Dhirubhai Ambani and Reliance

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Corporate Social Responsibility


Great Leaders

Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1958-2002
Pub Date : 2001
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Reliance India
Industry : Varied
Countries : India


The case, "Dhirubhai Ambani and Reliance" provides an insight into the entrepreneurial and leadership qualities of Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of the Reliance Group. The case starts with a description of the early career of Dhirubhai at Aden and his starting of the Reliance Group in the days of the 'License Raj.'

The case describes how Dhirubhai grabbed every opportunity that came his way and built Reliance to a Rs. 620 billion company till the time of his death. It also gives a description of the far sightedness of Dhirubhai. It showcases his entrepreneurial abilities along with his potential to turn ideas into reality.


  Understand the various corporate battles faced by Dhirubhai from his rivals and overcoming several hurdles in quest to take Reliance into the top league among the best in the world.


  Page No.
The Death of an Icon 1
Building Reliance 2
Backward Integration 3
The Stock Market Adventure 4
Corporate Battles of Dhirubhai Ambani 5
Political Battles of Dhirubhai Ambani 6
Reliance without Dhirubhai 7
Exhibits 9


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