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  • 3 reasons why Indians are oddballs in the field of Research & Strategy

    Indians are supposedly the hardest working breed of humans ever known to mankind. and therefore we standout when it comes to buying, selling or even manufacturing stuff. Is it just the hard work that responds or there are some other factors maybe a different approach to look at things that makes us unique!

    In the discussions made with students and media about management thinkers & Indian managers we've abstracted a variety of perspectives.


    It's a well-known fact & seems conspicuous to Western observers that the faculties of prominent business schools and the ranks of influential management consultants and authors in the US are replete with Indians. It is sometimes asked what explains this preponderance and whether Indian culture is especially conducive to the contemplation of leadership in business.

    We're Different!

    Much has been written recently by both management thinkers and other observers about the uniquely Indian characteristics of successful business leaders operating in India in the recent past. We Indians adhere few inborn characteristics which include, for example a commitment to inclusive growth, a long-term perspective on business objectives, and the much vaunted proclivity for juggad-the improvisational ability to find workable solutions around seemingly intractable problems.

    Indians constitute one-sixth of the world's population. India's educated elite is fluent in English (the facility in language alone explains why you don't see nearly as many Indian professionals in Germany, Japan, or Brazil), and the prestigious institutions of higher learning in India, especially in engineering (including computer science), business, and medicine-the IITs, IIMs, AIIMS-have been greatly influenced by American higher education in the last 50 years.

    Bright native students have been disproportionately drawn to these professional fields (as opposed to pure sciences or the humanities), both because of the high quality of the educational institutions in these fields and the attractive career prospects associated with them. Indian students in these fields have found it relatively easy to enter the US in pursuit of PhDs or other advanced degrees, often supported by scholarships or research grants.

    Not loosing our Grounds!

    Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the preponderance reflects something that is truly remarkable and outstanding about the Indian educational system. In a society rife with endemic corruption and graft, India has managed to create a tradition of meritocracy and world-class excellence at her best educational institutions.

    It is astounding that these institutions have been impervious to both political pressure and financial influence and have maintained a pure and transparent selection procedure for the admission of students. This has also created a tremendously potent democratizing influence on the Indian society at large and has allowed talented students from even the most underprivileged backgrounds to break through centuries old barriers of caste, class and economic deprivation.

    Scholars of Indian origin have indeed proved their mettle & have made important path breaking contributions in many fields that are foundational to business knowledge: economics, statistics, psychology, ethics, applied mathematics, computer science and philosophy.

    Research isn't a child's play, it has much more to do with independent, unorthodox and creative thinking than with strategic thinking. Great intellectual minds and thoughtful scholars of business have often influenced business practice in the US and scholars of Indian origin have earned their place among them. That's where the difference arises.