Thank you all for making 2016 a challenging and rewarding year

2016 was a challenging year in many respects. Leadership in politics introduced several pioneering initiatives such as “Startup India” and “Standup India” and to promote entrepreneurship and to  enhance “Ease of Doing Business”. Leading industry association, CII explicitely selected theme for 2016-17 “Building National Competitiveness”.  Such initiatives are helping bring awareness about competitiveness.

Group on competitiveness (GoC) has been steadily working on competitiveness research for knowledge creation and sharing to create awareness and has been striving hard to build on journey of more than 2 decade. We worked enormously on administrative fronts (e.g. Admissions), still we tried to advance on research as well as outreach. Achievements on research front are more remarkable due to some quality journals we competed. Here is just a glimpse of events, initiatives and achievements by members of GoC:
•       We matched 2013 peak (in terms of no. of papers), but with better quality and competed in newer arenas.
•       Years of hard work on research on internationalization, driven by Sundar had major break-outs. Comparative case studies of two competitive tyre firms of Indian origin (FIOs) has reached a relevant journal.
•       Sneha and Pranusha played at IIM Indore IB conference.  Sneha’s contribution  on IP was presented at 4th International Conference on IP and Strategy ( MIPS16). Findings of micro-studies have started reaching audiences as book chapter through platforms such as RG.
•        With 3 papers, Dharmesh is competing at an international journal from
his work on innovation management
•  Lalit’s contribution on technological innovation reached an international strategy and management journal.
•       No. of associates learning Japanese is growing and we had visit of the
Ambassador of Japan to IITB campus, perhaps first time in 2010s.
•       We had quite energetic participants from build to last firms (e.g. > 6
decades of journey), who endured grueling program (see photo) Management of Technology
and Innovation for Competitiveness at IITB campus.

Alert learners keen to know @ IITB Research Park even @ 22:00

Alert learners keen to know @ IITB Research Park even @ 22:00

•     We have started selection processes for selecting energetic participants (e.g.
triathloners/biathloners, if not swimmathoners) for the unique IITB 2017
program. Interested learners can complete the form.

•       Last, but not the least, thanks to hard work of members and associates
of GoC over years, we crossed the target of 1000 citations much ahead of
time (2018).

Triathlon / swimathon friendly members of GoC are excited to welcome new
challenges of 2017, as our balanced and efficient operation help us intensify our contributions to IITB (in its new strategic plan) and in arenas of internationalization and MoT for international competitiveness.

With steps towards better quality and knowledge sharing with industry in 2016, learners of competitiveness will take next level challenges in 2017 and beyond to achieve our contributions targets for Vision 2020.


Opportunities to work with Group on Competitiveness (GoC) at IITB

Group on competitiveness (GoC) is a unique group with mission to contribute to competitiveness research and learning in IITs. Mentored by experienced team, members have been contributing significantly to take India in Top 15.

For a project on venture competitiveness, we are looking for energetic youth with very high fitness levels (ideally swimathon or triathlon, or at least marathon). Details can be seen in this file. Candidates possessing the requisite qualification and experience should send their detailed resume to with subject: ‘Your Name’ Tough Challenge 15.
Detailed resume should include a brief description of key projects worked on & references. Please include in your resume a brief statement of purpose (SOP, giving mid & long term plan, reasons to work on Venture Competitiveness project at IITB).

New Opportunities in 2015

2014 was a remarkable year in many respects. On the macro front, the masses in India tried to overcome limitations of the democratic system in India to give a clear mandate for a stable and energetic government at the center. With initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, India will break-out of decades of stagnation in industries (such as manufacturing) to create jobs for capable youth and start addressing imbalances (e.g. on trade; for a glimpse of competitiveness impact of such balances, please refer to the Chapter in International Competitiveness).


At the local level, we had an enjoyable year preparing for next level challenges.  We could try some experiments, and capable learners of competitiveness started testing heights.  Here is just a glimpse of events at IITB, experiments, initiatives and achievements of members.

