Archive for the ‘India’ Category

Cluster Pulse – India’s cluster agency

March 6, 2012

We have been approached by Jagat Shah, CEO of Cluster Pulse in Gujarat, one of the most prosperous state of India, concerning the possibility of linking up with Indian companies involved in their clusters.

Cluster Pulse is well-known in international economic development circles. It says that the region is the largest and fastest growing in India, and is keen to develop trading relationships with overseas firms using clusters as the vehicles for such interaction.

We really welcome his approach and his enthusiasm – their website has a good deal of relevant material. We are currently following up to determine how best to realise improved trade and investment outcomes via Cluster Pulse and similar facilities in other countries.

Competitive Cities in the 21st Century

December 16, 2011

Professor Brian Roberts has informed us of the release of his latest work, co-authored with the late KyeongAe Choe. The book is basically about clusters inAsia and it is an absolute treasure trove!

The background is that economic challenges in developing Asian countries are now more complex – urban populations are growing at great cost to the environment, climate change has increased risks of natural disasters, and income gaps within and between developing countries are widening. These factors threaten the sustainable growth of urban areas, the drivers ofAsia’s economy. A strategic approach for inclusive growth is therefore needed.

The City Cluster Economic Development approach provides a strategic framework and analytical tools. The approach was developed and tested by the Asian Development Bank to improve the basis for integrated planning and development of urban regions. The chapters include:

  • Factors Shaping the Spatial Agglomeration of Asian Cities.
  • Emerging Factors Accelerating Urban Economic Growth.
  • The Cluster: Theory, Analysis, and Experience in Agglomerated Asian Cities.
  • Building Competitive Local Economies: Approach and Analytical Steps.
  • Cluster-Based City Economic Development in Bangladesh,India and Sri Lanka.
  • A New Paradigm of Local Economic Development for Growing Asian Cities.

Hard copy = $US40 – go to

Singapore approach re data services

April 15, 2009

Dear Rod, Greetings from Singapore! I was kindly referred to you by Mr. Mahesh Rathod who is the country head for India Investments at AUSTRADE in Mumbai.


I was interested in examining if you maybe interested in trying our CEIC db? Or if you could point me in the right direction of who else could consider trying CEIC in AU? And considering a subscription to assist research work on Asia. CEIC data is a comprehensive macroeconomic & sector data service, widely used by economists and researchers in Asia and globally.


We are part of the Euromoney Group, publishers of the Euromoney, Asiamoney magazines etc.


More about CEIC at and


Thanks for your kind attention, and look forward to your reply.



Pradeep Fernandes
Regional Business Development Manager


ISI Emerging Markets (Singapore)


Hardware & Software – China & India

April 15, 2009

A new book, “The Emergence of the Hardware and Software Industries in China and India”, presents the first rigorous comparison of the growth of the IT industries in China and India.


Based on interviews with 300+ companies. Explains the different growth paths of the software and hardware sectors, and why India is the software capital of the world while China is a manufacturing powerhouse.


Compelling case study of how differences in economic policies and the investment climate affect industrial growth. Cost $US25.


Go to

Aquaculture – invitation from Chennai

January 15, 2009


I read with great interest about your Cockatoo Network. Our prime areas of interest are Aquaculture (Barramundi Aquafarming) and Marine Biotechnology (production of Chitin & Chitosan).


Maritech has been involved in development, implementing and operating Aquaculture projects since 1989 in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, etc. as Project Consultants.  We have played a key role in transfer of technology in India during the boom days in early 1990s.


Barramundi farming & Marine Biotechnology have a large scope & potential in India.  We are keen to cooperate with your network to establish collaboration and investment in India. Also, there is some interest among Indian investors to look for potential in Aquaculture in various South East Asian countries.


Let me know how we can collaborate with you.


Contributed by S. Santhana Krishnan, Chief Executive, Marine Technologies

37, 1st Street, Anna Colony, Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090, INDIA Tel.91-44-4551 1214


(Certain Cockatoo members have already replied, and networking activity is underway – Editor)


India’s business schools focus on social entrepreneurship

October 17, 2008


Business schools in India are introducing initiatives to merge the needs of the corporate world with those of non-governmental organizations.


