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Reliance Foundation, several other organisations win Porter Prize 2015

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Updated: September 27, 2015, 5:16 PM IST
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Reliance Foundation, several other organisations win Porter Prize 2015
Porter Prize, named after Michael E. Porter who is Professor at Harvard Business School, living legend and father of modern strategy field, recognizes the strategic acumen of corporates in India.

Reliance Foundation, JSW and Apollo were among several organisations that won the prestigious Porter Prize 2015. A total of nine enterprises bagged the in different categories out of the nearly 30 companies that were shortlisted.

Porter Prize, named after Michael E. Porter who is Professor at Harvard Business School, living legend and father of modern strategy field, recognizes the strategic acumen of corporates in India.

Sangita Reddy, Sajjan Jindal, Anil Jain, R Subramanian and Seshagiri Rao MVS received awards on behalf of their respective enterprises. The event was attended by CXO’s, top industry leaders, thinkers, and senior executives from corporates, government and media at The Leela, Gurgaon.

The companies that made it to the winner list:

- Porter Prize for Leveraging Unique Activities was awarded to JSW Steel, which was received by Seshagiri Rao MVS (CEO, JSW Steel). The citation read for them was “For your outstanding performance in the industry and to recognize your effective rendering of activities across the value chain that created competitive advantage. You clearly stated that good strategies depend on the connection among many things and on making interdependent choices.”

- Porter Prize on Industry Architectural Shift was awarded to Mahindra Rural Housing and Finance, which was received by Anuj Mehra (CEO, Mahindra Rural Housing & Finance). The citation read for them was “For your outstanding performance in the industry and to recognize you for redefining the industry structure by challenging the very basis of competition, creating new business models, challenging the status quo and exploiting change.”

- Porter Prize on Exploiting Tradeoffs was awarded to Abbott India, which was received by Rehan A. Khan (Managing Director, Abbott India). The citation read for them was “For your outstanding performance in the industry and to recognize
the choices that made your strategy sustainable as they were not easy to match or neutralize due to which you were able to create barriers pertaining to emulation.”

- Porter Prize for Creating Distinctive Value was awarded to DHL, which was received by R Subramanian (Senior Vice President & MD, DHL Express India). The citation read for them was “For your outstanding performance in the industry and ability to offer unique solutions to the customers. You effectively created new market spaces, segments and provided solutions that redefined the market.”

- Porter Prize for Value Based Healthcare was awarded to Apollo Hospitals, which was received by Sangita Reddy (Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals). The citation read for them was “For redefining healthcare, providing an overall framework for diagnostics, participating in building a resilient health care system, focusing on providing value to patients, not just lowering costs; free flow of information i.e, information on results and prices needed for value-based competition and innovation in healthcare such as enhancing the patients experience, redefining the business around medical conditions.”

- Porter Prize on Creating Shared Value was shared by two organizations – Jain Irrigation and JSW Group. Anil Jain (Managing Director, Jain Irrigation) received the award on behalf of Jain Irrigation, and Sajjan Jindal received the awarded for JSW Group. The citation read for them was “For your outstanding performance in the industry and to recognize your high impact as
an organization that created economic success by redefining markets, products, way of doing business, creating collaborative efforts and in turn creating societal and economic progress.”

- Porter Prize for Enabling Social Progress was awarded to Reliance Foundation, which was received by Rohit Bansal (Group Head of Communications at RIL). The citation read for them was “For your outstanding contribution to the society to meet the basic human needs, established blocks that allow communities to sustain quality of life and creating conditions for individuals to reach their potential.”

- Porter Prize for Excellence in Corporate Integration & Governance was awarded to Tata Power, which was received by Chetan Tolia (Chief HR Officer, TATA Power). The citation read for them was “For your outstanding performance that is driven through excellence in corporate integration, exploiting synergies between different divisions, superior board room performance and governance mechanisms.”

To know more about the Porter Prize 2015 winners, visit http://www.porterprize.in/winners-2015/

Keynotes at the event were delivered by Sangita Reddy (Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals) and Kailash Vijayvargiya (National General Secretary, Bhartiya Janta Party). Other Prominent speakers were Dr. Shelly Batra (CEO, Operation Asha), Sumantra Sen (CEO, JSW Foundation), Siddharth Arora (CEO & Co-founder, ePaisa Ltd), Deepak Arora (Group Head – CSR and CEO, Essar Foundation) et al.

In its fourth edition, Porter Prize India not only continued the legacy of identifying the best corporate across various segments, it also led to an inspirational force for corporates in becoming more strategic and competitive.

It has emerged as an institution in its own right. The daylong enriching deliberations culminated with Professor Michael E. Porter addressing Indian corporates on his evolved perspectives on strategy and technology. He shared insights on the transitioning era and play of technology as per his renowned five forces model.

He stated, “ Smart connected products is starting to transform what products can do, how companies are competing and what competitive advantage matters. So the connectivity between technology and product today is important and has the ability to create new avenues of development in an economy” He also affirmed his keen desire to visit India as he genuinely looked to Indian to make mammoth strides in productivity and competitiveness.

The tête-à-tête led by Sajjan Jindal (Managing Director & CEO, JSW Steel) with Professor Porter disarmingly brought the massive latent potential Indian ecosystem possesses. Mr. Jindal pointed questions like what should India do to increase its agriculture contribution to 25% of India’s GDP using technology? Are the technology-enabled services going to hinder opportunities of the increasing educated base of Indians? Will in future the smart connected products and related technology affect the traditional Indian industries like diamond and leather? Answering these questions Professor Porter replied that India has the advantage of possessing IT expertise so here is the chance for the country to catch quickly with the flow and seize the opportunity. The technology is not going to affect the ability of individuals instead it will enhance people’s capability.

Sangita Reddy (Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals) delivered a speech, which was encouraging for entrepreneurs, as she shared the genesis of Apollo chain of Hospitals. She said that two years ago companies across the world used to compete on the basis of price but today only those companies are successful and will succeed in future that are competing based on design build around the needs of the customer.

Dr. Amit Kapoor (Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness) in the end congratulated all the winners and announced the date for the next Porter Prize event. He said, “we believe that the journey of Porter Prize instill the spirit of competitiveness and pave the path for strategic success for enterprises.”

First Published: September 26, 2015, 10:01 PM IST
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