ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Managerial Pilgrimage to Indian Ethos

Managerial Transformation by Values: A Corporate Pilgrimage by S K Chakraborty; Sage Publications, New Delhi 1993; pp 215, Rs 195. S K CHAKRABORTY is a distinguished management scholar, teacher and consultant. He is also a citizen on a clear-headed social mission. His mission is to establish the supremacy of ancient Indian psychology and philosophy as means for transformation of managerial behaviour and attitudes in order to resolve the rapidly growing pressure of personal and social conflicts afflicting the performance and peace of people responsible for the performance oftheir enterprises. The author's learning, wisdom and exposure to the realities of Indian corporate and executive performance for over two decades have deeply anguished him about the increasingly evil effects of consumerism, greed, corruption and rat-race for personal power and control on the mindsets of managers and consequently on their executive effectiveness. These are symptoms of a "degenerate consciousness" which needs urgent transformation. Chakraborty is well acquainted with the wide spectrum of philosophies, approaches, methods and techniques developed in the western society and countries like Japan to deal with the human problems of industrial civilisation. He is convinced that the rationalistic-liberalistic value system of the west would not provide a durable means for the transformation of managerial values in the Indian context. He is impressed by the recent history of Japanese management philosophy and practice which have combined western technology and indigenous values with positive effects on both corporate performance and managerial happiness. In this background, Chakraborty has developed a firm belief that the degenerate consciousness of the Indian manager can be transformed in the right direction only by promoting the acceptance of the Indian spiritual ethos. The mission built on this prognosis has resulted in half a dozen books aimed at integration of managerial effectiveness and Indian values.

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