Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2005 (Revised June 2006)

Narayana Murthy and Compassionate Capitalism

by William W. George, Shailendra Jit Singh and Andrew N. McLean

Abstract

Narayana Murthy's roles at Infosys Technologies--as a co-founder, longtime CEO, and nonexecutive chairman and chief mentor--has been marked by explosive growth, demanding management challenges, and widely lauded company leadership. His personal leadership philosophy has been articulated through and driven by his philosophy of "compassionate capitalism." Profiles Murthy's philosophy and leadership principles. Traces the development of Murthy as a child, scholar, businessman, and political and social activist. Traces the links between Murthy's principles and the business practices that repeatedly brought Infosys Technologies recognition as one of India's most admired and best managed companies. Raises questions in his mind about the place of philanthropic principles in the management of a business enterprise.

Keywords: Business Ventures; Economic Systems; Ethics; Values and Beliefs; Giving and Philanthropy; Biography; Leadership; Business or Company Management; Information Technology Industry; India;

Citation:

George, William W., Shailendra Jit Singh, and Andrew N. McLean. "Narayana Murthy and Compassionate Capitalism." Harvard Business School Case 406-015, July 2005. (Revised June 2006.)