India attracting major MNC research and technology centres

Today, multinational companies (MNCs) from the USA, Europe as well as the Asia Pacific region are setting up their research and technology centers in India. These centers are mainly focused on research & development (R&D), Business Process Management (BPM) and information technology (IT).

These centers are commonly known as Global In-house Centers (GICs). The primary reason for moving their core operations to India are no longer just cost. “It is digital technology that is bringing companies here”, opines K S Viswanathan, Vice President, Industry Initiatives at India’s leading IT industry association NASSCOM.

India has clearly moved away from cheap outsourcing work to digital-technology areas such as big data, analytics, mobility, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT (Internet of Things), blockchain as well as robotics.

India today has more than 1500 GICs, being operated by MNCs like Target, JCPenney, AB (Anheuser-Busch) Inbev, Saks Fifth Avenue, Grant Thornton, Adobe, Fiat Chrysler, GM, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Texas Instruments, GE, Honeywell, Airbus, Boeing, Shell, AON Hewitt, Intel, Qualcomm, Tesco, Petrofac, Novartis and Mercedes Benz.

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Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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