Nestlé India Executive Board accepting the CRII Most Trusted Brand recognition

At a special session, the Executive Board at Nestlé India Ltd, led by CMD Suresh Narayanan (centre), received the CRII Most Trusted Brand Award from CRII Guild Members, including Abhilash Misra (Director, India and South Asia Outreach, Chicago Booth) and Anupam Kaul (Head, Institute of Quality, Confederation of Indian Industries); Nestlé India India was assessed as being amongst the top-three most-trusted consumer brands on quality in the FMCG industry in the CRII Annual National Consumer Survey; during the ceremony, Nestlé India was also inducted into the esteemed CRII Guild

Dabur India Ltd accepting the CRII Most Trusted Brand recognition

Sunil Duggal, Dabur CEO (second from right) and Byas Anand, Head Communications, Dabur India, accepting the CRII Most Trusted Brand Award, after Dabur India was assessed as being amongst the top-three most-trusted consumer brands on quality in the FMCG industry in the CRII Annual National Consumer Survey; during the ceremony, Dabur India was also inducted into the esteemed CRII Guild

Hindustan Unilever Ltd awarded and inducted into the CRII Guild

After the incorporation of HUL into the CRII Guild, Rajeev Batra, Group Head, Corporate Affairs, HUL, addressing the CRII board on behalf of HUL Chairman and Managing Director, Sanjiv Mehta, while accepting the CRII Most Trusted Brand Award; HUL was assessed as being amongst the top-three most-trusted consumer brands on quality in the FMCG industry in the CRII Annual National Consumer Survey

CRII and University of Chicago Booth School of Business sign a wide ranging MoU

After the momentous signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between CRII and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, William Kooser (Associate Dean, University of Chicago Booth School of Business) accepts the Confederation Guild testimonial on behalf of Chicago Booth

Union Ministry of MSME, Government of India, being inducted into the Confederation Guild

Honourable Union MSME Minister Sh. Kalraj Mishra (second from right) accepting the CRII Guild testimonial in the presence of (extreme right) Bharath Visweswariah, Executive Director, UChicago Center, New Delhi, India, (extreme left) Kartik Narayan, Executive Director, CRII, and Param Khanna, Executive Director, CRII

Union Ministry of HRD, Government of India, being inducted into the Confederation Guild

(Centre to right) Honourable Union HRD Minister Dr. Ram Shankar Katheria, William Kooser (Associate Dean, University of Chicago Booth School of Business) and Abhilash Misra (Director, India & South Asia Outreach, University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

Foodpanda being inducted into the Confederation Guild

Foodpanda, represented by the Foodpanda India CEO Saurabh Kochhar (center), accepting the CRII Guild testimonial, in the presence of Kartik Narayan (left), Executive Director, Confederation of Retail Industries of India

PolicyBazaar being inducted into the Confederation Guild

PolicyBazaar.com, represented by co-Founder, CFO & COO Alok Bansal (right), accepting the CRII Guild testimonial, in the presence of Rushil Khanna, Executive Director, Confederation of Retail Industries of India

FabFurnish being inducted into the Confederation Guild

Ashish Garg, co-Founder FabFurnish.com, accepting the Confederation Guild testimonial on behalf of FabFurnish.com, in the presence of Param Khanna (left), Executive Director, Confederation of Retail Industries of India

 

R&B Special Feature: Designing A High Performance Organization (IMD Lausanne)

Professors at IMD Lausanne (External contribution by
Jorrit Volkers, Dean, Deloitte University EMEA; R&D by Ivy Buche)
Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Dan Denison & Anand Narasimhan
Professors at IMD Lausanne (External contribution by Jorrit Volkers, Dean, Deloitte University EMEA; R&D by Ivy Buche)

The design of an organization serves to align the organization’s capabilities with the demands made by its environment. The rate and pace of change, restructuring, globalization, and the move from a product- to a service-driven business model often involve redefining the logic of the organization design in a way that is compelling for employees. In the past, an organization structure – once mapped – could remain intact for decades.

