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In Search of Change Maestros

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Foreword Brijmohan Lall Munjal Preface Change Maestros' Kaleidoscope Looking Within, Looking Around, and Looking Beyond - Kumar Mangalam Birla Renaissance Artiste - M Damodaran Romancing Limitless Growth - Sajjan Jindal Enfolding the Future within the Present - K V Kamath The Game Changer - Sunil Bharti Mittal Toward the Next Orbit - A M Naik Entrepreneurial Path Breaker - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Action Architecture and Persona - Change Maestros Change Maestros' Gestalt References Index

About the Author

Pritam Singh is currently the CEO of LEAD Centre in Gurgaon. Dr Singh is a thought leader with extraordinary insight. Dr Singh is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, three of which are award winning. He has also published over 60 research papers in various national and international journals. He is a globally sought-after speaker and has addressed various Indian and global audiences, including Chambers of Commerce in various countries, notably, Holland, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, UK, USA, Thailand, Mauritius, Egypt, etc. As an academic administrator, Dr Singh has an unparalleled record. With his entrepreneurial vision and path-breaking innovative methods, Dr Singh turned around the fortunes of both MDI-Gurgaon (where he was the director from 1994 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2006) and IIM Lucknow (1998-2003). He steered International Management Institute (IMI) for a period of three years until October 2014, and during this period IMI improved tremendously in reputation and ranking. Quite fittingly, therefore, he earned the repute of Midas Touch Director. As the Chairman and member of several policy-making committees and bodies of the Government of India, he has stamped his perspective on policy issues that surround both management education and corporate management in India. He is currently on the Board of 10 reputed private- and public-sector organizations, helping them initiate the change process and charter a winning corporate strategy. He has been conferred the prestigious 'Padma Shri'-a first in the field of management education. He has also been the recipient of several other prestigious awards, the most notable among them being the 'Global Thought Leader' 2006-2007 by MIRBIS (the Russian School of Business in Moscow), where he was the first Asian to be thus awarded. Thinkers50 India ranked him 27 out of 50 Indian Thinkers (both in India and globally) in 2014. Asha Bhandarker is well known in the field of HR and Leadership Studies in India as a scholar, consultant and researcher. Prior to her current assignment as a Distinguished Professor OB at IMI-Delhi, she was the Raman Munjal Chair Professor of Leadership Studies as well as Dean Research and Consulting at MDI-Gurgaon. She has published 7 books and 40 research papers and cases in peer-reviewed, national and international journals. She was awarded the highly coveted Senior Fulbright Fellowship for research in the United States, where she studied the best business schools and their practices and pedagogies. In addition, she has, over the years, received the Best Paper award, Best Case award and the Best Teacher award. Over the last 28 years, she has worked closely with the corporate sector in the areas of training, organization development and capability building. She is one of a handful of professors working with board levels and top management teams of many organizations. She is a recognized HR expert and has been invited on many boardlevel HR committees. Dr Bhandarker is actively associated with professional bodies and has addressed participants of national and international conferences. She has widely travelled across the USA, Europe and Asia and has rich experience of teaching and consulting in India and abroad.


The book is backed by rigorous research and very intelligibly narrated to make the readers develop an understanding of what leads to the building of great Indian corporations. It has successfully bridged the gap of scholarly work on the great leaders of Indian organization; profile and persona of seven maestros discussed in the book are truly the icons of new generation leaders. The personae intertwined with organizational culture and action architecture discussed in the context of seven leaders has presented a holistic look into the building of world class organizations. The book is a great collection for managers, future business leaders, academicians and scholars to learn about the India's most celebrated business maestros - the change maestros. -- South Asian Journal of Management In 1982 Tom Peters wrote his all time best seller IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE which had a lasting impact on millions of people. New Dr. Pritam Singh and Dr. Asha Bhandarker have come up with a brilliant book, In Search of Change Maestros. I am positive that this book too will bring a major change in thinking of management practitioners, academia and students. -- Sudhir Jalan The seven change maestros whose stories of leadership, quest for excellence, entrepreneurial innovation, value-driven governance and empowerment to people presented in this book are truly the icons for the new generation leaders. -- M V Nair An excellent and mind boggling work, In Search of Change Maestros beautifully dovetails research with flowing narrative. Depth and scale of this book are fascinating. -- R Ravi Kumar After a long time, I read a management book that is not only original and backed by solid research but also lucidly narrated. This book will be an invaluable asset for every manager around the world who aspires to make a difference to society and organizations. -- Arun K Jain This book reflects a magnificent understanding of what leads to building great Indian corporations. It shows how outstanding Indian leaders have woven growth and people power, keeping in view cultural uniqueness, into the organizational fabric for creating outstanding and globally competing organizations. It is definitely the book you must read if you wish to seek inspiration and gain understanding of the intricacies for managing change. -- Alfredo Behrens Pritam Singh and Asha Bhandarker's selection of the cast of Change Maestros in the book In Search of Change Maestros is remarkable for its extensive representation: a young inheritor; an empire builder; an indomitable entrepreneur; a tenacious innovator; a righteous bureaucrat; an expansionist technocrat; and a prescient banker. -- Rekha Sethi During a period where change leadership is in short supply globally, the authors have provided us with an amazing book containing some outstanding examples of change leaders from India. -- Gregory Prastacos This book celebrates our home-grown heroes without apology or inhibition! It is a telescopic vision of the vast mindscape of transformational leadership. In this, the authors are pathfinders. The dizzying array of stories, cases, and evidence-based concepts will be a part of our academic and corporate folklore for many years to come. -- Debashis Chatterjee In Search of Change Maestros is a unique contribution. It provides powerful and meaningful insights on change, strategy, and role of the leader. I highly recommend this book to all leaders and those aspiring to become Change Maestros. -- Analjit Singh The common dimensions of Change Maestros encapsulate all of the significant elements of highly successful leaders and when embedded in the stories of seven extraordinary change agents of history, they bring out the understanding of what such leaders are about to all of us in a powerful and provocative way. -- Roger R Stough In Search of Change Maestros attempts at chronicling the functioning of seven business leaders in the last decade and a half. The book is not a search as the title says, but a careful aggregation of milestones and events, based on the somewhat unusual approach of combining qualitative research and interviews with employees and juniors. A book like Change Maestros is a useful addition to bookshelves, particularly if you want to look back at the bare facts about how some of India's most successful corporations and business groups have evolved. -- Business Standard The book is a clinically thorough attempt, perhaps, the first book post-1991, to analyse the trailblazing business successes of modern India. The authors have impeccable credentials with vast experience in management teaching and consulting with myriad organizations. The academic approach is clearly visible with the appendices strewn throughout containing extensive data and analyses.... Change Maestros is a commendable effort to quantify the industrial successes post-liberalised India. The authors have sincerely attempted to go behind the scene to dig out the story. -- The Financial Express In Search of Change Maestros is based on an empirical research to study the leadership styles and persona of some of the most recognized names in the Indian corporate world and the impact they have made on the institutions led by them...The authors have built effectively on qualitative data culled out from the in-depth interviews of quantitative data collected through structured questionnaires, to highlight and understand key elements that categorises change leaders...Many fascinating stories and folklores have been blended with the conceptual frames and research findings to create the context and make the book an interesting read...The authors through this scholarly work have introduced a fresh perspective to the study of leadership in the context of Indian corporate environment...The book has been able to provide some meaningful insights on softer aspects of change management that result in high performance organizations. The lesson can definitely be imbibed and practised in the current Indian business Context. -- Global Business Review

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