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A series of high-profile acquisitions, including Jaguar Land Rover and Corus Steel, together with the launch of the Nano (the world's first Rs. 1 Lakh/ below US$ 2500 car), is set to change our perception of India': on the threshold of becoming a truly global brand.*s oldest and most respected corporate brand. With a major international presence, in a variety of areas including steel, tea, chemicals, communications and software, Tata now stands 65th in the world brand valuation league. But what is the Tata brand all about? What are its values? How do people perceive it, in India and around the world? In this absorbing and informed book Morgen Witzel digs into the heart of the Tata enterprise, describes its origins, how Tata's reputation and image evolved, and how the group has worked to transform that image into a powerful and valuable brand. Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand goes to the core of the Tata ethos to explore the unique relationship between the Tata group and the Indian people, a relationship that goes beyond the achievements of a successful business to its social contributions for its employees and the society at large. Finally it asks how that reputation will be perceived and understood as Tata moves into global markets. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a manager, a marketer, or an interested Tata loyalist this book will help you understand the durability of the brand and inspire you with the values it holds onto in the global economy.
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TATA, is a name recognised by almost every Indian. Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from A Timeless Institution provides readers with an insider glimpse of the challenges faced by the TATA companies and how they rose above it all and carved a name for themselves. The book vividly brings forth never-before-heard-of, actual cases faced by TATA companies, which have a strong presence in steel, automobiles, IT, beverages and groceries to name a few. Tata's professional standards meet international norms and they are known for their path breaking innovation, be it the launch of the Indica, India's first indigenously manufactured car or the launch of Tanishq, which radically changed the Indian gold and diamond jewellery market. The book also narrates the issues faced by Tata Sons in a recessionary market and how they maintained their service without losing sight of their goals. An insight into how Tata acquired Tetley is also narrated in the book. The journey of the Tata companies was not smooth, yet they focussed on their vision. They strived for excellence, always maintaining that they were not perfect. Tata is a name that followed certain principles, valuing them the most. Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from A Timeless Institution was published by Penguin Books Limited in 2014. It is available in paperback.
By Peter Casey
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The first and only authorized biography on Tata Group including the Tata-Mistry legal battle, exclusive interviews with Ratan Tata, and never-before-seen photographs of the Tata family. In 1868, Jamsetji Tata, a visionary of his time, lit the flame that went on to become Tata and its group of companies. This business grew into an extraordinary one. One that some may even call 'the greatest company in the world'. Over the decades, the business expanded and prospered under the leadership of the various keepers of the flame, such as Sir Dorabji Tata, J.R.D. Tata and Ratan Tata, to name a few. But one day, the headlines boldly declared that the chairman of the board of Tata Sons, Cyrus Mistry, had been fired. What went wrong? In this exclusive and authorized book, insiders of the Tata businesses open up to Peter Casey for the first time to tell the story. From its humble beginnings as a mercantile company to its growth as a successful yet philanthropic organization to its recent brush with Mistry, this is a book that every business- minded individual must read.
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By Syamal Gupta
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This book is a must-read for all those simply curious or actively interested to know about the Tata visionaries and the working of Bombay House, the head office of the Tata group in Mumbai, that touches lives the world over. The author’s experiences over 55 years in one of the biggest business houses in India reflects the Tata’s pioneering spirit of entrepreneurship and its culture of nation-building, led by Tata Founder Jamsetji Tata, and stalwarts like JRD Tata, Sumant Moolgaokar, Naval Tata, Nani Palkhivala and Ratan Tata, known for their humility, generosity and forward thinking. In fact, JRD’s assiduous observation of the small things or even Moolgaokar’s advise to the author to ‘Pay major attention to minor details,’ reflects the meticulous work culture prevalent within the group that emanates more out of awe and reverence than retribution. As one of the bricklayers of the Tata group, the author narrates the story of how this business enterprise spread its wings in the world. This book vividly chronicles the author’s varied work experiences, ranging from the challenges of setting up Tata Precision Industries in Singapore in the 1970s to the difficulties of widening the group’s trade horizons in Africa and around the globe. Full of personal anecdotes, this account reflects the Tatas’s philosophy of trust, its culture of innovation and the growth of the group into new geographies, products and services, by staying committed, focusing on the big picture and building relationships to surmount difficulties.
