“How Business Institutions are Shaped “: – R Gopalakrishnan

By April 25, 2021Uncategorized, videos page

What are business institutions? How are they shaped? How do such shapers differ from good CEOs of good companies?  


These questions were the subject of an applied research project by a seasoned practitooner and five distinguished academics of Bhavan’s SPJIMR, Mumbai. Through 700 hours of desk research and interviews, a series of six books titled “Shapers of Business Institutions” has been published; this likely counts as a first among Indian companies—TCS, HDFC Group, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Marico and Biocon, all companies which came into prominence around the time of liberalization. 

Mr Gopalakrishnan will speak about the essence of the Shapers’ Mind-set, Behavior and Actions.






R GOPALAKRISHNAN is one of India’s foremost business thinkers. 

He is an author, speaker and a corporate advisor. His career spans over 50 years: 31 in Unilever where he rose to be vice chairman, HUL, and later 19 years in Tata Sons as a director. 

He now serves as non-executive chairman of Castrol India, an independent director of Hemas plc, Sri Lanka, Executive-in-Residence at S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai and Distinguished Professor of IIT, Kharagpur. 

He has authored nine books so far, notably A Comma in a Sentence, Six Lenses and Doodles on Leadership. He welcomes feedback at rgopal@themindworks.me.

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