Research at the India Competence Centre Besides teaching, executive education and applied research for companies, the India Competence Centre puts a special focus on the development of infrastructure solutions in rural India. Based on the service dominant logic and access-based business models, the India Competence Centre collaborates with numerous experts to develop innovative solutions for key infrastructure challenges including affordable healthcare, access to drinking water and logistics services for small-scale producers in villages to reach out to larger markets. The following long-term projects are currently in progress: Affordable Healthcare In collaboration with IIM Bangalore and Prof. Dr. Pietro Beritelli from the IMP at the University of St.Gallen we conduct expert-panels, workshops and consumer studies to develop new business models that provide more affordable healthcare solutions to people at the base of the pyramid (BoP). This project is supported through funding of the Swiss and Indian government. Access to Drinking Water In collaboration with Prof. Tobias Schäfers from TU Dortmund and Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy from IIM Kozhikode we conduct different studies and pilot projects in the proximity of Udaipur. The studies and pilot projects are also supported by Prof. Janat Shah, Director of IIM Udaipur. We evaluate and test different forms of drinking water production and distribution. Prof. Dr. Roger Moser also offers a special course on “Developing Infrastructure Solutions for Rural India” out of which three highly motivated students are currently transforming the business plan they had developed during the course into a water shop reality in India. Infrastructure Solutions for Small-scale Producers in Rural India Multinational corporations and Indian conglomerates are able to deliver Bingo chips and Coca Cola cans into the most remote areas of India. However, small-scale producers in rural India do not have the same logistics support when trying to reach out to other villages or cities hampering their successful expansion and local job creation. In collaboration with the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and different social enterprises (e.g.Gaurav Mehta of Dharma Life) and NGOs in India, we develop innovative solutions focusing on truck-sharing concepts. For more information, please follow this link.