Ali Ferguson’s Writing Workshop

Ali Ferguson is a popular copyeditor. She works with the best entrepreneurship scholars Ali 01and helps them communicate their ideas succinctly. Ali visited us at Nord University Business School to offer a three-day workshop on writing. She was inspiring, energetic, skilled and knowledgeable. All of us left the workshop feeling inspired and enabled to write more deftly.

During the workshop, Ali spent time explaining the writing process – pre-writing, writing and revising. She highlighted the value of outlining and reverse outlining. Her approach to writing was structured and methodical. Crafting good sentences, paragraphs and sections, though ostensibly simple, are a challenge, and Ali helped us learn tips and tricks to get them right. Her workshop gave enough time for practice on our own papers. She demonstrated how it is easy to find errors in others’ writing than one’s own. Another reason why we need peer review. Ali provided numerous resources that can make us better writers. Her love for editing and the language was visible.

I came away from the workshop with more admiration for Ali and the English language. I thank her for showing me what good writing can achieve and introducing me to interesting new resources. Thank you Ali.

I wholeheartedly recommend Ali for all your English editing needs, even more so, if you are an academic. Ali will be a great resource person for any writing workshop in your departments and/or institutions. Here is the link to her website:



Imperial’s Corporate Accelerator Symposium

It was fantastic to participate in the Corporate Accelerator Symposium, albeit from afar. The Live telecast of the day long event was amazing! The event was so well put-together that it kept me gripped to my office chair the entire day. You can look at the amazing list of speakers and panelists here:

The topic of corporate accelerators is close to my heart. I studied it for my doctoral work.IMG_8079 I also had recently published a paper titled “Accelerating strategic fit or venture emergence: Different paths adopted by corporate accelerators” (co-author: Dean A Shepherd) in The Journal of Business Venturing. You can read the paper here:


Reference from Prof Perkmann’s Presentation

It was heartening to see Professors Markus Perkmann and Mike Wright of Imperial College, London refer to our paper in their keynote presentations. They set the stage for the day’s deliberations. This was followed by a series of panels comprising early practitioners of corporate accelerators and corporate innovation from leading and large corporations – Airbus, Swisscom, IBM, Bosch, Unilever, Daimler and others. There were also executives from sector specific accelerators, industry driven accelerators and collaborative accelerators. The discussions and the Q&A

Reference from Prof Wright’s Presentation

sessions provided insights into present practices, where corporate innovation was probably headed and how corporate accelerators are an important constituent of this innovation arsenal for forward looking corporations.

Researchers interested in accelerators, like myself, were provided enough pointers to potential research topics by practitioners. It also provided enough time to reflect on where the next set of research studies should focus. I was excited as I made notes on a range of research questions about corporate accelerators that I would love to explore. The last session presented by Cristobal Garcia-Herrera and Prof Markus Perkmann from Imperial College provided an indication of the immense learning offered during the day.

I experienced the power of networking during the event, though I attended it virtually. I connected to other attendees virtually via Twitter and Linkedin and left the event with more potential collaborations. The day ended on a high note when Cristobal Garcia-Herrera invited me to present at the next edition of the Symposium.

Thank you Imperial College, London for a great experience and a day of learning. I am now eagerly awaiting the next Corporate Accelerator Symposium.


I have always been a great admirer of many things Japanese. Last year I remember readings books about “KonMari” and “Ikigai”. While the former made me think about decluttering my world, the latter influenced me deeply about well being and the well lived long life.

In recent times I have heard about one another Japanese word which seems to connect tsundokuwith me and hopefully many of you who are #book #lovers – “tsundoku” – which refers to the act of acquiring reading materials (books) and letting them pile up without being read. As a bibliophile myself and an equally voracious reader, I can tell you honestly that I always buy more books than I can ever finish reading. This ensures that many books remain on the shelf that I wish I could read, but remain unread.

Are you a tsundoku? or Do you tsundoku? — not sure which one is the right usage, but I am sure you get the meaning 🙂

Choose stories wisely

It appears that we are products of the stories we listen and grow with. It is therefore not surprising that narratives form an important source of character, culture and society.ECO_036

This thought is not new. Interestingly Plato had written about it in his ‘The Republic’: “… Then it seems that our first business is to supervise the production of stories, and choose only those we think suitable, and reject the rest.  We shall persuade mothers and nurses to tell our chosen stories to their children, and by means of them to mould their minds and characters which are more important than their bodies.  The greater part of the stories current today we shall have to reject

As we begin our new year, it is therefore critical that we choose our stories wisely, for ourselves, our friends, family and who we influence, for lives will be changed forever based on what we listen, choose, share and tell.

Choose wisely, Live wisely!

Wishes for a wonderful 2019!

God Jul

‘Merry Christmas’ in English or ‘God Jul’ in Norwegian!Christmas 3

I have always visualized Christmas as something snowy, dark and cold with Santa Claus making it rainy (with gifts), bright (with colors) and warm (with love). It is a very family festival with most time spent sharing gifts and having a nice chat over a hot meal. Growing up in a tropical coastal town I never experienced the snow, the darkness or the Christmas 1cold.


But this year life provided an opportunity to experience all three on Christmas. Celebrating Christmas in the Arctic is very different from the Tropics. It is cold, dark, and snowy and feels like what I used to read about in the books. The Santa Claus, of course, remains mythical even so high up North 🙂

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Christmas is a celebration of a human being’s greatest possible act – ‘giving’. The less said about it and more done, the better. Practice it and realize its power for yourself.


Merry Christmas and God Jul (pronounced ‘yool’) once again!

When Nature celebrates Diwali

Happy Diwali to all. May this Diwali bring all prosperity in all our lives. 

Diwali 2018 was celebrated on 6th and 7th November in many parts of India. Diwali is the festival of lights! People wear new and colorful clothes, decorate their homes with lamps and share colorful sweets and savories with friends and family.

This is probably how it is when Nature celebrates Diwali