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Shishir K. Jha

Professor, Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies

Research Areas

Topic A: Industry Structures, Institutions and Public Policy: Case of Information Economy
[For both PhD/MPP]

Research Area: Digital Society

Description: An internet-enabled digital economy, led by technology firms with a global footprint, have had historically unprecedented growth in the last 20-25 years. What really has enabled the very steep rise of such digital ‘tech’ or digital ‘platform’ economies? How in particular have the (digital/info econ) industry specific circumstances contributed to this growth – for instance, the rapid assembling and iner-operability of technology, both at the hardware and software aspects, the creation of the data centres, etc.

The institutional support (in terms of policy or funding) has arguably played a significant or decisive role in creating the broader context within which many such firms have spectacularly flourished. This is a historical political economic approach that will attempt to place more critical scrutiny at both international and Indian development of this sector.

Relevance to Policy: Often the public policy responses to a rapidly growing industry, does not examine the deeper set of institutional elements that have shaped the specific industry contours. By such an exercise (as stated in the description above), one hopes to critically examine the strategic choices made both by industry players (large firms) as well as by governing regimes. The relative successes and failures of initiatives by both the former and the latter, will arguably provide a better understanding how public policy should respond to emerging challenges.

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Topic B: Tracing the contours of both personal and non-personal data-value chain
[For PhD/MPP]

A crucial element of the information economy is the immense flow of data from users at one end, through several intermediaries

Research Area: Digital Society

Description: Scarcity of literature that exists regarding a critical examination of the precise nature of information flow of both personal data and non-personal data. Without the deeper structural understanding of the volume of flows, the various intermediaries, the economic value that perhaps gets added at each step, the level of data aggregation that occurs at data centres, the various revenue and business models involved, we will be unable to provide a more compelling argument regarding the policy and regulatory interventions that may be required, at various stages of the data-value chain. In some ways this is analogous to understanding the supply-chain of commodities. The research interest is to carve out a political economic perspective of this domain and ask pertinent questions of a rapidly growing field.

Relevance to Policy: Understanding data value chains is arguably a central aspect of uncovering the deeper set of shifts and changes occurring within the broader information economy. How are such forms of data extraction, aggregation & monetisation helping to re-shape the economy? What forms of policy intervention can be expected or even anticipated?

Academic Background

– Bachelors in Science (Honours), Hindu College, Delhi University (1985)

– Masters in Business Administration, Syracuse University (1989)

– Masters in International Relations, Syracuse University (1994)

– Ph.D. in Political Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA (1998)

Publications

Select Peer Reviewed Publications:

Disha Bhanot, Manav Khaire, Arti D. Kalro and Shishir Jha, “Affordable Housing Finance Companies in India: How do they differently served the underserved?” Housing Studies, 2019, Vol. 35 (15). [funded by Tata Centre for Technology and Design @ IIT Bombay.]

Namita R. Shah and Shishir K. Jha, “Exploring Organisational Understanding of Foundational Pillars of Social Media: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Social Media Policies of Technology Companies”, Journal of Management Research, Vol. 18, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2018, p. 226-245.

Jaithirth Rao and Shishir K. Jha, “Light on a less acknowledged source of Gandhi’s ideas of trusteeship”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 37, 15 September, 2018.

Sundar Parthasarathy, Shishir K. Jha and Kirankumar S. Momaya, “EMNEs venturing into advanced economies: Findings from comparative cases of two Indian MNEs” in Thunderbird International Business Review, January 2017.

Sundar Parthasarathy, Kirankumar S. Momaya, and Shishir K. Jha, “Internationalization of Indian Firms: An Exploratory Study of Two Firms from the Tyre Industry” in Journal Of East-West Business, 2016, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 324–350.

Sheetal M and Shishir K. Jha, “National biosafety system for regulating agricultural biotechnology in India”, International Journal of Biotechnology, 2016, Vol. 14, No. 2.

Sheetal M, Shishir Jha and Karuna Jain, “Patent Landscape Analysis of Crop Biotechnology in India”, in International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2015, Vol. 8 No. ¾.

Joseph, Rojers P and Jha, Shishir K, “Digitization, Internet publishing and the revival of scholarly monographs: An empirical study in India,” First Monday, 2015, Vol. 20:1.

Mukundan R, Karuna Jain and Shishir K. Jha, “Technology and Intellectual Property Strategy of a Firm: A view through the commons theory lens”, IIMB Management Review, 2013, Vol. 25, No. 4.

Shishir K. Jha, R Mukundan and Karuna Jain, “Linking Innovation Process to the Provisioning of Public Goods: Case of Neglected Diseases”, in The Journal Of Innovation: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 15(2), 2010.

Hattangdi, A., Shishir K. Jha, and Atanu Ghosh, “A Literature Review of the Perceptions of Faculty About Technology Enabled Distance Education”, in International Journal of Arts and Sciences (2010), 3 (18): 379–390.

Babu Paul and Shishir K. Jha, “Policy options for developing countries for the accessibility and affordability of medicines under TRIPS”, The ICFAI University Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, Vol. VIII, No. 1, February 2009.

Praveen Bhasa and Shishir K. Jha, “Abetting Misgovernance in India: Historical Precedents”, in Corporate Governance Law Review, 2007, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 313-350.

Shishir K. Jha, “Copyrights and Copyduties – Importance of the public domain for developing countries”, in Review of Business Research, 2004, Vol. 3, No. 1.