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Prof. Rakesh Basant

Economics

Dean, Alumni and External Relations

 

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Economics (Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India, 1990)
  • M.Phil. Applied Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 1981)
  • M.A. Economics (Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India, 1979)

Academic Affiliation

  • Chairperson, Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (since 2003)
  • Coordinator, Small and Medium Enterprise Programme (SMEP) (since 2002)
  • Member, Faculty Recruitment Committee, RJMCEI (2001 onwards)
  • Member, FPM Executive Committee (since 2002)
  • Member, Management Development Programmes Committee (since 2002)
  • Faculty Advisor, IIMACTS (2001 onwards)
  • Faculty Advisor, Entre Club (2001 onwards)
  • Faculty Advisor SOMA (2001 onwards)

Professional Affiliation

  • Member, Board of Trustee, Institute for Development, Education and Learning (IDEAL) (since 1999)
  • Member, Governing Body, Society for Promotion of Rational Thinking (SPRAT) (since 2002)
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee of CREED, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad (since 2002)
  • Member, International Advisory Board for UO-MBA, University of Geneva (since 2003)

 

Teaching

 

Area of Research :

  • Technology Change and Management
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)
  • Industrial Organization, 
  • Public Policy (especially competition & technology policies) 
  • Inter-firm Alliances
  • Industrial Clusters and Labour Markets

 

Current Research :

  • Research work funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to understand innovation and capability building processes in a few IT and electronic clusters in India.
  • Research funded by the Wadhwani Foundation on the Emerging Intellectual Property Policy Needs in India. Taking the modified IP legislation as a starting point, the work focuses on the on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, information technology and auto-component sectors to analyze if further modifications are required to facilitate the growth of these sectors in India.
  • Research work for the World Bank (in collaboration with Jean Lanjouw of Yale University) focuses on the impact of IPRs on the pharmaceutical Sectors in India and Pakistan. Apart from other issues, this research explores the impact of IPRs on prices of pharmaceutical products. The earlier hypothesis was that that the prices of pharmaceutical products are high in Pakistan because they permit product patents. Recent cases at the WTO, however, contradict this view. The study analyses the role of industrial structure, technological capability, imports and multinational activity to explain the price differentials between India and Pakistan.
  • Continuation of work on Competition Policy in Liberalizing Economies with special reference to India. This research analyses the role of competition policy in the context of macro and other economic policies that a liberalizing economy adopts. It also involves a detailed understanding of entry barriers in such economies.
  • Another ongoing research interest relates to the determinants of inter-firm alliances. More recently, the focus of work in this area has been the IT sector. Implications of such alliances on capability building and the labour market are being explored.

 

Publications/Articles/Cases :

Agricultural Activities in Gujarat: An Exploratory Analysis. A preliminary report of the Industrial Development Bank of India project, prepared at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India, 1991.
 
  • Technology Diffusion in an Agrarian Economy: A Study of Agro Mechanical Technology in Gujarat, Ph.D. Thesis Submitted to the Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India in February, 1989.
  • Agro Mechanical Technology in a Developed Area : A Study of Its Diffusion, Report of an Indian Council of Social Science Research project prepared at The Gujarat Institute of Development Research (erstwhile Gujarat Institute of Area Planning), Ahmedabad, India, 1988.
  • Diffusion of Agro Mechanical Technology in a Backward Region, Report of an Indian Council of Social Science Research project (Jointly with K.K. Subrahmanian), prepared at Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Ahmedabad, India, 1987.
  • Attached Labour in Indian Agriculture, M.Phil Thesis, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 1981.

 

Select Other Papers :

