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the core of ‘onlyness’

Nilofer Merchant is a Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management and an author. Her most recent book, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, reveals proven strategies to unleash the power of a new idea. She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18bn in sales and has held executive positions at Apple, Autodesk, and GoLive Systems. Merchant has provided guidance to companies such as Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others on new product strategies, entering new markets, defending against competitors, and optimizing revenues. In 2013, she was awarded the Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award which is to recognize ‘The #1 Person Most Likely to Influence the Future of Management in Both Theory and Practice’ by the UK-based organization. She is ranked 22 on the 2017 Thinkers50 list of management thinkers.

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a glass apart

In recent years, India has been touted as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and stood fourth in 2017, with a forecast GDP growth of 7.2%.1 This has been possible, in part, due to the government’s initiatives to encourage foreign players to manufacture in India, of which Make in India is a shining example.
One such multinational that has long established its presence in the country is the 167-year-old global behemoth Corning Incorporated, which entered the Indian market in the 1980s to produce CRT glass for televisions. Since then, the company has achieved breakthrough success and has diversified its portfolio into optical fiber cable and connectivity solutions, high-quality emission products, specialized materials for the semiconductor industry, labware and solutions for life science research and bio production, and the internationally-renowned Gorilla® Glass. Today, Corning’s investments are well-aligned with the emerging market trends in the country.

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for a smooth transition

In the future working environment—for which ‘ecosystem’ is a more relevant term—each company’s and each individual’s position and path will be unique, interconnected, integrated, and dynamic, Sophie Wade explains in her book Embracing Progress. In this excusive with The Smart Manager, she explains why engagement, personalization, integration, and choice will be the core themes for any future-of-work transformation.

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‘dharma, the very path to sustainable profit and growth’

Dr Mrityunjay Athreya has been a founder and pioneer of the Indian Management movement. He chose this life mission early, as a prime need of post-Independence India, for rapid economic and social growth. In recognition of his contribution to management, the Government awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Bhushan in 2014. Distilling his experience of several decades, Dr Athreya talks to The Smart Manager about organizational culture, centrality of ethics, mandatory CSR, need for leadership pipeline, and so on.

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