LUBIN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Pace University
FIN 680D/INC 670C/ FIN 360A/MAR 680V/MAR 356E: Financing & Marketing Implications of Market Orientation in India
Prof. P.V. Viswanath

Fall 2008

Final Exam

Answer any three questions from Part I (Finance) and any question for Part II (Marketing).  Use no more than one page for each one.

Part I:

  1. Are there management issues that are particular to the Indian context?  What are they?  How do they differ from the US context?  Are there any implications/lessons for US companies?
  2. How has the business of movies changed in India in the past few years and how is it likely to change in the areas of production, exhibition, distribution and marketing?
  3. How are films financed in India?  How has the pattern of financing changed over time?  What are the reasons for this change?
  4. How has the Indian economy been transformed in the post-liberalization period?  What have been the patterns in FDI and external trade?
  5. What is the rationale for the Self-Help Group approach to microfinance?
  6. What is the role of mortgage financing in the residential real estate sector in India?

Part II:

    1. What are the drivers of growth in the Indian Retail Industry?  Discuss the challenges facing Indian retailers today.   Are they similar to the challenges facing US retailers?  Why?
    2.  Rama Bijapurkar in the article, “Why bother with Consumer India,” delineates the key characteristics of the Indian consumer market.  List and discuss each briefly.

     

    Undergraduate Finance Final Exam Question List

    1. What are some of the dramatic aspects of Indian growth that Arvind Panagariya touches on in section 2 of his article in the first chapter of the Bhagwati and Calomiris book?
    2. How has the Indian economy been transformed in the post-liberalization period?  What have been the patterns in FDI and external trade?
    3. What are Panagariya's explanations for the patterns of growth in the Indian economy?
    4. What are Dreze and Amartya Sen (in Chapter 2 of their book, "India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity" saying about the role of economic growth in expanding human capabilities? What is the role of government and markets in expanding human capabilities and improving human welfare?
    5. In Chapter 3 of the Dreze and Sen book, we see that there is a lot of variation in different aspects of human welfare improvement across the different states.  Comment on these and comment on how these variations have continued, deepened or reduced in the last ten years.
    6. How does the fact that India has a more explicitly democratic decision making process affect the nature of economic development in the two countries.  Give examples.
    7. Are there management issues that are particular to the Indian context?  What are they?  How do they differ from the US context?  Are there any implications/lessons for US companies?
    8. What management issues have cropped up specifically in the IT/outsourcing sector?  Analyze.
    9. Are there any comparisons between discrimination in employment in India and the US?  Any lessons for India from the US experience or vice-versa?  Are there special discrimination issues that affect the outsourcing sector?
    1. How has the business of movies changed in India in the past few years and how is it likely to change in the areas of production, exhibition, distribution and marketing.
    2. What are the current and to-be-expected future linkages between Bollywood and Hollywood?  Expand.
    3. What is the role of movies as a conduit for marketing?
    4. The print industry is growing rapidly in India, in contrast with what has been happening in the US and similar markets.  What do you make of this?  Can you come up with an explanation?
    5. What are the drivers of the different segments of the Entertainment industry in India?
    6. Which are the most important sectors in the Indian economy, if you use the stock market as an indicator? How has that changed over time?
    7. What is the role of mortgage financing in the residential real estate sector in India?
    8. How has the geographical distribution of commercial real-estate changed over time in India?  What are the implications of such change?  Compare with large cities in the US, such as New York or Boston.
    9. How are films financed in India?  How has the pattern of financing changed over time?  What are the reasons for this change?
    10. What is the reason for the growth of multiplexes in India?
    11. Historically movie revenues in India have come mainly from box-office receipts.  How is this projected to change in the future?
    12. What is the rationale for the Self-Help Group approach to microfinance?
    13. What has been the difference between China and India in terms of the participation of the state in microfinance?