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C.K. Prahalad Discusses His New Indian Management Venture

Internationally recognized as one of the most influential thinkers on business strategy, he has been among the top 10 management thinkers of the world in every survey for over 10 years

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His Harvard Business Review paper of 1990, 'The Core Competence of the Corporation,' is surely one of the most influential works on business strategy ever to have been written. His notable management books, which garner much more than the usual attention, have included Competing for the Future (with Gary Hamel, Harvard Business School Press, 1994) and The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (Wharton School Publishing, 2005). Now C.K. Prahalad, the Harvey C. Fruehauf professor of business administration at the University of Michigan, has set up a research center at the Indian Institute of Information Technology at Bangalore to study the almost revolutionary developments happening in India. CKP, as he is often called, told IEEE Spectrum contributor Seema Singh what he hopes to accomplish at his Center for Global Resource Leverage.

Why do you want to do research in India?

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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