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At The Helm: A Memoir

V. Krishnamurthy (Author)

Krishnamurthy's leadership has shown that be can achieve stupendous taske. If for any reason at all be fails, virtually the entire public sector will have to be written off for the nect twenty years,' noted the panel that cbose V. Krishnamurthy as the Business India Businessman of the Year in 1987.

Management of a business enterprise in India is a lot more diffcult than in other countries. there are far more uncertainties that an Indian manager has to encounter that an while performing his tasks-even more so in state-owned companies, often synonymous with inefficiency, than in private ones. But Krishnamurthy, through his exemplary stewardship of there enterprises, that holds lessons for managers everywhere, emerged as the pride of India's public sector in the 1970s and 1980s.

At Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, he saved the company from imminent disintegration and dispelled Indira Gandhi's impression that Indian managers did not have the ability to manage large organizations. At Maruti, he was given the responsibility of not just manufacturing a car but of modernizing the automoblie industry itself. Steel Authority of India Limited was almost a sunset company when he took over, but he shook up the organization from its very foundations and put it back in a leadership position.

At The Helm is the story of how a boy from the small village of Karuveli in Tamil Nadu starts our as a teachnician at airfields during the Second World War but goes on to script the biggest success stories of young India's fledgling public sector over the next five decades.

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About the author

V. Krishnamurthy

V. Krishnamurthy Apart from steering BHEL, Maruti and SAIL to positions of repute, V. Krisnamurthy has served in the Minstry of Industry, the Planning Commission and on several prime ministerial committees during his long career in public service. He has also been Chairman of the Indian Institute of Managemant, Ahmedabad and Bangalore; the Indian Insitute of Technology, Delhi; and the Xavier Insitute of Management, Bhubaneswar. He was a member of the National Advisory Council in its first tenure. Since 2004, he is the Chairman of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, holding the rank of a cabinet minister. He was conferred the Padma Vibhushan in 2007 for civil services, and the highest civilian award of Japan, The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, in 2009.

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Bibliographic information

Title At The Helm: A Memoir
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.07.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Collins Business
Language: English
isbn 9789350298596
length xxi+305p., 8 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; 22cm.