Indian diversity fuels innovation: Expert
From The Times of India, by Namrata Singh
It's three cheers yet again for the Indian global leader. After Indra Nooyi (Pepsi-Co), Nitin Nohria (Harvard Business School), Rakesh Kapoor (Reckitt Benckiser), Anshu Jain (Deutsche Bank), Satya Nadella (Microsoft) and many more, we now have Rajeev Suri as head of a major global corporation - Nokia.
With the words 'India-born' preceding every other new global CEO's name, the question is, what's driving this? Experts attribute it to India's cultural diversity and Indians' comfort with mobility. Indians adapt quickly to any environment, thanks partly to their command over the English language.
"The ability of Indians to adapt seamlessly to the global business environment, their openness to experiment with international food and cuisine, an excellent balance of analytical and creative minds, and the willingness to accept an assignment in a challenging geography from the political or climate stand point have made Indians the preferred choice compared to other nationalities," said Arvind Agrawal, president (HR & corporate development), RPG Enterprises.
Frans Johansson, CEO of The Medici Group, said India is an incredibly diverse country, and this diversity powers a culture of innovation and agility. "Any manager aspiring to an executive leadership role in companies like Nokia, Microsoft or PepsiCo will need to be able to work across and harness a work force of diverse cultures, perspectives, and backgrounds to innovate," he said.
Ronesh Puri, MD, Executive Access India, attributes Indians' successtotheir being great problem solvers and their ability to work well in ambiguity.