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The Power of Why

The Power of Why

The Power of Why


A key aspect of the pedagogy at ISBF is questions. Questions lie at the heart of all academic pursuit and discovery, and our faculty encourage students to inquire incessantly. This is imperative for students to be able to tell the true from the untrue, to challenge the status quo and, in true LSE spirit, to understand the causes of things. To add a new dimension to this endeavour, the ISBF faculty have curated a web video series entitled The Power of Why. It is intended to showcase the might of a seemingly innocuous question and inspire each viewer to ask one. Having been developed to initiate new ISBFians into this spirit of inquiry, the videos exhort them to ask questions even about seemingly commonplace phenomena related to economics, finance and management, and to re-explore them from a fresh perspective. Starting 7th June 2019, one learning video will be released here each Friday for the next 8 weeks. The schedule of videos is appended below. Following each video, participants in the series must complete a related activity, for which they will earn points, win weekly prizes, and compete on the Leaderboard below for a consolidated grand trophy on Orientation Day 2019. May every participant learn, and the most enthusiastic one win!

Schedule for 8 Weeks:



Learning  Theme

(Every Friday)

Week 1


Understanding the causes of things

Week 2


Crack open a case study

Week 3


Know your programme*

Week 4


The language of numbers

Week 5


ISBFian’s speak

Week 6


Stock markets – Bubbles, Bulls & Bears

Week 7


Is the world re-thinking globalization?

Week 8


The power of why

* A webinar by Dr Jorn Rothe, Academic Director of the EMFSS Programmes, LSE.


RankStudent nameProgrammeAverage ScoreNo. of Activities
1Aaron Alexander JensonBSc (Hons) Economics & Management90.00%1
1Rochak SobtiBSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance90.00%1
1Divya DabasBSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance90.00%1
1Mihir RaravikarBSc (Hons) Economics90.00%1
2Siddharth Thiagarajan BSc (Hons) Economics & Management80.00%1
2Yuktha BhadaneBSc (Hons) Economics80.00%1
3Ansh BakshiBSc (Hons) Economics & Management70.00%1
3Swapnil AgrawalBSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance70.00%1
3Shubhangi SinghBSc (Hons) Economics70.00%1
3Udayvir GrewalBSc (Hons) Economics & Finance70.00%1


1.The average score in the leaderboard reflects the average score from the best three activities.

2. A student must participate in at least four activities to be eligible for the overall prize. 

3. For all students who have completed at least four activities, the average score of best three activites (as reflected in the leaderboard) will be considered for deciding the overall winner.