  1. "Role of Small Scale Industries in the Age of Liberalisation" (Co-author Sebastian Morris). Paper presented at the Second Technical Workshop of the Policy Group on Trade and Industry of the Asian Development Bank. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, January 24-25, 2005.
  2. "Determinants of Entry in the Indian Manufacturing Sector" (Co-author: Subhendra Nath Saha), Working Paper No.2005-01-01, January 2005.
  3. "Empirical Assessment of Coherence in Information Technology Firms", (Co-author: Karthik, D.), Working Paper No.2004-12-01, December 2004.
  4. "Labour Market Deepening in the Indian Information Technology Industry: An Exploratory Analysis", (co-author Uma Rani) Working Paper No 2004-06-06, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, June (2004).
  5. "Communication Standards Adoption in Developing Economics: Issues and Options for India", (Co-author: GR Ramadesikan), Working Paper No. 2003-02-03, IIMA, February 2003.
  6. "Commercialization of Traditional Knowledge Based Technologies by Small Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of Strategic and Policy Options", (Co-authors: Dheeraj Awasthy, Vivek Gupta), Working Paper No. 2003-02-02, IIMA, February 2003.
  7. "Investment for Development: The Case of Seven Economies in Transition", May 2002 (With Sebastian Morris), Mimeo. A synthesis paper prepared for Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), Jaipur.
  8. "Knowledge Flows and Industrial Clusters: An Analytical Review of Literature", Working Paper No 2002-02-01, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, February 2002. (Also published in the East-West Center Working Paper Series, No 40, February 2002).
  9. "Development and Administrative Dimensions of Competition Policy: An Analysis of Seven Developing Countries", December 2001. A synthesis paper prepared for CUTS, Jaipur.
  10. "Pharmaceutical Industry in Pakistan", Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the World Bank, 2001 Mimeo.
  11. "Technology Strategy of Indian Firms: Searching for the Role of Complementary Assets and Technology Supply Chains" (jointly with Pankaj Chandra), Working Paper No. 98-12-01, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, November 1998. (This paper was also presented at the Second International Symposium on Management of Technology at Hangzhou, China during November 26-28, 1998)
  12. "Strategic Partnering in Telecom Software: Northern Telecom's Technology Network in India" (jointly with Pankaj Chandra and Lynn K. Mytelka), Working Paper No. 98-07-01, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, March 1998.
  13. "Sectoral Patterns of R&D and Patenting in Indian Industrial Sector", Yale University, 1992 (Mimeo).
  14. "Inter Regional Variations in Rural Non Agricultural Employment in Gujarat, 1961 81", (Jointly with R. Parthasarathy), Working Paper No. 36, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad, March 1991.
  15. "Non Agricultural Employment in Rural Gujarat : A Review of Evidence. Working Paper No. 28, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad. (Key paper prepared for the 20th Conference of the Gujarat Economic Association, Ahmedabad, March 17 18, 1990).
  16. "Development and Diffusion of Agro Mechanical Technology: Some Evidence on Farmers' Experimentation from Gujarat, India". Paper presented at a Workshop on Farmers' Experimentation, On Farm Research, Risk Adjustment and Traditional Wisdom organized as a part of an International Symposium on Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Agriculture, New Delhi, February 6 10, 1990.
  17. "The Urban Informal Sector: A Critical Review" (Jointly with Tirthankar Roy), Working Paper No. 27, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad. Revised version of a paper presented at Raj Krishna Memorial Seminar on Labour and Employment, New Delhi, February 12 13, 1990.
  18. "Indigenous Knowledge and Technology Diffusion: A Case Study of Agro Mechanical Technology in Gujarat, India", Working Paper No. 16, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad, India, March, 1988. (Revised version of a paper prepared for the session on Indigenous Knowledge and Technology Diffusion, organized as the VII Section of the Seventh World Rural Sociology Congress at Bologna, Italy during June 26 30, 1988).
  19. "Some Aspects of Agro Mechanical Technology Diffusion", Paper prepared for the Agricultural Development Forum on "Equipping Poor Farmers", organized by the Intermediate Technology Development Group at Rugby, UK during June 19 20, 1987.
  20. "Trends in Agro Mechanical Technology in Gujarat: A District Level Analysis", Working Paper No. 12, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad, India, 1987.
  21. "Agro Mechanical Technology in Gujarat Before Independence: A Survey of Literature", Working Paper No. 8, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad, India, 1987.
  22. "The Diffusion of Agro Mechanical Technology: An Exploratory Analysis", Working Paper No. 3, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad, 1986.
  23. "Agricultural Technology and Employment in India: A Survey of Recent Research", Working Paper No. 1, The Gujarat Institute of Area Planning, Ahmedabad, India, 1985.

 

Cases :

  1. Standard Automotive Batteries (B) (jointly with Pankaj Chandra), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  2. Standard Automotive Batteries (A) (jointly with Pankaj Chandra), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  3. Patel Brass Works (jointly with Pankaj Chandra), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1997. A short film accompanies the case on the company.
 

Teaching Notes and Case Studies :

  1. "TRIPS and Opportunities for the Indian Pharmaceutical Firms: The Viagra Conundrum", Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  2. "Samsonite Corporation versus Vijay Sales, Blowplast India Ltd and VIP Industries Limited" Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  3. "Protecting Intellectual Property in Computer Software: Issues Emerging from the Lotus Case", Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  4. "The Market for Electives", Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  5. "Market Failure and Government Failure", Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1998.
  6. "Intellectual Property Rights: A Note" Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1996 (Revised 1998).
  7. "Macro-economic Policies and Development of Technology", Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1996.
 

Select Book Reviews :

  1. Richard Heeks, India's Software Industry: State Policy, Liberalisation and Industrial Development, New Delhi: Sage Publication, 1996, pp. 428. Reviewed for The Journal of Entrepreneurship, 7, 1 (1998), Sage Publications, New Delhi.
  2. Hans-Peter Brunner, Closing the Technology Gap: Technological Change in India's Computer Industry, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1995, pp. 219. Reviewed for The Journal of Entrepreneurship, 5, 2 (1996), Sage Publications, New Delhi.
  3. "Poverty, Informal Sector and Labour Market Segmentation in Urban Areas", a review of Urban Poverty and the Labour Market: Access to Jobs and Incomes in Asian and Latin American Cities, edited by Gerry Rodgers; International Labour Office, Geneva, 1989; pp XV + 257. Reviewed for Economic and Political Weekly, July 14, 1990.
  4. Devendra B Gupta, Upgrading of Technology in Rural Industries in India: A Review of Experience, New Delhi, Asian Employment Programme Working Papers, ARTEP, International labour Organisation, 1988. Reviewed for The Indian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1989), Sage Publications, New Delhi.
 

Case Analysis :

  1. Rakesh Basant, Case Analysis I, an analysis of a case titled, "TI Cycles: New Product Strategy (A)" by Mukund R Dixit and Abhinandan K Jain. Vikalpa, Volume 28, No. 3 July-September 2003.

 

Consulting

 

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