Opinion and Issues

Technology : The double-edged sword

Views - 2061 Monday, 31 January 2011 00:52

Mankind would not have progressed if not for innovation, from the Stone Age to where we are today. Thanks to technology, the pace of innovation has accelerated, which has certainly improved productivity and efficiency in many facets of life. However,


Branding – Is it ‘worth’ it?

Views - 2333 Monday, 24 January 2011 01:23

We are ‘invaded’ by brands in every sphere of life, almost every moment. We are also made to believe that branding is an unquestionable pursuit if you wish to be successful. Due to this enthusiasm, many branding initiatives get passed wit


Poor countries or poorly managed countries?

Views - 1963 Monday, 17 January 2011 00:24

Countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Dubai and even India (the knowledge economy) have clearly demonstrated that countries that have economically prospered in the last 50 years or so are the ones with a high level of human resources and ma


Auctioning CEOs and senior managers – IPL style!

Views - 2194 Monday, 10 January 2011 00:16

The recent IPL auctions have provided some useful learnings for business managers. Those who have demonstrated solid performance, like M.S. Dhoni, have been retained. Those with great history and fanfare who have yet not delivered in recent times, li


Learning from the jelly fish

Views - 1553 Monday, 3 January 2011 00:38

In structuring today’s business organisations, we can take some powerful lessons from the jelly fish. Depending on the environment and the circumstances, the jelly fish can swiftly change its shape and colour – precisely the kind of


Coconuts – Food for Thought

Views - 2154 Monday, 27 December 2010 00:40

The price of coconuts has become a hot topic and re-active measures are being taken. Through an appropriate econometric analysis, such a crisis could have been predicted well in advance (barring unforeseen natural disasters). What should be of grea


Tourism strategy

Views - 1471 Tuesday, 21 December 2010 00:01

The role of tourism in marketing a country is not just confined to the tourism dollars it attracts. Tourism can play a major role in influencing the perceptions of a country for FDIs and exports. There are five key interrelated questions that any cou


Who adds the most value to our economy?

Views - 1617 Monday, 13 December 2010 00:39

The Sri Lankan economy is powered by women at the ‘bottom of the pyramid,’ with significant socioeconomic challenges. Tea pluckers, tailors and housemaids are the main ‘value-adders’ to over US$ 8 billion (70% or more) of the


Confusion marketing

Views - 1613 Monday, 6 December 2010 00:52

As a consumer, having a wide choice is considered healthy – be it  companies, brands, products, services, channels, communications, price points and/or financing options. Thanks to open markets, low entry barriers and large-scale/low cost


It’s no Irish joke!

Views - 2285 Monday, 29 November 2010 01:50

Until around 2006, Ireland was considered as an economy to be emulated, given the knowledge-based businesses it built and its ability to attract leading multinationals away from other European capitals.Fast forward 2010, Ireland’s external debt


Budgeting: ‘Incrementalism’ vs. ‘Quantum Leaps’

Views - 2297 Monday, 22 November 2010 01:39

Most companies and countries tend to approach their budgeting process on an incremental basis, compared to the previous year– an approach we at MTI call ‘Incrementalism’. This works well in mature markets. Few countries and companie


Who wants to be a CEO?

Views - 1627 Sunday, 14 November 2010 23:43

Corporate happiness, we are made to believe, is always at the top of the organisation. Considering the glamour and dollars it attracts, unsurprisingly there is a ‘gold rush’ to get up the greasy corporate ladder. Increasingly, there is ev


Ladders and snakes

Views - 1450 Monday, 8 November 2010 06:31

This is a corporate game. Those trying to climb the greasy (and sometimes imaginary) ‘Corporate Ladders’ at any cost and the ‘Corporate Snakes’ spending all their energies on stinging them down. Organisational politics is dest


The ‘curse’ of confidence

Views - 2261 Monday, 1 November 2010 01:51

We live in an era where ‘confidence’ has become a precious commodity. ‘Wall Streets’ and ‘Main Streets’ are both driven by confidence. A ‘hiccup’ in confidence in one facet leads to a chain reaction, in


When geography becomes history!

Views - 1470 Monday, 25 October 2010 06:28

Excepting a few multinationals, the marketing structures (and therefore strategies) of most companies are country-centric. The penetration of global media, the power of the internet and the reach of large retail chains have reduced the significance o


Learnings from boxing: ‘Dian-ise’ other sports

Views - 3133 Sunday, 17 October 2010 23:57

It is great to see that Sri Lanka has achieved ‘real’ success in a sport other than cricket. However, it is sad that it has taken us 72 years to win such a coveted gold medal. What are the management learnings from this great boxing achie


‘Mining’ for lessons from Chile

Views - 2768 Saturday, 16 October 2010 00:15

In an era when thousands die without much of a media fuss, it is intriguing how the fate of 33 poor Chilean miners (alive though!)  has turned into a global media story.While certainly sympathising with the humanitarian aspects of the incident,


What India can learn from China?

Views - 1601 Monday, 4 October 2010 15:14

If China could have so successfully conducted the Olympics, there is no reason why India could not have excelled at conducting the Commonwealth Games. However, the gap is clearly evident and attracting a lot media flak. Assuming that project manageme


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