Nowadays, it is essential to continuously restructure to protect the core business and adapt to new opportunities. This is because employees increasingly have to deal with the complexities that come from oscillating between centralization and decentralization, exerting influence without authority, operating with virtual teams and so on. To cope and thrive in such dynamic environments, an organization needs to apply distinctive design criteria.

R&B Special Feature: The Surprising Winners And Losers In The Retail Revolution (Harvard Working Knowledge)

Professors at Harvard Business School
Rajiv Lal & Jose B. Alvarez
Professors at Harvard Business School

The growth of ecommerce is creating new leaders in retail while putting many famous brands at risk. Professors Rajiv Lal and José Alvarez pick the winners and losers in part two of our series on their new book, Retail Revolution. PLUS: An excerpt on the future of grocery stores.

The new book Retail Revolution: Will Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Survive? lays out the thesis that traditional store-front retailing is at an inflection point, under tremendous pressure from ecommerce and the changing wants and needs of a new generation of shoppers—the millennials.

In Part 2 of our three-part interview with Harvard Business School Marketing professors Rajiv Lal and José B. Alvarez, they discuss who is winning this revolution and which brands appear to be losing ground.

R&B Special Feature: Uncertainty Can Improve Motivation (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Alex Shaw, Haotian Zhou
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Uncertainty can often inspire anxiety. It has been shown to have negative effects on the markets and even the economy at large. But research suggests that uncertainty in rewards can motivate us to pursue goals.

Chicago Booth’s Ayelet Fishbach and Christopher K. Hsee, and coauthor Luxi Shen of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a recent Booth graduate, investigated the relationship between uncertainty and motivation by offering participants in a study a reward to complete an unpleasant task and manipulating the magnitude and certainty of this reward.

R&B Special Feature: When Managers Are Insecure, Employee Voices Aren’t Heard (University of Texas)

Writer, McCombs School of Business
Jeremy Simon
Writer, McCombs School of Business

Your head may be full of business improvement ideas, but there’s a chance your manager doesn’t want to hear them. That’s a problem for your organization, says Ethan Burris, associate professor of management at the McCombs School of Business.

Successful companies seek out ideas from all employees and then put good ideas into practice, Burris noted in his lunchtime talk at the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series on March 31. “If we’re going to increase performance overall, it’s dependent on employees having candid conversations about what works and what doesn’t, and then having their managers take action,” he said.

So why wouldn’t a manager want to hear from employees? Burris pointed to two related theories:

R&B Special Feature: Engaging Customers With Captivating Content (Cornell University)

Writer, Cornell Enterprise
Robert Preer
Writer, Cornell Enterprise

The basic approach to marketing a beverage used to be straightforward: Craft an appealing logo and a catchy jingle, sign up a celebrity endorser, produce a series of television commercials and magazine ads, and perhaps put up billboards and insert coupons in Sunday newspapers.

The maker of Red Bull, the world’s largest selling energy drink, adopted a different formula. To promote the beverage, which was launched in Austria in 1987 and introduced to the United States a decade later, the Red Bull company established its own media organization. Red Bull Media House produces a print magazine, video games, feature films, records, mobile apps, and programming for television, radio, and online media. Red Bull also owns several auto racing teams, as well as professional soccer franchises in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

R&B Special Feature: Why Companies May Be Overpaying For Web Search Ads (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

Writer, Capital Ideas, Chicago Booth
Ed Robinson
Writer, Capital Ideas, Chicago Booth

Paid internet search ads, also known as search-engine marketing (SEM), dominate online advertising. According to the latest figures available, advertisers spent $18.4 billion on paid search ads in 2013, or 43 percent of total US internet advertising revenue.

But many of those ad dollars being spent by well-known companies may be going to waste. A study of SEM’s impact suggests that while it might help bring in some new or infrequent customers, it doesn’t appear to have much impact on another important audience: frequent internet users seeking well-known brands.