Though management as a practice is very old, as a subject it has evolved in a big way only in the last fifty years. Today, there are a number of management gurus who have extensively studied this subject and evolved a number of theories relating to it. However, we do not find many ancient books which have codified thoughts pertaining to management. The Thirukural is an exception, despite being two thousand years old. Considered the Tamil Veda, the Thirukural is a treatise on the art of living. Its eternal and universal appeal lies in its secular character, clarity of thought, depth of understanding and penetrating insights into the fundamentals of human thought and behaviour. In this book the author gives examples from his varied global experiences and explains how he has drawn inspiration from the Thirukural to deal with everyday business situations. The book is an indispensable guide for managers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, students of management and those who aspire to be leaders.
V. Srinivasan is the managing director and chief executive officer of 3i Infotech Ltd. Within a span of just six years, he has turned 3i Infotech into a global technology company with 2,500 employees in forty countries across five continents. Having travelled widely around the world, he has a deep understanding of global business issues. He has also been on the board of several companies. Srinivasan combines a comprehensive mix of academic qualifications and professional experience. He is a top-ranking graduate in mathematics from Madras University and is a rank holder in the chartered accountancy examination; he is also a qualified cost accountant and company secretary. He has also attended the Executive Development Programme at the Kelloggs School of Management in Chicago, USA, meant for aspiring top executives.