Goodbye 2015: A Memorable Year in Many Respects

The year 2015 was memorable in many respects. The most important may perhaps be the efforts and achievements of young members of the Group on Competitiveness (GoC). Also Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay completed 2 decades—quite a remarkable journey of childhood to start emerging as a leading research-based management school of India. We have started a major experiment of Executive MBA (EMBA) in cooperation with Washington University in St. Louis in 2015.

The Group on Competitiveness (GoC) completed half a decade at IIT Bombay.  It is quite a short time, but thanks to its energetic members, the group has started contributing to differentiation of SJMSOM, IITB.  Here is just a glimpse of some achievements to celebrate and build on:

  • 2nd course on competitiveness was launched and benefited more than 70 students; 2 competitiveness courses were offered in a calendar year, perhaps 1st time for any IIT or even IIM or any institution in India
  • GoC Alumni (from IITB) have started landing in Japan
  • Sundar represented us at major conference and paper development workshops (PDWs) of AIB, the leading academy of international business (IB) that came first time to India in more than 5 decades:

AIB 2015

  • Sujata presented her work at conference of Strategic Management Forum (SMF), leading strategy focused society of India
  • Beginner GoC associates are getting trained at basics of knowledge-creation and sharing (KCS); Rahul, Deepa and Lalit cooperated to publish their first journal paper
  • Enduro associates are climbing steps; e.g. Pranusha’s first journal paper got > 200 reads; her next knowledge artefact may compete at a C-level competitiveness journal
  • Thanks to all associates, we crossed 600 citations since 2010 (as compared to less than 200 in earlier 12 years; a kind of a 5X) (Source: Scholar, 25 Dec. 2015).
  • New associates have started getting on track early on: e.g. Sneha completed her first biathlon and a conference paper in the first sem.
  • With quantity part being taken care of by younger associates, mature associates will start focusing on quality

We are excited about 2016. We hope to see papers reaching many more people; more energetic engineers exploring competitiveness course and even industry leaders getting taste of knowledge emerging from India’s leading group on competitiveness. Due to hard work done by us to lay foundations in the first half of the decade, we feel confident of taking the group forward to next heights in the second half.

We plan to build-on systematically to take SJMSOM, IITB in to top ranks in MoT and competitiveness,  and related areas such as Strategy, Internation Business,…

GoC members wish you a healthy, more energetic and challenging year 2016. Let’s cooperate on shared values such as hard work, diligence and commitment to quality. I urge you to at least have a glimpse of a beautiful book by the great former president of India late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari—Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences…—from which I borrow a quote:

            The most powerful force on this planet is human cooperation

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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.

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”

Competitiveness Learners at IITB Celebrate Independence Day Differently

To the nature showering incessant blessings through rain on the business capital of India and its IIT, we prayed for a small window, so that the participants of our biathlon, who were eager to donate their sweat for a cause on such an auspicious day, can come out in larger numbers. The members of the core organizing team from the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IITB course “International Competitiveness” who had worked hard were pleasantly surprised, when they started the meeting at @ 5:10 AM and saw beautiful clear skies. The nature was really with us, as it allowed the diverse audience from school girls, who all completed the biathlon, to veteran professors and IIT alumni from leading marathon firm of India participated in great spirits. A glimpse of the energy is visible in the photo. Many of them were first timers for a biathlon, still they participated and completed in spirit. The activity is organized by the core team consisting of mostly the learners of the unique competitiveness course as a social responsibility towards a worthy cause. Several learners and the participants practice and explore next level challenges, such as triathlon, swimathon and beyond. The energetic alumni of the course are doing well and building capabilities to climb heights in personal and professional lives. We acknowledge support of all the volunteers, institute management and other key stakeholders.

Energy at the start of biathlon

Energy at the start of biathlon

If you are an accomplished energetic youth with keen interest in competitiveness research, please talk to our team @ how can you get linked up with some exceptional professionals exploring a wonderful micro-mission of competitiveness at magnificent Mumbai’s innovative IIT and its beautiful campus. Please revisit this space to know @ project opportunities.

Thank you all volunteers, participants and supporters.

Here are few additional photos for you. Enjoy.

Instruction by Reddy Coach to the Participants

Volunteers of the core team: Aman, Ankur, Ketan, Prabhakar and others