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Case Summary

The Murugappa Group: Centuries-Old Business Heritage and Tradition

Case Number: 5-104-011, Year Published: 2004

HBS Number: KEL121

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Authors: John Ward; Carol Adler Zsolnay

Key Concepts

Family Business, International Business, Succession Planning, Corporate Governance, Organizational Planning / Strategy, Professional Non-family Management, Management Development


A successful five-generation family business group in India separates its ownership role from its operational management role to meet the needs of a more global economy. This includes hiring professional non-family managers of business units and including non-family directors on the corporate board.

Number of Pages: 28

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Family Business

Geographic: India

Industry: Manufacturing, Agriculture, Financial Services

Organization Name: Murugappa Group

Organization Department: Executive Offices / Corporate HQ

Organization Size: Large

Decision Maker Position: Corporate Board and CEO / Managing Director

Decision Maker Gender: Male

Year of Case: 2000