An indigenous perspective on organizational behavior in India

Anand Prakash
Department of Psychology
University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

The domain of organizational psychology is one, which, has to share a major burden of reconstructing the psychological bases of human assets in the formal and organized settings of contemporary societies. These too have to be achieved in the context of partly shared and partly independent sets of demands being posed simultaneously by the forces of globalization and market driven economy on the one hand and local constraints and resources available on the other. Confronted by these apparently related but differently configured sets of demands the issue of indigenization cannot be meaningfully and fruitfully addressed unless the questions, Indigenization for whom and indigenization for what, are authentically confronted. While relating to the entire gamut of organizational field in India as a growing discipline these issues gain currency with a view to identify the emerging strands of indigenization in the existing body of knowledge on OB. This paper offers a selective review of related Indian works which lead me to assert that indigenization needs to be looked at as an evolutionary process which should have space for growing and accommodating at the same time the continuous as well as not so continuous aspects of social reality. It is imperative for us to have such an approach in order to make the discipline vibrant and academically rewarding.

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This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002