Ensuring Family and Business Continuity at India's GMR Group

Ramachandran, K and Ward, J and Waikar, S and Jha, R (2011) Ensuring Family and Business Continuity at India's GMR Group. [Teaching Resource]

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Abstract

Most family businesses do not survive beyond two or three generations. One of the main reasons for the short life span of family businesses is due to the lack of governance mechanisms in the family. With better family governance, business development becomes a more enjoyable journey and ensures continuity of the business across generations. This case is about an Indian family business, GMR Group, which was established a quarter century ago, and by 2010 became one of the major diversified infrastructure organizations in the country with large-scale interests in infrastructure (energy, roads and airports) and manufacturing (agri-business, mainly sugar). Since its founding, the Group has come a long way, from an independent proprietary enterprise to a family-owned holding corporation with several companies under its control, along with external stakeholders. The growth of the group has been led by the entrepreneurial zeal and organizational capabilities of its founder G.M Rao. Having seen many family businesses breaking up for want of adequate governance mechanisms, Rao led the way for the writing of his family's constitution with the help of several experts. The entire family spent many hours, and after several rounds of iteration created and signed a constitution in 2007. The writing process of the constitution, and the policies and processes developed were optimal for maximizing GMR's performance and the family's well-being in current and future generations. The case captures the essential processes and output of writing a family constitution.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Ramachandran, Khttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5044-3673
Item Type: Teaching Resource
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate governance, Entrepreneurship, International business, Leadership, Organizational culture, Strategy, Work-Life balance
Subjects: Entrepreneurship
Business Strategy
Depositing User: Ilayaraja M
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2019 19:33
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 19:33
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1192
Publisher URL: https://hbr.org/product/ensuring-family-and-busine...
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