Tuesday, April 25, 2006


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The impressive output of Chinese factories seems like a formidable challenge to companies hoping to compete. But current output is no guarantee of future output. It’s important to look at the work ethic of Chinese laborers. The Gallup surveys examined the Chinese work ethic through a series of questions addressing the personal philosophies of workers. The aim was to learn about work environments – how conducive are the Chinese to productivity and additionally, how well managed they are….

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Friday, April 14, 2006

It’s a Mickey : IIPM

But of much interest has been New York Times’ recent report that Steve Jobs has indicated he is ready to sell off Pixar, of which he owns 50%. More interestingly, Jobs has also indicated that he’s ready to wait for a “right price” offer from Disney; and Disney, as usual, is dithering.

Pixar, which has had its blockbuster movies, has eager suitors like Fox and Warner waiting to snatch this golden goose. Disney’s own recent animated features, like Brother Bear and Treasure Planet, were box office bombs….

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Back to the future - IIPM Business & Economy

For the year 2004, the Indian film industry produced a whopping 934 films with more than 3.1 billion admissions and earned revenues of $1256 million, according to a report on Entertainment and Media industry, in July 2005, prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers. No wonder, analysts are salivating at the future prospects of Bollywood. According to the same study, the Indian entertainment industry will generate $2872 million in revenues by 2009.

In 2004, only 5 Bollywood releases raked $2 million each in revenues in the UK and the US. Moreover, the average budget for a Bollywood film is much low as compared to films made elsewhere, which is a huge competitive advantage. According to another study by KPMG, the number of movies produced in Bollywood has actually declined over the last five years, even as revenue has grown at an average of 17% each year….

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Broadway’s Most Promising Actor - IIPM NEWS

Prodded by his father to find his own direction, nineteen year old Brando left Illinois for New York, going on to study at the American Theatre Wing Professional School, Actors’ Studio and the New School Dramatic Workshop, meeting Stella Adler at last, who initiated him into the ‘method’ (Stanislavski System) style of acting.

In 1944, Bud Brando blazed into Broadway wooing critics and becoming the “Broadway’s Most Promising Actor”, with his portrayal of an anguished, paraplegic veteran in Truckline Café, in the commercial failure ‘I Remember Mama’. The glory of stardom evaded him, though, until his 1947 role as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, which was later made into a movie that won many accolades, including a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor….

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Telecommunications Business - IIPM Article

Contributing to almost two-thirds of Sony Corp’s revenues, Sony Electronics is going through a lean patch globally (with $310 million in losses in 2004). In India too, its performance is not worth raising a toast to. It continues to lag behind Korean chaebols Samsung and LG, has closed down its audio manufacturing unit in India and has suspended colour TV manufacturing as well.

Its telecommunications business, Sony Ericsson (a 50:50 joint venture between Sony Inc. and Swedish Ericsson), is the number five phone maker globally, but owing to its late entry in the Indian market, is not a force to reckon with. SET (Sony Entertainment Television) India is currently the best performing amongst Sony’s three Indian businesses and stands second in the Indian broadcasting market. SET began its Indian operations in 1995. Remember the ‘noodle strap’ days of the world cup, when SET India found the golden goose (read cricket), even as it marked Sony’s first major leap in the Indian television content arena?

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

BJP Must Stop Infighting If They Ever Wish To Regain Controls On Centre (IIPM Publication)

The BJP has to learn not only how to stay in power but also to manage itself when it’s out of power. Only then can it remain as the second biggest contender for the Indian political space. Time is flitting past, and BJP doesn’t seem to be gaining ground. Once the infighting stops, the BJP can look at true development issues. But like we said, once....

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