Topic: Leadership

Are CEO Appointments in India Caste/Religion Biased?

Do top Indian companies hire professional Chief Executive Officers on the basis of caste or religion? And does it matter for financial performance? Professors Naga Lakshmi Damaraju and her co-author Anil K Makhija offer some surprising insights on these important questions. Whether Chief Executive Officer (CEO) appointments at the largest corporations are driven by the biases of firm owners is an …

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Developing the Next Generation Leadership for Family Business

Smooth inter-generational leadership transition is critical for the long-term survival of business organisations. In the family business context, passing on the baton to effective next-generation leaders is crucial for the continuity of family legacy. For this transition to happen effectively, it is important that family businesses develop their next generation members in a systematic manner that prudently builds their capabilities …

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Focus on competence, not dynastic succession

There are family firms that are owned and managed by family members and have survived many generations, like the 120-year-old, $4.1 billion in revenues, Godrej Group. There are family firms that did not survive transition of leadership to the second generation of family members like in the case of United Spirits. Vijay Mallya destroyed the socio, emotional and economic wealth …

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Trust Matters the Most in Negotiations

Based on the research of Amit K. Nandkeolyar, Brian C. Gunia and Jeanne M. Brett. Amit Nandkeolyar and his colleagues use the case of Tata Motors to provide rich insights into the varying levels of trust of negotiators and their effects on negotiation outcomes. The study suggests that trust promotes greater information sharing without the fear of exploitation, which in …

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An Open Book-Transparency Matters in Family Business

Recent developments on the Vijay Mallya saga have left more questions than answers on the extent of transparency that our corporates preach and claim to practice. Discussion on the need for transparency and governance in family businesses is nothing new. Conventionally, concerns of minority shareholders, systemic fragility and the cascading impact on the economy that opacity of firms create make …

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Institution Building & Self-centred Leaders

Kavil Ramachandran, Professor and Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, questions as to what extent leaders are committed to the mission they are expected to accomplish without being influenced by some personal agenda. Read the article

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A review of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”

In her much talked about manifesto, “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, enjoins women to navigate beyond their comfort zones and pursue their professional goals diligently. Sandberg’s overarching vision for women is to rise to the challenge of managing, and subsequently, leading. A powerful executive with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Sandberg believes it is time to …

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Stories Matter: What Global Leaders can Learn from Different Cultures

As physical boundaries across the globe become obsolete, how can cultural empathy and human psychology help build effective and responsible leaders? In a talk at the Indian School of Business, Devdutt Pattanaik, leadership consultant and author, described the role of myth and stories in shaping beliefs and behaviours, and highlighted how an understanding of these can be of value to …

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Ethics in Business Forum Incites Debate on Authenticity

The newly created “Ethics in Business Forum” at The Indian School of Business (ISB), invited Rajiv C. Lochan, Retired Partner, McKinsey & Company and a key ISB liaison, to discuss dilemmas in ethical business practices and responsible leadership. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules? What drives behaviour and ethical leadership? These and many other questions were raised at the …

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