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By Rajiv Agarwal
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Conversation with Rajiv Agarwal What is the most crucial lesson one can learn from the Tatas? Although there are many, if I were to choose one, it would probably be the fact that they represent a unique blend of capitalism with a social objective. Tata Trusts, a bunch of charitable organizations own 66 per cent in Tata Sons and all the dividends are used for philanthropic purposes since the beginning. Besides, the Tata group has been at the forefront of development in India. They had been pioneers in many industries because they believed that they had to enter these sectors to make India self-reliant. Whether steel, power generation, or even airlines, the contribution of the Tatas is invaluable to India’s development. In your view, what makes the Tata Group a global Indian brand that stands out? The Tatas today operate in over 100 countries. Historically, the Tatas have been a group which has operated with the principles of ethics and fairness.
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By Bakhtiar K. Dadab
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Pioneer aviator, numero uno industrialist, institution-builder, philanthropist and manager par excellence, J.R.D. Tata was a nation builder who continues to be a source of inspiration to both young and old. Having placed India on the aviation map of the world with his pioneering flight in 1932, he went on to guide the destiny of his brainchild Air India with the same enthusiasm and eye for perfection which informed his other ventures. As an industrialist, JRD is credited with placing the Tata Group on the international map. Apart from being a businessman par excellence, he was a patron of the sciences and the arts, a philanthropist and yet a man with a passion for literature, fast cars, skiing and flying. As a philanthropist, he was respected for building and keeping alive the tremendously active Tata charitable trusts and adding some of his own. As a founder of institutions he played a seminal role in the founding of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the National Centre for the Performing Arts among many others and advocated family planning long before anybody had visualized that population would be a problem. But it is as an inspirer of men that JRD will always be remembered. With an uncanny knack for selecting the right man for the right job, his greatest achievement lay in his ability to weld a team and get the best out of persons who differed greatly in outlook, character and ability. Filled with an unmistakable zest for life, his desire to instil and inspire a spirit of initiative and enterprise was always evident and he led those working for and with him, in the only way he knew: with affection.
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By Cyrus M. Gonda
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53 astounding and profitable leadership learnings from the life of India’s most loved, admired and trusted corporate and business leader of all time, including: VISION: Founder of TCS, Tata Chemicals, Titan, Tata Tea, and many other Tata Group compannies AMBITION: When he took over as Chairman, the Tata Group had 14 companies with a combined turnover of17 crores. When he retired, he had raised this to 95 companies with a turnover of over10,000 crores INNOVATION: He gave expert technical inputs to Being on how to improve the performance of their aircraft, which Being acknowledge and implemented MOTIVATION: Aged of 78, just after suffering a heart-attack, flew solo from Karachi to Mumbai on the 50th anniversary of his first flight, solely to inspire his employees of Air India REPUTATION: It is said that in the 1960s, when India was in an external debt trap, the World Bank agreed to give India a loan on the condition that not the Prime Minister, but JRD Tata would sign on behalf of the nation COMPASSION: Initiator of many Human Resource best practices in India and globally. In fact the National Association of Foremen of USA awarded him the ‘International Management Man Award’ for developing modern and humane industrial relations in Indian factories DISTINCTION: Under JRD’s Chairmanship, Air India was ranked the Best Airline in the World based on Service Quality by a Global Quality Expert. All the above, in stunning detail, along with literally hundreds of other terrifically engaging, inspiring and implementable stories, anecdotes, facts, quotes and tips of JRD as well as other leaders from every era of history and every corner of the globe are in this book to help you excel in your leadership journey in a structured manne
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By Ranjit Desai
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The epic text of Ranjit Desai's Shriman Yogi finds new voice in Vikrant Pande's nuanced translation, an immersive narrative of the foundations of the Maratha empire and the saga of its charismatic founder.' - Namita Gokhale. Young Shivaji reaches Pune, a dying fort city, with his mother Jijabai and lights the first lamp within its ruins. While his father Shahaji Bhosle is away on deputation by the Adil Shah sultanate after having failed in a revolt against it, Shivaji learns how an empire is built from the ground up. Thus begins the life of the Great Maratha. What awaits Shivaji is nothing short of the vast scroll of history, and it takes him from Surat to Thanjavur and all the way to Aurangzeb's durbar in Agra. He dreams of freeing his land from the clutches of Mughal rule, and though he suffers many defeats and personal losses along the way he never gives up his vision of Hindavi Swaraj. Amidst political intrigue and a chain of skirmishes, Shivaji becomes a leader, a warrior and a tactician par excellence, driven by immense pride and love for his motherland.
