Doing Business Rankings: India moves up again

The Doing Business 2019 report and rankings are out and India has had yet another spectacular rise in her performance and rankings. Here is the way to read the Doing Business 2019 Report — http://www.doingbusiness.org/en/doingbusiness

It has been a spectacular ride for India over the last two years. For a second year in a row, India remains a top upward mover in the popular “Doing Business Rankings” published by the World Bank. We are also the only country to be on the top 10 improvers for the year, for a second consecutive time. See the move in ranks over the past 3 years:

India’s Rank in 2017 – 130

India’s Rank in 2018 – 100

India’s Rank in 2019 – 77

A brief overview of India’s profile as per the report: http://www.doingbusiness.org/en/data/exploreeconomies/india

While we are doing well on the overall “ease of doing business” ranking and scores, there are places where we need significant changes and improvement, especially for creating a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem:

  • We are still ranked 137 in starting a business (not great news for entrepreneurs)
  • We are still ranked 166 in registering a property
  • We are still ranked 121 in paying taxes
  • We are still ranked 163 in enforcing contracts
  • We are still ranked 108 in resolving insolvency (again, not great news for entrepreneurs)

If all of us put our minds and hearts together we can address these specific areas of weakness and move up even further in the rankings. Exciting times, to say the least! With all the complexities and challenges, it is still getting better to be an entrepreneur in India.

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Thirteenth Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship

Happy to share that the 13th edition of the Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship is scheduled to take place between 20 – 22 February 2019 at The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad. I started attending the Biennial Conferences during its 10th edition and have been a regular since. It is probably the largest gathering of researchers, academicians, practitioners and policymakers in India. Apart from this the conference also hosts number of foreign delegates making it a truly international conference. The themes of the conference gives an idea of the breadth of topics you can see papers on. The last edition I remember we had close to 150 papers scheduled for presentation. cropped-Logo-for-Website-2-1

This year, the conference also has a dedicated conference website – http://conference.ediindia.org/ and here is the call for papers (abstracts due by 26th October 2018) – http://conference.ediindia.org/announcement/

Hope to see many of you, entrepreneurship enthusiasts, at the conference in Feb’19.

Note: Unfortunately the Biennial (and I) will miss Prof Dwijendra Tripathi in the coming edition. He who designed and set in motion the Biennial Conferences passed into history earlier this month. But all those who get together will make sure the conference lives up to the standards he set.

A historian passes into history

Obituary of Prof Dwijendra Tripathi

Getting up this morning to the news that a cherished teacher passed away was not a happy start. Prof Tripathi wrote the Oxford History of Indian Business, the Oxford History of Contemporary Indian Business and the Concise Oxford History of Indian Business among many others. He wrote one of the earliest articles on Indian Entrepreneurship in the Economic and Political Weekly. He probably held the first ever chair professorship on entrepreneurship in India, the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair Professor of Business History and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad. He was instrumental in setting up The Journal of Entrepreneurship and the Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship – both of which can easily be seen as visionary acts.

 

Beyond all his academic accomplishments, Prof Tripathi was a wise human being. I don’t Picture 209think there was anyone who disliked him. Anyone who came in contact with him left improved by his wise counsel. I have been one of those lucky ones. I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with him on many occasions. I particularly enjoyed my conversations with Prof Tripathi when I was writing an article building on his work. They helped me not only develop the article but also become a better human being.

 

History and him remained inseparable. As a historian passes into history, Prof Dwijendra Tripathi will be remembered fondly for a long time to come.

SMS India Conference 2018

The “Strategic Management Society” Special Conference in slated to be held between 15-18 December 2018 in Hyderabad, India. The Indian School of Business (ISB) will host this wonderful conference. The conference is not just for academics. It is also for SMS India Conference 2018practitioners, leaders and managers interested in “all things strategy”. It will also have number of interesting workshops aimed at pre-doctoral candidates, doctoral students, junior faculty, scholar-practitioners amongst others. It appears that anyone interested in strategy and entrepreneurship will find something in the conference.

