From Torchbearers to Trailblazers

‘What a terrific book! The Tata Businesses have articulated a stakeholder philosophy 100+ years before it was “(re)discovered” in the West. This book is a great example of why we need more business history that is global. And, it serves as an icon for how we can learn from how businesses can work all over the world.’

R. Edward Freeman,
University Professor, The Darden School, University of Virginia, USA

‘The story of the house of Tata inspires us by showing that service and success can go hand-in-hand especially amidst turbulence and change. Shashank does this story much justice.’

Tarun Khanna,
Professor, Harvard Business School;
Author, Trust: Creating the foundation for entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

‘This book highlights the Tata principles of business and their success strategies by analysing the potential and performance of business in India over the last 150 years. From colonial rule to independence; and from License Raj to the dawn of globalization – the Tata Saga has been deeply interwoven with the destiny of a resurgent nation. Dr. Shah narrates this great story with passion and a deep sense of purpose. If there was one book to be read about the Tata Group, this would be worth the time.’

Dipak C Jain,
President (European), China Europe International Business School, Shanghai; formerly Dean, INSEAD (France) and Kellogg School of Management (USA)

‘This book provides a fascinating overview of the story of India’s most admired group as a torchbearer of industrial capitalism for 150 years. Through a simple narrative, exciting stories, and insightful analysis, Dr. Shah decodes the Tata way of business that has enabled them to emerge as a trailblazer on the global platform. A definitive book on the subject, and a must-read for all who wish to build successful businesses with a social conscience.’

Debashis Chatterjee,
Professor and Director, IIM Kozhikode;
Author, Invincible Arjuna

‘As India’s biggest business group since records began in 1939, the Tata Group has an incredibly rich history of growth and successes, of mysteries and failures spread over 150 years. Dr Shashank Shah’s paring and peeling of the Tata Group into seven sections with a clear relationship between the parts is remarkable. I am sure his readers and students will appreciate the crispness of the omnibus that is 'The Tata Group: From Torchbearers to Trailblazers'.’

Dr Gita Piramal,
Business Historian; Author, Business Maharajas

‘A commendable, riveting account of impeccable integrity, grit, passion and perseverance that defines the Tata Group, an iconic brand synonymous with visionary leadership and ethical, inspirational business practices. That torch lit almost two centuries ago, continues to blaze a trail worthy of accolade and emulation!’

Venu Srinivasan,
Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Motor Company and Sundaram-Clayton; Director, Tata Sons Board

‘Tata is a microcosm of India: gyroscopically balanced, colloidally stable, complex, large, highly diverse, yet unified by a soft glue. This book suggests the secret formulation of the soft glue that has helped Tata remain as India’s number 1 corporate for over eighty years, ever since corporate rankings have been measured in India. I found it a great read!’

R. Gopalakrishnan,
formerly Director, Tata Sons and Vice Chairman, Hindustan Unilever; Author, A Biography of Innovations: From Birth to Maturity

‘Dr. Shashank Shah narrates the Tata story with great passion. You will find in this book a broad sweep of Tata history, and a wealth of interesting anecdotes, which beautifully illustrate the character of the Tata Group. The author has revisited many crossroads and brings to vivid life many defining moments which will inspire you, and also make you reflect. You will thoroughly enjoy the interesting stories, the engaging narration and the invaluable lessons which this book holds for all of us.’

Harish Bhat,
Brand Custodian, Tata Sons; Author, Tata Log and The Curious Marketer

‘Tata is not just India’s largest conglomerate, but one of the world’s most important businesses. In ‘The Tata Group: From Torchbearers to Trailblazers’ Shashank Shah has written the definitive history of the enterprise that spearheaded India’s new era of globalisation, while also providing a colourful account of how it will play a critical role in the country’s economic future.’

James Crabtree,
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore; former Mumbai Bureau Chief, Financial Times; Author, The Billionaire Raj