ICICI’s K.V. Kamath Shapes a Business Plan in Rural India’s Uncertain Financial Terrain 4
When K.V. Kamath became CEO of ICICI, India’s second-largest banking and financial services conglomerate,it was a financial institution hamstrung by political constraints. As a key member of the team that led theorganization into new businesses such as insurance and banking, Kamath used technology effectively to pryopen market expansion. In an interview with Michael Useem, Wharton professor of management and directorof the School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, Kamath discusses ICICI’s foray into ruralbanking and other challenges.
The World Economic Forum: A Call To Exercise Global Leadership, Not Just Self Interest 8
This year’s convening of The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brought together approximately2,400 corporate executives, heads of government, and leaders of organizations to debate issues rangingfrom global warming to the rise of the Internet and the future of the Middle East. Michael Useem, director ofWharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, attended the 5-day event and offers a report onwhat he calls Davos’ “culture of transcendent leadership.”
Hu Xiongqing, President of Akiyama International, on How To Manage a 11Multinational Company
In 2001, SEG’s $9 million acquisition of the Tokyo-based Japan Akiyama Printing Machinery Company receivedsignificant attention, largely because of its successful integration of the acquired entity. In the 5 years sincethe deal, the new Akiyama International has booked $500,000 in sales per person, up from $250,000; profitmargins have exceeded 20 percent; and, most importantly, morale among the Japanese employees atAkiyama has risen to what it had been before the acquisition. Hu Xiongqing, Akiyama’s president, is a well-known turnaround expert in the domestic printing industry, and he talked about his experience managing thecompany in a recent interview with
Navigating the “Grey Areas” of Business Management: An Interview With 14Mai Boliang, CEO of China International Marine Containers Co.
China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd (CIMC), based in Shenzhen in Southern China, is aglobal leader with more than 50-percent market share in the international container business. Its relativefreedom from state interference, ability to make acquisitions across different geographic areas of China, andbalanced shareholder structure make CIMC unique among Chinese companies. In an interview with WhartonManagement Professor Marshall Meyer, Mai Boliang, president of CIMC since 1992, talked about what ittakes to run a global powerhouse in the container industry.
What Latin America Needs To Do To Be More Competitive in Global Markets 18
Despite unquestionable advances made in terms of macroeconomic stability, sustained growth, theemergence of democratic governments, and a favorable business climate, Latin America continues to showsigns of weakness that conspire against its full-fledged inclusion in the competitive new world order. Toremedy these problems, experts clamor for social, fiscal, and financial reforms, as well as reforms of the labormarket. Scholars interviewed by
agree that a real difference can be madewhen there is a national policy for investing in education and for raising public and private sector spending onresearch and development.