Since the world’s major economies reopened after Covid-related lockdowns, they have been heating up, what with pent-up demand, consumers on a spending spree, travelling, dining out and catching up on a host of social activities that were not possible during lockdowns. All that heated spending and pent-up demand, with supply chains not catching up, led… Continue reading Inflation: Up, up and away!
Stalemate in Ukraine Crisis, with America the Only Winner.
As the Ukraine-Russia conflict drags into the second year, any chance of a quick end to the war recedes further away from us into the distance. If anything, 2023 began with a ratcheting up of the call for more arms from Ukraine and the west scrambling to make more military equipment available. Zelensky has been… Continue reading Stalemate in Ukraine Crisis, with America the Only Winner.
Porter’s Competitive Advantage of Nations in Today’s Globalised World
Now that I have finally finished reading Michael E Porter’s The Competitive Advantage of Nations, I thought I’d write about its relevance in today’s globalized world. Like many business and economics books that I have been writing about recently, it wouldn’t be fair for me to review this book either, for the same reasons. I… Continue reading Porter’s Competitive Advantage of Nations in Today’s Globalised World
Davos Man Ready to Face the Challenges of the 21st Century?
If we thought that the 2008 Financial Crisis is the worst crisis the business world has seen this century, we had better think again. Close on the heels of that, we had the Covid-19 global pandemic, and we are still in the grip of a regional war with global repercussions, plenty of geopolitical tensions, as… Continue reading Davos Man Ready to Face the Challenges of the 21st Century?
India’s EV Foray Running Out of Steam
India was late to the EV party, as it began its journey of electric mobility only in the past decade. It seems like it wasn’t a policy priority either for the Indian government, with our Roads and Transportation Minister, Nitin Gadkari once even quipping on a television news discussion, “What’s the hurry?” This, when the… Continue reading India’s EV Foray Running Out of Steam
Which Shoring Makes Best Sense for Globalised Business
Four decades after globalization of business began, I think we can all agree that it is widespread and well-entrenched. And while there is a lot of talk of deglobalisation, about which I wrote recently on my blog, I not only think that globalisation is here to stay, I think it has become much more complex… Continue reading Which Shoring Makes Best Sense for Globalised Business
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Why We Read and When It Matters
We are still at that time of the year, when everyone is compiling lists. Lists of the best books of 2022. The most popular books of 2022. Critics’ choice of 2022. And when we have just waded through enough of those, it’s time for most anticipated books of 2023. Books to look out for in… Continue reading Why We Read and When It Matters
Spotting Brands with Revival Power
There are times in every brand or company’s life, when it ages, or its audience ages, or the brand’s performance seems jaded and stuck in a rut. The reasons could be many. From the product’s features not keeping pace, to the market having outgrown the product, to stiff competition in the marketplace. We have all… Continue reading Spotting Brands with Revival Power
How Stubborn Can Inflation Get This Year?
Inflation has been a global problem since last year. Ever since Covid-related lockdowns were lifted and people started buying goods and services just like in the days before Covid-19. Except that thanks to the lockdown, manufacturing facilities couldn’t ramp up production levels to meet the surging demand. Neither could shipping companies handle the surge in… Continue reading How Stubborn Can Inflation Get This Year?