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About the Author

He is an organization theorist and a management expert by training. Born in Mumbai, India, he became a chartered accountant in 1964, did his MBA from Wharton School, US, his PhD from the Carnegie-Mellon University, and then taught at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, for a few years. His avid interest in India's socio-economic transformation led him to return to India in 1975 to teach at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He later held the L&T Chair in Organizational Behaviour at IIMA, and served as its Director. He retired from IIMA in 2002.
Khandwalla has authored over a dozen books, notably on the design of organizations, turnaround management, styles of management, effective management of state-owned enterprises, corporate greatness and excellent management of the government. He has served on the editorial boards of several of the world's leading journals that publish research on organizations. The present work on creative society is the third in the trilogy on creativity, the previous two being on creativity and corporate creativity. He has authored three books of poems in English and one in Gujarati and has translated several volumes of poems and stories from English into Gujarati and vice versa.
He has served on the boards of Indian corporates and public sector corporations, and been on the governing bodies of academic, government and other institutions. He has been felicitated twice with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Four of his books have secured the Best Management Book of the Year Award. One has been translated into Mandarin Chinese.

About the Book

Creativity is one of mankind's principal resources. Can this resource be harnessed to accelerate India's transition from traditionalism to modernity and widespread poverty to decent living standards for all? Can India's creative efflorescence be directed towards designing a society that facilitates well-being, boosts cultural evolution and raises the bar for exhilaration through creative achievement? Is it possible to socially engineer a society that throbs with questions, novel perspectives and relevant innovations? Can it lead to a society where millions question the status quo and join hands to work out innovative solutions - in short, a creative society? This book is an affirmative response to these questions.
Creative Society is an intellectually stimulating analysis of factors that trigger the emergence of a truly creative and innovative society; it explores the nature of human creativity - how it can be augmented and the social contexts that shape it; discusses ways of making institutions such as the government, educational bodies and other civil society organizations more creativity-friendly; offers an assessment of India's prospective emergence as a highly vibrant, dynamic and creative society; and finally, offers several practical suggestions for India's creative efflorescence.


• DNA of Creative Societies 
• Sparkle of Creativity 
• Nurturance of Creativity and Its Forms 
• Hereditary Communities: From Traditionalism to Creativity 
• Management of Enterprise Creativity 
• Educating for Creativity 
• Innovative Government through New Public Management 
• Creative Civil Society Institutions and Their Management 
• Creative Society: Enhancing the Prospects for India