JRD Tata and the Ethics of Philanthropy

1st Edition

Sundar Sarukkai

Routledge India
June 9, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780367487126 - CAT# K464195

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Summary

This book introduces readers to the ethics of philanthropy, particularly in the Indian context. Drawing on JRD Tata’s philosophy and approach to business, it shows how business and philanthropy were intrinsically related for him. JRD Tata was arguably one of the most influential businessmen in post-independence India. He was instrumental in not only expanding the Tata businesses but is also known for his impact on the conduct of business as well as his support for various national projects including research and education. He introduced key labour laws in his factories which later became the model for the Indian government. He was also part of government institutions such as Air India.

By discussing ideas such as trusteeship, the notion of profit, the relation between public and private, and social welfare, the book offers an intellectual map of JRD’s thoughts and an original perspective on their significance for an ethics of philanthropy in general. It provides new insights into the nature of ethical problems in the Indian context as well as ways to negotiate with them based on JRD’s work and reflections. It further creates a more meaningful understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility in the present global economy.

Lucid and comprehensive, this book will be useful to scholars, researchers and faculty in the departments of management and business studies, social work, sociology, economics and philosophy as well as across social sciences. It will be of great interest to philanthropy organisations, nongovernmental organisations, business schools, industry bodies, corporates, and those in leadership and management as also the general reader.

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