At The Helm: Memoirs of a Change Agent

Sku: 9789350298596

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  • ISBN: 9789350298596
  • Author: Krishnamurthy V.
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Pages: 328
  • Format: Hardback

Book Description

If for any reason at all he fails virtually the entire public sector will have to be written off for the next twenty years noted the panel that chose V. Krishnamurthy as the Business India Businessman of the Year in 1987. Management of a business enterprise in India is a lot more difficult than in other countries. There are far more uncertainties that an Indian manager has to encounter while performing his tasks-even more so in state-owned companies often synonymous with inefficiency than in private ones. But Krishnamurthy through his exemplary stewardship of three enterprises emerged as the pride of India's public sector in the 1970s and 1980s. At Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited he saved the company from imminent disintegration and dispelled Indira Gandhi's impression that Indian managers do not have the ability to manage large organizations. At Maruti Udyog he was given the responsibility of not just manufacturing a car but of modernizing the automobile industry itself. Steel Authority of India was almost a sunset company when he took over but he shook up the organization from its very foundations and put it back in a leadership position. At the Helm is the story of how a boy from the temple town of Karuveli in Tamil Nadu starts out as a technician at airfields during the Second World War but goes on to script the biggest success stories of young India's fledgling public sector over the next five decades.

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