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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 endeavor, 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 26th May, one learning video will be released here each Friday for the next 10 weeks. The schedule of videos is appended below. Following each video, participants in the seriess 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 2017. May every participant learn, and the most enthusiastic one win!

Schedule for first five weeks:

Learning (via email every Fri noon)Activity (next-day Sat midnight deadline)
Week 126-MayUnderstand the causes of thingsOnline quiz
Week 22-JunCrack open a Case StudyShort online Q&A
Week 39-JunLet’s get inspiredDiscussion
Week 416-JunStock markets – Bubbles, Bulls & BearsOnline game
Week 523-JunThe language of numbersPlaying with numbers

Schedule for last five weeks:

Learning (via email every Firday)
Week 630-JunISBF Studentspeak on the power of Why
Week 77-JulGDP deconstructed
Week 814-JulProduct placement as a marketing strategy
Week 921-JulIs the world re-thinking globalization?
Week 1028-JulEnding the series, and beginning to apply the power of Why


RankNameCourseAverage ScoreNo. of Activities
1Nakul ShindeBSc Economics and Finance80.9%5
2Ritika KumarBSc Economics and Finance79.5%6
3Divya TyagiBsc Economics and Finance78.7%7
4Aditya AGBsc Economics and Management75.7%6
5Rohini KakarBsc Accounting and Finance73.1%5
6Doyal JhaBSc Accounting and Finance71.9%7
7Aditya DeswalBSc Economics and Management71.1%6
8Aditya RajaBsc Management and Digital Innovation62.9%5
9Shaurya ArunBSc Accounting and Finance59.8%6
10Rutvik SappadlaBsc Economics and Finance59.6%5


  1. A student must participate in at least five activities to be eligible for the overall prize.
  2. For all students who have completed at least five activities, the best five scores will be considered for deciding the overall winner.
  3. The percentage scores for the Stock Market Trading Game were calculated as follows: (a) the winner was awarded the highest average percentage for any student across the first 3 activities, (b) the person with the lowest Portfolio Value was awarded the lowest average percentage for any student across the first 3 activities, and (c) the players ranked between them were awarded proportionate scores.
  4. Since some students have now completed 5 activities, which is the minimum number required to be eligible for the overall prize, the table now ranks them separately from the others. Both sets are ranked in decreasing order of Average Score within each set. As others complete 5 activities, they too will move into the eligibility set and be ranked therein.