Excerpt: The Made In India Manager by R Gopalakrishnan and Ranjan Banerjee

The Made In India Manager
Book Excerpt 

On 1 August 2011, Time magazine published a story titled ‘India’s Leading Export: CEOs’ by Carla Power. Featuring Vindi Banga of Unilever and Ajay Banga of MasterCard, Powers’s article asked a dramatic question: ‘What on earth did the Banga brothers’ mother feed them for breakfast?’ The story went on to chronicle the rise of several Indian managers on the global stage, including Vikram Pandit at Citibank, Indra Nooyi at PepsiCo, Sanjay Jha at Motorola, Dean Nitin Nohria at Harvard Business School and Dean Dipak Jain at INSEAD. In their 2011 Global Leadership Survey, the executive search firm Egon Zehnder… found that Indians led more S&P 500 companies than people of any other nationality apart from American...

Do India-born managers really achieve more success abroad than other immigrants? If so, why? What really sets them apart? The late CK Prahalad expressed the view that, ‘Growing up in India is an extraordinary . . .