The Abuse of Globalisation in Indian B Schools

 

The entire B school experience differs according to which side of the story you belong to-in it,or outside as an aspirant.The latter stage,which naturally comes first,is one filled with wide-eyed admiration for the goings-on in the hallowed interiors of the b schools-with all the rich perks that come alongwith it.Once inside,the picture changes to one that is based on a lot more practical approach,to realize the necessity to do the needful to achieve your dreams.Of the many trends that rule the roost in Indian B schools,the one that takes the cake is that of ‘globalisation‘ in an entirely Indian context.The term unfortunately has been used,and overused and ultimately abused heavily in b schools all over the country-here is why.

 

Go Global!!
Go Global!!

 

 

To put it simply,Globalisation in this context would refer to the round about way to answer a query/case to hide one’s inability to come up with substantial content.Unfortunately it is not that simple as it seems-the term has more of a negative connotation to it in most people’s minds.

For example,an attempt to answer a question on strategy,using the words ‘Maslow’,’holistic’ and ‘sustainable competitive advantage’ in the same sentence banishes you to the ignomony of the title of ‘global heavyweight champion’ for the rest of your mba life.So that’s the idea,someone who is not succint enough,not clear enough-resorts to globalisation.A simple way to identify the ‘globalising’ attempt of a person is the repetative usage of words such as “basically”,”actually”,”this thing”,”that thing”,”you know” or “umm” in the midst of an explanation.More often than not,it is difficult to carry it off,without a bit of articulation.Thus smooth talkers,with generous dose of lip service hold strong chances of turning global champions.

 

Global Heavyweight Champion
Global Heavyweight Champion

 

 

However,there are two basic myths/unjustified notions associated with the phenomenon of globalisation-firstly,the scenario when you hear someone speaking something which you already know of.This tragic set of events takes place,everytime when you expect someone to come up with some entirely new take on a topic that is known beforehand-and when the person explains the same funda that is known previously-he is unfortunately termed ‘global’.This is entirely unfair to the person in question-his understanding is defintely not at fault here-the recipient’s expectations are.

Secondly,the yardstick that is used to compare subjects which are absolutely impossible to compare end up marking some of the most beautiful subjects as ‘global’.One classic example would be the bracketing of some subject like “organisational behaviour” as global vis-a-vis “financial management”-owing to the lack of quantification in the former as compared to the latter.

Amongst prospective students themselves,there are 2 major categories identified,the ones who are unabashed followers of ‘globalisation’ and depend on it for a living.The other variety which borders on the thin lines of hypocrisy prides itself as belonging to the ‘objective’ club and still resort to ‘the big G’ in trying situations to save themselves.

The picture is pretty clear at the end of the day-the subtle nuances of globalisation are here to stay-the longer the queue of the mba-s being churned out in the country becomes-the tentacles of globalisation,good or bad, will spread even further.

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4 thoughts on “The Abuse of Globalisation in Indian B Schools

  1. Mazaa aa gaya. Well thought of and researched article. 🙂
    But one thing I would like to add; its not everybody’s competency to globalize any topic, only a few gifted ones can develop expertise in it.
    Carry on the great work, dear…..

  2. Very well written alekhya..

    on funny note :
    Important positives of global champions..

    1. Its good to have them in your team. They help you when you are struck, stop for yawning, or just when you look at their face for that matter,.
    2. They become heroes for Business Ethics videos. I thank them all sincerely.
    3. They will help you go to sleep, if they persist talking for some extra long time.
    4. They help you understand how important wassups and heemans are..

    on a serious note:
    I understand your point of OB being made global. Its simply selling for ppl who are not your TG (Since you are my TG, am talking in your language.) Its simply not practical for all engineers and future investment bankers. You ask an american to stand continuous for 10 days, that he will see god, he says its impractical. Most indians will stand single legged for 10 years. For them materialistic life is impractical. The point is, psychology related subjects are not meant for people with applied science background and who dream of finding a magical equation which is the answer to all the questions on the world. MBAs do not do anything but wear suits and talk english. If you are a leader (according to yourself), you hurt people, frighten them, fight with them, convince them (rarely), or best do not talk at all and finally try and control them. Thats the best you can do. If you remember equations well, you prepare balance sheets. If you are none of these, you just stand back in presentations and sit back in classes like me.. and wonder what these ppl are upto..

  3. alekhya
    i hold the faculty entirely responsible for allowing the students to drift into the allurement called “globalisation”.
    in most cases the faculty is not competent enough to sieve the gist from the gab, in others she/he just doesn’t want to, because in order to make the students work hard, the teacher has to work equally hard.
    i still believe that most of us want to do sincere work but have given up because we don’t see the need to, there is no visible incentive in the short run (faculty like Gera are exceptions).
    the very few of us that try to stay away from globalising may be driven by one or more of the following reasons:
    1. we don’t care if the teacher likes our answers or not
    2. we are not good at it
    3. we are possibly worried about “real learning” and have the stupidity / guts to think that we can become miracle-managers with the help of a few HBR articles and our own hard work
    in any case its our call and as we have proved in the BETH class, after 25 yrs we cannot change ourselves, we can only manage….

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