Business Groups in India

Jayati Sarkar

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199552863
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Business Groups in India

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The objective of this article is to examine the evolution of family business groups in India, one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in recent times and a country where business groups have been an integral part of the economy ever since formal industrial activity took its roots in the country around the latter half of the nineteenth century. This article seeks to provide a historical overview of the process of evolution of Indian business groups in economic activity, focusing specifically on the dynamics underlying its persistence and resilience as a dominant organizational form despite significant changes in the institutional environment from time to time. In doing so, this article seeks to highlight, in light of the existing theoretical and empirical literature on business groups, important elements of their organizational structure, diversification strategies, their governance and performance, and finally on changes in their competitive capabilities, if any, over time.

Keywords: Indian business groups; economic activity; organizational structure; diversification strategies; governance

Article.  10780 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; International Business

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