Changes in firm knowledge couplings and firm innovation performance: The moderating role of technological complexity

    Sai Yayavaram and Wei-ru Chen

    We investigate the effect of changes in a firm's knowledge couplings on its innovation performance. We develop arguments to explain how changes in couplings among existing knowledge domains and those between new and existing knowledge domains affect the generation of valuable inventions. We also examine how observed domain complexity, an indicator of the inherent interdependencies among knowledge domains, moderates the effects of changes in a firm's knowledge couplings on innovation performance. Our results suggest that a change in couplings among existing knowledge domains hurts innovation outcomes, but not when the degree of domain complexity is high, whereas coupling new and existing knowledge domains leads to improved outcomes, but not when the degree of domain complexity is high.


    Professor Pulak Ghosh receives the ‘National Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Research Work in Statistics’

    Pulak Ghosh

    Professor Pulak Ghosh, from the Quantitative Methods & Information Systems (QMIS) Area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), has been honored with the National Biennial Award 2015 for outstanding contributions to the field of Statistics.


    Accorded by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, the 'Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Research work in Statistics', given to eminent Indians below 45 years for outstanding contributions made towards the development of official and applied statistics, is in honour of Professor C.R. Rao.


    Professor Pulak Ghosh will receive the prestigious award at a special function organized at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on 29th June, where he will deliver a keynote address to the present dignitaries, subject-matter experts and eminent personalities.


    Professor Pulak Ghosh is the only Indian academician to have been featured in Analytics India Magazine's Top 10 Most Influential Analytics Leaders 2015. He also serves in the Big Data advisory group of the United Nations. He is academic fellow of CFRAL-RBI and advisor to the knowledge commission of UNESCO-MGEIP. He has published over 50 articles in journals of International repute and has been on the editorial board of Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A and Journal of the American Statistical Association.

    Besides being an accomplished researcher of international repute, Professor Pulak Ghosh's forte is Quantitative Marketing, Big Data, Analytics, Bayesian Nonparametric, Health Analytics and Econometrics.


    Era of Quality at the Akshaya Patra Foundation

    Srujana H M, Haritha Saranga and U Dinesh Kumar

    The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) was founded in 2000 in Bangalore to provide free mid-day meals to the students of government schools. TAPF's kitchen in Vasanthapura provided meals to 650 schools in and around Bangalore benefitting 87,045 children. In 2014, TAPF provided meals to 1.4 million students and by 2020 they wanted to reach out to 5 million students. This massive expansion needs to be achieved without compromising the quality of food provided and simultaneously ensuring that all the key performance indicators such as time of delivery and temperature of food at the time of delivery are maintained as per the specifications. Muralidhar, the head of quality at TAPF along with his team have implemented several quality improvement projects. However, massive expansion plan by TAPF posed a greater challenge to Muralidhar. One of the critical to quality metric in TAPF is the "cooking-to-consumption time'', which should ideally be less than 6 hours. As the number of children to be fed increases, the cooking-to-consumption time is likely to increase. Muralidhar is contemplating use of lean and Six Sigma concepts to ensure that the cooking-to-consumption time is kept within the allowable time limit.


    Information, Market Creation and Agricultural Growth

    Gopal Naik

    Identification of direct and economy-wide impact of ICT on small holder agriculture. What impact does new information and market creation have on social network? Can households adequately plan for consumption? Do well-informed households make better economic decisions than less informed ones? What impact does access to information have on household consumption smoothing strategies? To what extent is caste, a barrier to information access?


    Organisational Behaviour A psychological perspective for the Asia Pacic

    Thomas Kalliath, Paula Brough, Michael Driscoll, Mathew J. Manimala, Oi-Ling Siu

    Organisational Behaviour, 2e (Kalliath et al. 2014) continues to combine the strength of organisational behaviour's practical application approach with organisational psychology's basis in research scholarship. This text is written by a truly authentic global and regional author team, and reflects on their varied cultural and theoretical backgrounds and extensive teaching and research experience across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and India. Organisational Behaviour, 2e has a number of pedagogical enhancements that help students to conceptualise practical applications through real-world examples, features and hypothetical case studies. The enhancements include Streamlined Learning Objectives, New Feature boxes titled 'Reflective Practitioner' in each chapter and Focus Questions with model answers in the Instructor's Manual. This new edition also features a new chapter focusing on research methods in organisational behaviour and half chapter inclusions for Job Design and Occupational Health.


    Punishing an “unfair” leader: People as pragmatic politicians with in-group but fair-but-biased prosecutors with out-group

    Ramadhar Singh, Hui Koon Lim, Krithiga Sankaran and Naureen Bhullar

    Contrary to fairness expected in modern world, people seem to treat in-group members (us) better than out-group members (them). Do people then defend the in-group members as politicians but prosecute the out-group members in a fair-but-biased manner? Given information about injustices by a male or female manager, participants made outrage, attribution, attitude, and punishment responses to the manager. In-group defence held in the first three responses but fairness in punishment. However, the seeming fairness in punishment arose from bias suppression by outrage and mediation by attitude, and the order of mediation was from outrage to attitude and not vice versa.

Several IIMB cases are published and distributed either through Harvard Business School or Richard Ivey School of Business.

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