Author: Rishikesha Krishnan

Making Inclusive Innovation Work – From IIM Indore Director’s Desk

[This week’s post is a continuation from last week’s post – insights from the Inclusive Innovation conference held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.]   Funding Innovation Funding of innovation is always a challenge, and one that different countries solve in different ways. Gilles G. Patry, President & CEO spoke about how the Canada Foundation for Innovation has invested over

Madhya Pradesh as a Manufacturing Hub – From the IIM Indore Director’s Desk

When prominent demographer Ashish Bose suggested the name “Bimaru” for the collective of four north Indian states that were struggling to perform well on both the economic and social fronts, little did he realize that this name would stick for several decades to follow. But, it’s now a moniker that at least one of the

Why can’t we develop breakthrough drugs from India? Lessons from the Vertex Story

Why can’t India create new breakthrough drugs? Or, at a broader level, what prevents India and Indian firms from undertaking radical innovation? These are questions that have been on my mind for several years. I tried to answer these questions at a system-level in my book – From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for

Revisiting Inclusive Innovation: Notes from a Recent Roundtable – From IIM Indore Director’s Desk

The practice of inviting outstanding grassroot innovators to the majestic environs of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the home of India’s head of state, was started by President APJ Abdul Kalam when he was president. It’s a tribute to the rootedness of our national leaders and the persistence of Drs. Anil Gupta and RA Mashelkar that the practice

Parallel Lives – 3 Books I read on my Kindle – From IIM Indore Director’s Desk

Biographies can be inspiring, and thought-provoking, and I have always enjoyed reading them. In general, I have preferred reading about contemporary figures rather than historical ones as I relate better to the present than the past. But, a problem with the typical biography is that you learn about one person in absolute terms, without benchmarks,