Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2008 (Revised June 2009)

House of Tata: Acquiring a Global Footprint

by Tarun Khanna, Krishna G. Palepu and Richard Bullock


Chronicles the globalization of the Tata Group, one of India's largest business groups. Since 2000, many Tata Group operating companies have aggressively built international businesses, particularly through overseas acquisitions. After describing the globalization rationales and approaches of the major Tata Group companies, the case asks students to consider whether Tata Motors should pursue the acquisition of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands owned by US-based Ford Motor company.

Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions; Developing Countries and Economies; Globalized Firms and Management; Growth and Development Strategy; India; United States;


Khanna, Tarun, Krishna G. Palepu, and Richard Bullock. "House of Tata: Acquiring a Global Footprint." Harvard Business School Case 708-446, May 2008. (Revised June 2009.)