Progress and resistance : the establishment of companies in India

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Jean-Claude GALEY

Director of studies, EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales : School for advances studies in social science), Host of a social anthropology seminar on India and the Indian world,

Seminar Company cultures and managements | Monday January 19, 2009 - 17h - 19h

India now occupies an important place on the world economic stage. Some of its companies, such as Mittal, have a global influence. However, India's economic leaders are not all-powerful in their own country. Opposition from those at the bottom of the social scale sometimes affects the actions of multinational companies, thereby revealing the existence of a cultural base which will not be dominated by economic reality. Human relations in the Indian caste and religious system still pervade all walks of life including commerce and industry, although they tend to be subtle and not very noticeable. According to the anthropologist Jean-Claude Galey, India has shown itself to be very open to the outside world and to innovations throughout its history (and it remains the case today), but integrating the innovations into the country's fundamental structures takes a long time. In order to succeed in this country, one must be aware of this.

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This session was published in issue n°77 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Fiertés locales.

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