  • IITB hosted the 50th Inter-IIT sports meet and also secured top ranks in women (student as well as staff) and men (staff). The achievements are built on years of efforts, and initiatives in last few months
  • SJMSOM hosted first program on “MOT and Competitiveness”
  • Alumni of the competitiveness course have achieved new heights: e.g.
    • Pranusha won Dewang Mehta Award & cash prize of Rs. 1.25 lakhs & many other competitions (see other part of blog)
  • Two alumni have secured placement in leading Japanese firms such as NTT and Nomura; plan to land in Japan in 2015
  • Our SJMSOM Ph.D. students have started working in Japan
  • An associate represented SJMSOM, IITB at leading MoT conference, PICMET 2014 in Japan. Glimpse of work can be seen at scopus.
  • I was invited to give keynote as “Doctoral Consortia” at an international conference at IIT Roorkee. Could address more than 100 researchers.
  • Participated in paper development workshop at IIMB
  • Member of our “Strategy and Competitiveness Lab” defended Ph.D. on critical topic of “Technological Competitiveness”. Another student defended thesis on IPR; altogether 15 students have already completed projects and defended Ph.D. thesis. Most of them are contributing to competitiveness of their firms/institutes in dynamic positions such as VP.
  • Work by members of “Group on Competitiveness” is getting shared and cited on researchgate, scopus, scholar
  • + + many more, such as increasing number of our students participating in marathon, swimmathon and higher levels

For keynote address at Doctoral Consortium at 18th International Conference at IIT Roorkee with Professors Ramesh, Rangnekar, Sushil and Prakash


We have plans for some exciting projects in 2015.  Illustrative ones are:

  • Encouraged by achievements of competitiveness learners (highlighted at different places in blogs or scholar) new course “MGT679 Competitiveness for Sustainable Enterprises” (available as institute elective in slot 6; Wed. & Fri. – 11:00-12:30; Venue: LT303) will be piloted for the first time at IITB.  Burning issues of competitiveness, sustainability and climate change will be addressed in this interesting course.  Small group interactive course will provide opportunities for capable and innovative groups to compete at different levels to learn.  Examples of levels where they can participate & learn are:
    • Local levels in IITB/ Mumbai:
    • Regional level: in Western India such as IIMA/Pune
    • 15th Global Conference that may come to India
  • It is ideal for learners who have done some course in competitiveness, but we may consider capable and healthy students keen on learning and challenges
  • Unique workshop on “Internationalization and Competitiveness” for professionals keen on climbing heights
  • Members and groups will practice to participate in local events incl. Half Marathons
  • + + more as the year evolves

Follow our blog to get updates on activities, project openings and other opportunities.

International Competitiveness course for energetic UGs

Happy with performance of B.Tech. students, the Group on Competitiveness (GoC) has decided to experiment with offering the unique course “International Competitiveness (IC; MGT671)” as a Management Minor in 2014, year when India & her youth is awakening to its true potential & next levels.   Students who excelled in the course have continued to climb heights.

For example, PRANUSHA MANTHRI- runner-up of a national level leadership award (CWLA 2013-14, presented a paper in Competitiveness at the IEEE-ITMC conference 2013 in EU, participated Enduro3 in 2013 and is an avid cycling enthusiast. She will be available online to mentor capable and aspiring learners online at in June.


Pranusha presenting the paper at IEEE conference in Europe

VIVEK SHIVADE – is a highly enduring adventure seeker, with various accolades in mountaineering, camping, trekking, traveling and cycling. Here is a glimpse of his achievements:


  • Summited Mt. Friiendship (17353 ft.)
  • Traversed Pindari- Kafni- Shalang glaciers (125 kms 20 days height gained 19000 ft)
  • Graduate from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – A grade
  • Basic and Advance Mountaineering Courses A grade
  • Finished 5th in fort Marathon 2013 in a team of two
  • Finished 5th in Bangalore Bikers Championship Race

Vivek in tough Himalayas


We plan to experiment several things in the course, such as:

  • Challenge projects: e.g. on Group / Venture growth
  • Seminar by industry experts (incl. India-Japan cooperation)
  • New concepts (International Competitiveness, Frameworks & Models, Industry value chain analysis, problem structuring)
  • Case Studies & Discussions (designed for B.Tech students)

While academic strength is appreciated, we aim at training holistic IITians who can climb stairs in corporate or other arenas.  Hence, learners with higher fitness (e.g. marathon if not triathlon or swimathon or higher) are expected to excel at learning in this practical course.  Aspiring learners keen to take the course are urged to start early on practices.  The course helps get learners compete for positions in internships, conferences,…articles for magazines / journals (e.g. Samsung case) related to competitiveness.

