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Business culture in India

This is a selection of resources on India’s business culture available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.

NLB print and digital resources

Doing business in India: A framework for strategic understanding

This book discusses the cultural and consumer profile of the people of India and how these fit into the macroeconomic context of understanding India. Human resource management practices for successful cross-cultural management of Indian managers and employees, the appropriate types of leadership required for managing the Indian workforce as well as business strategies for both rural and urban markets in India are some of the areas covered.

All rights reserved, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2015

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Inaugural 2016 ease of doing business index on attractiveness to investors, business friendliness and competitive policies (EDB index ABC) for 21 sub-national economies of India

As one of the world’s fastest growing emerging economy, this publication considers three key aspects of doing business in India: (i) Attractiveness to investors, (ii) Business friendliness, and (iii) Competitive policies.

All rights reserved, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2017.

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Investigating cultural aspects in Indian organisations : Empirical evidence

The Indian society can be at best described as a combination of multiple cultures, value systems, and socio-political and institutional orientations. Gain a deeper understanding of India’s organisational culture through topics such as human resource management; cross-cultural communication and coaching; cultural similarity; cultural literacy; multiculturalism; generational cultural values; talent acquisition; and knowledge management.

All rights reserved, Cham: Springer, 2015.

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India – CultureSmart! The essential guide to customs & culture

India’s population of more than 1.2 billion is as varied and colourful as the spice markets of Old Delhi. Each region and community has its own culture, language and social customs that reflect its unique history and way of life. Learn to navigate the cultural differences of Indian society and be aware of the changes taking place in India, as the country transforms from a developing, third world nation into one of the world’s fastest growing economy.

All rights reserved, London: Kuperard, 2016.

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Indian etiquette: A matter of course

Observe the proper way to behave through this book which covers key aspects of India’s rich culture, from gift giving, presenting a garland and eating with fingers to coping with unfamiliar food and making home visits.

All rights reserved, Singapore: Landmark Books, 2017.

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India – CultureSmart! The essential guide to customs & culture

India’s population of more than 1.2 billion is as varied and colourful as the spice markets of Old Delhi. Each region and community has its own culture, language and social customs that reflect its unique history and way of life. Learn to navigate the cultural differences of Indian society and be aware of the changes taking place in India, as the country transforms from a developing, third world nation into one of the world’s fastest growing economy.

All rights reserved, London: Kuperard, 2016.

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How India works: Making sense of a complex corporate culture

Having a sense of cultural awareness when working abroad plays a key role in success at one’s job. Written by a native author with rich experience in the working culture in India, How India Works is a useful guide for those who wish to tackle the nuances and complexities of working in India.

All rights reserved, Noida: Haprer Business, 2018

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Ease of doing business : An enterprise survey of Indian States

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and IDFC Institute, a research-based think tank, surveyed over 3,000 Indian firms to find out how easy it is to do business in India. After examining the business climate, reforms were proposed to facilitate ease of doing business and create enabling ecosystems.

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India’s best companies to work for 2017

Being touted as a great place to work at is one of the highest accolades a company can hope to receive. Check out this resource that lists the best 100 companies to work for in India. The 2017 edition of the award by The Economic Times, an English-language Indian daily newspaper, js now in its 10th year.

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Five things I have learned while working in India

The writer, who is completing a five-month teaching placement in India through the British Council, shares his experience from his interaction with the people he has met there.

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Working in India

A useful online resource for expatriates planning to live and work in India.

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