Collaborating with Competitors: Driving Industry and Managing Dominance


Join us for a discussion with Kiran Karnik, Former President of Nasscom and Author of The Coalition of Competitors: The Story of Nasscom and the IT Industry, Ahshok Advani, Chairman and Publisher of Business India, Patrick Foulis, India Business Editor of The Economist, and Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

At a time when both competition and clients range from your locality to distant coasts, and when developments in a region affect progress thousands of miles away, along what lines can organizational alliances be created? How does cooperation within regional boundaries strengthen the region as a whole? With disparate forces shaping business, today's industries need to be mindful of activities from brand building and crisis management to foreign diplomacy and government engagement. Join us for a discussion on how organizations can come together to boost regional and industry dominance, and how these corporate stories shape the growth trajectory of countries.

Kiran Karnik was the president of Nasscom from 2001 to 2008. Earlier, he was president of Discovery Networks in India, where he spearheaded the launch of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He made educational programming for the University Grants Commission, and worked for over 20 years at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Ashok Advani is the Founder Publisher of Business India Group of Publications. He was also a practicing lawyer for over 20 years, and has diversified into the television and trade show industries. He is the Chairman of the Business India Institute of Finance.

Patrick Foulis is India Business Editor for The Economist. Prior to this, he served as its Banking Editor and Finance Correspondent. He is the author of the 2011 special report on business in India and the 2010 special report on banking in emerging markets. He has also worked at the Financial Times, where he was deputy editor of the Lex column.

Subir Gokarn is a Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. His previous positions include Chief Economist of Standard & Poor’s Asia-Pacific and Executive Director and Chief Economist of CRISIL.

About The Coalition of Competitors: The Story of Nasscom and the IT Industry, by Kiran Karnik

A small event in 1987, attended by the likes of N.R. Narayana Murthy and Nandan Nilekani, among others, went on to change the face of the Indian software industry. It was decided there that an independent association was needed to represent the interests of the IT software and services industry, and thus Nasscom was born. From evangelizing to brand building, from crisis management to foreign diplomacy, from being an adversarial proponent of a viewpoint to being a partner of the government — Nasscom has played many parts. It has been instrumental in the spectacular growth of India's IT software exports from around USD 400 million in 1991 to over USD 60 billion today. In this book, Karnik concludes that it was the "compete but cooperate" mantra that was the secret of the IT industry's success. Many countries, as well as other industrial sectors in India, have expressed an interest in adopting the Nasscom model and, here, Karnik examines whether it can be replicated.

This programme is part of the BusinessAsia series, which highlights new developments and best practices in the corporate and economic world that bolster notions of corporate citizenship, including engaged leadership, innovation and corporate social responsibility.

Presented in partnership with Harper Collins

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Event Details

Mon 28 May 2012
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lotus Room, Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai
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