Kavil Ramachandran

Kavil Ramachandran

Professor Kavil Ramachandran is Executive Director, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, Indian School of Business.

Indian Family Business: Creating Legacy

ISBInsight: Family businesses are often in the media spotlight but at the same time, there are gaps in data about family business in India. How do you address some of these lacunae? Kavil Ramachandran: When we started The Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in 2003, there was hardly any interest within media about …

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Is India’s CSR Law Having the Desired Impact?

ISBInsight: Professor Ramachandran, could you set the context for us for CSR in India?  Kavil Ramachandran: In the last few decades, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an integral part of the public discourse with academicians, practitioners, policy-makers and media laying stress on equitable outcomes through business-society interactions. This is also contextual because there is a greater concern about sustainability of all kinds across the …

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Standalone Family Firms Lead on Gender Parity

Two Minute Read Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared at the 2018 World Economic Forum at Davos, that “time’s up” for gender inequality.1 His remark has bearings for the global community. At 130 out of 160 countries, India has one of the worst Gender Inequality Index ranks for a large emerging economy, according to the United Nations Development Programme report. 2 It …

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Equal Stewards: The Women in Family Business Programme

“Women must take equal responsibility and get equal opportunity to make the family business a long-lasting institution.” The Women in Family Business Programme held at the Indian School of Business in August 2018 provided a roadmap for women leadership roles in family enterprise. How can women contribute to building family businesses as long-lasting enterprises? What does the future for women look …

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The Three Circles of Family Business

Professor Kavil Ramachandran explains how the Three Circles model developed by Renato Tagiuri and John Davis in the late 1970s revolutionised understanding of family businesses A 2014 McKinsey study projected that by 2025, family-owned businesses may come to account for as much as 40% of the world’s large enterprises, from a low of roughly 15% in 2010. In emerging market economies …

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When Family Businesses Go International

When are family businesses likely to go international? Ownership structures as well as non-family investor or top management influence in family business operations play a major role, says Professor Kavil Ramachandran. Professor Kavil Ramachandran, The Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management, Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, Indian School of Business.

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The Rise And Rise Of Family Firms

The year 1991 ushered in a new dawn for the Indian economy with economic reforms across sectors. The entrepreneurial spirit among Indians took advantage of the opportunities, and a new class of family businesses—the standalone family firms (SFFs)—emerged. In a paper titled Family Business 1990-2015: The Emerging Landscape published by the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School …

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