Many good conferences are geographically distant for people in India. Good conferences are where the people whose papers we read, visit and spend time. This makes the above conference especially important for doctoral students and young scholars in India. It is a chance to meet some of these seasoned scholars of Strategy and Management.

It is special for me since I have been a member of the SMS since a long time and reviewed papers for the annual conferences. The “Entrepreneurship” track of the conference is especially interesting to me as it relates to my area of research. The chairs of the track are interesting scholars and good human beings. I met them recently at the AMJ PDW and it was really fun interacting with them. I am so sure that you will learn much through the interactions.

I hope many of you will make use of this wonderful opportunity. For conference related information please look up here: https://www.strategicmanagement.net/hyderabad/overview/overview

Best wishes!

India Israel Global Innovation Challenge

Are you applying?

If you are an entrepreneur or a research team interested in solving big challenges in “health”, “agriculture” or “water” – here is a competition that you do not want to miss. It offers financial and non-financial rewards. It also provides a great opportunity to be a “born global” firm.

The last date (as per the linked web page) for application is 12th November 2017.

Check here for details and making an application: https://www.startupindiahub.org.in/content/sih/en/reources/innovation-challenge.html

Go ahead! Solve big problems! Change the World! One step at a time!

Take the first step today.

SEE Conference 2018

SEE – Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

I met Prof Markman (Founder and Organising Committee member of SEE) at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) earlier this year at the University of Oklahoma (OU). His enthusiasm to connect with junior scholars seemed infectious. Though I had heard about the SEE earlier, listening about it from the founder of the conference was a privilege. I can only tell you that if “sustainability”, “ethics” or “entrepreneurship” matters to you; then this is one conference that should be on your list.

I also heard a few other researchers recommend that SEE is growing to be an important place for serious scholars to go. A few people even told me that it is all the more important for junior scholars, especially considering the level of feedback that one receives. Though I have never been to the SEE, I look forward to experiencing one soon.

So, it is my pleasure to share the details of this conference with all of you. The link below provides a lot more details about what you can expect. It also has the call for proposals. I am sure if you have papers to submit, then you shouldn’t miss the deadlines!

Link: http://seeconf.gatsbo.com

Good Luck!!

My 2nd Babson Conference

It was great being there at the 37th Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) hosted at the Michael F Price School of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman. This was my second Babson (as people there refer to it). While the last time I was a doctoral consortium participant (competitively selected), this time I presented my first paper based on the thesis work.BCERC2017_Raj

I enjoyed my first paper presentation (Corporate Accelerators: A grounded study of its motives, manifestations and measures) at this prestigious conference. It was also my first paper co-authored with my mentor. I met a few of my fellow doctoral consortium participants – Mona, Jerone, Moyra, Beldina, Ida, Wei (hope I’m not missing anyone) and it was heartening to see their achievements and progress. You guys inspire!

I met many stars (Aldrich, Busenitz, Lumpkin, Landstorm, Patzelt, and others) in entrepreneurship research including Prof Robert Baron who won the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. His book ‘Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence’ was one of the first academic texts I read as a doctoral student. It was exciting to see his energy and enthusiasm.

I made new friends from across the world. All of them are scholars (some budding) with a keen interest in the phenomenon of entrepreneurship. We spent a lot of time laughing and chatting over trivia between sessions and during the social events.

The BCERC is a cool conference where you get to hear emerging ideas which will probably appear in journals a year or two down the line. It is also highly developmental with people giving each other feedback for improvement. Senior scholars are willing to give time and listen to our ideas and questions without any criticism.

As I told Georgia who is the most important person behind the conference – ‘I’m now a BCERC fan’ and hope to keep coming back to the conference every year (of course to present my research papers) and return ‘recharged and inspired’.

Thanks to the organising team of BCERC and Price School, Oklahoma for making this conference yet another memorable experience.