Chaotic Solitude

Inside every (wo)man there is always an urge to find a structure in Chaos !

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Arun becomes famous! Read on...

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Thinkers ?!

Have you ever heard of a ranking of Management Thinkers? If not, here you go... The Thinkers 50 claims that "it offers a unique snapshot of the practices and personalities shaping the world of work and the way we do our jobs." List looks impressive (meaning I have heard most of them ;-) But not even one from India ? (No NRIs pls)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

IIMs vs. Joshi
Although I wanted to post my views on this issue on the first day this news appeared in ToI, somehow couldn't. After that I was amazed at people - students as well as media - echoing similar thoughts as mine. I was so endeared to my views that I even thought that the Supreme court by stating "Higher education is not elite alone" is setting a wrong direction for the PIL on this issue. Till... I read this article by Prof. R Vaidyanathan titled Are IIMs accountable? If so to whom?. An excellent article which brings some sense to an otherwise one-sided debate.

But still Prof kinda didn't address some of the issues like
- Govt's lop-sided approach to education - Subsidising higher education at the cost of Primary education
- The point that most of the Students are ready to pay substantially higher amount that 1.5 lakhs to study at IIMs
- and Joshi's action in light of Government Proposing a common written test (and no GD/PI) for admissions to IIMs in the place of CAT

I still feel that IIMs are grown-ups. They needed Government's support earlier; but not now. They are much better off as autonomous institutions.

Monday, February 16, 2004

So...I finally did it !!!!!! Completed my Project assignment and successfully completed the presentation too. With this I can call myself as an M.B.A. What a great feeling after so much of effort and so many sleepless nights. One of my ex-Managers was the external examiner for the presentation. We had a lot of arguments over some of the points. It went on and on and on. Finally my ex-Manager met me today and told, "It was a solid work... very well done"

The most interesting part of the reward was yet to come. Our Professor (and guide) asked us (My project-mate and me) to take up our first freelance Management consulting work for one of the companies that he is serving as an independent director. That was worthy a reward than all other words of praise. We will be representing our institute in this work. Although the assignment is big and the industry is totally unknown to us, we have our feel-good-factor with us ;-)) Hopefully we will sail through !

Among other things that have been happening in the past one month, I attended NASSCOM 2004. One of the Presentations by a Mckinsey Partner was too good. But NASSCOM needs to grow up. It is too India-centric. If the industry needs to grow and be a Global Major, it needs to think beyond just India-based Delivery model. There were hardly any sessions on Customer Problems or the next-gen solutions or Offerings. MNCs were completely missing in action. What it took the likes of TCS, Infosys or Wipro to reach this stage need not be the same to reach the next level. I am sure that the likes of Som Mittal, Narayanamurthy or Ramdorai would know this. May be I am missing something.