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Revolutionizing The Game Of Field Hockey In India Using The Entrepreneurship And Systems Engineering Approaches

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Systems Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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12.1246.1 - 12.1246.4



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Carmo D'Cruz Florida Tech

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Dr. Carmo D'Cruz is Associate Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship in the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech. He has developed and taught pioneering courses in Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship, Technical Marketing, High Tech Product Strategy and Technology Commercialization Strategies. He has played hockey at the semi-professional level in India and has played at the National Level in India and the U.S. He tried out for Team India in 1980 and Team USA in 1992. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Instiute of Technology Kharagpur, a MSEE from Drexel University inPhiladelphia, a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and Doctorate in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Balbir Singh NIS-Punjab

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Mr. Balbir Singh is a prolific Center-Forward and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist for India in Field Hockey (London-1948, Helsinki-1952 and Melbourne-1956). He was the manager of India's only Hockey World Cup winning team at Kuala Lumpur in 1975.

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Muzaffar Shaikh Florida Tech

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Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh is the Head of the Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Tech. A keen hockey enthusiast from India, he has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Ashok Pandit Florida Tech

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Dr. Ashok Pandit is the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Florida Tech. A keen athlete and long distance runner, Dr.Pandi grew up in North-Central India where field hockey is very popular. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.

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Revolutionizing the Game of Field Hockey in India Using Entrepreneurship and Systems Engineering Approaches


Field hockey has long been the popular team sport in India in which the country has won eight Olympic gold medals in the last century. In the last few years, the country has not been doing too well in international tournaments as well as the Olympic Games or the World Cup.

In this paper, the authors outline their plans to rejuvenate and revitalize hockey in India using Private Ownership / Professional and Entrepreneurial approaches of North American Professional Teams as well as incorporating the latest systems engineering principles to revolutionize the game from an art form to a highly effective scientific approach. In pseudo-socialist India where there is no private ownership of the hockey teams, the element of accountability is lacking and all sport appears as an amateur exercise.

In these days of India dominating the world of software engineering, it is time that a related concept of systems engineering was used to get India back to the top of world hockey.


Our goal for this research is very clear: To use systems engineering principles to revitalize Indian hockey and get India back to the top of world hockey rankings.

Our objectives are: To help India win the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal and the 2010 World Cup by big margins (greater than 2-0) in the pool matches, semi-final or final for these major tournaments.

We will play attacking hockey. We will stick to our 5-3-2-1 attacking formation. We will have a psychological advantage over all the countries whenever we step on the field and this will mean that the game is already won psychologically before it has started.

However, we will use the goalkeeper not only as the last in the line of defense, but also as the first in the line of offense. This will enable a full-back to be freed for man-to-man marking.

Our customers are the Indian public and the Indian Hockey Federation.

We need to incorporate the element of accountability in our hockey teams. In North America this aspect of accountability is accomplished through Entrepreneurial private ownership of the professional teams. In pseudo-socialist India, we advocate private ownership of hockey teams in India to achieve this goal.

D'Cruz, C., & Singh, B., & Shaikh, M., & Pandit, A. (2007, June), Revolutionizing The Game Of Field Hockey In India Using The Entrepreneurship And Systems Engineering Approaches Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--3036

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