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Towards the Next Orbit

Towards the Next Orbit
Corporate Odyssey

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Subir Verma - Professor of OB & HR, FORE School of Management, New Delhi

April 2013 | 492 pages | SAGE Response
The global meltdown, the concomitant demise of legendary corporate behemoths, and the challenge of competing in a world marked by unprecedented complexities, volatility, discontinuities, and ambiguities, have pushed discussions on survival and excellence to the forefront. Towards the Next Orbit: A Corporate Odyssey brings forth ideas, experiences, studies, insights, and suggestions from renowned theoreticians and practitioners towards changing and succeeding in a new world.

The first part of the book comprises rich conceptual papers and research-based empirical papers written primarily by thought leaders from all over the world. The second part comprises dialogs with persons who are well known in the business landscape as "change masters." The chapters discuss cutting-edge ideas in the areas of corporate behavior, positioning, growth, leadership, employee relations, and so on.

Together, the articles and interviews will help readers develop perspective, cognitive framework, behavioral repertoire, and portfolio of practices for making the transition from simply functioning to achieving excellence.


Routes to Peaks for Building Corporate Renaissance

Asha Bhandarker and Pritam Singh
Strategic Positioning Choices for Indian Business: Beyond Jugaad into the Next

Orbit Arun Kumar Jain and Ajay Singal
Finding the Future and Making it Happen

John Pisapia
Managing Performance: Beyond Value Based Leadership

Shivganesh Bhargava
Empowerment Practices and Corporate Effectiveness: Either Go Democratic or Go Bust

Subir Verma
Antecedents of Employee Performance and the Role of Job Satisfaction as a Mediator

Soumendu Biswas
Managing Talent Through Employee Engagement Strategies

Jyotsna Bhatnagar
Bharat Petroleum: Building Capabilities through Competency

S Mohan
Architectural Innovation and SAIL's Strategic Response

Shubhabrata Basu
CEO Leadership, Organizational Culture and Employee Affect Responses at the Workplace

Asha Bhandarker, Ashita Goswami and Kshipra Rustogi
Managerial Work Values in Public Sector Banks in India: An Exploratory Study

Deepa Mazumdar
Emergence of the Born Global Entrepreneur: An Indian Case Study

Sumati Verma
Orchestrating Change: Shared Intentions is the Key Factor Enabling Change to Happen

Davide Sola, Marie Taillard and Giovanni Scarso Borioli
New Terrain of Leadership Development: An Indian Perspective

Meena Surie Wilson and Ellen Van Velsor
American HRM Techniques Fit Poorly in Latin America

Alfredo Behrens and James Wright
Twin Born Antipodes: Leadership and Management as Methods of Organizational Rule

Armen E Petrosyan
2: Dialogues with Change Masters
Bharti Airtel: From Best to Next

Towards Transformation: K.R. Kamath's Odyssey

Towards Cutting Edge Competitiveness: Issues and Challenges for Indian Managers

March Towards The Next Horizon: Lessons in Capability Building in Maruti

Towards HR Integration With Business

Cultural Routes to Excellence: The LG Experience

Kaleidoscope of Leadership: The Ageless Mantra

Towards the Next Orbit: Wisdom for HR Professionals

Subir Verma


Towards the Next Orbit: A Corporate Odyssey is a succinct analysis of what is in store for, and what is expected of, the HR professionals in the remaining decades of the millennium. The book deserves to be read by every aspiring HR professional.

The Hindu

The book is divided into two parts. Part one consists of papers with a dominant academic flavor…these papers cover a wide range of topics…The second part consists of interviews with some prominent business people on a variety of issues. These interviews are rich in data, and offer a valuable glimpse into the beliefs some corporate chieftains of India hold about business environment, problems faced and likely to face, strategic choices made, and what succeeds…this book will prove useful for practitioners groping for innovative and spirited ideas.

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