Relevance Of A Study On Employee Empowerment - CiteHR
Dinesh Divekar
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Sharma Anu
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I plan to research on Employee Empowerment,but in dilemma as regards the relevance and practicality of the topic.
Kindly suggest and advice me as regards the relevance of the above topic in the current scenario.Would it be of any value in future?

Dear Anu,

While management theory may say that you should empower your employees practically top management of the most of the companies in India enjoy emasculating the employees! Therefore, you re-consider choosing this topic.

I have seen in very large companies or public limited companies that there is no empowerment to speak of. You may find that HR enjoys mollycoddling with the management jargon like talent management, competency mapping etc. but scratch a surface and you will evince a hardcore "boss is always right" culture.

Many public limited companies are by family business. You can't expect any change there as more than talent what matters is lineage. Other public limited companies who have come up recently, were raised by MDs who were one time proprietor of that company. Howsoever enterprise might have grown, proprietor within them has never withered and it springs its head at the slightest challenge to their authority.

It is this lack of empowerment is bane of Indian industry. Why we don't have many Fortune 500 companies is because of our leadership's inability to use the talent of their employees. Rather than becoming big, they prefer to be small but enjoy authority over small crowd. India was never a nation of entrepreneurs. It was a nation of traders. Our traditional businessmen who have legacy of doing business for the thousands of years, sold "phoren" goods earlier and now they sell Chinese goods! Why they will bother about employee empowerment by the way?

My views could be little hard. But then in the last 4-5 years I have rubbed my shoulders with good numbers of MDs and my opinions are formed out of their interaction.

If you take India as a whole then our management practices are still in infancy. Hence I recommend to have review of your decision.


Dinesh V Divekar


Dear Anu, To clarify your queries on empowerment pl go thru the book by Vineet Nayar Employees first and customer second, Regds Bagavathi123
Hello anu,
I did my MBA project on this topic, in a reputed govt. bank. This is the upcoming topic, but, most of the public organisation's employees are partially empowered. The topic wil be very good, and the research on this makes u know, the role of employees and the superiors,in the organisation,and what necessary steps u have to take, to empower ur employees, and make the organization successful. Am a HR fresher, and according to my knowledge, i said to u, as i did my project on this topic. All d best.

Hi Dinesh,
You provided the ground reality. All these talk of empowerment remains in the boardroom. Successful MDs & CEOs of large family business do not favour the principle of "Empowerment and Responsibility" makes a Manager successful. I am currently working as a HR Consultant with a listed company of repute and my experience is the same.
We are still imature as far as professionalism is concerned in India. We need to train the MDs of family owned business.

Dear Dinesh Sir,
I am really thankful to you for sharing your valuable views and information on the concerned topic.I feel extremely sorry to inform you that I had to finalize this topic for my research (due to some unavoidable reasons).
Looking forward for your guidance.
Thanks and Regards,

Dear Anchitha,
Thanks for your best wishes and views. I would be grateful to you if you could throw some light on the ways/techniques adopted by public organisations to empower their employees.
Looking forward for an early response.

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