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India Lab

India Lab combines traditional classroom learning with intensive real-world experience, providing students with a singular opportunity to hone their business and consulting skills.

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The Economy and Business of Modern India

India Lab provides students with an incredible opportunity to learn about India's economy by working closely with Indian companies to solve their most pressing business challenges. Students partner with companies from a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Accelerators/Incubators
  • Agtech
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biotech
  • Cleantech
  • Construction
  • E-commerce
  • Edtech
  • Financial Services
  • Fintech
  • Healthcare
  • Smart Cities

WATCH: Assistant Professor Valerie Karplus on China/India Lab

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The Class

India Lab combines traditional classroom learning with intensive real-world experience, providing students with a singular opportunity to hone their business skills in an international setting. Through a four-month project, students work with host companies to help fix their most pressing business problems. Each India Lab team is composed of four MIT students, typically MIT Sloan MBAs, who have a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Team projects kick off in early February and culminate in an intensive, two-week on-site work period at the host companies' offices during the second half of March. Following a five-week remote work period focused on research, data, and analysis, teams formally present their conclusions to host companies’ senior management in early May, including written reports, recommendations and data detailing their analyses. Host company executives may choose to travel to MIT Sloan in May for an in-person presentation and consultation.

India Lab teams have developed internationalization strategies, new market entry analyses, domestic and foreign capital-raising strategies, sales and marketing strategies, organizational structure plans, commercialization recommendations, and competitive landscape assessments.

For a look at a case study based on a project with a company that has hosted an Action Learning project in India, please view the Biocon case on the MIT Sloan Learning Edge website.

 

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Bidding

Students interested in India Lab can start bidding for the course in early December, 2019. Those accepted into the course can learn about and bid on projects in January. 

Class Timeline

  • December - January

    Team formation and bidding. 

  • Early February

    Project scoping. 

  • February - Early March

    Hypothesis development, research, and completion of remote research report. 

  • March 16 - March 27

    Onsite period in India. 

  • April

    Hypothesis refinement and research. 

  • Mid-May

    Finalize and present report to host. 

India Lab

Info for Hosts

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The Benefits of Becoming a Host Organization

Being a host organization for India Lab is an exciting opportunity to work with MIT Sloan students on significant business challenges in a wide variety of industries. Collaborating with a student teams allows companies to:

  • Explore an opportunity that does not fit easily into the day-to-day work flow of current employees, and requires creative, long-term thinking. 
  • Provide a new perspective on the host's strategic thinking or organizational model. 
  • Analyze the implications of new global technology or market trends for an existing business.
  • Assess whether global expansion is necessary or valuable given the host's assets and capabilities. 
 
Interested In Becoming A Host?

Please email John Grant at jcgrant@mit.edu or Valerie Karplus at vkarplus@mit.edu.  

Host Timeline

  • September - October

    Host recruitment begins. 

  • January

    Student teams are recruited and matched with projects. Hosts find out if they have been successfully matched.

  • Early February

    Students and hosts work together to come up with a project scope. 

  • February - Early March

    Hypothesis development, research, and completion of remote research report. 

  • March 16 - March 27

    Students arrive in India to work onsite with hosts on their projects. 

  • April

    Hypothesis refinement and research. Invoices sent to hosts. 

  • Mid-May

    Students finalize and present reports to hosts. 

India Lab

Faculty

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India Lab Faculty

Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management

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John C. Grant

John C. Grant

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, International Action Learning Programs (G-Lab, China/India Lab, GO-Lab)

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Valerie J. Karplus

Valerie J. Karplus

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Assistant Professor, Global Economics and Management

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India Lab Mentors

Sharmila C. Chatterjee

Sharmila C. Chatterjee

Management Science

Academic Head, Enterprise Management Track

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Melissa Jane Webster

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Lecturer, Global Economics and Management

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