Valuenotes Connect – January 2015

ValueNotes Connect
Welcome to the January issue of ValueNotes Connect.

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India reduced its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, to 7.75%. The move was a pleasant surprise for the economy, amidst lower than expected inflation, falling oil prices, and a stable rupee. The country’s stock market rose sharply in response to the news. Sentiment is clearly on a high, and the rate cut signals that India is on the path to economic recovery.For multinational corporations, India has not been an easy market to do business in – especially over the past few years. In recent months, there has been renewed hope due to a new government; and now with the latest RBI interest rate cut. Arun Jethmalani tells us why corporations should invest in India.

Like any other profession, competitive intelligence faces a bunch of unanswerable questions. Arun lists some of the debates CI professionals endlessly engage in, and which will probably never be truly resolved.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter, and we look forward to your comments. We wish all our readers the very best for 2015.

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Seven reasons why companies should (must?) invest in India
by Arun Jethmalani
ValueNotes invest in India For multinational corporations, India hasn’t been an easy market to do business in. What with laws changing frequently, aggressive and unpredictable tax demands, resource constraints (especially land), infrastructure bottlenecks, business unfriendly bureaucracy and rules – many foreigners (and Indians too) are discouraged from investing in India. In recent months, there has been renewed hope due to a new government. Things may not happen as quickly as many expect. If so, then why do I think corporations should (indeed, must!) invest in India?
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Five debates about Competitive Intelligence that will never be resolved
by Arun Jethmalani
ValueNotes CI unresolved debates Some debates never die. Like the origin of the species, or left brain vs. right brain. While this may appear to be a waste of time, I think it’s great! Else we might not have anything to argue about – or discuss at conferences, or in LinkedIn groups! So, I’ve put together a small list of debates that we, competitive intelligence professionals, endlessly engage in, and which will probably never be truly resolved. Should CI be strategic or tactical? This is one of the most enduring debates in the competitive intelligence profession – despite the fact that most CI veterans vote on the side of strategy.
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