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The Making of A Tata Leader

Back in the 1950s, when J.R.D. Tata was looking for all-round officers for the Tata Group’s leadership structure, he was quick to spot a lacuna

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Published 4 months ago on Aug 01, 2022 5 minutes Read

Back in the 1950s, when J.R.D. Tata was looking for all-round officers for the Tata Group’s leadership structure, he was quick to spot a lacuna. There were no management schools in India from where he could pick the right candidates who could then be groomed. That gave birth to the Tata Administrative Service (TAS), much like the Indian Administrative Service, which had become quite a rage then. TAS officers were nurtured to take up leadership positions at the group and take the legacy of the group forward. Some stayed, some left. In their latest book Tata’s Leadership Experiment: The Story of the Tata Administrative Service, authors Bharat Wakhlu, Mukund Rajan and Sonu Bhasin have made those TAS officers the central characters in the larger Tata story