Indian School of Business
Thomas Schmidheiny Chair of
Family Business and Wealth Management
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 6, September 2010

Professor K RamachandranOur overall theme of this issue is strategy and leadership succession. True, these are intertwined but they have enough challenges within each to address. Ajay Bhalla’s note on ‘Who dares lose strategic focus’ again warns about the dangers of having too many unconnected businesses. The essential message is: Have diversity but within limits! For this, have strategic plans for 3- 5 years with preparedness to have adequate flexibility (see the summary of Richard Harvey’s article). We have included pieces on successful CEOs with a hope that family businesses will practice planning for leadership succession and have successful CEOs.

A brief note on my trip to attend the US Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship is also included as the theme would be of interest to our readers. By the way, our next training programme on family business is just around. Professor John Ward and I will conduct it during October 25-28, 2010 at the ISB. Please look up the brochure at the link provided and ask me if you have questions. Hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.
Best wishes,
Professor K Ramachandran
Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of
Family Business and Wealth Management


Creating an Environment for Successful Nonfamily CEOs
- Summary by Alexander Mathew
Strategic Planning: The Key to Growth and Sustainability
- Summary by Alexander Mathew
Who Dares Lose Strategic Focus!
- Professor Ajay Bhalla
Forthcoming Events
21st FBN International Summit – Chicago
September 30 - October 2, 2010
“Perpetuating The Family Enterprise”
Ocotober 25 - 28, 2010
US Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship
- By Kavil Ramachandran
From the press
No CEO succession plans at most of Indian business groups: Report
The Economic Times , August 8, 2010
ISB Updates
ISB Case Writing Competition 2010
September 17, 2010
Conference on The Indian Banking Sector and Financial Reforms
September 13, 2010


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