Data Centre and Analytics Lab

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The Data Centre and Analytics Lab at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (DCAL@IIMB) has been set up to support interdisciplinary empirical research using data on primarily Indian and other emerging markets.

The vision of this initiative is to be India's most comprehensive research data source.

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The primary objective of the Data Centre and Analytics Lab is to become a centre of excellence and a source for primarily India-related data. Specific objectives include the following:

  • Create a data-hub, a warehouse of India-centric data to support academic research.
  • Collect, maintain, and update data related to industry, governance and public systems from India and other emerging markets.
  • Carry out data-cleansing and formatting that can be easily used for analysis.
  • Create a web-based data service system that supports empirical research.
  • Provide opportunities for creating teaching material such as case studies based on Indian data.
  • Be a repository of India-related data created by government and regulatory agencies.
  • Provide software tools for a wide variety of analytics applications.


DCAL will be a dedicated research and training lab that collects India-related data, processes it and makes it available to IIMB faculty, students and external collaborators; for research and teaching.

DCAL will focus mainly on creating a data centre and a web-enabled data service that will enable faculty members and students to download the data easily.

DCAL will also interact with organizations that offer data for analysis and research. DCAL plans to integrate analytics and business intelligence capability into its activities.

How we work

DCAL currently has members from IIMB faculty community and may seek suitable partners from other academic institutions as well as analytics/data companies in India or abroad.

As a leading international business school in India, IIMB has strong linkages with other academic institutions, the corporate sector, NGOs and the government. At any given time, IIMB faculty and students are involved in numerous research projects that use sophisticated analytical tools and techniques.

The data in DCAL will provide a strong incentive for leading researchers from academic institutions all over the world to form collaborations with researchers at IIMB.

Collaborators from industry will benefit from the findings and innovative interpretations of data residing within their organizations, offering counter intuitive insights regarding many aspects of business.

DCAL may also form partnerships with firms in service sectors which collect transactional and behavioural data in their operational systems for analysis and insights.

DCAL will help these firms to create innovative business solutions in the areas of predictive analytics, operations and supply chain analytics, retail analytics, healthcare analytics, sports analytics and finance analytics.


IIMB offers a successful one-year certificate programme in Analytics ( to participants from several multi-national companies. Faculty members from the Analytics team have conducted specialized training programme for companies such as Accenture, Bank of America, Blueocean Market Intelligence, Fidelity, Hewlett Packard, Reserve Bank of India, etc. DCAL sponsors research programmes, doctoral dissertations and student projects.

Dissemination of research findings is carried out through journal articles, working papers, case studies, newsletters, conferences and roundtables.

One of DCAL's significant activities is the Visiting Researcher Programme, a competitive grant proposal scheme open to international researchers who spend a few months at IIMB every year on collaborative research aimed at publication in top academic journals.

The Analytics Research Team at DCAL-IIMB

A core team of cross-functional researchers - IIMB faculty specialized in Quantitative Methods and Information System, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Production and Operations Management and Public Policy - drive the research agenda.