Interactive seminars can be planned for aspiring 2nd / 3rd year students, if anyone is keen to coordinate. Contact Pranusha at for the opportunity.


Contribution of Group on Competitiveness

Significant Contributions and Achievements in 2013

Group on competitiveness—a younger, energetic and capable group with members across key metros in India to Japan—had an eventful 2013 and has plans to scale up new heights by 2015.  Here is just a glimpse of significant achievements in 2013.

Some may have hyperlinks, so that you can explore more details.

Focusing on competitiveness stream

  • Ph.D. awarded  for competitiveness group* crossed ten with Dr. Sanjay (4 papers in a database)
  • Emerging work on ‘technological  competitiveness’ has started being recognized: e.g.
    • A classic paper on subject is liked by many; can be seen at SSRN
    • Another paper presented at conference & will compete at next level soon
    • Glimpse of quality knowledge artifacts are listed at SJMSOM web page
  • Young members of competitiveness group (e.g. Pranusha, Ankur) presented at IEEE-ICE conference in Europe and at Glogift & got rich feedback
    • Increasingly they will compete at higher levels in future
  • Competitiveness course in 2013 had many B.Techs. incl. some sports achievers / marathon players
  • New courses on competitiveness are being designed
  • Group members tried different levels in triathlon, swimmathon and higher levels
  • Exciting milestones planned for 2014-15 incl. scale-up in
    • Competitions we play at
    • Project Associates (quality and avg. nos. to grow)
    • Research Associates
    • Platforms such International Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness (IJGBC)
    • Unique courses and modules on competitiveness
  • Similarly initiatives are evolving on India-Japan Cooperation front
  • We hope to see interesting developments in 2014 & 2015
  • Please visit this pages of our blog for updates and information about exciting opportunities incl. project openings

Notes: * Includes Ph.D. alumni before and after formal start of “Strategy and Competitiveness Lab”

India-Japan Cooperative Seminar at IITB: Glimpse of Learning

India-Japan Relations: Need for Young Leaders

The IITB Group on Competitiveness, SJMSOM & Japanese Language Learners Group at IITB cooperated to organize an interactive seminar on above topic on Oct. 9, 2013.  For the seminar we were lucky to have a veteran such as Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, Sun and Sands Group, Tokyo.  In addition, we had Shri Ulhas Acharya, a professional with more than two decades of experiences in Japan. The interactive seminar was liked very much by the participants. Details of contents may be made available later.  Here is just a glimpse of key learning:

  • India-Japan cooperation is entering new phase
  • Currently contribution of learners from China is massive, as compared to that number of students from India is less than 1000 (very optimistic estimate, in 2013)
  • Unique needs of Japanese can be made an opportunity for capable IITians to explore Japan
  • Opportunities are there, but preparation and language (at least basic to start with) skills are needed
Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, Sun and Sands Group, Tokyo

Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, Sun and Sands Group, Tokyo

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New Phase in India-Japan cooperation: A Starter

The tsunami created by select firms and industries in the USA engulfed several countries in Europe and other parts of the world.  While not hitting negatives in India, growth was severely affected.  As several parts of world face stagnation, a dynamic Asia provides the best opportunity for India to catch-up on growth.  Western Asia has been a major focus for India for people and trade exchanges. Now the manufacturing hub and technologically leading East Asia deserves equal attention.

Among East Asian countries, natural synergies are stronger, with some having shared values such as democracy.  An excellent role model of sustainable development in a large country—Japan—has rich historical and recent relations with India (Momaya, 2008).  Centuries old exchanges (e.g. Buddhism) have been reviving through more than 60 years of diplomatic relations in short post- independence history of India. The high importance the two countries assign to each other is reflected in India-Japan Global Strategic Partnership (initiated in early 2000s).   India can complement through intellectual youth to Japan-related technology and capital flow worldwide.

             Having been working on India-Japan cooperation for decades, we have been sowing seeds of cooperation for aspiring and capable youth.  Several initiatives were experimented at IIT Delhi and new ideas are being evolved at the SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay.  Pl. visit this space to know more.

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