It follows a summit on entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, which outlined the importance of social entrepreneurs as agents of change in society. Initiatives have been launched, including the development of the infrastructure of small villages via education.


Go to

Innovation Policy – Germany benchmarked

October 17, 2008


A 420 page study ‘New Challenges for Germany in the Innovation Competition’ has come to our attention courtesy of the National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship.


The report benchmarks Germany’s innovation performance against China, France, India, Korea, USA and Japan. The report reads like an OECD country survey – but suffers from extreme verbosity and lacks a tight summary section. Nevertheless it is a treasure trove of material e.g. interesting section on Korea’s cluster program.


Some of the salient points:

§          Germany faces challenges in coordinating policies across different parts of its Federal system.

§          In terms of strategies, German innovation policies place great emphasis on support for SMEs.

§          German policymakers must promote technology transfer and commercialization in a fragmented environment characterized by numerous research organizations and SMEs.

§          Overall, Germany shows great strengths in areas related to international trade and key technology sectors. Information technology is an exception, with Germany’s international technology profile lagging other economies.

§          Germany is now aiming to spend 3% of GDP on R&D.


Go to New Challenges for Germany in the Innovation Competition

The Agglomeration of Ethnic Inventors

September 22, 2008


Researchers at Harvard Business School have been studying the changing nature of innovation by tracking the ethnicity of US-based inventors.


The study identifies a large increase in the number of Chinese and Indian inventors during the 1990s. The largest portions of patenting by ethnic inventors occurred in three locations – San Francisco, LA and New York. And 80 percent of all ethnic patenting was in the largest metro areas.


These concentration effects are most pronounced in the private sector, as opposed to government agencies or universities, which are in fixed locations.


Go to “The Agglomeration of US Ethnic Inventors” by William R. Kerr (Source: NDOE)

The Rise of India: How the Disciple became the Guru

August 26, 2008


A new report looks at the forces transforming India into a global force in R&D. The secret lies in new, innovative approaches to workforce development. Faced with a crumbling education sector, India’s corporate leaders have created their own in-house training and talent management programs.


The study profiles 24 leading Indian companies, and reviews how they succeeded in the “war for talent.”


Most of the practices are not new e.g. distance learning and skills forecasting. Indian firms have innovated by increasing the scale of these programs, and fully integrating these efforts into corporate operations.


Go to this Kauffman Foundation-sponsored report, “How the Disciple Became the Guru,”

‘Design’ now all-important

July 24, 2008

Dr John Howard (Canberra-based consultant/policy analyst) says design and creative practice are major components of industry and innovation policy. John has done excellent work in this field, and this month he launched Between a hard rock and a soft space: design, creative practice and innovation.” The international overview is worth sharing:

§          UK leads the world in its recognition of the creative industries. The Cox Review of Creativity in Business examined how to exploit creative skills more effectively (UK Treasury 2005). The Design Council is important – now runs a program ‘Designs of the Time’ (DOTT) and a new program, ‘Designing Demand’ helps SMEs become more competitive – offers flexible, structured processes, using expert Design Associates with business experience.

§ New Zealand has launched a design strategy and is looking to breed a cohort of design-led firms — brand builders based on ideas grown in New Zealand.

§ The German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung) is a world leader in competence centres for communication and know-how transfer in the design field. Runs competitions, exhibitions, conferences, consulting, research and publications.

§ The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID) improves awareness of the importance of design as a competitive tool, and encourages the integration of design methodology.

§ The Indian Government released a national design policy in 2006. It includes a ‘Mark of Good Design’ – only well-designed products can carry the mark. The aim is to ensure that the words ‘Designed in India’ come to mean good value. India is seeking to become a global design hub. Currently a roll-out of design-led business and academic centres.

§ Taiwan has a robust design policy, supported by a growing number of design schools.

§ South Korean students outnumber all other nationalities in most graduate design programs in the United States, and Samsung is an upcoming innovator.

§ China is shifting its manufacturing base from OEM to original design manufacture and brand-manufacturing operations. In 20 years, China has opened 400 specialist design schools to train designers and build design capabilities.

§ Singapore is creating centres to bring business and design and creativity together.

Thanks to Hari Argiro (Adelaide CC) for pointing us to John Howard’s article.