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Our action research projects enable us to share expertise with and learn from business people on the ground. This authentic, meaningful two-way exchange in turn informs our future research and teaching.



Improving anti-malarial


supply, saving lives

The challenge

When Jérémie Gallien, Professor of Management Science and Operations at LBS, discovered that antimalarial interventions in Africa were largely failing due to flaws in the supply chain, he set out to apply his expertise – gained at Zara and Amazon – to the problem.


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The intervention

Professor Gallien’s research, carried out in collaboration with the World Bank, covered 16 of 72 district pharmacies supplied from a central warehouse in Lusaka, Zambia.


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The impact

The team created new mathematical models and worked with the World Bank, the government agency responsible for drug distribution, and other stakeholders to replace the paper-based stock reporting system with a new digital system.


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Jérémie Gallien

The impact from applying the supply chain science to global health delivery systems is life-changing.

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Educating Cape Town’s


microentrepreneurs

The challenge

Mass poverty is a huge world problem often addressed through multibillion aid programmes.


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The intervention

An LBS-funded research project conducted by Stephen J Anderson (now Assistant Professor of Marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business) and Rajesh Chandy, Professor of Marketing at LBS, in conjunction with the World Bank’s Zia Bilal, provided different business skills training to different groups of microentrepreneurs to see if such skills could help them prosper and grow.


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The impact

The results of the research are positive and statistically significant in profits among the businesses who received training. One year after training was concluded, both the finance and marketing groups show increased revenues of 41% and 61% respectively, relative to the test group.


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Overall, finance training increased efficiency whereas marketing training made the microentrepreneurs adopt a growth focus.

Aside from the statistical significance of these findings, there is a substantive effect for microbusinesses in developing countries. As they are presented with a rare opportunity to scale up, they themselves can affect wider societal impact benefitting their immediate environment.

 

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Educating South Africa’s micro-entrepreneurs, investing in livelihoods

Rajesh Chandy

Professor Rajesh Chandy examined how training could support micro-entrepreneurs and help their businesses to prosper.

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Raising prospects and


reducing risk for


Indian farmers

The challenge

Half of India’s labour force works in agriculture. Hundreds of millions of people live in agricultural households in extreme poverty.


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The intervention

In September 2010, seeking to avoid civil unrest relating to a religious festival, the Indian government imposed a 12-day ban on the sending of bulk texts. This affected, among others, Reuters Market Light (RML), a service that provides texts on commodity prices to farmers.


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The impact

Prior to the introduction of the texts service, farmers had been at the mercy of word-of-mouth second guessing as to what price they might receive at market on any given day. They had to rely on middlemen and traders who talked in code.


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Investing in market efficiencies, raising the prospects of India's farmers

Kamalini Ramdas

Choosing to grow something that is perishable is risky. Having better price information can reduce the risk.

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Maximising the


impact of


landmine clearance

The challenge

Mozambique was left devastated after 25 years of war. Between 500,000 and one million landmines continued to maim, cripple, terrorise and kill people. The mines also made it hard to farm, trade and travel.


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The intervention

Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at LBS, is investigating the impact of demining on Mozambique’s economy, together with Giorgio Chiovelli, LBS Research Fellow and Stelios Michalopoulos, Associate Professor of Economics at Brown University.


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The impact

Beyond the obvious physical benefits of landmine clearance, this study highlights the profound effects of demining on economic activity.


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