they want Monopolies or Let SMEs coexist with the Big Businesses.
This article uses the examples of women leaders worldwide to show that they have been more effective than their male counterparts. Further, we point to the leadership of women premiers and contrast them with the Strongmen ruling other countries to argue that women outpaced the latter as far as firm, yet, fair leadership was concerned. We make the case for businesses to recognize this fact in their boardrooms.
This article uses economic theories to explain what is behind the protests worldwide. Using the Resource Constraint Theory and the Compact between the Owners of Capital and the Workers, we argue that there must be a Just Distribution of Resources and at the same time, Limits on Capital. Further, we use the example of Henry Ford who realized that he needed workers to produce cars and consumers to buy them to show how this compact can be achieved.
This article looks back at the year 2020 coming to a close, and extrapolates some trends to forecast what 2021 would look like for businesses. Covering the West and East as well as pointing to how the global economy has to return from the collective trauma induced by Covid, we suggest businesses to be cautiously optimistic given the rollout of the vaccines and other encouraging news. However, we also argue that it would take at least another Six Months before we can start celebrating the return of normal.
This article explains what Arbitration in the Commercial and Business world means and how businesses can use it as a last resort. We use real world examples to illustrate both the benefits as well as the perils of arbitration and argue that businesses must do their due diligence so that they are not disappointed later on. On the other hand, we also point to how the Indian Government can do better as far as arbitration with global businesses is concerned.
This article analyses the recent insurrection in the United States from a business and economic perspective and argues that to prevent a collapse due to the Perfect Storm of Crises, all the stakeholders must come together and work with each other, rather than against each other. We also point out that Americas loss is Chinas gain and also examine how Business Leaders have to make their presence felt.
This article argues that India Inc. has a Diversity Problem and lists several steps that Indian Corporates can take to address this issue. Using real world examples, we illustrate how this D&I problem play out in Indian Corporates and call upon them to walk the Talk. Moreover, we also argue that merely hiring women and racial and ethnic as well as gender minorities is not enough, and the real challenge is in retaining them and then promoting them.
This article discusses the Epidemic of Stress in the Post Pandemic world and suggests some steps that professionals can take to avoid stress and burnout. We make the case for corporates to come up with New Rules of Work for the New Normal and recommend that they adopt guidelines for work from home arrangements. Above all, we argue that Stress has become Endemic in the Post Pandemic World and hence, it is high time corporates become sensitive employers.
This article explains what Carbon Neutrality is and why it is important for businesses to embrace it before it is too late. We discuss Carbon Credits and why free market forces can help in reducing emissions. At the same time, we also caution that Green Washing and other avoidance strategies must be disallowed and call for more governmental action to enforce rules and procedures. Our argument is that the 21st Century is a Time of Transition from one paradigm to another and hence, we must act at once.
This article debates the pros and cons of having Affirmative Action in Corporates. Using theories and real world examples, we lay the positions of both sides of the issue and argue that common ground can be met without recourse to agitations and other counterproductive measures. We illustrate how corporates in the United States work as far as Affirmative Action is concerned and suggest some policies for other firms.
This article explains what is wrong with the Indian Banking and Financial System and details some steps that the Government and the RBI can take to alleviate the situation from collapsing. Using real world examples, we argue that Crony Capitalism has to stop and at the same time, bold and tough reforms undertaken. Further, we explain how all Emerging Markets undergo transitions to Free Market Models and why the time to act is now or never.
This article examines the multiple allegations that have now surfaced about the celebrated tech visionary and philanthropist, Bill Gates, and discusses the lessons for all of us from this saga. We argue against sensationalism and at the same time, we also emphasize that serious executive misconduct must not be tolerated, no matter how famous the accused is. In addition, we also caution that the issue must not be forgotten or buried in due course.
This article defines practical intelligence and applies it to the real world using the concept of the Glocal Approach to business. We use examples from firms such as Unilever, McDonalds and Computer firms to make the case for practical intelligence. We also address its limitations and at the same time, recommend that Management Grads be made to spend time in the Field to gain insights into Practical Intelligence.
This article explains what the China Plus strategy, being adopted by Western firms is all about, and why it can become a game changer for the Indian Economy. We list the challenges and the advantages the Indian Economy has and exhort Indian firms and the central and state governments to synergize to reap the benefit from the China Plus strategy. Xi's losses can indeed become Modis gains.
Big Tech is having a meltdown and we explore the reasons for the same. We suggest that the present times are an opportunity for Big Tech firms to reinvent and rejuvenate themselves as they reckon with reality and come to grips with the lack of real innovation for almost a decade now. Same is the case with the Unicorns and Startups and we argue that the Big Tech meltdown is inevitable in the march to the Digital Age.
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