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Gita Piramal (born 1954) is an Indian writer and business historian.
Gita Piramal was educated in the United Kingdom. Higher education was through India's Bombay University. She holds a PhD in business history (1988), Masters in History (1981), Bachelor of Art in History of the West (1977).
Gita Piramal is a Senior Associate Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Her primary research area is Indian business and its history. She has been a portfolio life: as an entrepreneur and businesswoman, a journalist and writer.
As an entrepreneur and businesswoman, Gita founded The Smart Manager (2002-2012), a management magazine, headed ERGO (2005-2012), a furniture manufacturer, and was a Director of VIP Luggage (1990-2005). Gita is currently a non-executive board member of Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv and Bajaj Holdings & Investments. Her own companies have interests in real estate.
In media, Gita conceptualized and created content for three programs for CNBC-TV18; and scripted, edited, and featured or anchored over 100 television documentaries besides contributing over 1,500 articles for international and Indian publications.
Books and Writings
- ‘Kamalnayan Bajaj - Architect of the Bajaj Group'. Kamalnayan Bajaj Charitable Trust Book. Pune. 2015
- ‘The Quotable Tycoon’ with David Olive. Penguin Books India, New Delhi, 2008
- ‘Managing Radical Change’ with Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher Bartlett. Penguin Books India. Delhi. 2000.
- ‘Business Mantras’ with Aparna Piramal, Radhika Piramal and Mukund Beriwala. Penguin Books India. Delhi. 1999.
- ‘Business Legend’. Penguin Books India. Delhi. 1998.
- ‘Business Maharajas’. Penguin Books India. Delhi. 1997.
- ‘India’s Industrialists’ with Margaret Herdeck. Three Continents Press, Washington. 1985
- ‘The Bombay Plan and the Frustrations of Sir Ardeshir Dalal'. Chapter in Sanjaya Baru (ed). ‘The Bombay Plan’. Rupa Publications. 2018.
- ‘Ratan Tata’ and ‘J.R.D.Tata’ chapters in ‘The Tata Saga’. Penguin, 2018.
- ‘Animal Spirits: Stray Thoughts on the Nature of Entrepreneurship in India's Business Families after Liberalization'. Chapter in Rakesh Mohan (ed). 'India Transformed: 25 Years of Economic Reforms'. Penguin Random House India. 2017.
- 'Dhirubhai Ambani', 'Rahul Bajaj', 'Ratan Tata' and 'Walchand Hirachand'. Chapters in ‘The Portfolio Book of Great Indian Business Stories: Riveting Tales of Business Leaders and Their Times’. New Delhi: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd. 2015.
- ‘Succession Planning Under The Banyan Tree'. Chapter in ‘Business Standard 2008’. BS Books, New Delhi, 2008.
- ‘The Old Fox'. Chapter in ‘The Non-Fiction Collection: 20 Years of Penguin India’. Volume 3, Penguin Books India, New Delhi, 2007.
- ‘The Elixir of Entrepreneurship’. Chapter in S V Prabhath (ed). ‘Women Entrepreneurs in India: challenges and achievements. National Institute of Small Industry Extension. Hyderabad. 2002.
- ‘Dhirubhai Ambani’, ‘GD Birla’, ‘JRD Tata’, ‘MK Gandhi’, ‘N Murty’, ‘Rahul Bajaj’, and ‘Sumantra Ghoshal’. Morgen Witzel (ed). Entries in ‘The Biographical Dictionary of Management’. Thoemmes Press. Bristol, UK. 2001.
- ‘New Maharajas’. Chapter in ‘Footprints of Enterprise – Indian Business Through the Ages’. FICCI. Delhi. 1997.
- ‘JRD Tata and GD Birla’. Chapter in Ayaz Menon (ed). ‘India 50 – the Making of a Nation’. Book Quest. Mumbai. 1997.
- ‘Entrepreneurs and Political Awareness - a Study of Bombay’s Business Groups’. Chapter in Dwijendra Tripathi (ed). ‘Business and Politics – A Historical Perspective’. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. 1991.
- 'Sumantra Ghoshal on Management: a force for good'. Gita Piramal & Julian Birkinshaw (eds). FT Prentice Hall. London. 2005.
- ‘Smart Leadership: insights for CEOs’. Gita Piramal with Jennifer Netarwala (eds). Penguin Books India. Delhi. 2005.