When the going gets tough, bring on improvisation and learning.
Balagopal (Bala) Vissa is Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. Based in Singapore, Prof Vissa’s research interests focus on entrepreneurship in Asian emerging economies. His research seeks to understand how entrepreneurial firms and teams in Asia build effective networks - in the context of traditional family businesses (called business groups) as well as stand-alone new ventures.
His research has received numerous awards and has appeared in prestigious academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board of leading academic journals.
Prof Vissa teaches courses related to growing new ventures in the MBA and EMBA programmes, as well as on topics related to leadership and managing growth in executive training programmes.
Prof Vissa received his PhD in management from London Business School. His undergraduate degree in electrical engineering is from BITS Pilani and he holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management - Kolkata. Prior to his doctoral studies, Prof Vissa was involved in setting up and growing new businesses in different specialty chemical niches for Unilever in India.
Read case studies by Bala here.
Close scrutiny of VC deal terms in India reveals a nuanced pattern of objectivity and discrimination.
How a new programme increased start-ups’ chance of success.
Securing the necessary resources involves much more than just getting a VC to say yes.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s much harder to build scale in a business than to start one.
I have been researching, teaching and advising entrepreneurs in Asia for the last decade, perched on INSEAD’s Singapore campus....