Business Today Archive April 20, 2008 Issue

Edition: April 20, 2008

Cover Story

The best innovators

The most innovative companies don't do different things, they just do things differently. And that seems to make all the difference.
Few months ago, things were looking good in the markets. But in barely 10 weeks, the financial landscape has changed, and the bears have got an upper hand in the stock market.
In This Issue
The wine industry in India offers an assortment of opportunities.
Editors note
Look at some of the most successful corporations around the world, and you'll find one thing that's common to them: they are innovative. To find out the state of innovation in India, Business Today tied up with the Monitor Group. The results of our study are fascinating.

If there’s one human trait that has seen mankind through the Earth’s tumultuous history, it is the ability to innovate.

Policy Watch
With the inflation rate rising, officials in North Block have gone into a firefighting mode. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has already indicated that he is willing to trade off higher economic growth in order to check prices (it almost certainly rules out a move to a softer interest rate regime anytime soon).
News Maker
Last fortnight, when talk of a new india-specific fund being raised by Baring Private Equity Partners (India) surfaced, it brought into focus the firm’s success and the man largely responsible for it, Managing Partner Rahul Bhasin.
Permitted by RBI, DBS Bank, Singapore’s largest bank, to open eight new branches across India. RBI has also issued a licence to United Overseas Bank of Singapore to set up shop in India.
Deal Watch
Every month, we bring you a listing of the biggest deals struck by Indian companies in India and abroad. Our partner: global professional services firm Ernst & Young. Here are the deals that were struck in March 2008.
Reporters Diary
Argentum Motors wants to first build powertrains and then do full-fledged vehicle assembly at the erstwhile Daewoo Motors facility in Surajpur.
One of India’s best-known economic writers gathers his thoughts all over again.
If you always suffer from headaches, you are not alone. Such headaches are often accompanied by fatigue and tired eyes, and could be due to the office environment.
BT More
Many people assume that the Italian system of classification of wines is a quality rating. The wines get classified according to their geographical regions of origin and winemakers are not allowed to plant grape varieties that are not statutorily specified for a region.
Printed Circuit
The Sony Vaio TZ38 is as good looking as it is effective.
A hefty stock price climb and revenue upturn later, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has been handed a massive pay hike. In her first full year in charge, the Chennai-born Nooyi, 53, got paid $14.74 million, more than double the $6.3 million she earned in 2006 as PepsiCo’s CFO.
Leadership Spotlight
Until last fortnight, things were going the way india’s largest drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories and its boss Malvinder Singh had planned.

The BT 50 index 

The 37-year-old Lachlan Murdoch clearly has ambitions of emerging as a media & entertainment baron in his own right, and he’s going about it in his own quiet way. The one-time heir apparent to News Corp. has India on his radar.
Tata Motors has acquired iconic British auto brands Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company for $2.3 billion. But does it have a concrete plan to turn them around? BT's Krishna Gopalan finds out.
Back of the Book
Corporate executives are rediscovering life and work fundamentals in rock climbing, trekking and other outdoor activities. They realize that it is not possible to be very creative and innovative by just being in one place and doing the same mundane job day in and day out. BT’s Anusha Subramanian tells us how executives disconnect from daily tasks to develop efficiencies and different perspectives.
Every potential leader needs a mentor who has been there, done that and knows the pressures that come with the job. This is particularly important for young leaders who should consciously have two or three mentors for gaining wisdom, experience and a wider perspective. BT’s Pallavi Srivastava tells us about some young guns and their gurus and strategists. 
The cover story on HUL showcases the comeback of the consumer goods giant after a period of sluggish growth. When Nitin Paranjpe takes over the mantle as the new CEO in April, he will have a tough job on his hand.
Multi-modal, all purpose smart cards are the way forward for India, say experts at the seventh BT Round Table.

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