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By Hanif Zaveri
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More than thirty-five years after his death, Sanjeev Kumar remains a role model for all aspiring actors. He could light up the screen in underpants, paunch showing, in one of Hindi cinema's most lovable song sequences, 'Thande thande paani se nahana chahiye' ( Pati Patni Aur Woh , 1977). Entirely unselfconscious of his image as a star, he would often be cast as the father figure to a number of his contemporaries, most famously Sharmila Tagore in  Mausam  (1975) and Amitabh Bachchan in  Trishul  (1978), or as the elderly Thakur in  Sholay  (1975) and yet leave an indelible mark with his presence and his acting prowess. After starting out in B-films in the 1960s, he caught the eye in  Sungharsh  (1967), where the manner in which he held his own against Dilip Kumar is now stuff of Hindi film folklore. Equally adept at comedy ( Angoor  and  Manchali , for example) and dramatic serious roles ( Anubhav  and  Koshish ), he was truly an actor's actor. Hanif Zaveri and Sumant Batra's biography provides a glimpse of star's personal and professional lives, taking off from the traditional business of the Zariwalas, his romantic involvement with some of Hindi cinema's biggest names, his lifelong battle with loneliness and his glittering achievements on screen.  An Actor's Actor  is a succinct introduction to the life and films of a star who left us tragically at the young age of forty-seven but who continues to live through his unforgettable and remarkable contribution to Hindi cinema.
AuthorHanif Zaveri Author 2 Sumant Batra
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By Daniel Grotta
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J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved and enigmatic writers of the twentieth century, yet surprisingly little is known about the personal life of the author of  The Hobbit  and  Lord of the Rings . After a traumatic childhood, Tolkien experienced the bloody trenches of World War I, then lived most of his life as an Oxford scholar in a cloistered academic community. In this fascinating illustrated biography, author Daniel Grotta examines how much of Tolkien's personal experience fired his incredible imagination and led to the creation of Middle-earth and its inhabitants. Daniel Grotta  is a journalist and critic living in Pennsylvania.
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In this eloquent first-person account of a family drama that changed the face of American business, the man who transformed IBM into the world's largest computer company reflects on his lifelong partnership with his father--and how their management style and shared dedication to excellence united to create a unique corporate culture that became the blueprint for the entire technology boom. In the course of sixty years Thomas J. Watson Sr. and his son, Thomas J. Watson Jr., together built the international colossus that is IBM. This is their story: a riveting and revealing account of two men who loved each other--and fought each other with a terrible fierceness. But along with the story of a father and son, this is IBM's story too. It chronicles the management insights that shaped its course and its unique corporate culture, the style that made Thomas Watson Sr. one of America's most charismatic bosses, and the daring decisions by Thomas Watson Jr. that transformed IBM into the world's largest computing company. One of the greatest business-success stories of all time,  Father, Son & Co.  is a moving lesson for fathers who dream for their children, as well as a testament to American ingenuity and values, told in a disarmingly frank and eloquent voice. Promising to remain an important business reference as we move into the next century, FATHER, SON & CO. takes a look at the management insight that helped to shape IBM's course and unique corporate culture.  It looks at Watson, Sr., one of America's most charismatic bosses, and Watson, Jr., who spurred IBM into the computer age. Ten years after its original publication, FATHER, SON & CO. remains a uniquely honest book. Watson's willingness to write about the loving but ferociously combative relationship he had with his father and the turbulent battles behind some of IBM's most far-reaching decisions gives readers rare insights into the realities of leadership
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By Indra K. Nooyi
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A fascinating narrative of an intrepid woman who broke the barrier of gender and race to emerge as an iconic business leader of the twenty-first century. Indra Nooyi's leadership legacy is her trailblazing philosophy of 'Performance with Purpose', whose time has only just arrived!' – ...
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