Thursday, February 10, 2011


Uru's story is each rural manager's story? (
Expert solution vs Engaged solution: How do they make difference for collectives?

Bar dhaoe rejene

Am I ready for re-storying when my life is going well?
What is the cost of remaining in the comfort zone?
How do we inspire collective to purify itself through struggle?


Are we leading a life of Rumplestiltskin?
What creates Rumplestiltskin?
What can be done to avoid the end of Rumplestiltskin for us?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Placement conundrum

Before the student enters IRMA:

Parent: what salary will my son/daughter get at the end of the course?
Faculty: Last year's average salary was 6.5 lakh.
Parent to Son/Daugher: I can afford you better education where you can get better salary.
Son/Daughter to Parent: I want to work in social sector.
Parent to Faculty: In social sector, will she/he get at least 4.5 lakh per annum.
Faculty: I think so.
Parent: Otherwise, it is not worth you going there I spending 4 lakhs for you.

What is education?

Dichotomies of life

Teacher- student, doctor-patient, agricultural scientist-farmer, bureaucrat-applicant, minister-voter, landlord-labourer, employer-employee, priest-believer, banker-customer. These are some of the dichotomous relations in which expert knowledge is imposed. What are the rural management perspectives to live an world with less dichotomies?

Internalisation of power structure

What are the management tools which attack internalisation of power structure? If not, why management tools are not taking internalisation seriously?

Education paradoxes

Is 'problem posing' education another paper tiger? It seems during 1970s and 1980s, this model was truly liberative. But with the disappearace of socialist dream, has the problem posing education lost its charm?

Management Education

Is management education meant to liberate learners? If not, why not? What are the value changes required if management education has to become a liberative experience?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Is there still hope for cooperative movement?

How can co-operative movements link up with other social movements (e.g. student movements, food and peasants’ movements)? Can co-operatives offer a radical alternative to capitalist economy, or do they just seek to mitigate its effects?

Consumer cooperatives and Producer cooperatives

Is there a conflict of interest between producer co-operatives (e.g. farmers) and consumer co-operatives? How could cooperatives help people secure their basic needs? These are some of the real world questions when one wants to promote cooperatives and realises about multiple-stakeholders. What are the ways out?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Incentives and Collective Action

Do incentives really promote collective action? Or are they breaking collective action? One can easily say context matters. What kind of contexts requires incentives, and what kind of contexts dont require them to promote collective action. When incentives dont hold the members of collective, what holds them?

New forms of mobilisation

Is it that the time is over for the old forms of mobilisation. People out in the street shouting slogans etc? Or is it that we are fed up with these types of mobilisations? Or are mobilisations just changing the colour, and the substance still continues?

Labour Unions for IT firms

Will labour unions in IT firms improve their efficiency? What kind of management would want labour unions in the IT firms? What are some of the 'social goods' which are creating synergy in IT firms?