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This is a special site developed by the Centre for Organization Research and Development in Management (CORD-M), Hyderabad, India. The members of CORD-M Under the Guidance of Prof. B. R. Virmani have been involved in research on various aspects of Indian management for over two decades and would like to share some of their research findings as well as help various types of organizations in developing and implementing some of management practices and precepts specially meant to address the issues and peculiarities of Indian organizations. Prof. B. R. Virmani is the Chairman of Centre for Organisation Research and Development in Management. (CORD-M) and Formar Dean of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad, India.

The management concept in the west developed as a result of evolutionary process, based on the changing values systems of the people - the social, political, and economic environment as well as educational and cultural milieu. However, in India, historically we never evolved our own concepts, keeping the Indian scenario in view. We found it convenient to transfer management technology, trust as scientific technology. As a result of these grafting process of management, we have created more confusion in management thinking.

However, suddenly due to success of the Japanese methods of management, even the western countries have started doubting their own concepts and are trying to emulate the Japanese lessons. This has further confused the Indian managers as well as the management experts, who all along were following as a gospel truth whatever the westerners had developed.

Our Research finding in Indian Management indicate that many of the Management practices suggested by Foreign specially the Western consultants when implemented in Indian Organizations, get rejected by the environment resulting in contradiction within the Indian context between stated policies and actual practices termed as "Dualism" in Indian Management. Many of these practices remain on paper without proper implementation. Therefore, it becomes imperative to evolve our own concepts of Management, which are in tune with Indian environment and value systems. Based on extensive research we have evolved such concepts and Management practices which are acceptable in Indian context.

Challenges of Indian Management

Management in India is an amalgam of practices borrowed from the West-and more recently from Japan-overlaid with age-old Indian values and norms that the still extant. This book is a seminal attempt to understand the nature of Indian Management and how it can be institutionalized. With an in-depth historical perspective and a thorough analysis of four types of Indian organizations-traditional family-owned private sector; public sector, government departments and multinationals - the author highlight certain common styles, policies and practices that are in consonance with the Indian environment and also provides guidelines for management practices for Indian organizations. The contradiction within the Indian context between stated policy an actual practice has been explored and brought to the fore. Also in this book: " Evolution of management in India from ancient times to the present; " Evolution of management practices in the West and Japan; their strengths and weaknesses as also their relevance in the Indian context. " Overview of Indian Management and the future direction it could take. Lucidly written and replete with detailed case studies based on data collected from over 50 organizations the book provides the path Indian Management needs to take in the context of the changing competitive environment. It will be invaluable for CEOs, managers, public policy administrators as also for consultants, teachers, researchers and students of management. The book is published by Response Books Sage Publications, New Delhi (2007).

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