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This past week Britain voted to leave the EU. A key theme of the 'Leave' campaign was to wrest control of the nation back and reclaim "lost English pride". In America, Donald Trump has been campaigning since last summer to "Make America Great Again". But what constitutes a nation's greatness or glory? And what is this lost greatness that Trump is seeking to find in America. Perhaps a historical tour through some seminal moments of American history might shed some light on "American greatness".
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Despite scepticism from some corners that an MBA may be over-rated, my experience, both pre and post business school, often revealed why the market craves branded managers. It isn't as much as the stamp of the degree on your CV or the doors that it opens but what incremental value time at the school adds for its graduates.
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Like every year, tech continues to evolve and grow at a rapid pace surprising analysts and enthusiasts alike. What remains key though is the ability of new innovations to breach hitherto unknown frontiers.
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In an era where unicorns are the flavour of the day and every business wants to be the "next Uber of its category", how can large technology firms, catering to a mass base of enterprise and consumers, claim the innovation mantle? And beyond that lies the larger question -- is the trade-off between growth and innovation always a losing one?
As Satya Nadella defines a core vision that tries to be end user neutral, it is critical for Microsoft not to lose the design race. It is a folly to think that the corporate user laptop software market is locked for perpetuity. Already, for many creative jobs such as in the media, photography, research, innovation, laboratory work, digital and design consulting, Apple is making a play and replacing Windows which offers limited imagination for such users.
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It is fairly appropriate for India and Pakistan to honour and remember their soldiers who fought valiantly and laid down their lives during the campaign. Yet any "victory celebration" of the 1965 war, on either side, must be examined against hard facts and not become simply a propaganda vehicle for the state. The war, as historians and military generals have correctly argued, was a battle of attrition and ultimately a stalemate.
Indians are as yet not wedded to the idea of shopping online - they are only just warming up to it. A vast majority of the market lies yet to be tapped. Poor customer experience will dissuade customers and make them retreat to their tried and tested options.
Approaching graduation, I often asked myself what were some of the major things I was taking away from the experience. An MBA gives you technical skills and core subject matter knowledge but some lessons stand out. As I thought about my own learnings, a few things came to mind and I thought it worth to share them with current and prospective students.