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In Search of Change Maestros

In Search of Change Maestros

First Edition
  • Pritam Singh - former Director of IIM Lucknow, MDI Gurgaon and IMI Delhi
  • Asha Bhandarker - Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behaviour, IMI Delhi

April 2013 | 532 pages | SAGE Response
"The common dimensions of Change Maestros encapsulate all of the significant elements of highly successful leaders and when embedded in the stories of seven extraordinary change agents of history, they bring out the understanding of what such leaders are about to all of us in a powerful and provocative way." - Roger R. Stough, George Mason University

Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." In Search of Change Maestros is a book about leaders who chose to be that change.

It documents the contributions of seven great Indian wealth creators and institution builders who thought out of the box and had the vision and fortitude to create world-class Indian corporations that have set global benchmarks. The compilation includes case studies of Kumar Mangalam Birla, M. Damodaran, Sajjan Jindal, K.V. Kamath, Sunil Bharti Mittal, A.M. Naik, and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.

This book highlights:

  • The personae and leadership styles of the seven maestros
  • The growth story and best practices of their corporations
  • The essential difference that makes the maestros' contribution and legacy different from others

This is a first-of-its-kind work that focuses on outstanding Indian corporate icons—their means, methods, and achievements—and in the process, creates an entirely new paradigm for evaluating Change Maestros and change leaders not only in the corporate world, but also in public life all over the world.

With skilful integration of imaginative fables from different cultures into the case studies and synthesis of in-depth interviews, questionnaires, and anthropological analysis, the authors provide a glimpse into the intimate world-view of these Change Maestros and take the readers on a journey to discover how to be the change they want to see.

Foreword Brijmohan Lall Munjal
Change Maestros' Kaleidoscope

Looking Within, Looking Around, and Looking Beyond

Kumar Mangalam Birla
Renaissance Artiste

M Damodaran
Romancing Limitless Growth

Sajjan Jindal
Enfolding the Future within the Present

K V Kamath
The Game Changer

Sunil Bharti Mittal
Toward the Next Orbit

A M Naik
Entrepreneurial Path Breaker

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Action Architecture and Persona

Change Maestros
Change Maestros' Gestalt


An excellent and mind boggling work, In Search of Change Maestros beautifully dovetails research with flowing narrative. Depth and scale of this book are fascinating.

R Ravi Kumar
Chairman and Senior Professor-OB Area, IIM Bangalore, India

The seven change maestros whose stories of leadership, quest for excellence, entrepreneurial innovation, value-driven governance and empowerment to people presented in this book are truly the icons for the new generation leaders.

M V Nair
Chairman and Managing Director, Union Bank of India

In 1982 Tom Peters wrote his all time best seller IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE which had a lasting impact on millions of people. New Dr. Pritam Singh and Dr. Asha Bhandarker have come up with a brilliant book, In Search of Change Maestros. I am positive that this book too will bring a major change in thinking of management practitioners, academia and students.

Sudhir Jalan
Industrialist, India

The book is backed by rigorous research and very intelligibly narrated to make the readers develop an understanding of what leads to the building of great Indian corporations. It has successfully bridged the gap of scholarly work on the great leaders of Indian organization; profile and persona of seven maestros discussed in the book are truly the icons of new generation leaders. The personae intertwined with organizational culture and action architecture discussed in the context of seven leaders has presented a holistic look into the building of world class organizations.

The book is a great collection for managers, future business leaders, academicians and scholars to learn about the India’s most celebrated business maestros – the change maestros.

South Asian Journal of Management