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IIMB expert on how and why Platform Business Models offer opportunities to overcome traditional market inefficiencies

In the seventeenth episode of the IIMB Podcast Series, to be broadcast on July 11th, Dr. R. Srinivasan, Professor of Strategy at IIMB, shares insights on ‘Platform Business Models’. He has recently authored a book and launched a MOOC on the subject

The Communications Office and the Student Media Cell of IIM Bangalore bring to you the IIMB Podcast Series, a platform to discuss the latest business, economic, management, and social issues that matter. The Podcast series, now in its second year, witnesses IIM Bangalore fraternity, including but not limited to the faculty members, alumni, and students, provide their insights and perspectives on the topics and issues that surround us.

The seventeenth episode of the series, on July 11th, will feature a conversation with Dr. R. Srinivasan, Professor in the Strategy area at IIM Bangalore, on Platform Business Models. He recently authored a book with the same title ( and released a MOOC on IIMBx (, built on Open edX, one of the fastest-growing e-Learning platforms in the Indian subcontinent.

Platforms, as a business model, are very different from traditional businesses which operate like a pipeline, with product/services flowing in one direction, money in the other direction. A platform model in contrast, consists of infrastructure information, and a set of rules for users to engage, and together they create value. This episode features discussions around the functioning of a platform, how they grow, the various types of platforms that exist and the architectural elements of platforms. Prof. R Srinivasan also talks about the reasons for the recent growth in the number of platform businesses and the impact caused by higher penetration of Internet and smartphones. The episode touches upon how the landscape has become quite competitive, and what determines a winner in this virtual race, which begins from solving the chicken-egg problem in acquiring the first block of customers but does not end, rather becomes even more challenging, upon establishing dominance through setting standards. 

Towards the end, the episode delves into the extent to which regulations and market maturity affect success, while drawing parallels between the developing countries and the West, and opportunities that exist through overcoming traditional market inefficiencies.

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Transform Self Before Transforming Company – Leadership Secrets for Improving Manufacturing Competitiveness

In his address at the Tatsujin or Expert Talk series hosted by the Mizuho-India Japan Study Centre at IIM Bangalore, on July 23rd, business consultant and JICA expert Furuhashi Takeyuki spoke of the need to transform self before transforming company. Sharing what he termed as “leadership secrets for improving manufacturing competitiveness”, he listed a few qualities that leaders must develop in order to improve the competitiveness of their firms and create customer-supplier win-win for business growth.

IPOs will drive India’s start-up revolution: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant at book launch

The book titled, ‘Shifting Orbits: Decoding the Trajectory of the Indian Start-up Ecosystem’, provides a comprehensive narrative on innovation and venturing in India, gives insights on current trends and practices as well as challenges and course corrections needed for future

23 July, 2021, Bengaluru: The book titled, ‘Shifting Orbits: Decoding the Trajectory of the Indian Start-up Ecosystem’, co-edited by Professor Srivardhini K Jha, Chairperson, Entrepreneurship area at IIM Bangalore, was launched, this evening, by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.

The book launch was organized, in the virtual mode, by the Innovation Venturing and Entrepreneurship in India Network (iVEIN). The Directors of IIM Bangalore, IIT Madras, IIM Kozhikode and IIT Bombay also attended the event.

Paying tribute to all teachers on the eve of Guru Purnima and hailing India’s guru-shishya parampara and dedicating the book to “all passionate entrepreneurs”, co-editor Rohan Chinchwadkar, Assistant Professor (Finance), at the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, set the context for the launch with an introduction to iVEIN. “This book is a humble beginning to the work of iVEIN. The book was conceived 15 months ago to bring different actors in the start-up ecosystem together and to ensure that it does not remain an academic exercise. The chapters are from prominent voices in the ecosystem,” he explained, adding that the entire project was done virtually thanks to the power of technology. 

Innovation, Incubation, Funding, and Industry perspectives are the key themes of the book.

The YouTube link for the book launch can be accessed here..

IIM Bangalore’s Centre for Teaching and Learning to host webinar ‘Science of Learning’ on July 27

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at IIM Bangalore will host a webinar titled, ‘Science of Learning’ on July 27 (Tuesday), 2021, from 06.00 pm to 07.00 pm IST / 08.30 am to 09.30 am EST, as part of the Samiksha series of webinars.

Prof. Sanjay Sarma, Vice President of Open Learning and the Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, to be the keynote speaker; Prof. Deepti Ganapathy from the Management Communication area at IIMB to moderate the online discussion.