Le Patronat en Inde: Contours Sociologiques Des Acteurs et des Pratiques

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This 105 page study, published in French by the CSH in June 2000, was commissioned and sponsored by the Economic and Financial Mission of the Embassy of France, the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and 13 private companies settled in India (Aérospatiale, Alcatel, Alstom, Crédit Lyonnais, Faurecia, Lafarge, Pernod Ricard, Sanofi, Société Générale, Sofema, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, Thomson CSF, Schneider Electric) willing to have a better understanding of the sociological background of Indian entrepreneurs (family, caste, education, religion, politics, managerial practices, etc.).

The research team which took up this challenge under B. Dorin's leadership focused on three aspects: the socio-cultural background of the Indian businessmen (family, community, thought and value, by P. Lachaier, EFEO), the business families and the political arena (Ambani, Bajaj, Birla, Godrej and Tata's history from the British rule till the present, by A. Vaugier-Chatterjee, CSH), and the managerial class in its day-to-day practices (case study of a leather industry in Tamil Nadu, by N. Flamant, IFP).